UN experts denounce ‘Israeli’ apartheid and call for sanctions

ByPalestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) /

A statement by tens of UN experts on Israel’s planned annexation amplified Palestinian civil society’s call

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The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the largest coalition in Palestinian society, commends tens of UN experts for their courage in speaking truths that States and international organizations representing them, including the UN and EU, have sought to evade and suppress.

The UN experts said in a statement issued in Geneva today that the annexation of occupied Palestinian territory currently planned by Israel’s right-wing government “would be the crystallisation of an already unjust reality: two peoples living in the same space, ruled by the same state, but with profoundly unequal rights. This is a vision of a 21st century apartheid.”

Their statement called for “accountability and an end to impunity [as] an immediate priority for the international community.”

Welcoming the UN experts’ statement, Mahmoud Nawajaa, General Coordinator of the BNC, said:

For decades, international inaction and complicity have enabled Israel to violate the laws of belligerent occupation, advance its colonization of the occupied Palestinian territory and impose an apartheid regime that is enshrined in Israel’s domestic law.

Faced with Israel’s illegal annexation, its regime of apartheid and its denial of our inalienable right to self-determination, it is high time for all States and international organizations to comply with their legal obligations by adopting effective countermeasures, including sanctions.

As a matter of priority, the overwhelming majority of Palestinian civil society is calling for:

  • Banning arms trade and military-security cooperation with Israel.
  • Suspending free-trade agreements with Israel.
  • Prohibiting all trade with the illegal Israeli settlements and ensuring that companies refrain from/terminate business with Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise. 
  • Ensuring that individuals and corporate actors responsible for war crimes/crimes against humanity in the context of Israel’s regime of illegal occupation and apartheid are brought to justice.

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Adalah’s report to the UN detailing ‘Israel’s’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its negative impact on human rights

Posted by: Sammi Ibrahen,Sr

In response to a call by the UN, Adalah submitted a report to inform experts’ upcoming thematic statements and reports to the UN Human Rights Council or the General Assembly on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on human rights.

Adalah’s report spans many subjects such as the Israeli government’s excessive use of Emergency Regulations; discrimination against Palestinians regarding access to medical services, education and economic financial support; the lack of available data on COVID-19 and Palestinian citizens of Israel and delayed, limited health-related information in Arabic; insufficient economic measures taken to help Palestinian citizen workers, households, businesses and the exploitation of West Bank Palestinian workers in Israel and more.


• CLICK HERE to read the Major Findings of the report

• CLICK HERE to read the full report

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Gaza: One million Palestinians face food shortages

By: Sammi Ibrahem,Sr

Gaza Strip has been under strict Nazi siege since mid-2007.

Around one million Palestinian refugees in Gaza face food shortages due to Nazi continued blockade and slashed global funding for the UN agency for Palestinian refugeesa welfare organisation said on Saturday.

In a statement on the World Refugee Day, Jamal al Khoudary, chairman of the Popular Committee to End Gaza’s Seige, said “a genuine decline” in support from donors has had “serious repercussions on the Palestinian refugees in Gaza, the West Bank, Jerusalem and other Arab states.”

He said the US’ decision to halt funds, estimated to be around $360 million annually, for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) two years ago had severely impacted the agency’s operations.

Moreover, he said, Israel’s blockade on Gaza since 2006 has resulted in skyrocketing levels of poverty and unemployment in the besieged area.

World Refugee Day is marked globally on June 20 and focuses on increasing awareness about the suffering of millions of refugees across the world.

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World Entering New Military ‘Drone Age’

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The world is entering a military “second drone age” with uncontrolled proliferation and no standards governing their use, a United Nations expert told the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday.

Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said the global community needed to take stock of how armed drones have evolved, and examine the challenges they posed to compliance with international law.

“There are no robust standards governing drones’ development, proliferation, export, or capability for use of force. No transparency. No effective oversight. No accountability,” she said.

“Drone strikes, it seems, are favoured by decision-makers and military alike for their relative efficiency, effectiveness, adaptability, acceptability, deniability, and political gain.”

The independent rights expert does not speak for the United Nations but reports her findings to it.

Callamard presented a report into targeted killings through armed drones, in light of the proliferation in drone use and their expanding capability over the last five years.

The report made recommendations designed to regulate their use and enhance accountability.

“The world has entered a ‘second drone age’ in which a vast array of state and non-state actors are deploying ever-more advanced drone technologies,” Callamard said, adding that many countries wanted to join the “drone power club”.

She said at least 102 countries had an active military drone inventory, while around 40 possess, or were procuring, armed drones.

“Since 2015, at least 11 countries allegedly have deployed armed drones, including for the purpose of use of force, such as targeted killings,” said Callamard.

Her report identified the 11 countries as Britain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.

She said 35 countries were thought to have the largest and deadliest class of drones.

The expert called on countries to establish a transparent process “for the development of robust standards and accountability mechanisms for the use and export of armed drones”.

She said the UN secretary-general should set up international inquiries or fact-finding missions to investigate targeted killings by drones.

Callamard also called for the UN high commissioner for human rights to produce a yearly report tracking drone strikes and casualties for discussion by the Human Rights Council.

Callamard’s report concluded that the US drone strike outside Baghdad airport in January that killed Iran’s top general Qasem Soleimani was “unlawful” and an “arbitrary killing” that violated the UN charter.

The United States on Wednesday blasted her findings.

“It takes a special kind of intellectual dishonesty to issue a report condemning the United States for acting in self-defence while whitewashing General Soleimani’s notorious past as one of the world’s deadliest terrorists,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said.

Responding Thursday to Callamard’s report, Esmaeil Baghaei Hamaneh, Iran’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva, told the Human Rights Council that the killing was “viciously immoral and recklessly dangerous”, calling Soleimani “a true defender of human rights and dignity”.

“He is now an inspiring legend and will remain a living nightmare for his killers. You cannot dry up a deeply-earthed pure tree by cutting its branches,” the ambassador insisted.

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China signs UN arms trade treaty

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China signed a global pact Monday to regulate arms sales that has been rejected by the United States, the Asian power’s UN ambassador said.

The Communist Party leadership’s top legislative body voted in late June to join the UN Arms Trade Treaty, designed to control the flow of weapons into conflict zones.

The signing demonstrates China’s “resolve and sincerity in maintaining international arms control regime, supporting multilateralism, and forging a community with a shared future for mankind,” Zhang Jun, China’s ambassador to the UN, said in a statement.

The statement added that Beijing allows arms exports only to sovereign states and not to non-state actors.

China, the second-largest global arms producer, announced June 22 it would join the Arms Trade Treaty, which now has 107 member states.

Adopted by the UN in 2013, the treaty requires members to keep records of international transfers of weapons and to prohibit cross-border shipments that could be used in human rights violations.

The arms included range from handguns to missiles to airplanes and warships.

The US Senate never ratified the 2013 Arms Trade Treaty after former president Barack Obama endorsed it, and Trump has said he would revoke his predecessor’s signature.

It is among a number of international agreements reached under the Obama administration that Trump has moved to pull out of.

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UN So-called Committee of Inquiry (COI) Casually Blames Bashar Al-Assad for US-Sponsored High Crimes Committed by Terrorist Proxies Against the People of Syria

By Stephen Lendman

Launched preemptively in March 2011 by the Obama regime, escalated by Trump, US direct and proxy aggression in Syria will likely continue indefinitely no matter which right wing of its war party is in charge ahead.

Formed in September 2011, the so-called Committee of Inquiry on Syria (COI) is an instrument of pro-Western imperial propaganda.

Its reports largely blame Syria’s Bashar al-Assad government for high crimes of war and against humanity committed by US and so-called coalition partners, as well as ISIS and other jihadists used as imperial proxies.

Syria’s UN envoy Bashar al-Jaafari earlier slammed its biased reports, saying the following:

They deliberately “blow things out of proportion…fully disregarding or downplaying core issues,” adding:

“There are blood-curdling scenes that flagrantly contravene the Syrians’ dignity and human rights regarding the crimes of the armed terrorist groups…”

They “rang(e) from eating human flesh, cutting throats, mutilating bodies, beheadings on sectarian and confessional grounds, throwing bodies from rooftops to committing hundreds of suicide bombings using car bombs in populated areas, recruiting children, abducting and slaughtering clergymen, assassinating scholars in mosques, issuing instigative fatwas on ‘sexual jihad,’ killing children on the charges of infidelity, robbing factories and transporting them to Turkey.”

COI reports largely ignore these horrors, focusing attention on vilifying Assad, wrongfully blaming his forces for atrocities committed by US-supported  terrorists and Pentagon-led terror-bombing.

Its latest report is similar to earlier ones.

Focusing on Idlib province areas controlled by US-supported jihadists during the November 2019 to June 2020 period, it once again largely blamed government and allied forces (Russia and Hezbollah) for their atrocities and other high crimes, saying the following:

“Syrian children, women and men endured unfathomable suffering during the military campaign launched late 2019 by pro-government forces to re-take the last remaining areas under armed groups’ control in Syria (sic).”

What the COI calls “armed groups” include ISIS, al-Nusra (al-Qaeda in Syria), and likeminded terrorists — heavily armed, funded, trained and directed by the Pentagon and CIA.

“Deadly dangers awaited civilians at every turn,” the COI added — “from indiscriminate aerial bombardments and ground shelling (sic), to arrests and torture (sic), pillaging and dire displacement conditions at the border (sic)…”

“Now a perfect storm is in the making as this war-torn region faces the global pandemic” — that was made in a USA biolab and unleashed worldwide, the COI left unexplained, along with a whole lot more.

Time and again throughout over nine years of US state-sponsored direct and proxy aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic and its 17 million people, the COI reinvented reality on the ground — producing pro-Western propaganda reports, blaming victims for high crimes committed against them.

Throughout the new millennium, preemptive US wars against nonbelligerent states threatening no one continue endlessly — in Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya, Syria,  and Somalia.

Even in Iraq by Pentagon drone strikes at its discretion and ISIS jihadists, along with US-funded and supported endless Israeli war  on historic Palestine and its long-suffering people.

Ignoring US responsibility for endless war in Syria, COI chair Paulo Pinheiro said the following:Hostile UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria. Totally Disregards US-NATO Crimes against Humanity

“It is completely abhorrent that, after more than 9 years, civilians continue to be indiscriminately attacked, or even targeted, while going about their daily lives (sic).”

Largely blaming government and allied forces for the above, he added:

“Children were shelled at school (sic). Parents were shelled at the market (sic). Patients were shelled at the hospital (sic)…and entire families were bombarded even while fleeing (sic).”

“What is clear from the military campaign is that pro-government forces…violated the laws of war and the rights of Syrian civilians (sic).”

To a lesser extent, he also blamed what he called “UN-designated terrorists” — meaning ISIS and al-Qaeda alone without naming them or including other US-supported jihadists in Syria.

He defied reality adding the following:

During the “military campaign to recapture Idlib and parts of western Aleppo, Syrian Government forces alongside the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out air and ground attacks which decimated civilian infrastructure (sic), depopulated towns and villages (sic), and claimed the lives of hundreds of Syrian women, men and children (sic).”

“Numerous hospitals, schools, markets and homes were destroyed by aerial and ground attacks (sic), the latter including the use of cluster munitions, in acts amounting to the war crimes of launching indiscriminate attacks, and deliberate attacks on protected objects (sic).

Throughout endless US direct and proxy war in Syria, the COI failed to explain and express support for the liberating struggle of its military and people, aided by Russia and Hezbollah.

Like many other countries throughout the post-WW II period, Syria and its people are victims of US-sponsored aggression that’s all about aiming to transform the country into a pro-Western vassal state.

Aerial attacks by Syrian and Russian warplanes are conducted solely against jihadist positions, great care taken to minimize civilian casualties.

They’re polar opposite Pentagon scorched-earth terror-bombing of Mosul, Iraq, Raqqa, Syria, and countless other targeted sites.

US new millennium wars of aggression alone are responsible for millions of casualties and vast destruction — in the Middle East, Central Asia, and North Africa.

The COI’s latest report reads like its earlier exercises of pro-Western propaganda.

They fail to lay blame entirely where it belongs for endless war, carnage, and human misery in Syria.

Nor did the latest COI report mention the US genocidal Caesar Act.

The legislation aims to starve 17 million Syrians into submission by threatened sanctions on nations, entities and individuals that maintain legitimate economic, financial, military, and intelligence ties to Damascus — their legal right under international law.

On all things related to endless war in the country, Damascus, Moscow, and Hezbollah are on the right side of history.

The US, its coalition partners and jihadist proxies are guilty of the highest of high crimes of war and against humanity.

COI reports consistently failed to focus on what’s most important.

Instead of explaining US-sponsored aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic and its people, its pro-Western propaganda supports regime change, a flagrant UN Charter breach.

A Final Comment

By its own admission, Israel’s IDF earlier said it conducted hundreds of airstrikes on Syrian targets in recent years.

COI reports since 2011 failed to mention Israeli aggression, what they should highlighted and condemned.

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UN Chief Urges the Nazi regime to Abandon Annexation Plan of West Bank

UN Chief Urges Israel to Abandon Annexation Plan of West Bank

“This would be calamitous for Palestinians, Israelis and the region,” Guterres said.

United Nations Chief Antonio Guterres urged Israel Tuesday to call off its plans to annex parts of the illegally Nazi occupied West Bank, declaring that such a move would be a “most serious violation of international law.”

In a report to the U.N. Security Council, Guterres said an the Nazi annexation would be “devastating” for hopes of negotiations and an eventual two-state solution. The document was sent to the Council one day before the body’s meeting on the ‘Israeli’-Palestinian conflict.

“This would be calamitous for Palestinians, Israelis and the region,” Guterres said.

Th Nazi regime of Naziyahu has planned to begin the annexation process from July 1, as part of a so-called “peace plan” presented by U.S. President Donald Trump.

The Security Council meeting, to be held Wednesday by video conference, will be the last major international meeting on the issue before the July 1 deadline.

Diplomats expect a vast majority of U.N. members to again oppose the Nazi plans, but they seem to rule out the idea that the Nazi entity could face sanctions, as it was the case for Russia after the annexation of Crimea.

“Any annexation would have quite big consequences for the two-state solution in the peace process,” an ambassador told AFP on condition of anonymity.

But the envoy said it was not a “simple task” to compare the West Bank with Crimea.

Earlier this month, Palestine’s leadership made a counter-proposal to Trump’s plan, proposing the establishment of a demilitarised and sovereign Palestinian state in the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem, and besieged Gaza.

The Palestinian proposal also allows the possibility of adapting the borders between the proposed state and the Nazi entity, as well as exchanging land equal “in size and volume and in value,” Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh had said.

Trump’s plan, in turn, consents to the Nazi regime annexation of large parts of the illegally occupied West Bank, including illegal settlements and the Jordan Valley.

Announced in late January, it grants Palestinians a disjointed and demilitarised entity with a capital on the outskirts of Jerusalem, while the disputed city would remain fully under Nazi sovereignty.

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Canada’s UN Security Council Loss Shows Its “Foreign Policy Weaknesses”

Will it Embolden a Reform Movement?

By: Nino Pagliccia

India, Ireland, Mexico, Norway, and Kenya after a second round, won the June 17 elections at the 74th United Nations Assembly for five non-permanent seats on the UN Security Council for a two-year term starting on January 1, 2021.

The biggest loser was Canada in its competition with Ireland and Norway for two seats available. A total of 128 votes were needed to secure a two-thirds majority. Norway secured 130 votes while Ireland got 128. Canada received just 108 votes. All efforts of phone calls by the Canadian officials to countries ambassadors to the UN did not help. This is the second loss following the one in 2010 under a Conservative government.

In the next few days we will read several analyses trying to ascertain why Canada lost what it considered a coveted position at the UN. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was campaigning for it since 2015. But the result was not totally unexpected as we suggested before the vote took place.

A very active campaign undertaken by Canadians asking the international community and Ambassadors at the UN not to vote for Canada had already laid out several reasons and may have had a small role in the outcome of the vote.

It is significant to note one of the most glaring contradictions or double standard. Ottawa professes to value the rule of law, however it can’t even abide by the resolutions of the same body it aspired to sit on UNSC. The Canadian government has refused to abide by the 2016 UN Security Council Resolution 2334, calling on member states to “distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied in 1967.” The resolution also urges “the intensification and acceleration of international and regional diplomatic efforts and support aimed at achieving, without delay a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East on the basis of the relevant United Nations resolutions”. On the contrary, Ottawa has stated that it will act as an “asset for Israel” on the Council. Further, it has consistently voted against the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination together with the US, “Israel” and a handful of other countries.

The Canadian government continues to promote its long-gone value as a “peacekeeping” country. However, that may just be rhetoric or wishful thinking. Canada’s political closeness to the war-prone US government leading to interventions in other countries is more the real image in the era of Hybrid Wars. The Liberal Trudeau government has also signed off on a $14 billion Light Armoured Vehicle sale to Saudi Arabia that was negotiated by the previous Conservative government.

Canada is aligned to most US foreign military incursions by ideology and by deed providing willingly its soft power in the guise of military and police training to countries with questionable records on human rights. In 2017-2018, the Canadian Directorate of Military Training and Cooperation delivered training to more than 1,500 candidates from 56 member countries across the globe. That may not be the offending part of it’s foreign policy as several countries provide similar service, but doing that while stating as part of its mission to “Promote Canadian democratic principles, the rule of law, and the protection of human rights in the international arena”, may well be seen as another contradiction.

Geopolitical reality seems to reveal Canada’s policy incongruity and UN member States may see through that pretentious presupposition. Canada’s silence about the military coup in Bolivia last November and its forceful determination to regime change in Venezuela against the legitimately elected government of Nicolas Maduro betray precisely a disregard for “democratic principles” and the “rule of law” in the international arena. The UN recognises the Venezuelan Ambassador appointed by the legitimate government of Venezuela.

Canada is not a peace-loving internationalist country anymore. It has lost the appeal that may have held in the past, and is criticised today for letting its mining corporations abuse the human rights and the environment in other – mostly – African countries.

At a time when the issue of racism managed to take over the world media stage over the killing of George Floyd in the US replacing the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been suggested that the block of “black and brown countries” of Africa may have rejected Canada’s bid to the UNSC. When pressured to give his opinion on the anti-racism protests in the US at the beginning of June, Justin Trudeau avoided criticising Trump’s administration and chose instead to recognise that there is “systemic discrimination” against racialised groups in Canada.

In concluding, the loss of the Canadian government on the international stage may be a victory for Canadians at home. Usually the Canadian public doesn’t seem to care about foreign policy, which is never on the top 10 list of voter priorities. Only Canadians following regularly foreign policy would react to the news of a lost vote at the UN.

However, the campaign launched by Canadians questioning Canada’s bid to a UNSC seat perhaps shows that Canadians care about Canada’s international image and the possible links to domestic policy. They are willing to speak up and in fact, a new campaign has already being launched calling on the Prime Minister “to fundamentally reassess Canadian foreign policy.” This in itself is a victory.

The international community has not given a vote of confidence to Canada’s foreign policy by denying a seat to the UNSC. That’s all the international community can do. It is up to Canadians now to demand changes to the Canadian government.

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Global issues require united action and a reinvigorated UN

Need for UN reform
Graham Peebles writes:

Whatever corner of the world one happens to live in, the most pressing issues of the day affect everyone. Pandemics/epidemics and the environmental emergency; war and terrorism; poverty and food insecurity; overpopulation and the displacement of persons – these affect us all. Such crises cannot be limited by borders or controlled by nation states; no government or corporate power can manage them. They are interconnected global issues and they require a coordinated global response.

Drawn together by economic interest or shared geopolitical concerns various allied groupings and regional alliances exist in the world. While such assemblies present the possibility of nations unifying, self-interest, ideology and partisanship dominate the approach of many governments to global problems. Achieving consensus is rare, and consistent implementation of agreements even more so. Also, with the rise of tribal nationalism in recent years, led by major nations like United States, Russia and China, the space for cooperation and unity has been furthereroded, and the major issues of the times ignored, or in many cases enflamed.

The United Nations: What now?

In addition to highlighting a range of social inequalities, the COVID-19 pandemic has emphasised the need for nations to work cooperatively in response to global issues, under the coordinated stewardship of an international body, one that is free from political ideology is non-partisan and works to build the broadest level of consensus.

Established in 1945 at the end of World War II, the UN with its range of 15 specialised agencies is the obvious body to take on such an expanded, essential role – not by adopting powers of governance over member states, but by being invested with a new status based on the recognition that certain issues demand unified strategic action and the understanding that the future of individual countries rests upon the health and stability of the whole.

Like all global organisations, the UN is imperfect and reforms are needed, but it represents a high point in human achievement and the world is a richer place for its existence. Since its inception million of people have been fed, educated and cared for by UN agencies. Its overall aim is “the maintenance of international peace and security”. However, with member states pursuing their own ideologically-fuelled agendas and with limited or no influence to tackle the underlying causes of conflict, this has proved impossible. One of the most significant accomplishments in the history of the UN is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), proclaimed in 1948. It includes the right to not be enslaved, the right to free expression, the right to food and shelter and the right to seek asylum from persecution. 

Despite the fact that many of the rights expressed remain unrealised the existence of the UDHR is crucially important, establishing a clear set of rights for every human being in the world. Moreover, as we move into a new time, the UDHR could serve as a guiding template for systemic change, in particular the rights outlined in Article 25, which states: “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and wellbeing of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.”

Within the UN there are a range of relevant departments concerned with the global issues outlined, agencies that are overflowing with expertise and people of goodwill. But whether it’s the Un High Commissioner for Refugees (working with refugees), the World Health Organisation or the UN Environment agency, all to often their efforts to act for the benefit of those they serve are inhibited by the power exerted by the 15-member Security Council, in particular the permanent five (P5), by the self-centered short-term approach of member states, lack of funding and a somewhat ambiguous world role.

Agents of change

At the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic, the WHO works to bring about “the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health… physical, mental and social well-being”. Much has been achieved in the 70 years since it was set up. But in developing regions (where nations cannot fund health care adequately) access to medical support is extremely limited and, as in countries where health care is not (freely) provided by the state, the quality of treatment received by patients is conditioned by their economic status. The WHO has been criticised by some, most notably President Trump (who has now withdrawn US funding), for failing to act quickly enough over COVID-19. Certainly, mistakes were made. The world-wide response to the virus, however, should have been coordinated by the WHO; consistent methodologies followed – while being adapted to specific populations – with clear messages and detailed scientific information. Instead, nations turned within and formulated their own approaches.

Together with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the UN Environmental Agency has potentially the most important role of any UN agency. But their aim to encourage partnership in “caring for the environment” is frustrated by the forces of commercialisation and the consumer-obsessed way of life relentlessly promoted by corporate governments and followed by the mass of humanity. Governments are fixated on growth, and caring for the environment is a secondary consideration, if considered at all. “Reducing food insecurity and rural poverty” is the concern of the UN fFood and Agriculture Organisation. Around two billion people in the world are estimated to be food insecure, of whic, just under a billion “don’t have enough to eat”. The world is vastly overpopulated – common estimates suggest that the planet can comfortably support 3.5 – 4 billion people, but currently the global population stands at 7.8 billion. There is however food enough for everyone; starvation and malnourishment are fundamentally problems of poverty and distribution, not over-population, although this is a significant issue which is having a devastating impact on the natural environment.

Peace, hunger, displacement, environment, health care – every issue is interconnected, one impacting on the other. All arise from and are intensified by the all-pervasive unjust socio-economic system. Everything and all areas of life have become commodified and commercialised, including the natural environment, food, health care and education. No money – no food, no cash – no health care, no income – poor or non-existent education and sub-standard housing. As a means of organising the socio-economic life of humanity, promoting human wellbeing and environmental health it is utterly deficient, detrimental in fact. Whatever bailouts and stimulus programmes are concocted to mop up the COVID economic spillage, it is a system in decay, a vessel running on empty, propelled only by the momentum of the past.

Renewed UN

Key to overcoming the global issues outlined here and bringing about socio-economic change is the introduction of sharing, together with a reinvigorated expanded UN. Most people and many nations are poor, or poorly off, but the world is rich, overflowing; it is an abundant world and everyone is entitled to benefit from its collective riches.

Sharing as a principle of living needs to be planted in all areas of life, a unifying seed of goodness infusing all systems and modes of living. This will require the establishment of a new UN agency and eventually the dissolution of the Security Council, which is currently the most powerful arm of the UN. 

The new agency would design systems of sharing and oversee the equitable distribution, firstly of food and water, then, through a massive volunteer programme, of other resources that are held collectively, including knowledge, skills and creativity. Sharing is an extraordinarily potent quality, both an action and an attitude of mind. It is an expression of trust and an acknowledgment of our oneness; it encourages cooperation and cultivates trust, and when there is trust much can be achieved between individuals and groups. It a vibrant force for good and its time has come.

All countries are deficient in some areas, but as humanity begins to function as a world community, the needs of everyone can be met; all that is required is that we acknowledge the needs of all and learn to share. Although the current systems work against such commonsensical ways, through the application of creative thinking and goodwill, coordinated by a revitalised unifying UN, much can be achieved.

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Yemen UN: COVID-19 Rebound in Yemen to Cause More Deaths Than War

A Yemeni walks through a flooded street in Sana'a, Yemen, June 4, 2020.

At least 180 out of 369 hospitals will close within three weeks due to a lack of resources.

The United Nations warned that the COVID-19 pandemic in Yemen could leave more death, disease, and famine than the problems caused by the country’s war over the last five years.

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“There is a high probability that a pandemic resurgence will occur very soon in the country,” UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Chief Lise Grande warned on Friday.

The alert came shortly after the organization announced a cut in financial aid to Yemen.

“Of the US$2.42 billion the UN has requested from its donors, only US$1.35 billion will be received,” Grande said.

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In this country, at least 180 out of 369 hospitals will close within three weeks due to a lack of economic resources.

Meanwhile, 8.5 million people, including 3 million children, will suffer water and sanitation services’ disruption.

“Yemen is experiencing the world’s worst crisis, with 24 million people depending on humanitarian aid to stay alive,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said.

The country reported its first infection on April 10. Today, the total number of COVID-19 cases stands at 22 but it is believed the disease is advancing widely through the communities without being detected.

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