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  1. Thank You, Ms Pillay

    Your support and the movement of the UN on the issue of LGBT rights is welcomed.

    Secretary of State Clintons historic and remarkable speech on LGBT rights is a clear defining moment in progress on LGBT rights.

    We need to see words becoming more regular, more forceful and translated into dynamic and sustainable action.

    We need equality to become real not aspirational.

    Thank you for your support in this process.

  2. Pleasant change to some of the other stories on here today!

    A breath of fresh air.

  3. Spanner1960 15 May 2012, 6:59pm

    Big fat hairy frigging deal.

    The UN are a complete and utter waste of space and should be disbanded.
    All they ever do is fcking talk.

    1. Since the 1990s, many conflicts have been brought to an end either through UN mediation or the action of third parties acting with UN support. The list includes El Salvador, Guatemala, Namibia, Cambodia, Mozambique, Sierra Leone and Burundi. Research credits UN peacemaking, peacekeeping and conflict prevention activities as a major factor behind a 40-per cent decline in conflict around the world since the 1990s.
      The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has helped 137 countries to protect ancient monuments and historic, cultural and natural sites.
      Since the General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, the United Nations has helped to enact dozens of legally binding agreements on political, civil, economic, social and cultural rights.
      By imposing measures ranging from an arms embargo to a convention against segregated sporting events, the United Nations was a major factor in bringing about the downfall of the apartheid system.

      1. so there!

      2. Spanner1960 15 May 2012, 7:46pm

        So please tell me, why six months on they have done completely and utterly FCK ALL about Syria whilst the government forces are slaughtering civilians including over 450 children?

        They are a complete chocolate teapot that constantly threatens but is in fact totally toothless because there is always one party always unwilling to cooperate.

        1. Ah, so we judge them on failures and not on successes?

          The issue with Syria is predominantly Russia vetoing action.

          Other successes of the UN include:
          More than 50 million refugees fleeing persecution, violence and war have received aid from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) since 1951.
          The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has helped to spare millions of people from the calamitous effects of natural and man-made disasters. Its early warning system.
          Over 510 multilateral treaties—on human rights, terrorism, global crime, refugees, disarmament, trade, commodities, the oceans and many other matters—have been negotiated and concluded through the efforts of the United Nations.
          The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) promotes the protection of intellectual property rights and ensures that all countries are in a position to harness the benefits of an effective intellectual property system.

          1. Spanner1960 15 May 2012, 10:25pm

            Failures?
            You can only fail if you try and it doesn’t work.
            All they did was threaten them with another meeting.

          2. Do you call supporting the Arab League peace mission (which failed), doing nothing?

            Do you call sending 200 UN Observers doing nothing?

            Do you call the UN food agency supporting 250000 refugees doing nothing?

            Do you call UN resolution 2043 doing nothing?

            If you want more action – ask the Russians why they are vetoing further action.

  4. Meeting on Effective Policies and Practices to Address Homophobic Bullying in Educational Institutions 16 May 2012

    Due to be streamed on the web about midday UK time

    http://goo.gl/8SCdF

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