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Interview: it’s time to drop consensus | Environment | DW.DE | 27.03.2012   Leave a comment

“In an interview with DW, the head of an effort to reform the way the UN deals with environmental problems outlines his suggestions for how the world could move from countless talk shops to action.

Frank Biermann is the chair of the Earth System Governance Project and a professor at Amsterdam’s Free University. He is leading an effort to radically overhaul international institutions like the UN, to make them more effective in their response to global environmental problems like climate change, species loss and pollution.

DW spoke to him at this week’s Planet under Pressure conference in London, where he presented his team’s proposals to be considered at the Rio Earth Summit later this year.

DW: ……. ” ( click the link

for the interview)

via Interview: it’s time to drop consensus | Environment | DW.DE | 27.03.2012.

Posted March 27, 2012 by arnoneumann in Environment, UN

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We Have A Dream   Leave a comment



Declaration of Dissidents for Universal Human Rights

September 26, 2011

“We, former prisoners of conscience, dissidents, victims of torture, persecution, and repression, fighters for freedom, democracy and the dignity of all human beings, gathered here at United Nations Headquarters in New York City, on 22 September 2011, do hereby declare:…… ”

via We Have A Dream.

“Signed on this 22nd day of September, 2011, at the opening of the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly, for the We Have A Dream: Global Summit Against Discrimination and Persecution.


Yang Jianli, Former Chinese political prisoner, founder of Initiatives for China

Ahmad Batebi, Former Iranian political prisoner

Fidel Suarez Cruz, Cuban dissident and former prisoner

John Dau, Survivor of war in Sudan and founder of John Dau Foundation

Rebiya Kadeer, Uyghur dissident and former political prisoner in China

Grace Kwinjeh, Zimbabwean dissident and torture victim

Berta Antunez, Women’s rights activist in Cuba with Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White)

Adeeb Yousif, Darfur human rights activist

Jacqueline Kasha, Ugandan activist for LGBT rights, recipient of Martin Ennals 2011 Human Rights Defenders Prize

Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi, Iranian human rights ctivist


Witnessed by:


Prof. Irwin Cotler, Canadian MP, former Minister of Justice & Attorney General, McGill U. law professor, international human rights lawyer, counsel to prisoners of conscience

David Lowe, Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs, National Endowment of Democracy

Ambassador Alfred H. Moses, Chair of UN Watch

Katrina Lantos Swett, President of Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice

Philippe Robinet, French publisher of human rights testimonies

Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of UN Watch

John Suarez, Directorio

Human Rights Foundation

Viet Tan”

Posted September 29, 2011 by arnoneumann in Human Rights, UN

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Suicide Diplomacy – Op-Eds – Israel National News   Leave a comment



“The Palestinian Arab bid for Unilateral Declaration of Independence this week appears to be strongly influenced by the same principles of hate and destruction.

A Wall Street Journal editorial earlier this week questioned the logic of the UN efforts, even from a Palestinian Arab perspective asking, “A vote at the U.N. won’t create a Palestinian state and will likely retard the creation of one, perhaps for years. It won’t remove any Israeli settlements from the West Bank and might well give Jerusalem reason to accelerate the pace of construction. It could also lead Israel to take various punitive measures against the Palestinians, including freezing tax transfers worth about $100 million a month. The U.S. Congress might follow by cutting off the $600 million in annual aid to the Palestinians.”

This week Mahmoud Abbas acknowledged what he stood to destroy in the wake of these efforts, saying, “the Palestinian people and their leadership will pass through very difficult times after the Palestinian approach to the United Nations.” Saying further, “We decided to take this step and all hell has broken out against us.”

In seeking to understand the move, The Journal referenced an opinion piece that Abbas wrote in the New York Times in May, which said that “Palestine’s admission to the United Nations would pave the way for the internationalization of the conflict as a legal matter, not only as a political one. It would also pave the way for us to pursue claims against Israel at the United Nations, human rights treaty bodies and the International Criminal Court.””

As the Wall Street Journal concluded, “In other words, what Palestinians seek out of a U.N. vote isn’t an affirmation of their right to a state, but rather another tool in their perpetual campaign to harass, delegitimize and ultimately destroy Israel.”

Understand this: ‘peace’ is no goal of the Palestinians, only to hurt, maim, isolate and ultimately destroy the sovereign Jewish presence in the Mediterranean.”

via Suicide Diplomacy – Op-Eds – Israel National News.

Posted September 25, 2011 by arnoneumann in Geopolitics, Israel, Middle East, UN

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Humanitarian Innovation and the United Nations | Global Pulse   Leave a comment



“This weekend I was in Toronto at the 3rd global event of Random Hacks of Kindness (a global community of software developers and designers building practical open technology to solve international development problems), thinking about humanitarian innovations.”

via Humanitarian Innovation and the United Nations | Global Pulse.

“UN Global Pulse is an innovations unit, which is currently focused on capability and information gaps in vulnerability tracking, particularly in the wake of global crises.  We’ve done our due diligence, asking what the need is, surveyed what the current systems in place are, and looked for the gaps that we need to fill. We’re now at the stage where we know what the systems and processes we need are, we know that they’re a significant improvement over what currently exists, and we’re developing proofs of concept for these with help from companies, academia, communities, NGOs and individuals across the world.”

Posted June 7, 2011 by arnoneumann in UN

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UN presents new checklist to manage forest stocks   Leave a comment

The United Nations has an intriguing forest and forest degradation (REDD) and enhanced version coupled with a conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks progam.

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Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) is an effort to create a financial value for the carbon stored in forests, offering incentives for developing countries to reduce emissions from forested lands and invest in low-carbon paths to sustainable development. “REDD+” goes beyond deforestation and forest degradation, and includes the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks.

Furthermore :

“The Framework for Assessing and Monitoring Forest Governance covers policy, legal, institution and regulatory frameworks; planning and decision-making processes; implementation, enforcement, and compliance. It also grades performance in accountability, effectiveness, efficiency, fairness, participation, and transparency.

“Good governance in forestry determines whether forest resources are used efficiently, sustainably, and equitably,” said Eva Muller of FAO’s Forestry Department. “This framework outlines a systematic approach that countries and forest managers can use to identify areas of weakness, devise and implement suitable responses, and monitor results.”

Under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, developing countries would be offered incentives to reduce emissions from deforestation and to increase carbon sequestration through planting new forests, forest conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks.”

via UN presents new checklist to manage forest stocks.

Posted May 25, 2011 by arnoneumann in Environment

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