Obama welcomes ratification of CTBT by his home country Indonesia, vows to follow suit & UN to investigate US voter disenfranchisment
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Vienna - International dignitaries including several heads of state will congregate in Vienna at the end of this week for a "World Policy Conference" at the invitation of the French think-tank "Institut Francais des Relations Internationales" (IFRI).
Statements on Monday said the main theme between Friday and Sunday would be a global approach to current problems and international crises.
Among the approximately 150 participants would be EU Council President Herman van Rompuy, Presidents Abdullah Gul (Turkey), Danilo Turk (Slovenia) and Boris Tadic (Serbia), Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I. of Constantinople, Austrian president Heinz Fischer, and Amr Moussa, former general secretary of the Arab League, and Egyptian presidential candidate.
Also saying they would come were Kenyan Premier Raila Odinga, Emir of Qatar, Scheich Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves, as well as Israel's defence minister und ex-premier Ehud Barak, and Nobel Peace prize laureate and former Finnish president Martti Ahtisaari.
The 4th World Policy Conference would be in Vienna for the first time. In the Hofburg Palace, topics would range from the Arab Spring, natural catastrophes, the debts crisis in Europe, and democratization in Africa, to the future of the elite groups of nations G-8 and G-20.
Previously, the conference was held once in Evian in France, and twice in Marrakesh in Morocco.
A global revolt is underway, according to William I. Robinson, a professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and it has shifted the whole political landscape in terms of discourse. The only viable solution is a massive redistribution of wealth and power downward towards the poor majority, he writes.
UN chief urges countries to ratify CTBT United Nations: Referring to countries like India, China and Pakistan, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has called on nations to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) saying he is counting upon the "engaged leadership" of the remaining countries to bring the treaty into force.
Ban's remarks came as he welcomed Indonesia's ratification of the CTBT, encouraging the remaining countries that have not yet done so to sign and ratify the instrument to advance its entry into force.
Fed Considers Bailout for Eurozone to Quell Crisis
The Federal Reserve, along with the 17 eurozone national central banks, may help provide the International Monetary Fund with funds that could be used to aid debt-ridden states, a German newspaper reported.
Die Welt cited sources close to the negotiations as saying the eurozone central banks could pay at least $134.2 billion into a special fund that could be used for programs for nations struggling to control their debts.
It seems like foreign governments and corporations are craving U.S. public assets like toll roads, electrical grids and railways. In the case of our largest creditor, the Chinese government, they don’t want any more U.S. Treasuries, but they do want to own the hard assets that comprise our nation’s infrastructure.
Jeffrey Sachs: 'The institutions of Europe are not really functioning' - video
As chaos in the European markets continues, Jeffrey Sachs, a former special adviser to the United Nations secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, and one of the leading international economic thinkers of his generation, talks to Madeleine Bunting about the eurozone crisis
In recent years, the Palestinian Authority (PA) has enjoyed economic growth in the West Bank. However, this appears to have been only short-term growth based on foreign aid, and not on private sector activity or investment. Reduced foreign aid sparked an economic crisis in the PA, manifested in liquidity problems and difficulty in paying salaries. The crisis undermined statements by Prime Minister Salam Fayyad regarding the PA's readiness to establish a Palestinian state. The delay in the transfer of PA funds that Israel collects for it could exacerbate the crisis, prompting PA leaders to call for replacing the Paris Agreement, which regulates the economic relationship between Israel and the PA, with another agreement that would lessen the Palestinian economy's dependence on Israel.
Journalists Should Be Government Mouthpieces, Chinese Media Leader Says
The new president of China’s largest television network, the state-run organization known CCTV, drew fire over the weekend from Chinese press advocates and others online over comments urging journalists to drop their pretensions of professionalism and submit to being mouthpieces of the government.
WASHINGTON, Dec 5, 2011 (IPS) - It's not the topic of George Packer's latest essay that's particularly surprising. Inequality, he writes, is undermining democracy. Progressives have been hammering home this message for years if not decades.
It is hardly a logical spot for a farm, but three Berliners have earmarked a massive former factory roof for an unusual urban agriculture venture. The sustainable set-up will produce both vegetables and fish for local residents and could be a model for future city farms as the world continues to urbanize.
Tom Friedman recently wrote a sharp op-ed on "The Arab Awakening and Israel" in which he quoted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking before the Knesset in late November. Netanyahu said the Arab awakening was moving the Arab world "backward" and turning into an "Islamic, anti-Western, anti-liberal, anti-Israeli, undemocratic wave."
Robert Orr needs a Chinese Visa to enter UN's DC2 building
Rio+20: GreenPeace Statement
Greenpeace International Executive Director has released a statement on his views of Rio+20. "The future we want has gotten a little further away today. Rio+20 has turned into an epic failure, It has failed on equity, failed on ecology and failed on economy" were Kumi Naidoo frank comments after the text for the outcome document was adopted. Please click here for the full statement.
UN Policy Coordination on the Road
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Sha Zukang's behavior not appropriate...
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Chinese Social Affairs Department
"UN needs complete leadership overhaul"
International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell, who asked Ashdown to carry out the report, said the government would give its response in about six weeks.
Czech President Klaus
"...this is the time for international organizations, including the United Nations, to reduce their expenditures, make their administrations thinner, and leave the solutions to the governments of member states"
Sha Zukang Disrespectful of UN Rules
UN staff rules require employees to uphold and respect the principles set out in the Charter, including faith in fundamental human rights. They prohibit U.N. employees from accepting instructions from any government or from any other source external to the organization. UN staff should avoid any action and, in particular, any kind of public pronouncement that may adversely reflect on their status, or on the integrity, independence and impartiality that are required by that status.
Barack Obama on UN Reform
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NyTimes disavows Ban Ki Moon
"The United States, meanwhile, should think hard about whether it wants to support Mr. Ban’s re-election" NyTimes Editorial - Nov 03, 2010
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State Department Spokesperson P.J. Crowley
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UN STAFF RESOLUTION ON BAN KI MOON
If SG Ban Ki-moon fails to take immediate steps towards real reform to address these urgent systemic issues, Staff Union will consider a vote of NO-CONFIDENCE
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