UN Security Council to Hold “Straw Poll” for New Secretary-General

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, September 28, 2006  — Today in New York, the UN Security Council will hold a “straw poll” of the seven candidates to be the next UN Secretary-General.   UN Watch, a Geneva-based non-governmental organization, has been closely following the selection process.  “The …

Campaign to Expel Sudan from UN for Darfur Abuses

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, August 29, 2006  –  With increasingly alarming news coming out of the Darfur region of Sudan, UN Watch today launched an urgent global campaign calling on the UN Security Council and General Assembly to suspend and eventually expel Sudan from the world body, until it ceases to defy UN …

UN Watch Calls on New UN Rights Council to Denounce Darfur Atrocities

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, May 15, 2006 – UN Watch today called on the 47 countries of the newly elected UN Human Rights Council to take immediate actions necessary to ensure that next month’s inaugural session creates a robust mechanism to review violations, upholds the traditional participation of …

Democracies Urged to Bar Abusers from New UN Rights Council

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, May 3, 2006 – UN Watch today called on democratic states to block repressive regimes from winning control of the UN’s new Human Rights Council when its 47 country seats go up for grabs at the General Assembly next Tuesday. In a report released today (see full report here ), the …

NGOs Urge Major Changes to Human Rights Council Draft

PRESS RELEASE Groups Urge Removal of “Anti-NGO Clause” and Reinstatement of Annan’s 2/3 Threshold for Member Elections Geneva, March 2, 2006 – Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) today called on United Nations member states to make three key changes to the blueprint for a new Human Rights Council. (See …

Issue 12: The Bloated Agenda of the 53rd Session of the General Assembly

Today, all 185 members of the UN are gathering in New York for the start of the 53rd session of the General Assembly.   Analysis:  Over the next three months the General Assembly will attempt to deal with a breathtaking 165 agenda items. (The agenda itself is 15 pages long.) The agenda encompasses countless …