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Questions tagged [united-nations]

For questions on The United Nations, an international organization whose stated aims are facilitating cooperation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress, human rights, and achievement of world peace.

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Why did cannabis get legalized first?

The number of drug "addicts" are about 5% of users. So most users are not even addicts. This one says 10% of users become addicts. I am sure it means 10% of illegal drug users. First, medical ...
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What makes the Global Compact for Migration so controversial?

According to recent news: The UN General Assembly endorsed a sweeping accord to ensure safe and orderly migration on Wednesday, overriding opposition from five countries, including the United ...
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Why did Hungary oppose a refugee support agreement?

A UN General Assembly vote on a non-binding agreement to support those nations with the largest refugee populations has 181 supportive votes, three abstaining nations (Dominican Republic, Eritrea and ...
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Does Iran have any remaining obligations regarding UN Security Council resolution 2231 and testing ballistic missiles?

In recent US government news, Iran allegedly test-fired a missile: The Iranian regime has just test-fired a medium range ballistic missile that is capable of carrying multiple warheads. The missile ...
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Is China a “developing country” according to WTO, UN, IMF, etc?

In a recent phone call between Wall St. Journal reporter Bob Davis and President Trump, the president expressed his objection to the WTO's categorization of China as a "developing country". In UN ...
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Does breaking a Paris climate vow result in sanctions by the UN?

Today I read in the Washington Post that: On the eve of the most important global climate meeting in years, a definitive United Nations report has found that the world is well off course on its ...
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UN criticises Germany on the grounds of basic human rights, what follows?

The latest report from United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner more or less confirms what critics of the German laws, regulations and practices claim for some years now. Critics ...
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Are there democratic countries that joined to form another independent country?

Instead of normal split of democratic countries. Are there democratic countries that joined to form another independent country? Example of independent union is European Union. My question is are ...
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Is the UN Security Council simply a forum for the member states?

The UN Security Council can direct military force. Is the decision making of the Council by unanimity of member states, or is there a supranational decision-making body that can direct force without ...
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What does a country need to do get rejected by the UN?

This page, which delineates the procedure for joining the UN, says: The Security Council considers the application. Any recommendation for admission must receive the affirmative votes of 9 of the ...
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Has a world leader been laughed at while addressing the UN General Assembly before?

Donald Trump was reportedly laughed at by delegates while addressing the United Nations General Assembly: In one of the more remarkable moments in the history of the annual UN summit, the chamber ...
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Why can't state leaders or UN or World Food and Agriculture Organization stop the unimaginable food wastage level?

According to the key facts on food loss and food waste by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), 1/3 of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally, ...
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Gilgit-Baltistan is disputed territory, then how is it that Pakistan administers that area? [closed]

According the the Instrument of Accession (Jammu and Kashmir) signed by the ruler of the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, Maharaja Hari Singh, the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is a part of ...
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Why didn't the United Nation send Peacekeepers to Rwanda?

In just 100 days in 1994, some 800,000 people were killed in Rwanda. Canadian General Romeo Dallaire was the overseer of the peacekeeping mission there. He had a small garrison of peacekeepers. ...
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Why are countries so reluctant to abandon UN treaties?

As an example, even the most anti-immigrant countries refused to leave the UN convention on refugees and Canada was reluctant to leave the UN Convention on illicit drugs. But what's the big deal ...
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Why didn't Canada leave the UN conventions on illicit drugs before legalizing marijuana?

According to this article, Canada would be breaking at least three UN treaties once it legalized marijuana in October. But why didn't the Canadian government just leave the treaties beforehand? It ...
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Iran-Iraq War compensations claims

Recently an Iranian MP demanded the Iraqi government to pay Iran more than 1 trillion US dollars as damages for Iran-Iraq War. The MP based his claim on Article 6 of UN Resolution 598. I wonder if ...
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Embassies in Jerusalem [duplicate]

Now that several countries have moved their embassies to Israel's capital, I wonder exactly what the fuss was about. Was the theory that embassies in Jerusalem violate the policy of many countries to ...
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How did Russia retain the UNSC veto power of the Soviet Union?

I am not sure what the criteria are to be a permanent member of the UN Security Council, but I do wonder how did Russia manage to keep its veto power after the dissolution of the Soviet Union? I ...
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Non-subjective definition of “terrorist”, or widely used equivalent term?

Philipp comments: ...We all know that one side's terrorists are another side's freedom fighters... Suppose big Country X provides arms to little Country y's native "freedom fighters", who do ...
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Do United Nations Security Council Resolutions emphasized phrases have a standard meaning?

Reading some random United Nations Security Council Resolution documents (e.g. 1, 2, 3) I noticed that they contain some emphasized verbs (expressions) (italics) that seem to be from a predefined set: ...
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How did the United States ''enhanced'' interrogations (waterboarding) not violate Geneva Convention? [duplicate]

During Iraq/Afghanistan war, the Bush administration used what they called "enhanced interrogation" or now referred to waterboarding. Under the Geneva Convention, would these acts of torture be a ...
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International acceptance of separatist movements [duplicate]

If there exists an active separatist movement within an existing nation and there are reports of oppression of self expression by the government, what possible actions could be taken by international ...
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Do the UN Security Council's policies include any way to pass a resolution when one member vetos?

The U.N. Security Council can pass resolutions which all U.N. member states are required to comply with. 5 of these are permanent members. The permanent members can veto any action of the Security ...
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What happens if a member of the UN Security Council ignores a resolution?

From what I understand, resolutions passed by the UN Security Council are legally binding to all member states compared to the things passed by the General Assembly. So what would happen if a member ...
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Does Russia's veto at the UN Security Council end any role for the United Nations in investigating the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria?

This afternoon, a resolution at the UN Security Council, aimed to establish an independent investigation into alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syria, was vetoed by Russia. Is there a way that the ...
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Is the UN headquarters (or any UN building) under umbrella of Article 22 of Vienna Convention?

Article 22 of Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961 states this about countries' embassies: The premises of the mission shall be inviolable. The agents of the receiving State may not ...
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Can the USA government expel foreign diplomats working for the UN?

CNN reports that USA expelled 12 russian diplomats assigned to the UN. This (at least to a layman's POV) implies that the USA government can dictate who can and who can not work with the UN, and ...
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On what basis U.N. inducts new member states?

For example if a new nation is formed (e.g. South Sudan) then what are the necessary conditions a nation must satisfy so that they could be eligible for getting inducted into U.N. ??
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Can a nation just deny refugees to enter into their nation? [duplicate]

Is there any international mandate by UN which forces nations to accept refugees (For e.g. EU fines countries for not accepting refugees) and if not , can nations simply deny all refugees entering?
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What will happen if U.S. stops funding U.N.? [closed]

Donald Trump - "When all of our taxpayers are paying roughly 22 percent of the budget, I think they do expect to see a more efficient and an organization that's more objective and more in keeping ...
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By what mechanisms can International border disputes be resolved?

For example China claims a large chunk of Indian Himalayan state as part of "southern Tibet," which is known as Arunachal Pradesh in India, which administers it, but China claims to not recognize ...
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How can U.N. or other international bodies stop a naval/land based blockade which might cause humanitarian crisis?

If you look at map of Yemen then you can easily find out that it's surrounded by Oman and Saudi Arabia. As Saudi Arabia led coalition is causing a naval and land based blockade to Yemen - which has to ...
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Does Britain have de jure authority over the West Bank and Gaza?

That is, did the British Mandate of Palestine legally end? Britain was granted a "mandate" over Palestine by the League of Nations from 1923, "until such time as [it is] able to stand alone". British ...
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Does the UN recognize the borders of the 1947 Palestine partition? Or the 1949 armistice borders? Or something else?

Israel controlled a larger area by the 1949 armistice than the 1947 partition envisioned. However, the 1949 armistice lines are now widely understood as delimiting "Israel Proper". Was Israeli ...
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Does one country cutting off defensive cooperation with another country constitute a valid casus belli as per international law?

I was reading an article on a developing situation in one of the most volatile regions in the world and the strained ties between US and Pakistan. It is being speculated that Pakistan might end ...
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Has the UN Terrorist Financing Convention had a material impact?

The UN Terrorist Financing Convention was ratified in 1999 and has been ratified by 187 nations, yet very little information is available on the material impact it has had upon preventing terror ...
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What real effect does today's UN vote to condemn the United States' recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital have?

The United States is still going to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, so what impact does today's (12/21/17) vote really have?
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MONUSCO: Member state reaction to UN offensive in the Congo

Last week in the DROC the UN suffered its greatest loss of peacekeeper life since the Battle of Mogadishu, with at least 15 Tanzanian peacekeepers being killed by the insurgent group Allied Democratic ...
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What are the steps to become an independent country once independence has been declared?

In How to Become a Country in 3 Easy Steps they mention: Step 1 Declare independence Step 2 Gain recognition Step 3 Join the United Nations Foreign Policy has a similar article How to Start Your ...
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Did Mandatory power in Mandatory Palestine act 'prejudicially'?

The preamble in the British Mandate for Palestine has the following: ... Whereas the Principal Allied Powers have also agreed that the Mandatory should be responsible for putting into effect the ...
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Does the UN have any internal safeguards applying to its resolutions?

This is kind of related to this question: Can a UN member be penalized for threatening the destruction of another member? In one of the answers, it is written that "the UN can do whatever won't get a ...
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Who can get UN kicked out of New York City?

There's a fairly large amount of people who think UN should be kicked out of New York City. Why and whether it's a valid point of view is rather irrelevant. What I'm interested in, what would be ...
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Can a UN member be penalized for threatening the destruction of another member?

Suppose a UN member state threatens complete destruction of another member state - not even an invasion, but complete destruction. This is clearly in violation of the UN's goals and charter - the ...
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What UN policies could help end the Rohingya crisis? [closed]

We all are aware of the condition of Rohingya, a Muslim minority, in Myanmar. No country is giving them shelter, though some are living in Bangladesh and India. Still, they have to find a permanent ...
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What exactly is the purpose of the Non-Proliferation Treaty when nuclear weapons can be substituted with conventional explosives?

With the destructive power of nuclear weapons, it's understandable the concerted effort by many world bodies to vigorously regulate and control the ownership of nuclear weapons. The NPT is one of such ...
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Why UN has called meeting over North Korea but didn't call on its Chemical Weapons “Export”? [closed]

Today, headlines of every News agency pressed the panic button among public by portraying North Korea as the worst danger to World's Peace, while it has been virtually silent on North Korea smuggling ...
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May the UN security council kick out permanent members?

It seems there is often a country or two using their veto power to dissent from the other members. Is there any mechanism for the UN to remove them in order to create their desired outcome? Or, in ...
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What is the procedure of changing official English country name by United Nations?

The country can't (directly) control how it is called in another languages, but if the language is the official language of an international organization that country is a member of, it has ...
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What stops any nation/country from leaving the UN?

Reading on the topic a little I have learned that there is no provision in the United Nations for a state to leave. Indonesian supposedly left the UN back in 1965, and a year later it was treated as ...