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What was the full text of Brazil's resolution that the US vetoed regarding Israel?

US veto at UN to shield Israel could weaken its Ukraine rallying cry | Reuters The U.S. veto in the U.N. Security Council bolstered long-held criticisms of the West by Russia, China and some ...
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What will be the consequences for Israel if Israel is behind the Gaza hospital? [closed]

Almost all (Real) human rights advocates and humanitarians and medias are trying to figure out who is right about the terrorist attack on the Gaza hospital. I want to go one step further. It is clear ...
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Why do obvious humanitarian issues need to be voted on by members of the United Nations Security Council?

According to the UN website, UN has the following functions and powers: to maintain international peace and security in accordance with the principles and purposes of the United Nations; to determine ...
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Did some UNGA resolutions recognize Crimea as independent or part of Russia? Or Kosovo as part of Serbia, to this day?

Russia has accused "the West" of double standards with respect to secession/self-determination e.g. in 2018 Lavrov said: "Despite numerous resolutions adopted by the UN General ...
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Does the United Nations have a responsibility to pressure Israel to establish a safe corridor to Egypt for those wishing to flee from Gaza?

I would like to know if the United Nations has a responsibility, due to what is stated in its Charter, to begin pressuring Israel as soon as possible to ensure that there exists a safe corridor to ...
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What do countries gain from UN peacekeeping deployment?

The countries with the highest number of UN peacekeeping forces include countries like Bangladesh, Nepal, Rwanda, etc. They are not major geopolitical players unlike US, UK or China. What do these ...
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Why doesn’t the UN peacekeeping mission fight back against Hizbollah on the Israeli border?

Recently Hizbollah has been escalating pressure on the Israeli border, possibly triggering a new conflict. But why aren’t they being repelled by UN forces before Israel has a chance to respond? There ...
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Did the countries which vote on July 12th against the UNHRC resolution condemning religious hatred and bigotry vote for the same reason?

UN motion after Sweden Quran burning: How did your country vote? The motion called for countries to review their laws and plug gaps that may “impede the prevention and prosecution of acts and ...
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Why did Chile and Mexico abstain from voting, on the July 12th UNHRC resolution condemning religious hatred and bigotry?

UN motion after Sweden Quran burning: How did your country vote? The motion called for countries to review their laws and plug gaps that may “impede the prevention and prosecution of acts and ...
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Why did India vote in favor, on the July 12th UNHRC resolution condemning religious hatred and bigotry?

UN motion after Sweden Quran burning: How did your country vote? The motion called for countries to review their laws and plug gaps that may “impede the prevention and prosecution of acts and ...
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Is there a stronger measure that Japan can take to obtain legality or justification for releasing treated radioactive water?

Japan will soon begin releasing treated radioactive water into the ocean following approval from the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog for a controversial plan that comes 12 years after the Fukushima ...
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Why doesn't the US ratify treaties that have been widely ratified elsewhere?

The Wikipedia article List of treaties unsigned or unratified by the United States lists, among others, some famous treaties that have been widely ratified like the Convention on Rights of Persons ...
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UN take on ISIS?

As a quick search didn't turn up a clear result on this: did the UNSC or the UNGA (in this order of authority) give any authorizations or make any recommendations on the use of force against ISIS? And ...
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What would be the advantage of launching an UN-led inquiry over the Nord Stream sabotage?

Russian ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said Moscow was presenting a request for an independent investigation in light of doubts about the integrity and transparency of Denmark, Germany and Sweden in ...
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Why did Ukraine abstain from the UNHRC vote on China?

After reading the answers to this question, I noticed something odd: Ukraine appears to have abstained in the recent vote over China's policy towards the Uyghurs. However, given the context of the ...
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Why are Suriname, Belize, and Guinea-Bissau classified as "Small Island Developing States"?

From the Wikipedia article on Small Island Developing States, I was surprised to find Suriname, Belize, and Guinea-Bissau. None of those are on islands. Why are they included in this category? (One ...
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Why are non-Western countries siding with China in the UN?

https://www.reuters.com/world/china/un-body-rejects-historic-debate-chinas-human-rights-record-2022-10-06/ The U.N. rights council on Thursday voted down a Western-led motion to hold a debate about ...
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The Pitcairn Islands (pop. 50) are on the UN list of non-self governing nations. Does the UN have a proposal for the ultimate status of that "nation"?

The Pitcairns Islands are listed on the UN list of non-self governing territories. Unlike all the other entries which might theoretically function as an independent state, the Pitcairn Islands have a ...
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Why were the UN Sustainable Goals created?

So far, very few to none of the Sustainable Goals have been achieved. What led to the creation of the SDGs, and were they actually expected to be achieved?
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What privileges do non-member observers of the United Nations have?

It seems like they generally aren't allowed to vote on various issues, but they can voice their opinion on various issues if they please. Do they have any major powers in UN decision-making?
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(2014?) Proposal of an alternative referendum form in Crimea and Donbass under the supervision of the UN / OSCE

I'm trying to find out if there were (official) proposals* to hold alternative forms of referendums in the two areas. I know that the UN and OSCE have criticized and not recognized the referenda that ...
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What are the possible mechanisms of security guarantees for Ukraine?

My question is based on this post by Radio Free Europe. In a nutshell, there was a peace plan suggested that includes security guarantees for Ukraine. What are some reasonable mechanisms for such ...
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What determines the order of the flags at the UN headquarters in Geneva?

Outside the UN headquarters in Geneva, the flags of the member states are flown in the 'Allée des Drapeaux'. However, looking at photos of the flags, they never appear to be flown in the same order. ...
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Why did most Western countries vote against the UN proposed resolution “Towards a New International Economic Order”?

The Assembly adopted the resolution “Towards a New International Economic Order” by a recorded vote of 123 in favour to 50 against with 1 abstention (Türkiye). By its terms, the Assembly expressed ...
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Is there a list of which country has how many (UN-designated) terrorists / terrorist entities

Recently, India's statement on Pakistan said: No other country can boast having 126 UN-designated terrorists and 27 UN-designated terrorist entities Is this correct? Is there a list of which ...
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Making sense of a vote about Israel and nuclear weapons at the UNGA

Israel must get rid of its nuclear weapons, UNGA majority decides Why did this voting take place? Did Egypt submit proof of Israel having nuclear weapons before proposing this vote? Why voted ...
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Provisions for a UN security council expansion [duplicate]

When the UN was started way back in 1945 did the charter provide for reforms or was it envisioning itself as a long term exclusive club? Or were there some provisions to expand membership from time ...
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Why is Empowering Women considered important by the UN? [closed]

I have some doubts about women empowerment, let's take 1 example to illustrate the problem: a group of women organized a free computer programming class or lesson ONLY for women, by the intention to ...
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Why did The Bahamas vote against the UN resolution for Ukraine reparations?

The United Nations General Assembly voted on 2022-11-14 to hold Russia responsible for war reparations. Tally 94 For 14 Against 73 Abstain The "For" and "Abstain" votes are ...
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What benefits would the U.S. gain from voting against A/HRC/51/L.28 Rev.1?

https://twitter.com/UN_HRC/status/1578407316583497729 #HRC51 | Draft resolution A/HRC/51/L.28 Rev.1: “From rhetoric to reality: a global call for concrete action against #racism, racial ...
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What is the implicit meaning of abstaining from voting at the UN? [closed]

Recently, India abstained from voting against China regarding the Uyghur persecution question. What does it imply when a country abstains from voting at any of the UN councils? In the case of the UNSC,...
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What was the exact vote of the UN Human Rights Council on Xinjiang?

There just was a vote in the 47-member U.N. Human Rights Council, and it is really easy to find quotes like this: The 47-member U.N. Human Rights Council has rejected a resolution to hold a debate ...
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What are the difficulties of replacing the UN with a new, similar organization but without veto powers?

The UN Security Council can not act against Russia as they use their veto on any resolution against their invasion. It seems obvious that we need a reformation of the council so no country can block ...
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If one country doesn't recognize another's existence, does the UN charter prohibit anything short of crimes against humanity in their "relations"?

Israel and some Muslim countries (e.g. Syria) have been engaged in a "forever war". Quoting from Wikipedia: [T]he State of Israel and the Syrian Arab Republic [...] have been locked in a ...
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How many major intergovernmental organizations are there?

By 'major' I mean organizations that have more than half of the total number of UN states participating and/or all five of the permanent members. By intergovernmental organization, I mean any body ...
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What is the position of the United Nations on state mergers?

In general, the trend in recent years has been toward countries splitting into smaller independent entities. However, the opposite is also possible. For instance, suppose that tomorrow the European ...
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Is there a political solution to climate change without some kind of world government

A conservative opposition to anti Global Warming policy is that it will lead to a "One World Government". This is often derided as a conspiracy theory. Here is a thought experiment: If my ...
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Are international organizations becoming less democratic?

The countries in the world are becoming more and more democratic. Are international organizations like the UN and IMF becoming less democratic? If yes, why?
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Weighted voting in the UN

Is any voting in the UN ever weighted against the population, contribution or consequences? I understand that some countries have a better footing due to historical reasons. However, just to name some ...
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Is there any truth to Russia's claim at the United Nations that there have been food embargos against the Donbass by Ukraine?

For eight years, the people of the Donbas region have been subject to economic, transport and food embargos, the elderly and children were forced to hide from shelling and tens of thousands of ...
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Is armament considered an aggression in international law? [closed]

I have read many articles claiming the armament of Ukraine or other post-Soviet states to consist an act of aggression vs. Russia. However the UN charta gives the following definition of aggression: &...
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Are there benefits, except moral support for the victim country, to approach the ICJ when the offender is a UNSC Permanent member?

I am having some trouble understanding the present relevance of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in matters of war between two countries when at least one of them is a permanent member of the ...
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On what grounds did Vladimir Putin invoke Article 51 of the UN Charter for self defence while going into Ukraine?

In his announcement (at 20:02) of the special military operations, Vladimir Putin invoked article 51 of the UN charter, justifying these operations as self-defence. However, since Russia was never ...
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Are families with trans teens who leave Texas counted as Internally Displaced Persons?

Internally displaced persons are defined as, "Persons or groups of persons who have been forced or obliged to flee or to leave their homes or places of habitual residence, in particular as a ...
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What troops does the United Nations use to enforce a no-fly zone?

The United Nations Security Council has in the past declared no-fly zones over conflict regions. https://www.un.org/press/en/2011/sc10200.doc.htm But, what troops does the UN use to enforce this given ...
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What reasoning did Eritrea provide for its vote on the UN resolution against the war in Ukraine?

In the recent UN General Assembly resolution denouncing Russia's actions in Ukraine, only four countries were opposed, besides Russia itself. We have Belarus, a close ally of Russia that is involved ...
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Why has India abstained on the UNSC resolution on Russia in Ukraine?

Why has India abstained on the UN Security Council resolution condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine? EDIT: The Finantial Times published India sticks with Russia after Vladimir Putin’s invasion ...
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Was it advantageous for Russia to invade while holding the presidency of UN Security Council?

The Russian Federation is the current president of the UN Security Council. During the emergency UN security meeting, Ukraine asked that Russia give up their title in light of the recent attack. Did ...
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What institutions are currently in place to prevent authoritarian militarism?

Russia invaded Crimea in 2014 without any real consequences as evidenced by their ability to pull this stunt again now. Maybe tomorrow China annexes Taiwan, Serbia annexes Bosnia etc. Do we have ...
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Legal basis for self-determination vs. territorial integrity

There are many examples where self-determination means secession of a territory from a state, typically opposed by the latter. The most obvious recent example are the eastern regions of the Ukraine, ...
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