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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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The Data on the United Nations General Debate text

I'm searching for the text of United Nations General Debate, which is the set of annual speeches by each country. I found some text on the recent General Debate (back to 2011) here, but I would like ...
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Why will the US veto Iran's Sukhoi 30 purchase?

Why does the US say it will use its veto power in the United Nation's Security Council to block Iran from buying Sukhoi 30 fighters although it wasn't mentioned in Iran's nuclear deals.
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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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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 was the legal basis for the arrest of Gerald Bull by the UN in South Africa?

https://www.damninteresting.com/project-babylon-gerald-bulls-downfall/ lives up to its name, being indeed a damn interesting summary of the career of supergun engineer Gerald Bull. The one part I'm ...
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Who decides which countries are third world and how can it be challenged?

South Africa has become exceptionally powerful and its infrastructure has grown into what I'd regard as a First World country. I'd like to challenge its third world status. How does one go about ...
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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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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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United Nations : Right to Self Determination and Secession working groups?

Article 1, paragraph 2 of the United Nations charter allows for the right of self-determination. To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights ...
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Has Syria protested the violation of its airspace by US and European military aircraft?

Often when one country violates the sovereignty of another, by military jet flyover, for example, the country protests at the United Nations since the Charter of the United Nations forbids its members ...
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How dangerous a threat does North Korea pose to the world? [closed]

Current news states that North Korea have been ignoring UN resolutions on nuclear development, and have gone ahead with development and testing of nuclear weapons. They have stated that they can, and ...
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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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Reform of United Nations Security Council

There is a proposed Reform of the United Nations Security Council, but there seems to be no time line of implementation and vote. The latest update I found is that there was a meeting of 120 UN member ...
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The reason to veto in zakiur rahman lakhvi case

Recently a veto was held in un in favour of release of convicted zakiur rahman lakhvi.Can somebody tell what was the reason given?
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Americans and other nationals who have died under U.N. command, broken down by conflict

I'd like to know if there is any breakdown of the number of people, specifically by nation, who have died under U.N. command (whether as peacekeepers wearing the blue helmets, as diplomatic or service ...
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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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International Court of Justice and its jurisdiction

Can someone please explain the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). It appears that a particular country takes its orders on some issues and the same country says that ICJ has no ...
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Is it legal for one country to be under military protection of other?

According to UN, is it legal for a country to be under military protection of other country? or vice versa, is it illegal to give military protection to other coutries? Why I think it could be ...
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How can I promote human rights petitions to the UN?

How can I promote petitions about corruption and human rights violations in Egypt to the UN Human Rights Council?
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UN policy towards the Education in funded countries?

I came to know that Pakistan presents the history to their students differently than India, leading to a misguidance about the countries rivalry. I don't know whether it's true or not. But **suppose ...
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Was there a Security Council's meeting that lasted long time until resolution was finished?

Some time ago I attended a MUN conference and participated in the Security Council. One of the members tried several times to extend the time of meeting but not for a specific time. He wanted us to ...
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Why US voted against anti-Nazi resolution?

Recently, there was a voting (similar to the old one) in UN, about resolution that condemns the glorification of Nazism. US, again (along with one other countries - Ukraine), voted against. Motivating ...
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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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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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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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Other country as permanent member of UN Security Council?

Is there any other country which might have the ability or credentials to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council?
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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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Why China is blocking ban on Notable Terrorist Masood Azhar?

As per the todays latest update, China blocks Masood Azhar's listing as global terrorist for the fourth time. This guy is accountable for number of attacks and loss of lives. Apart from that there was ...
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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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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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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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What are the greatest accomplishments of the United Nations? [closed]

Looking back about 70 years now, what have been the greatest accomplishments of the United Nations? What use has the UN done? Was the UN effective in ending the cold war peacefully? Has the UN helped ...
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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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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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Is it possible for Saudi Arabia to run for a permanent seat in the UNSC?

The proposed reform of UNSC suggests that potential new candidates are Germany, Japan, India, and Brazil. Does Saudi Arabia qualify for this position under any criterion?
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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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Are Palestinians stateless?

Does the UN recognize the Palestinian people as stateless? The Palestinians achieved the de facto recognition of a sovereign Palestinian state in 2012 so why are they still considered stateless?
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What is the exact process the UN goes through to condemn a state?

You often hear about the UN deciding to "Condemn" a state, but I don't fully understand the process to do so and as such, I don't think I fully understand the impact. Is it just a basic vote between ...
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How does an independence referendum work?

I am just curious how exactly do independence referendums work. For instance let us assume that some people meet the criteria for a referendum and want to make a non-binding referendum. If they go ...
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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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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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November 22, 2016 article about the Syrian Civil War

Is this article accurate and fair in saying that "the Syrian government dismissed a UN plan that would have left rebels in control of the east if al-Qaeda-linked jihadists agreed to leave"? Why did ...
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National Security and the United Nations

So to my understanding national security is one of the utmost responsibilities of a head of government. However, how its foreign policy is done is another. My question is if a head of government saw ...
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Why there is no genuine attempts to reform the number of permanent members in UNSC which will include India if taken?

As we are all aware, India, Japan and other countries those who are potentially eligible for permanent members in UNSC being denied to become so in spite of their active participation. Though India ...
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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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Which powers does the UN have, and how can they be changed?

Several times, I've seen UN pressuring its member countries to take certain measures regarding health care and internal politics. Do they have this authority? Is there any document or something ...
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What is the role of the president of the UN Security Council?

What is the role of the president of the UN Security Council? More specifically, is he who decides which countries will speak and in which order? What happens if a representative of a country ...
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What is the purpose of establishment of United Nations?

We know that United Nations was established in order to maintain peace worldwide? But there have been many wars between countries in history even after its establishment... So what exactly was UN ...
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Why does the UK retain the Chagos Islands when it is a US military base

The Chagos Islands is at the centre of an ongoing dispute over ownership between the UK and Mauritius. The validity of each claim is covered in another question However, current the only use The ...