15 December 2014
SHARES News Items Overview: 16 November 2014-15 December 2014
This is our News Items Overview of 16 November 2014-15 December 2014, a summary of recent news relating to shared responsibility.
- The UNSC renewed its call on states and regional organisations to adopt counter-piracy measures off the coast of Somalia.
- While the planet and we face serious security, developmental and environmental challenges, G-20 countries possess not only the political power to set us on a better course, but a political responsibility to do so, according to Ban Ki-moon.
- President Obama almost called Russian intervention in the Ukraine an ‘invasion’, saying they are ‘very firm on the need to uphold core international principles’.
- Nine fugitives are being pursued as part of a UN-backed global operation targeting individuals wanted for serious environmental- and wildlife crime.
An Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesman said ‘we do hope that countries in the region will continue to uphold their shared responsibility in addressing this issue of asylum seekers’.
An American and a South African civilian were killed during a joint rescue operation orchestrated by the US and aided by the Yemeni government.
- The recent rise of migrants and asylum seekers crossing the Mediterranean Sea has resulted in a global crisis that calls for a global humanitarian response, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants said.
- UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said that the UN as a whole and all member states must renew commitments and intensify efforts to promote and protect minority rights worldwide. He called on member states to exercise their moral and political responsibility and take early action when confronted with evidence or known risk factors for atrocity crimes.
- At the 20th Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC, Ban Ki-moon warned that although governments were responding in unprecedented ways and businesses and communities worldwide were also stepping up, the ‘collective action does not match our common responsibilities’.
- Ban Ki-moon stressed the importance of partnerships between the UN and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, saying the organisations have a ‘common responsibility to diffuse tensions’.
- Jan Eliasson underscored the collective responsibility to prevent atrocity crimes that is rooted in international law.
- The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants urged European countries to support Malta’s efforts and ‘shoulder their share of responsibilities’.
- Five countries have been identified as being home to secret CIA-controlled prisons namely: Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Thailand and Afghanistan.