United Nations Health Organization Continues to Struggles with Rampant Travel Abuses

The WHO’s inability to significantly curb its expenses could undermine its credibility and make it more difficult to raise money to fight health crises

United Nations Health Organization Continues to Struggles with Rampant Travel Abuses

NEW YORK – The World Health Organization spent nearly $192 million on travel expenses last year, with staffers sometimes breaking the agency’s own rules by traveling in business class, booking expensive last-minute tickets and traveling without the required approvals, according to internal documents obtained by The Associated Press. The abuses could spook potential donors and […]

Thailand’s Foreign Minister Rattled as Foreign Envoys for Accompanying Thanathorn to Hear Charges of Sedition

"They think that they can do whatever they want in our country. We must ask Thai people whether it is appropriate for anyone to do anything when the feelings of Thai people are involved."

Thailand’s Foreign Minister Rattled as Foreign Envoys for Accompanying Thanathorn to Hear Charges of Sedition

BANGKOK – Thailand’s Junta appointed Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai has accused foreign envoys of breaching diplomatic protocol and intervening in the justice system by being present when Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit reported to Pathumwan police on a sedition charge. “That could not happen in their own countries, but they did it in our […]

Trump Administration Threatens to Pull Out of Universal Postal Union, Treaty

Trump administration sets in motion withdrawal; says it's willing to renegotiate rates and stay

Trump Administration Threatens to Pull Out of Universal Postal Union, Treaty

WASHINGTON D.C. – The Trump administration announced on Wednesday that it was intending to leave the Universal Postal Union, now an agency administered by the United Nations which sets international postal rates. Throughout the Universal Postal Union’s 144-year-old history, the international system in its various forms has largely avoided the spotlight. But thanks to the […]

China Slowly Buying “Influence” Away from the US at the United Nations

Funding reports and missions allows China to buy some "influence" and push its candidates into top positions.

China Slowly Buying “Influence” Away from the US at the United Nations

NEW YORK – Criticized by the Washington for alleged interference in US politics, China has quietly blazed a path at the United Nations where it is, little by little, becoming one of the most influential members. At the Security Council, where China holds one of five permanent veto-wielding seats, its statements remain bland, often recalling […]

Thailand Named as One of the 38 “Shameful” Countries in United Nations Report

Governments frequently charged human rights activists with terrorism or blamed them for cooperating with foreign entities or damaging the state’s reputation or security, it said.

Thailand Named as One of the 38 “Shameful” Countries in United Nations Report

  GENEVA – The United Nations listed 38 “shameful” countries including China and Russia on Wednesday which it said had carried out reprisals or intimidation against people cooperating with it on human rights, through killings, torture and arbitrary arrests. The annual report from U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also included allegations of ill-treatment, surveillance, criminalization, and […]