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Just in time for the UN General Assembly, the UN secretariat has published the second World Happiness Report. On the basis of extensive polls in 156 countries it assesses how people rate their overall happiness in life. The result shows that, despite the 2007-08 financial crisis, the world has become slightly happier in 2012 than… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

During the most recent conference of the Group of Non-Aligned countries in Tehran the Iranian President Ayatollah Khamenei and the -first freely elected- Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi have called for a radical renovation of the United Nations. This goes in particular for the Security Council which is no longer representative of the global population and… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

18 years ago, on September 13th 1993, Rabin and Arafat, the two outstanding political leaders of their communities, solemnly signed the “interim agreement” at the White House in Washington, ushering in a short period of hope for a peaceful settlement of their 60 year-old conflict. But in fact, the 18 years since the Washington ceremony… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

In early September, the UN Secretary-General has given the alarm signal by urging all governments to accelerate preparations for finalising the KYOTO successor agreement before the end of 2009. He has called upon them to engage in substantive talks at the next preparatory conference in Poznan in December 2008. Despite a massive input of manpower… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein