U.N. Declares 2014 Year of Palestinian Solidarity

Jewish officials worry about exclusion, uptick in anti-Israel activity
Palestinian National Authority Leader Mahmoud Abbas and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The United Nations overwhelmingly voted to declare 2014 the “International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People” during an unprecedented vote that human rights observers say was marred by anti-Israel fervor.

Pay Gap Between U.N. Employees, U.S. Counterparts Widening

U.N. salaries nearly 20 percent higher than U.S. civil service
United Nations Flickr New York

The pay gap between professional United Nations employees and their United States government counterparts has widened considerably in the last decade, according to a recent report.

Iran Refuses to Recognize Israel at U.N.

U.N. member states unfazed
Iran refused to recognize Israel in the United Nations

Iran publicly refused to recognize “the Israeli regime” during a full meeting on Thursday of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

U.N. Arab Group Opposes Israeli-Authored Proposal to Help Farmers

Many Arab nations could benefit from agriculture initiative
Saudi Arabia delegate speaks for U.N. Arab group / un.org

An Israeli-authored United Nations proposal that could help millions of struggling farmers received unlikely support this week from more than 100 nations, barring one key voting bloc: the Arab group.

Group: UN Body Bars Jews from Entering Palestinian Meeting

‘This is the face of modern anti-Semitism by the UN’
United Nations building / WC

A prominent Jewish human rights institute has accused the United Nations of intentionally barring pro-Israel Jewish groups from attending a major meeting on the pursuit of Palestinian statehood.

West Criticizes, China Defends Human Rights Record at U.N.

Xi Jinping / AP

GENEVA/BEIJING (Reuters) – Western countries accused China on Tuesday of arresting activists, curbing Internet use and suppressing ethnic minorities, as the United Nations formally reviewed its rights record for the first time since Xi Jinping became president.

U.N. Headquarters Covers Historic Carving to Avoid Offending Iran

U.N. watchdog group says incident an ominous sign ahead of nuclear negotiations
United Nations building / WC

The United Nations European headquarters in Geneva has covered up a historic wall carving of a naked man to avoid offending the Iranian government on the eve of nuclear negotiations, the Tribune de Geneve reported today.

United Nations Picks Iran to Serve on Disarmament Committee

Iran will join UN weapons disarmament committee chaired by unstable Libya
Iranian President Hassan Rowhani in New York

The United Nations has selected Iran to serve in a senior role on its Committee on Disarmament and International Security, an international body that deals with major global security issues.