Ronda Hauben
Ronda Hauben who is an award winning journalist, writer, and resident correspondent for taz.de (Die Tageszeitung) at the United Nations in New York is also a Senior Advisor to the Fourth Media, English Website of the April Media. She also worked as United Nations Special Correspondent for the Ohmynews.com, the most popular citizen web media in South Korea.
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In light of a recent incident at the UN it would seem widespread discussion is needed about the importance of United Nations General Assembly Resolution 11(1) January 24,1946. (1) UN General Assembly Resolution 11(1) January 24, 1946, has a title and an introductory statement. It reads: “UN, Resolutions Adopted on the Report of the Fifth […]

South Korea has reached a critical juncture. The National Assembly has voted to impeach the President, Park Geun-hye and the impeachment has gone to the Constitutional Court. Six of the nine judges must support the impeachment for Park to be removed from the presidency permanently. In the midst of this turning point, Ban Ki-moon’s 10 […]

On Wednesday, November 30, 2016, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 2321, which imposes but another round of sanctions against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The penholder for the resolution was the US represented by US Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power. This was the same kind of punishment resolution that the US […]

On Tuesday, September 27, women peace activists held a press conference at the Interchurch Center across from the United Nations Headquarters building in NYC. They announced that they had delivered a letter signed by more than 100 women asking UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to initiate a peace process which will lead to a peace […]

Recently a Chinese commentator, observing the relationship between the need for a peace treaty to end the Korean War and North Korea’s four nuclear tests wrote: “North Korea, in a statement after its nuclear test, has made it clear that if it could sign a peace treaty with the United States, and if the United […]

Part I – Introduction On Thursday, May 29, the UN Security Council’s 1718 Sanctions Committee was to present its mandated periodic 90 day report to the UN Security Council. Instead of a written report and an open presentation as has often been the case in the past, however, there were closed consultations and no public […]

On Friday April 24 women planning to cross the DMZ as part of their peace march from North Korea to South Korea held a press conference near the UN. They updated journalists on the developments following their prior press conference in March at the UN. (1) In the interim period one of the co-organizers of […]

On March 11, women who are planning to cross the DMZ separating the two Koreas held a press conference at the United Nations. They explained that 30 women from around the world would hold a walk for peace in Korea in May 2015. The group hoped to meet with North Korean women in North Korea […]

On Monday February 16, North Korea’s Ambassador to the UN, Jang Il Hun, held a press conference with several journalists who cover the UN. It was a holiday in NY and the UN headquarters buildings were closed for the American President’s Day. The press conference was held at the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) […]

A small demonstration that took place across the street from the UN on Wednesday, October 22 was a sign of the problem represented by the Commission of Inquiry (COI) report by the UN Human Rights Council on North Korea. The COI report had been issued in March 2014. The demonstrators carried posters challenging the action […]

The briefing held at the United Nations by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Tuesday, October 7 was an opportunity to hear the DPRK’s response to US and EU initiatives targeting the DPRK. The US and the EU have been using the UN to try to demonize the DPRK as a perpetrator of […]

On May 13, the Chief Prosecutor for the ICC, Fatou Bensouda, appeared before the UN Security Council to present the “Seventh Report of the Prosecutor of the ICC to the UN Security Council Pursuant to UNSCR 1970 (2010)”. In her statement to the Security Council, she said (1): “To be absolutely clear, the Government of […]

The press conference held by Jordan’s Ambassador to the UN to introduce Jordan’s presidency of the UN Security Council for the month of January 2014 included a surprise proposal that distinguished it from the usual tradition of announcing the program of work for the Security Council for the month.(1) The surprise was the announcement of […]

I-Introduction Every year in September the UN opens a new session of its General Assembly by inviting heads of state or other high officials of the 193 member states to make a speech to the General Assembly. This year once again many heads of state made their presentations to the UN. Several of the speeches […]

I- Some Background The story of the Korean War is a story not often told. Yet sixty years after the agreement to end the military hostilities on July 27, 1953, there is not yet a peace treaty to end the war. This article on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the Armistice Agreement is […]

The foreign ministers of the five MERCOSUR member countries came to the United Nations on Monday, August 5 to issue an important warning to the international community. MERCOSUR is the Southern Common Market made up of the countries of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay and Venezuela. The five Ministers had a meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The purpose of the meeting was to explain to the Secretary General, their countries’ concern over what they referred to as the “acts of espionage carried out by intelligence agencies of the United States of America which affect all countries in the region.” The Ministers presented Ban Ki Moon with a resolution on this issue passed at the meeting of MERCOSUR on July 12, 2013.(1) After they met with Ban Ki-moon, the five Foreign Ministers held a press conference.

It was an unusual event. On Thursday, July 11, the Asia Society presented a program about the Search for Peace with North Korea. The official title of the program was “Avoiding Apocalypse: Searching for Peace with North Korea.”(1) Such a title is in itself an unusual event for a program about North Korea as it […]

The US is not acting as a subsidiary or representative of the UN when it acts under the name of the “UN Command”. Yet the false appearance given is that the US is acting under the authority of the UN. In apparent agreement with the DPRK, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary General, Eduardo del Buey responded: “But the United Nations has never had any role in the command of any armed forces deployed in the Korean peninsula. In particular, the United Nations did not at any time have any role in the command of the forces that operated in Korea under the Unified Command between 1950 and 1953.”

A few weeks ago I was invited to comment on what I felt the change in China’s government and the Communist Party leadership will mean for the future of China and for the UN. (1) I am not an expert on China, but I have by now had the experience of observing China’s activity at the UN and particularly in the Security Council for almost seven years. What I have observed recently, is that in some areas, like the Syrian conflict, China continues to insist on its long standing principle to support negotiations and to work toward a political settlement of the conflict. But in other areas, particularly the situation with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) China has seemed to be subordinating its emphasis on the peaceful settlement of conflicts to go along with the coercive actions proposed by the US government against the DPRK. (2)

While there are rare instances of the UN Security Council acting in a way that welcomed the parties to a conflict to explain their views to the members of the Security Council so that the Security Council could be helpful toward a resolution, there are a number of examples of the Security Council acting in […]

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