United Nations’ Syria Chemical Weapons Report “overwhelming,” Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon Says
chief weapons inspector, Ake Sellstrom, who announced Friday that his report would be brought to Ban over the weekend. Sellstrom didn’t say when the report would be released to the public. In unusual candor, the secretary-general said that Syrian President Bashar Assad “has committed many crimes against humanity.” The U.N. chief’s deputy spokesman, Farhan Haq, said that Ban was not referring to the chemical weapons attack but to reports from the Human Rights Council and U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay . The secretary-general’s candor shifts the balance because the U.N. has not accused Assad of war crimes during Syria’s two-and-a-half-year-long civil war and the recent U.N. inspectors’ mandate was to only establish if chemical weapons were used in last month’s attack outside Damascus. Ban said that Assad will be brought to justice and “there will be, surely, the process of accountability when everything is over.” The secretary-general said it was a “failure” that the U.N. couldn’t resolve the ongoing conflict , a statement that sent some shock waves around the corridors of U.N. headquarters. “It’s an incredible situation that the Security Council has not been able to adopt any single resolution, even humanitarian, even humanitarian issues, not to mention political and security issues,” said Ban.
United Kingdom: Right to Affordable Housing Is Being Eroded
Finance Fri, Sep 13, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT – U.S. Markets closed United Kingdom Quarterly Beverage Tracker Report Q1 2013 Press Release: Reportlinker Wed, Sep 4, 2013 2:50 PM EDT NEW YORK, Sept. In the current climate of economic uncertainty and market volatility companies need to know about more than just data. This report provides a complete overview of all commercial beverage consumption trends, latest market developments and an economic mood indicator What is the current market landscape and what is changing? GDP growth is flat with interest rates remaining low. Confidence levels are uncertain with prices rising slightly. What are the key drivers behind recent market changes? The poor weather helped volume sales of coffee and impacted soft drinks What makes this report unique and essential to read? Designed for clients who want to understand the latest trends in the United Kingdom beverage industry and want more detail and analysis on this data. Canadean’s United Kingdom Quarterly Beverage Tracker report is ideal for benchmarking total market vs retail audit data and is an essential tool for keeping up-to-date with the latest industry and market developments Key Features and Benefits Readers are provided with a Summary snap shot table showing category growth in Q1 2013vsQ1 2012, together with 2012actual volumes, 2013 forecast volumes and projected growth An economic mood indicator, completed by Canadean’s local consultant, examines (on a scale of one to five) whether confidence levels in the industry are better or worse than the previous quarter, whether net prices are rising or falling and how Private Label products have performed versus the rest of the market. Selected retail pricing data is given for the most recent quarter and the previous four quarters, enabling analysis of price movements. Key highlights of the last quarter’s commercial beverage performance are identified and the key market drivers examined Volumes for Q1 2013vs Q1 2012, full year 2012, moving annual totals (MAT) and 2013 forecasts are provided for each individual beverage category, together with supporting text on quarterly performance and forecast assumptions. More granular data is provided for the Carbonates category, with data split by regular vs low calorie, and by key flavours. Significant activity in the soft drinks industry is covered including recent new product introductions (detailing flavour, pack type, pack size, retail price and selected pack shots) and the latest industry news. Soft Drinks Flavor trends and Innovation Table of Contents AT A GLANCE – QUARTERLY PERFORMANCE AND LATEST FORECAST HIGHLIGHTS New Products and Photo Shots FOCUS FOR THIS QUARTER Commercial Beverage Market Trends – Million Litres, 2012-2013F Commercial Beverage Market Trends – Million Unit Cases, 2012-2013F Soft Drinks Market Trends – Million Litres, 2012-2013F Soft Drinks Market Trends – Million Unit Cases, 2012-2013F Carbonates Market Trends – Million Litres, 2012-2013F Carbonates Market Trends – Million Unit Cases, 2012-2013F Selected Retail Price Movements, 2012-2013 List of Tables Commercial Beverage Market Trends – Million Litres, 2012-2013F Commercial Beverage Market Trends – Million Unit Cases, 2012-2013F Soft Drinks Market Trends – Million Litres, 2012-2013F Soft Drinks Market Trends – Million Unit Cases, 2012-2013F Carbonates Market Trends – Million Litres, 2012-2013F Carbonates Market Trends – Million Unit Cases, 2012-2013F Selected Retail Price Movements, 2012-2013 AT A GLANCE – QUARTERLY PERFORMANCE AND LATEST FORECAST List of Figures
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For generations, being poor in the UK didnt necessarily equate to being homeless, or to living badly housed and in permanent threat of eviction, said the Special Rapporteur on housing, Raquel Rolnik, at the end of her first visit to the country. Unfortunately, said Ms. Rolnik, the system has been weakened by a series of measures over the years, notably by having privileged homeownership over other forms of tenure. Most recently, several reforms to the welfare system along with cuts in housing grants appear to compromise the realization of the right to adequate housing and other related human rights, she said. In particular, Ms. Rolnik pointed to the bedroom tax as a measure that has negatively affected many vulnerable citizens. The policy, introduced by the Government in April, charges tenants extra for under-occupying homes that are supposedly too large for them. The so-called bedroom tax has already had impacts on some of the most vulnerable members of society, Ms. Rolnik said. During these days of my visit, the dramatic testimonies of people with disabilities, grandmothers who are carers for their families, and others affected by this policy, clearly point to a measure that appears to have been taken without the human component in mind. While acknowledging that difficult economic times allow for difficult policy decisions, Ms. Rolnik underlined that this does not justify putting housing rights in jeopardy. The Special Rapporteur also expressed concerned over the conditions of private renters, as the reduction in the social housing stock and the credit downturn has forced a higher percentage of the population, notably young people, to the private sector. During her two-week mission, Ms.