Articles by Helen Chang

UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ Message for the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust 2023

On 27 January 2023, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres sent a message for the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust Today, we honor the memory of the victims of the Holocaust. We remember the six million Jewish children, women, and men, as well as the Roma and Sinti, the people with disabilities, and countless others who perished. We reflect on the millions of individual lives cut short; the millions of futures stolen away. As we mourn the loss of so many and so much, we also recognize that the Holocaust was not inevitable. No…



On “Monitoring Mechanism for Human Rights, an Online Dialogue” — Transcript

On 18. October, the Secretary General of Urban Forum, Mag. Bernhard Müller, held an online dialogue with the Austrian lawyer MMag. Florian Horn on the topic of “Monitoring Mechanism for Human Rights, an Online Dialogue”. Following is the transcript of the insightful conversation, partially joined by SINOPRESS, too. Enjoy! Müller: Dear friends, welcome to our online dialogue! It’s a pleasure for me to speak with a special guest today on the topic of “Monitoring Mechanism for Human Rights”! With Mr. Volker Türk being appointed recently as the next United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, following approval by the General Assembly,…


Announcement of the Forum on “Monitoring Mechanism for Human Rights, An Online Discussion”

We are proud to announce the upcoming forum on Thursday, 18. October 2022 on the topic of “Monitoring Mechanism for Human Rights, An Online Discussion”, an event co-organized by URBAN FORUM and SINOPRESS.   Date: 3.45pm-5.00pm, 18.October 2022 Venue: ZOOM Meeting Join Zoom Meeting https://us05web.zoom.us/j/84615400500?pwd=T090NFBNaFVPNjZ2UjVUb25lcXVldz09 Organizers: URBAN FORUM, SINOPRESS Moderation: MMag. Alice Schmatzberger/Mag. Bernhard Müller    Agenda: With Mr. Volker Türk being appointed recently as the next United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, following approval by the General Assembly, Austria has drawn the world’s attention as a stronghold in the monitoring mechanism for human rights. According to the Vienna-based…


THE UN SECRETARY-GENERAL’S REMARKS ON SIGNING OF BLACK SEA GRAIN INITIATIVE

Yesterday, 22 July 2022, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres held a speech in Istanbul at the signing of the Black Sea grain exports agreement: Your Excellency, President Erdoğan, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Today, there is a beacon on the Black Sea. A beacon of hope – a beacon of possibility – a beacon of relief — in a world that needs it more than ever. I want to recognize and thank all those who helped make it happen. To our hosts, President Erdoğan and the government of Türkiye: Your facilitation and persistence have been essential through every step of this process….


Announcement of Online Forum on “Structural Violence and Public Policy”

  We are proud to announce our next online forum on the topic of “Structural Violence and Public Policy”!     Date and Time: 14. June, 2022, 3.30pm to 5pm CET Venue: ZOOM Conference Agenda: At the backdrop of anti-terrorism, COVID- 19 pandemic and the imminent war situation in Ukraine, social violence has become a critical public health problem, creating compromised health and social suffering. It is also a complex phenomenon that involves a spectrum of behavioral and social interactions that vary across the lifespan and different social, political and economic contexts. A term first coined by Johan Galtung, “structural violence” refers…


The UN Secretary-General’s Remarks at Joint Press Conference in Austria

On 11, May, during his visit in Austria, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ made remarks at Joint Press Conference with the Austrian Federal Chancellor H.E. Karl Nehammer and the Foreign Minister H.E. Alexander Schallenberg: Chancellor Nehammer, ladies and gentlemen of the press, Minister Schallenberg, I want to begin by expressing my deep gratitude for your country’s generous support to the United Nations and unwavering commitment to multilateralism. This support and commitment are more critical today than ever. We face multiple and interlinked global crises, and a proliferation of conflicts – not least the Russian invasion of Ukraine which is a…


UN Secretary-General Visiting Russia after Two Months’ War in Ukraine

Tomorrow, April 25th, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres will visit Moscow, Russian Federation, after two months of Russian’s military activities in Ukraine. Besides the plan of being received by President Vladimir Putin, Guterresshall have a working luncheon with the Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Russia’s so-called “special military operation” in Ukraine started on 24 February. After failing to quickly take over Kyiv, its forces withdrew from around the capital and northern Ukraine, re-focusing a big offensive in eastern Ukraine. Rapid gains were made in the south by trying to create a land corridor with Transnistria, between Crimea and the areas held by Russian-backed…


Announcement of Online Forum on “Hungary and Its Trial of Stability”

  We are proud to announce the upcoming forum on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 on the topic of „ Hungary and Its Trial of Stability””, an event co-organized by Dr. Laszlo FLAMM and SINOPRESS. Dr. Laszlo Flamm is a Hungarian historian and foreign policy expert; SINOPRESS is an independent, non-profit and self-supportive media outlet based in Vienna dedicated to the free expression of cultural and social opinions east and west.   Venue: Zoom Conference Date: 29.03.2022 Time: 7.30pm-9pm Link: https://zoom.us/j/91545630721?pwd=VjRvN0dnQW5wdGxGOEl2YkN4TEdDZz09 Meeting ID: 915 4563 0721 Passcode: 397204   Moderator: David Kainrath, BSc, MSc   Agenda: As the 2022 parliamentary election…


Dr. László FLAMM: Hungary’s Struggle Against Foreign Influence – The Case of Open Society Foundations

Amidst the Ukraine crisis, Hungary is approaching the 2022 parliamentary election on 3rd April. Opinion polling has been carried out, reflecting a society of diversity and complexity. The following article by the Hungarian historian Dr.László Flamm offers the reader a perspective from a scholarly observation.     —Editor Hungary’s Struggle Against Foreign Influence – The Case of Open Society Foundations The Open Society Foundations (OSF) were established by George Soros, a Hungarian-born American investor. Soros has been a strong supporter for spreading his Western democratic ideals for more than 40 years. Today, OSF have branches in 37 countries and operate with…