The UK Flip-Flops on Gender Wording in UN Disarmament Discussions

Negotiations in the United Nations General Assembly’s First Committee, which concentrates on disarmament, caused a Twitter row late last week after wording on gender stirred up strong feelings between powerful nongovernmental organizations and Britain, surprising other countries as well. The committee’s informal consultations, as they are technically called, are currently focusing on updating an array … Read more

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Nikki Haley Resigns the US Ambassadorship, Surprising the UN Community

Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, has announced she is resigning her position and leaving at the end of the year. Unlike the string of previous Cabinet members who have left the Trump administration, Haley seems to be departing on good terms with the president. Her departure was first reported by Axios … Read more

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At the UN, Trump Declares: America Embraces ‘Patriotism’

Donald Trump, the president of the United States, arrived late for the opening day of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 25. His speech began on an awkward note as he elicited laughter from the world audience for boasting about his accomplishments. During his speech, he also aggressively rejected the global approach to … Read more

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Haley’s Midterm Report Card at the UN

The Trump administration has been in office 559 days and counting. Nikki Haley, a former Republican governor of South Carolina and now the American ambassador to the United Nations, has been in office since Jan. 25, 2017. Since her nomination, Haley has undergone two Congressional hearings, the first in January 2017 with the Senate Foreign … Read more

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Oh, Yes, France Is a Permanent Member of the UN Security Council Too

The last few weeks have been rough for Nikki Haley, the ambassador of the United States to the United Nations. On June 1, she led the US delegation in submitting a draft Security Council resolution condemning the militant group Hamas for its perceived role in inciting violence by Gazans against Israel. Only the US voted … Read more

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Fake News and the UN: An Item Since 1945

In the world of fake news, the United Nations has been a prime target since it opened its doors in 1945. These days, spending just a few minutes on Facebook and Twitter, two sites located at the epicenter of the fake news epidemic, reveals claims — real and imagined — pushed by critics of the … Read more

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Can Nikki Haley Distance Herself From the Growing White House Scandals?

A record number of staff members have quit, resigned or been fired by the administration of Donald Trump during its first year, roughly at a rate of one in three — a sieve unseen in the previous five White Houses, according to a recent report from the Brookings Institution. As a matter of fact, Trump … Read more

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Sexual Harassment at the UN Is Alive and Persistent

As its people of the year, Time magazine recently named the Silence Breakers — people who have spoken against sexual harassment and launched the hashtag #MeToo into an international phenomenon with more than seven million hits on social media. Just before the announcement, more than 230 women who work in national security for the United … Read more

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Trump Blows Up the UN, Metaphorically Speaking

Can a rebuttal happen before an event occurs? United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres took pre-emptive strikes against President Donald Trump in his speech at the opening session of the 72nd General Assembly, on Sept. 19, 2017. Rumors were rampant that Trump would deliver a strongly nationalistic speech, reportedly written by Stephen Miller, author of Trump’s … Read more

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How Will Trump Act at the UN? It’s Anyone’s Guess

The countdown to Donald Trump’s first speech at the United Nations as United States president has begun. What is known: on Sept. 19 in the General Assembly Hall, Trump will step at the lectern in front of the green marble wall he has disparaged in the past and deliver a speech roughly 15 minutes long. … Read more

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To Cuff or Not to Cuff: Male Leaders Strut Some Style at the UN

The lazy days of late summer are not that idle in Turtle Bay, as the United Nations prepares for this month’s opening debate of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York. Before the swarm of world leaders descends on or about Sept. 18 and the news cycle hits hyperactive, now is the right moment … Read more

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It’s Not Great: Nikki Haley’s Record on Promoting Women’s Rights

Nikki Haley delivering remarks at the UN

The latest approval ratings for President Donald Trump show him slipping to 30 percent approval among women, according to a CNN poll. Trump has one of the least gender-balanced cabinets, with only 21 percent of his appointees women. According to The New York Times, even Ronald Reagan had fewer white men in his cabinet than Trump. … Read more

TOPIC: WOMEN

Nikki Haley, Seeking the Right Style to Make Big Statements

If Nikki Haley is dressing for attention, honestly, it would be hard to fault her. One of the few women named to President Trump’s administration, Haley, a former governor of South Carolina who is the ambassador to the United Nations, has been set adrift in a different region of the country, in foreign policy for … Read more

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Was the US a Bad Host at the UN Women’s Conference?

The annual women’s conference at the United Nations may have encountered severe weather on its second day, when a blizzard swept through the region and events had to be canceled at the UN, but the real storm originated with the actions of the host country, the United States. Indeed, the role that the US ambassador … Read more

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US Immigration Ban Stirs Controversy at the Annual UN Women’s Forum

Despite fears that efforts by President Trump to bar visitors to the United States from a number of Muslim majority would limit attendance at this year’s annual United Nations conference on women in New York, UN officials have kept saying there will be record participation. On the first day, however, people were more worried about … Read more

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On a Light Note: 10 Tips for Nikki Haley, New US Ambassador to UN

A recent email sent out by a member of the United States Mission to the United Nations, then tweeted and possibly subtweeted, contained the following statement: This is to let you know that Ambassador Haley will be spending her first few months learning about the UN and Security Council and its members. She will not … Read more

Hate Crimes Rocket Across the US, and UN Condemnation Comes Quickly

Hate crimes have risen dramatically in the United States since the election of Donald Trump as president on Nov. 8. The United Nations has quickly taken note, criticizing its strongest financial and moral supporter, America. “Recent reports of hate crimes in the United States are of great concern,” began a statement from the office of … Read more

You’ve Got to Be Kidding: A Twitter Account Takes Jabs at the UN Security Council

Right off the bat, the profile avatar of the @eweNitedNations Twitter account lets readers know what to expect in its mordantly satirical jabs at the United Nations Security Council. A sheep, photoshopped into wearing the blue beret of UN peacekeepers, comes with a tagline that reads, “Member states are gregarious.” But what is eweNitedNations (eNN) … Read more

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Yikes! Has the UN Really Named Wonder Woman an Honorary Ambassador?

The United Nations has appointed two public figures to large roles in the organization. The most recent high commissioner for refugees, António Guterres, was tapped this month to be the next secretary-general, ending an eight-month campaign that included — and rejected — seven capable female candidates. The UN also named Wonder Woman as an honorary … Read more

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Guterres Leads Latest Poll for UN Secretary-General Again, but It May Not Matter

The latest Security Council straw poll pointing to the selection of the next secretary-general of the United Nations happened on Sept. 9, with the results leaving António Guterres of Portugal still the front-runner ever since the informal, anonymous balloting began in the Security Council in July. The latest poll is the fourth such vote; the … Read more

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