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China Tries to Keep Things Cool in the Security Council: A New Podcast Episode

As Security Council president in August, China wants to keep the UN body “cool” — literally and figuratively — by navigating the fine line of staying close to Russia while not souring relations too much with the West; discussing global “security” without mentioning any of China’s own human-rights problems and contested territorial claims; and championing …

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Trending UN News: Week Ending July 29

This week, we focus on the deadly attacks against the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and assaults in Yemen, leading to deaths of children. You are reading This Week @UN, summarizing the most pressing issues before the organization. The information is gathered from UN press briefings, PassBlue reporting and other …

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Vassily Nebenzia, Russian Ambassador to the UN

A Better Way to Detect the Origins of a Pandemic

The war in Ukraine has caused severe disruptions to regional and global security, including raising concerns about the potential use of unconventional weapons. Not least of these concerns is the dangerous Russian disinformation campaign alleging biological weapons development in Ukraine, which has led to fears that Russia itself may use chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine …

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The Curious UN-Russian Side Deal to Get Russian Food and Fertilizers to World Markets

A new agreement between Russia and the United Nations to specifically propel Russia’s food products and fertilizers back into commercial markets was signed in Istanbul last week. It comes with big ambitions for a country waging war and an international body dedicated to peacemaking: helping to achieve the “zero-hunger” Sustainable Development Goal, ensuring “unimpeded access” …

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Grain Deal signing ceremony in Istanbul, Turkey July 22, 2022

Trending UN News: Week Ending July 22

This week, we focus on the signing of the UN-Turkish led grain deal as well as the Nelson Mandela memorial event, where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a big statement with their appearance and his speech. You are reading This Week @UN, summarizing the most pressing issues before the organization. The information is …

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Trending UN News: Week Ending July 15

This week, we focus on the rising number of armed children in conflicts in Africa’s Sahel region and how fake news, misinformation and disinformation are hurting peacekeeping worldwide. You are reading This Week @UN, summarizing the most pressing issues before the organization. The information is gathered from UN press briefings, PassBlue reporting and other sources. …

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Under the Radar: Surviving Wars With a Disability

LAGOS, Nigeria — Mauot Louis and his family ran out of their home in Sudan one day in the early 1990s, leaving their puppy behind. They were forced out by Nuer fighters, rebels from the second-largest ethnic group in South Sudan, who were angry with the control of John Garang, the leader of the rebellion …

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Trending UN News: Week Ending July 8

This week, we focus on the continual attacks on UN peacekeepers in Mali, which further stall efforts to restore peace in the West African country. You are reading This Week @UN, summarizing the most pressing issues before the organization. The information is gathered from UN press briefings, PassBlue reporting and other sources. This week, we …

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UN Ambassador Ronaldo Costa of Brazil

Softening the Pain of the World’s Food Disaster: Brazil’s Ambitions in July

Brazil will try to push for a softening of global sanctions on Russia to free up essential food supplies and ease access to fertilizers internationally. Ambassador Ronaldo Costa, the country’s permanent representative to the United Nations, hinted at such action in an exclusive interview with PassBlue. Costa said that conversations in the Security Council over …

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Trending UN News: Week Ending July 1

This week, we focus on the progress in discussions about elections in Libya and the drastic call for help in Afghanistan after the recent earthquake. You are reading This Week @UN, summarizing the most pressing issues before the organization. The information is gathered from UN press briefings, PassBlue reporting and other sources. This week, we …

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