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Trending UN News: Week Ending Nov. 26

UN envoy for Libya resigns; older women’s rights forgotten by the General Assembly; UN staff’s dependents to leave Ethiopia. You are reading This Week @UN, summarizing the most pressing issues facing the organization. The information is gathered from UN press briefings, PassBlue reporting and other sources. UN headquarters was closed on Nov. 25 for the

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Reem Alabali-Radovan

As Germany’s Parliament Grows More Diverse, Will the Trend Spread to the Rest of Europe?

BERLIN — As the daughter of Iraqi political refugees, Reem Alabali-Radovan has always felt that she would go into politics, though she imagined herself playing a background role. That thinking changed two years ago, when a far-right extremist killed nine people with migrant backgrounds at several locations in Hanau, Germany.  “The people he killed looked

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Trending UN News: Week Ending Nov. 19

COP26 ends on a teary note; an Indigenous activist expounds on Colombia’s failing peace; UN personnel released from detention in Ethiopia. You are reading This Week @UN, summarizing the most pressing issues facing the organization. The information is gathered from UN press briefings, PassBlue reporting and other sources. This week, PassBlue’s investigation into the International

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Gender Parity in the UN’s Human-Rights Treaty Bodies Is Sorely Lacking

Women have a right to participate in public and political life and the work of international organizations under the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, or Cedaw. This right extends to membership in all UN bodies, including the 10 committees that are meant to help countries protect international

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Celia Umenza

Celia Umenza Risks Her Life to Defend the Rights of Indigenous People in Colombia

Celia Umenza, an Indigenous leader who has survived three attacks on her life while advocating for the self-determination of Indigenous, Afro-descendant and peasant communities in the northern Cauca region of Colombia, recently told the United Nations Security Council that its bears some responsibility for the rising violence against human-rights defenders in her country. Umenza, 53,

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COP26 President Fights Back Tears as the Summit Ends

GLASGOW, Scotland — COP26 president Alok Sharma held back tears as he accepted India’s last-minute motion to weaken the summit’s pledge to “phase out” coal. Sharma had been saying for months that he wanted COP26 to “consign coal to history.” And until India insisted otherwise at the eleventh hour, it looked like the summit might

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Further Souring of Ethiopian-UN Relations; Deep-Sea Mining Dangers; Polish-Belarusian Standoff

PassBlue probes the global body granting licenses to mine the deep seas; UN staff detained in Ethiopia; global famine rises. You are reading This Week @UN, summarizing the most pressing issues facing the organization. The information is gathered from UN press briefings, PassBlue reporting and other sources. This week, Mexico’s president proposes a plan to

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Voter educators in Kenya, 2017

How ‘Data Poisoning’ Poses New Challenges for the UN’s Peace and Security Agenda

Adversarial data manipulation is the nuclear weapon of the 21st century. New techniques to conduct offensive cyberoperations could corrupt the integrity of datasets in voter registration systems as well as political and electoral management databases. This is just one example of how “data poisoning” — when data is manipulated to deceive — poses a risk

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Who Is the World’s Greatest Climate Champion?

GLASGOW, Scotland — It’s an article of faith in United States political and media circles that American leadership is essential to global climate progress. That message was repeated Tuesday at the United Nations climate conference, COP26, as speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and a delegation of 16 fellow Congressional Democrats congratulated

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Spoilers of Peace in Yemen; COP26’s First Week; Morale Boosting by Blinken

COP26 opens with a foreboding announcement from the UN secretary-general; peacekeepers shot by the presidential guard in the Central African Republic; Mexico’s agenda on the Security Council. You are reading This Week @UN, summarizing the most pressing issues facing the organization. The information is gathered from UN press briefings, PassBlue reporting and other sources. This

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Good News From COP26: UN Members Agree on a New Enterprise to Transform Global Responses to Climate Change

Just days before the COP26 environment summit in Glasgow, Scotland, three of the United Nations’ lead agencies on climate and development each published alarming reports. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) produced evidence to show that greenhouse gases reached a new record high in 2020. Concentrations of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere

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A Coup Unravels Sudan; UN’s New Envoy for Myanmar; the Security Council Visits the Sahel

A coup in Khartoum; global carbon emissions revert to pre-Covid levels; a new UN envoy is named for Myanmar. You are reading This Week @UN, summarizing the most pressing issues facing the organization. The information is gathered from UN press briefings, PassBlue reporting and other sources. This week, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres unveiled a

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