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United States Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield

Sending Back the Gumbo

As I left the talk on “The Future of the United Nations,” given at San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel by United States Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, I found myself disoriented, slipping into a Hitchcockian vertigo triggered by witnessing opportunities missed and bold goals unarticulated. Add to that a strange poignancy due to the location of the talk, …

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Trending UN News: Week Ending Oct. 21

This week, a United Nations agency released a damning report on how plastics are damaging our world and harming the people in it.  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, Deputy Secretary-General Amina …

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Oleksandra_Matviichuk

A Ukrainian’s Crusade to Fix the International Justice System for Everyone

Documenting the “dozens of thousands” of Russia’s war crimes that have been committed so far in Ukraine isn’t a problem for Oleksandra Matviichuk, a human-rights lawyer and civil society leader based in Kyiv. But having a fully developed international criminal system tasked with pursuing justice for all victims of war, is. “All people deserve justice,” …

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Sergiy Kyslytsya with binoculars the the UN

Trending UN News: Week Ending Oct. 14

This week, we celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child amid various restrictions on and violations of girls’ rights globally.  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, Russia escalated its war in …

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Amy Pope, the deputy director-general of the International Organization for Migration

US Jump-Starts IOM Leadership Election Race

First came the bid this year for the International Telecommunication Union director-general position. Now the United States has set its sights on clinching the top job at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) after its candidate, Amy Pope, officially launched her campaign in Geneva on Tuesday. Currently, the IOM’s deputy director-general for management and reform, …

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António Guterres and Vasily Nebenzya

The Saga of Guterres and Putin

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres started out wobbly on the Ukrainian crisis. In the days leading up to the Feb. 24 Russian attack on Ukraine, he remained on the sidelines. He was apparently unconvinced that the Russians would invade the country. Had he taken the threat of Russian troops assembled on Ukraine’s borders seriously, he …

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Albana Dautllari, deputy permanent representative for Albania

Trending UN News: Week Ending Oct. 7

This week, we bring you good news from Sierra Leone, one of the first countries in West Africa to roll out the human papilloma virus vaccine as part of routine immunization for girls. You are reading This Week @UN, summarizing the most pressing issues before the organization. The information is gathered from UN press briefings, …

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Ambassador Michel Xavier Biang, Permanent Representative of Gabon to the UN

Gabon Takes the UN Security Council Hot Seat, Sticking to African Views

Naturally enough, Gabon is focusing on Africa as the country leads the United Nations Security Council this month. Gabon’s UN ambassador, Michel Xavier Biang, detailed his country’s plans for the rotating presidency, elaborating on a climate change agenda as well as counterterrorism, alignment of UN and African Union interests plus strengthening women’s resilience in conflicts. …

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Margot Wallstrom

Margot Wallstrom, the Original Feminist Foreign Policy Advocate, Says Countries Need It Now ‘More Than Ever’

VIENNA — Margot Wallstrom, a former Swedish foreign minister, clinched her reputation in 2014 for boldly coining the concept of the world’s first “feminist foreign policy.” While having left active politics only five years later, in 2019, she remains firmly behind the policy and defends it passionately today. “The feminist foreign policy is needed more …

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Fawzia Koofi

Trending UN News: Week Ending Sept. 30

This week, we are excited about Cuba’s historic moment as it legalizes same-sex marriage and protects other vulnerable groups. 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 also look at the continued hostility …

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