• Climate and Environment

    Sweden’s Priorities in the Security Council: Being Prepared, Including for the World Cup

    by  • July 5, 2018 • Climate and Environment, Security Council, Security Council Presidency • 

    Welcome to our new column, Security Council Presidency, providing insight into the United Nations Security Council member sitting in the rotating seat of the president every month, starting in July with Sweden and its ambassador, Olof Skoog. The column is meant to be an informative capsule of not only the country’s ambassador but also...

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    Europe’s Contraception Gaps: They May Be Wider Than You Think

    by  • April 29, 2018 • Climate and Environment, Health and Population, Take a Look • 

    It is a continent where almost half of the pregnancies are unplanned, where government agencies do not provide enough information on available contraception, where geography is destiny for those needing reliable family planning advice. This is not a developing region, but 21st-century Europe, according to the recently published 2018 Contraception Atlas. The atlas, presented...

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    Zimbabwe Stuck With a Health Crisis Left by Mugabe Era

    by  • January 10, 2018 • Africa, Asia, Climate and Environment, Take a Look • 2 Comments

    Robert Mugabe, the only head of state that Zimbabwe had known since independence in 1980, was forced out of office by an unexpected coup in November 2017, and citizens of the economically battered country are now forced to tally the costs of his dictatorship. One of them is a health system in collapse. A...

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    ‘Period Poverty’: Why No One Is Talking About Eco-Friendly Solutions

    by  • November 30, 2017 • Climate and Environment, Human Rights, Poverty, Women • 1 Comment

    The United Nations has recognized menstrual hygiene as a global public health and human-rights issue, yet across the world, “period poverty,” as some call it, is the reality for millions of women and girls. In India, for example, it is estimated that only 12 percent of the country’s 355 million menstruating women can afford...

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    Americans Want an Active Role in the World, Contrary to Trump’s Actions, a Poll Finds

    by  • November 14, 2017 • Climate and Environment, Take a Look, US Foreign Relations • 

      In the first week of November, more than 200 Americans who had been the beneficiaries of Fulbright international exchanges over many years went to the United States Congress to lobby members from across the country. They were asking their state representatives and senators not to strip the iconic, but now endangered, program of...

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    As UN Climate Talks Convene, the Earth Veers Toward Catastrophe

    by  • November 2, 2017 • Climate and Environment, WORLDVIEWS • 

    Two years ago, the governments of the world unanimously adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a remarkable blueprint of the world’s most pressing long-term predicaments that the United Nations is good at lifting into the global conscience. Cataloguing 17 goals and 169 targets, the agenda contains an inventory of the remedial activities that...

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    Paris Pact Staying Alive: Christiana Figueres’s New Role and More Data on Climate Change

    by  • July 9, 2017 • Climate and Environment, Health and Population, Take a Look • 

    Christiana Figueres, who piloted the Paris Agreement on Climate Change through years of negotiations to success in December 2015, will become chair of The Lancet Countdown’s high-level advisory board, the British medical publication announced recently. The Countdown project was established in November 2016 to monitor the effects of climate change on health and track...

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    America’s Pledge to the Paris Agreement Doesn’t Hinge on Washington

    by  • June 26, 2017 • BOOKS, Cities, Climate and Environment • 

    When Donald Trump, defying science and public opinion, reversed American policy and announced in June that the United States would leave the universally endorsed 2015 Paris agreement on climate change, his decision may have given more impetus to a growing trend away from reliance on shortsighted national politicians. In country after country, the focus...

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    Six Reasons We Will Always Have the Paris Agreement

    by  • June 3, 2017 • Climate and Environment, US Foreign Relations, WORLDVIEWS • 

    President Trump announced recently to a baffled world that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Or in his own inimitable words, “we are leaving, . . . we will renegotiate a better deal . . . #AmericaFirst.”   The reactions from other world leaders were fast and furious, with the strongest words...

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    Trump’s Decision to Withdraw From the Paris Agreement Is Not So Simple

    by  • June 1, 2017 • Climate and Environment, Geopolitics, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    With his announcement to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, President Donald Trump will discover taking such action is neither simple nor immediate. Given that the US is one of the leading greenhouse gas emitting countries, pulling out of the Paris accord will make it incredibly difficult for the world to...

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    On Climate Change, UN Secretary-General António Guterres Swipes at the US

    by  • May 30, 2017 • Climate and Environment, Geopolitics, Secretary-General, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    “Allow me to be blunt,” António Guterres, the United Nations secretary-general, told his audience to an uneasy laugh. “Our world is in a mess.” Although Guterres could have been speaking to any audience anywhere, he was addressing a crowd gathered at the Stern Center for Sustainable Business at New York University on May 30,...

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    At the UN Oceans Forum in June, Will the US Play a Bit Part?

    by  • May 17, 2017 • Climate and Environment, Sustainable Development Goals, US-UN Relations • 

    In just a few weeks, the United Nations is convening a world gathering to discuss the health of the world’s oceans and seas, with member states, government and nongovernmental organizations, corporations and members of the scientific community and academia signed up to take part. Yet while representatives from America’s private sector and academic community...

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    Raising the Climate Change Battle to Geoengineer the Earth

    by  • March 9, 2017 • Climate and Environment • 1 Comment

    The 2015 Paris agreement on climate change, which came into force in 2016, commits nearly every nation in the world to lowering greenhouse gas emissions, a first major step toward global consensus and cooperation on combating climate change after years of United Nations-led negotiations. But environmental scientists have moved on, asking this question: What...

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    US Republicans Extend Global Gag Rules, and Asia’s E-Trash Piles Up

    by  • February 14, 2017 • Climate and Environment, Health and Population, Take a Look • 

    In this third installment of an occasional series on research and data useful to readers, PassBlue takes a look at financial threats to a United Nations agency focused on family planning and how e-waste in Asia is hurting the regional environment and public health. With the fate of funding for the United Nations Population...

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    Good Cop, Bad Cop: Climate Change After Paris

    by  • June 16, 2016 • Climate and Environment • 

    The 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris in December 2015 was a good COP. It demonstrated unprecedented global collaboration when divisions were deep and stakes were high. Since 1995, when COP1 met in Berlin, governments have been assembling annually in an effort to create...

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    UN Puts on Big To-Do, Amid Tight Security, for Signing of New Climate Agreement

    by  • April 22, 2016 • Climate and Environment, Secretary-General • 

    The United Nations threw a large and lavish party at its headquarters in New York on Earth Day, the opening day of the signing ceremony for the world’s new climate agreement. About 170 heads of state and government representatives came to inscribe their names, in alphabetical order by country, in the General Assembly Hall,...

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    Climate Accord Adopted: An Historic Moment for the Earth and the UN

    by  • December 12, 2015 • Climate and Environment • 

    In a show of solidarity few environmental advocates would have predicted confidently a decade ago, 195 nations, facing the realization that global warming poses a potentially cataclysmic threat to the world, agreed on Saturday, Dec.12, to a timetable and national commitments for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the main cause of climate change....

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