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October 28, 2020 
After finally reopening the United Nations Security Council chamber to physical meetings in October, the UN just announced that five members of one national delegation have tested positive for Covid-19. That means ending all in-person meetings in the Council chamber and General Assembly sessions in New York City headquarters for the rest of the …
October 19, 2020 
This week we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, as the Covid-19 pandemic highlights our interdependence and the need for global cooperation. Enthusiasm for it, however, is in short supply amid deteriorating Washington-Beijing relations, Brexit and rising populisms. Throughout its history, the UN has confronted bureaucratic challenges and radical changes in world …
August 31, 2020 
For nearly two years, an international group of 17 specialists on the finance frontier have been connecting digital technologies to new sources of money for the faltering Sustainable Development Goals. On Aug. 26, they unveiled an ambitious report on what can be done when traditional pools of capital are broadened and deepened by including …
August 26, 2020 
“Yes, there’s always the fear of being kidnapped,” said Óscar, a 30-year old asylum seeker who fled political persecution in Cuba in May 2019 and landed in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juárez, where violent crime and gang activity are common. Óscar, who used a pseudonym to protect his privacy, knew of asylum …
August 25, 2020 
If pundits were to be believed earlier in August, there was a chance for a historic vice-presidential debate in 2020: two women of color facing off for the second-highest position in the United States. The speculation was that Nikki Haley, a former US envoy to the United Nations and a South Carolina governor, would …
August 17, 2020 
The devastating series of explosions that rocked Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, on Aug. 4, killed nearly 200 people, injured thousands of others, destroyed most of the city’s port, flattened surrounding neighborhoods, damaged six hospitals and more than 20 health clinics and wiped out 120 schools. Five days later, on Aug. 9, the international …
August 11, 2020 
Just four months ago, Sudan took the monumental step to ban female genital mutilation, a painful, unnecessary and dangerous procedure that leaves lasting scars. Generally carried out on girls before they reach puberty, genital mutilation is now punishable in Sudan by up to three years in prison and subject to a fine. In a …
August 10, 2020 
The shock of the unexpected coronavirus pandemic will make it harder to achieve success on the Sustainable Development Goals, now a third of their way to the finish line, in 2030. However, the problems that have stymied or reversed progress go back long before Covid-19 hit, leading development experts say. In conjunction with a …
August 5, 2020 
OUAGADOUGOU,‌ ‌Burkina‌ ‌Faso‌ ‌–‌ ‌Fernando‌ ‌Guillén,‌ ‌un‌ ‌jugador‌ ‌de‌ ‌22‌ ‌años‌ ‌y‌ ‌YouTuber,‌ ‌encendió‌ ‌su‌ ‌computadora,‌ ‌tomó‌ ‌un‌ ‌sorbo‌ ‌de‌ ‌agua, y ‌respiró‌ ‌hondo‌ ‌y‌ ‌agradeció‌ ‌a‌ ‌Dios‌ ‌por‌ ‌estar‌ ‌vivo ‌antes‌ ‌de‌ ‌comenzar‌ ‌su‌ ‌transmisión‌ ‌en‌ ‌vivo‌ ‌a través de‌ ‌videojuegos‌ ‌desde‌ ‌su‌ ‌habitación‌ ‌en‌ ‌San‌ ‌Antonio,‌ ‌Texas. ‌Sentado‌ ‌en‌ ‌una‌ ‌silla‌ ‌de‌ ‌juego‌ ‌de‌ ‌respaldo‌ …
August 4, 2020 
As Covid-19 continues to ravage many parts of the world, the effect of the virus in Latin America and the Caribbean region has been particularly devastating. The situation in Haiti, for example, has alarmed international humanitarian groups, as the country lacks sufficient virus-testing ability and has limited health-care infrastructure, among other serious problems. On …
July 27, 2020 
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — Fernando Guillén, a 22-year-old gamer and YouTuber, switched on his computer, took a sip of water and a deep breath and thanked God for being alive, before beginning his live stream on video games from his bedroom in San Antonio, Tex. Sitting in a high-backed gaming chair and dressed in …
July 22, 2020 
As consensus was finally achieved on July 7, a final draft of the UN-75 political declaration has been approved and is expected to be adopted by world leaders on Sept. 21 at United Nations headquarters through virtual means. Given the political climate, the declaration is concise, clear, forward-looking and inspiring. But it is not …

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