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Peace and Security

  •  June 22, 2022 
In the waning days of 2021, roughly two months before its invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, Russia agreed to contribute $14 million to the United Nations Development Program for climate-related projects in Europe and Central Asia to begin this year. In fact, an agreement between Russia and the UN agency on one project, …
  •  June 21, 2022 
UN Security Council on Feb 25 2022
In September 2023 — a mere 15 months from now — the United Nations’ 193 member states are expected to convene a Summit of the Future during the General Assembly’s annual high-level week in New York City. At a series of thematic consultations held in February and March 2022 by the president of the …
  •  June 20, 2022 
The Ukrainian 44th artillery brigade
I am a retired paramedic formerly with the New York City Fire Department. I now occasionally do nongovernmental organization-volunteer work overseas. In 2017, I worked with NYC Medics in Iraq during the battle to retake Mosul. Last year, I spent time with a medical team bringing care to migrants on the Texas-Mexico border. At …
  •  June 10, 2022 
In the center holding a notebook is Ecuador Ambassador to Cristian Espinosa Cañizares
This week, our focus is on rising food crises worldwide as a result of several converging factors, including Russia’s war on Ukraine. 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 look at …
  •  June 6, 2022 
Street food diners at an informal kitchen in Soweto Township, South Africa
JOHANNESBURG — With no peace deal in sight to end Russia’s war in Ukraine, South Africa’s economy is feeling the pain from the conflict, about 9,000 miles away. Prices of grains, chicken, cooking oil and bread —  mainstays of South Africa’s food economy — have shot up on the back of Russia’s invasion, which …
  •  May 31, 2022 
Col. Assimi Goïta, the interim president of Mali,
The number of uninvestigated civilian deaths in Mali is rising but regional bodies and the governments responsible are not willing to take action. From 2018 to 2021, an independent Malian-based news site, sahelien.com, recorded six incidents where 43 civilians were killed in mixed operations between France’s Operation Barkhane and the Malian military. Only one …
  •  May 29, 2022 
Ukranian Ambassador, Sergiy Kyslytsya, speaks at UN General Assembly
Former United States President George W. Bush’s unwitting truth is as tragic as it is hypocritical. The “absence of checks and balances in Russia,” he said recently, has resulted in “the decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq, I mean of the Ukraine. Iraq too.” While he …
  •  May 23, 2022 
Sergey Lavrov
Can we shed a tear for Sergey Lavrov? Who could have foreseen, a few years back, the huge mess he now finds himself in? Spanning five decades of service in Moscow’s foreign policy hierarchy, the veteran envoy has worked his way up to the very highest levels of international diplomacy after starting out in …
  •  May 19, 2022 
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken at the United Nations
Antony Blinken, the United States Secretary of State, accused Russia of weaponizing food in its fight against Ukraine and creating a hunger crisis in many parts of the world as a result. Blinken made the remarks at an open debate on conflict as a driver of food insecurity in the United Nations Security Council …
  •  May 16, 2022 
In October, the United States and Russia will square off in a high-stakes election to decide who will be the next secretary-general of the United Nations’ International Telecommunication Union (ITU) — helping to determine the future of Internet communications for five billion users worldwide. The Geneva-based ITU develops standards and practices that make possible …
  •  May 10, 2022 
Joseph Stalin and Franklin Roosevelt at the Tehran Conference
Vladimir Putin published an essay last year stating that Russians and Ukrainians were “one people.” He wrote: “I am confident that true sovereignty of Ukraine is possible only in partnership with Russia.” Thirteen years earlier, in a 2008 meeting with President George W. Bush, Putin went further, telling Bush that Ukraine was “not a …
  •  May 3, 2022 
VIENNA — The International Atomic Energy Agency expressed “grave concern” recently about the safety at Ukraine’s largest nuclear power plant, in Zaporizhzhia, and said that the situation for the Ukrainian personnel working there was “unsustainable.” The plant was captured by Russian forces in a dramatic assault on March 4. Ever since then, Ukrainian staff …
  •  April 21, 2022 
Matilda Bogner
Two months since Russia’s current invasion of Ukraine, the United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission in the country has recorded at least 2,224 civilian deaths and 2,897 injuries, as of April 19. The numbers, however, are likely to be much higher.  In an email interview conducted on April 15, Matilda Bogner, the head of …
  •  April 18, 2022 
Vassily Nebenzia, Russian Ambassador to the UN
The United Nations has been widely criticized for failing to stop the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Critics point out that Russia has vetoed every action in the Security Council to stymie or end the Russian attack. Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky even told the Council earlier this month that given its many standoffs, it might …

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