Peace and Security

  •  October 31, 2022 
Rebeca Grynspan at the UN Security Council
Two days after drone attacks devastated some of Russia’s warships in Sevastopol in occupied Crimea at the crack of dawn, Russia requested a meeting in the United Nations Security Council on Monday to accuse Ukraine of staging the air and sea assaults from ships using the Black Sea humanitarian corridor, meant to carry grains …
  •  October 14, 2022 
Sergiy Kyslytsya with binoculars the the UN
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 …
  •  October 11, 2022 
António Guterres and Vasily Nebenzya
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, …
  •  October 10, 2022 
Marat Gabidullin is throwing open the door on the notorious Wagner Group, the Russian quasi-private army that operates in the shadows and doesn’t exist on paper. When he released his memoir in April in French, describing his time as a Wagner fighter and a commander, Gabidullin, 55, became the first operative to go on …
  •  October 7, 2022 
Albana Dautllari, deputy permanent representative for Albania
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 …
  •  October 1, 2022 
Margot Wallstrom
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 …
  •  September 30, 2022 
Fawzia Koofi
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 …
  •  September 27, 2022 
In a surprising move, President Volodymr Zelensky of Ukraine showed up at the United Nations Security Council by videoconference on Tuesday, rallying the 15 members to pay attention to him, saying: “Dear Ladies and Gentlemen! Dear members of the UN Security Council who respect and adhere to the UN Charter! Dear representatives of states …
  •  September 24, 2022 
Sergey Lavrov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
On the next-to-last day of the globe’s largest talkfest by world leaders, Sept. 24, the United Nations may have been quiet and most of the police barricades may have been dismantled outside, but inside the Assembly Hall, two powerful, stern foreign ministers — Wang Yi of China and Sergey Lavrov of Russia — dispelled …
  •  September 9, 2022 
IAEA head Rafael Grossi
VIENNA — Poland and Canada have circulated a draft resolution among members of the board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency, criticizing Russia’s “violent actions against nuclear facilities in Ukraine, including the ongoing presence of Russian forces and Rosatom personnel at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant.” The resolution by the board at …
  •  September 5, 2022 
Nicolas de Rivière
After ending its nine-year military stay in Mali and promising to halve its military presence in West Africa, France said it remained committed to ensuring good governance in the countries affected by continuing instability in the region. Nicolas de Rivière, France’s permanent representative to the United Nations, said in an interview with PassBlue that …
  •  September 1, 2022 
UN Secretary-General António Guterres
António Guterres entered his second term as United Nations secretary-general on the first day in January 2022. With about four and a half years to go in one of the world’s most demanding jobs, Guterres keeps a close group of advisers in the UN and a few outsiders to help him in everything from …
  •  August 31, 2022 
After three weeks of negotiations at the United Nations headquarters, the 191 states parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) failed to adopt a final document at the 10th review conference of the NPT, held from Aug. 1-26. Given the toxic international context and the increased nuclear threat, this failure …
  •  August 30, 2022 
When a Belarusian official presented the country’s flattering self-assessment at a forum on sustainable development held at the United Nations in July, Anastasia Kostyugova was there to push back. “[The government] blindly manipulates statistics to portray Belarus as a happy and prosperous country,” Kostyugova read from her statement. “How can a civil society address …
  •  August 29, 2022 
Think about a weapon that once activated, can select and engage targets without further human intervention. This might sound like science fiction, but autonomous weapons systems, also called killer robots, are being deployed in real time. The Turkish STM Kargu II drone was used in Libya in 2020, and it was “programmed to attack …
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