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Peace and Security

  •  March 4, 2022 
Valentin Rybakov - UN Ambassador from Belarus
Is Belarus’s current bid for a United Nations Security Council seat in serious trouble? Shortly after Russian missiles began ripping through the pre-dawn skies over Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, and Kharkiv, an industrial city near the Russian border, a military convoy carrying Russian troops crossed into Ukraine from southern Belarus, marking when the territory of …
  •  March 3, 2022 
Lana Nusseibeh - UN Ambassador of UAE
The last time the United Arab Emirates was elected to the Security Council, in 1986, the country was only 15 years old, and Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, the current UAE ambassador to the United Nations, was just 7. Since then she has seen her country, a Persian Gulf monarchy comprising seven emirates, evolve into a …
  •  March 2, 2022 
Prime Minister Kaja Kallas of Estonia, a small Baltic nation with a tragic history of living with Russia, has become a leading European voice demanding that no breathing space or second chances be given to Vladimir Putin as his troops run into unexpected fierce resistance from Ukrainians. It’s a war that is riveting the …
  •  March 1, 2022 
Ukrainians fleeing their country as Russia's bombardments rage on
Ukraine’s population data are rapidly changing as the war rages in its country since Russia began its aerial, ground and sea assaults late last week. Within 24 hours of issuing its first report, the UN Refugee Agency documented that 368,000 people had fled from Ukraine to Poland, Hungary, Romania, Moldova and other countries and …
  •  February 28, 2022 
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia in the Security Council Chamber
Putin’s decision to send Russian troops into Ukraine was a flagrant breach of the most fundamental rules of interstate relationships. It was not only an unprovoked attack against an independent sovereign nation, and by an unfree country on a free one, it was also a major offensive strike against the heart of the United …
  •  February 25, 2022 
Vote at UN Security Council Ukraine Resolution
This week, alas, a heavy spotlight 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, read how the UN leadership and member states are reacting to the ground and aerial assault by …
  •  February 24, 2022 
As the 15 ambassadors in the United Nations Security Council hurried late Wednesday night into the chamber to meet for an emergency session on Ukraine — and most of them calling for a de-escalation of tensions — President Vladimir Putin, eight time zones away, declared war, authorizing a “special military operation” in the country. …
  •  February 18, 2022 
Artillery shelling blasts eastern Ukraine; what’s the Collective Security Treaty Organization?; the UN boss jets to Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. 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, learn about the impact …
  •  February 17, 2022 
In last-minute change of plans, America’s top envoy, Antony Blinken, flew to New York City to attend a long-scheduled United Nations Security Council meeting this morning to speak about the possible war threats to Ukraine. The session, led by Russia, was meant to mark the anniversary of the Minsk agreements to end the war …
  •  February 15, 2022 
As girls are being sold in the streets of Kabul, the Norwegian government flew in the Taliban and people from Afghan civil society into Oslo to talk to one another and with Western diplomats. While United Nations agencies have warned repeatedly that 22 million Afghans face acute hunger, the Taliban regime flirts with legitimacy …
  •  February 2, 2022 
Dmitry Polyanskiy
If it were up to the Kremlin, the United Nations Security Council would not have discussed tensions building along the Ukrainian border at a public meeting on Monday. It’s a nonissue, according to Dmitry Polyanskiy, Russia’s deputy ambassador to the UN. “Maybe some psychiatrist is necessary here,” Polyanskiy said in an interview with PassBlue …
  •  January 31, 2022 
Linda Thomas-Greenfield
The United States and Russia publicly aired their stances and concerns over the Ukraine crisis in a United Nations Security Council meeting, with the US calling Russia’s military buildup on Ukraine’s borders a “clear and consequential threat to peace and security” and Russia accusing the US of engaging in “megaphone diplomacy” meant to “whip …
  •  January 10, 2022 
VIENNA — The name Helga Schmid probably does not ring a bell beyond diplomatic circles in this very diplomatic city. Nor is the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, or OSCE, which Schmid leads, a household name, either. But the German career diplomat is about to become better known this week. United States …
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