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The United Nations Security Council’s continuing failure to agree on a ceasefire in Gaza is troubling many members, including Guyana, which assumes the rotating presidency of the Council on Feb. 1. Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett, Guyana’s permanent representative to the UN, told …

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The two-state solution is inevitable to end the war between Israel and Palestine, France says. Nicolas de Rivière, France’s ambassador to the United Nations, told PassBlue that the last two decades should have been used to implement the peace process …

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Ecuador is concentrating on broader peace and security problems in the Mideast rather than taking a narrow focus on the Israel-Hamas war, as the Latin American country assumes the rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council in December. José Javier …

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[…] version. Nevertheless, a legally nonbinding resolution calling for an “immediate, durable and sustained humanitarian truce” was approved by 121 votes in the General Assembly on Oct. 27. Iraq changed its vote in favor after the initial count. Experts …

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Norberto Moretti, Brazil’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, says the BRICS political and economic bloc — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — is pushing to enhance international financial institutions while not necessarily creating an alternative world …

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Albania is proposing the creation of a digital platform to complement the United Nations’ humanitarian aid system, drawing donations from corporations and foundations to help alleviate the growing desperation of people across the world. Ferit Hoxha, Albania’s ambassador to the …

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The United States is urging the global South to call out Russia’s aggression in Ukraine as many parts of the world continue to confront food insecurity because of the 17-month-old war. Robert Wood, an alternate ambassador for the US at …

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Britain is concentrating on the use and regulation of artificial intelligence as a top-priority debate while it leads the United Nations Security Council in July. The agenda reflects part of the country’s plans for building control in the evolving digital …

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The world needs the United Arab Emirates’ oil moguls to get involved in striving for “peace and security,” in a globe where climate change is creating conflict flash points, said Mira Al Hussein, a fellow at the University of Edinburgh, …

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Pascale Baeriswyl, Switzerland’s permanent representative to the United Nations, told PassBlue that the country’s historic neutrality does not stop it from speaking out against violations of international law. Switzerland has been a UN member state since 2002, and it became …

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Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia, described the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court against President Vladimir Putin as “stupid.” Nebenzia said this while taking questions from journalists during his briefing as rotating president of the …

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Mozambique, the southern African nation with scenic beaches and islands, will focus on issues around security and terrorism as it leads the United Nations Security Council in March. This is the first time Mozambique has been an elected member of …

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Malta is in charge of the Security Council this month, the first time in 39 years that the tiny Mediterranean nation is back in the chamber as an elected member. As an island, it’s appropriate that Malta is scheduling a …

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Kimihiro Ishikane, Japan’s permanent representative to the United Nations, expressed frustration with the Security Council’s lack of consensus on North Korea’s unabating missile tests. Ishikane is the monthly rotating president of the Council in January, and he conveyed his country’s …

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Ruchira Kamboj, India’s ambassador to the United Nations, said the Security Council could no longer afford to delay being more reflective of the diversity of the UN “wider membership” if it wants to remain relevant. The South Asian country of …

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