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  •  March 24, 2022 
Lately, pundits, experts and even government officials are increasingly discussing the possible use of nuclear weapons and/or other weapons of mass destruction amid the war Russia launched against Ukraine a month ago. A closer look, however, suggests that while the threat of nuclear war has risen, the popular scenarios entirely miss the point. Popular …
  •  March 17, 2022 
In 2019, the independent inquiry into the United Nations’ response to the Rohingya crisis, which drove 750,000 refugees from Myanmar’s Rakhine state into Bangladesh in 2017, found “systemic and structural failures.” UN Secretary-General António Guterres accepted all the findings of the inquiry and will present a report on the progress that has been made …
  •  March 14, 2022 
Sarah Copland and son Isaac
The flying glass was the first thing I saw when the Port of Beirut exploded on Aug. 4, 2020. I was thrown to the ground, and my body, heavily pregnant, was riddled with shards from our shattered window. A sonic boom sounded a split-second later. Isaac, my two-year-old son, had been sitting in his …
  •  March 9, 2022 
Mothers appeal to mothers. Who doesn’t understand the power of women speaking to women about fear for their children? We listen as young women — parliamentarians, government ministers — who are staying to defend their country and denounce the insufficiencies of allies’ support. Who doesn’t perceive that their authority is enhanced because their decision …
  •  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 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 9, 2022 
Within year one, the Biden administration rejoined the Paris Agreement and Human Rights Council, re-engaged with the World Health Organization, accelerated support of the Covax operation and took steps to strengthen United Nations peacekeeping and nuclear nonproliferation regimes. Equally significant, the new administration has dramatically changed America’s tone toward the UN’s founding principles and …
  •  January 25, 2022 
President Joe Biden has brought back an era of diplomatic normalcy to the United Nations in his first year in office. After the often-raucous and unpredictable four years of the Trump administration’s relations with the UN, Biden and his administration have re-embraced the organization in a concerted and measured — albeit, low-key — way. …
  •  December 30, 2021 
This was a year like no other globally, and so it was at the United Nations Security Council. In May, we grappled with an eruption of violence in Gaza. In August, we watched with dismay as Kabul fell to the Taliban. All year, we denounced widespread food insecurity in Yemen and struggled in horror …
  •  December 8, 2021 
The reform of the United Nations development system has been a key project of Secretary-General António Guterres’s first term. Bold changes were planned to reposition the system to meet the needs of the 2030 Agenda — the Sustainable Development Goals. With most reforms carried out by now, and six years into the 2030 Agenda, …
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