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  •  November 25, 2022 
This week, we focus on climate commitments made at the just-concluded COP27 as well as the UN Environment Program honoring activists. 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, the UN Secretary-General António …
  •  November 23, 2022 
Navi Pillay, who leads the United Nations Human Rights Council’s commission of inquiry on Palestine and Israel, has written to the president of the General Assembly about a “matter of significant concern” involving the Israeli ambassador at a public meeting in October at the UN. The letter, dated Nov. 21, 2022, was sent to …
  •  November 22, 2022 
Leaders of major democracies are intensifying their denunciations of the Iranian government for its continued brutal crackdown on the protests in the country, which are moving into their third month as Iran has issued four death sentences so far linked to demonstrations. Not only are countries levying new sanctions on individuals and entities implicated …
  •  November 16, 2022 
A woman and her daughter in Kaduna, Nigeria, 2014.
LAGOS — The United Nations is ignoring repeated calls for help in resolving a resource war between largely Christian farmers and mainly Muslim herders in Kaduna, a state in northwest Nigeria. The conflict has been smoldering since 2011 and now, fanned by climate change, threatens to burst into flame. Violence in northwestern Nigeria killed …
  •  October 27, 2022 
Catherine Nyakoe, Kenya Mission Legal Counsel gives speech at UN Security Council
“The United Nations is dead,” said the Catholic Herald in 1947, two years after the UN was founded. Reports of its demise are perennial, but they seem to have reached a crescendo this year, with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine considered a litmus test for the 77-year-old organization. Russia’s wanton act of aggression is not …
  •  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 2, 2022 
It was billed as a grand ceremony staged by the United Nations Association of Germany to award its biennial Otto Hahn Peace Medal to Navi Pillay, marking her decades of groundbreaking work in human rights and international criminal law, including through the United Nations. The setting for the ceremony on Sept. 28 would be …
  •  July 22, 2022 
Grain Deal signing ceremony in Istanbul, Turkey July 22, 2022
This week, we focus on the signing of the UN-Turkish led grain deal as well as the Nelson Mandela memorial event, where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a big statement with their appearance and his speech. You are reading This Week @UN, summarizing the most pressing issues before the organization. The information …
  •  July 19, 2022 
LONDON — A new United Nations high commissioner for human rights needs to be found, appointed by the General Assembly and be ready to begin work on Sept. 1. Anyone who meets the criteria set out in the UN’s official job description can apply for this role — the deadline is July 27. The …
  •  July 8, 2022 
Geraldine Byrne Nason and Mona Juul
This week, we focus on the continual attacks on UN peacekeepers in Mali, which further stall efforts to restore peace in the West African country. 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, …
  •  June 13, 2022 
Over the last 20 years, the United States and other global powers pumped money and military aid into Afghanistan, only to see it disappear when militarism proved untenable and ineffective. Now, as Afghanistan endures a state of emergency, those same global powers offer sympathy for the people of our country without taking responsibility for …
  •  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 13, 2022 
This week, we focus on how the UN is further rallying support to combat the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and the widespread condemnation against the killing of Al Jazeera’s reporter in Palestine.  You are reading This Week @UN, summarizing the most pressing issues before the organization. The information is gathered from UN press briefings, …
  •  April 12, 2022 
James Kariuki, Deputy Permanent Representative of UK to the UN
As most of the world’s superpowers continue to impose sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, Britain says it will double-down on its effort to call out Russia by ensuring it does not continue to misuse its position as a veto-wielding member of the United Nations Security Council.  “And we’re …
  •  April 11, 2022 
Sergiy Kyslytsya, Ukrainian Ambassador to the UN
When he needs to unwind amid Russia’s disastrous invasion of his country, Sergiy Kyslytsya, Ukraine’s ambassador to the United Nations, takes long bike rides in Manhattan with his dog, Dezi (Dez, for short), a sprightly Jack Russell terrier. Her name is a riff on the title of Max Ehrmann’s poem “Desiderata,” which means something …
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