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Cindy McCain, the executive director of the Rome-based World Food Program, met with some of her staff online, taking questions and hearing comments from an office in Jordan regarding her recent responses to the Israel-Hamas conflict and the agency’s work …

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A new letter circulating among World Food Program employees is questioning the ethics of Cindy McCain, the program’s executive director, after she attended a forum honoring the people of Israel recently. The letter reflects the intensifying controversies hitting the United …

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This week, we focus on the coup in Niger, which has been condemned by the United Nations, African Union, United States, European Union and regional organizations. You are reading This Week @UN, summarizing the most pressing issues before the organization. …

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Russia, Türkiye and Qatar may be ready to discuss a draft agreement to export Russian agricultural products to countries most vulnerable to the threat of famine, according to a tripartite document allegedly being considered by the governments. The deal, which …

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Russia’s refusal to extend the Black Sea grain deal, announced early Monday morning by the Kremlin, dominated the United Nations Security Council’s session on Ukraine in the afternoon. The news from Moscow rejecting the renewal of the initiative — signed …

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This week, we focus on yet another migration disaster off Italy’s coast, resulting in approximately 180 deaths, including children, while attempting what UN and other officials call “irregular migration.” You are reading This Week @UN, summarizing the most pressing issues …

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This week, we focus on the sad news of the earthquake that struck Türkiye and Syria, leaving approximately 22,000 people dead so far, thousands of others injured and everyone desperate for humanitarian aid. You are reading This Week @UN, summarizing …

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This week, we focus on UN reform (no joke!); visits by the UN peacekeeping boss to Lebanon, Syria and Israel; and glimmers of hope for Iraq. You are reading This Week @UN, summarizing the most pressing issues before the organization. …

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A 20,000-metric ton donation of fertilizer by a Russian company to the government of Malawi is slowly making its way to the landlocked country from the busy port of Beira, Mozambique, in southeast Africa. The World Food Program told PassBlue …

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Four months ago, Russia was flagged for breaching international aviation law, and the United Nations has yet to replace dozens of grounded Russian-leased aircraft as a result of the violation. The UN’s response to the International Civil Aviation Authority’s warning …

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This week, we focus on the preparations of the annual United Nations General Assembly opening session with world leaders — “high-level week” — from Sept. 20-26 and other stories around the world. The speakers’ list is constantly revising, though it’s …

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Dozens of planes and helicopters leased from Russia by United Nations peacekeeping missions and humanitarian operations have been grounded as war-driven sanctions against Russia begin to bite, leaving UN officials scrambling to figure out how to keep critical air transport …

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With the world facing an unprecedented food crisis, the smallest of the three Rome-based agencies of the United Nations — the International Fund for Agricultural Development — has a new president. Álvaro Lario, its chief financial officer and a Spaniard, …

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Antony Blinken, the United States Secretary of State, accused Russia of weaponizing food in its fight against Ukraine and creating a hunger crisis in many parts of the world as a result. Blinken made the remarks at an open debate …

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This week, we place the lens on the United Nations itself as the atrocities committed by Russia in Ukraine surge into the fourth week of war.  You are reading This Week @UN, summarizing the most pressing issues before the organization. …

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