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Pass Blue - 2020-08-06 - Original post - cached version

Carlos Moisés Guillén Alfaro,‌ un‌ ‌piloto‌ ‌de‌ ‌46‌ ‌años‌ ‌de‌ ‌El‌ ‌Salvador,‌ ‌fue‌ ‌el‌ ‌primer‌ personal‌ ‌de‌ ‌mantenimiento‌ ‌de‌ ‌la‌ ‌paz‌ ‌de‌ ‌la‌ ‌ONU‌ ‌en‌ ‌morir‌ ‌por‌ ‌Covid-19,‌ ‌según‌ ‌funcionarios‌ ‌de‌ la‌ ‌ONU.‌ Pero ‌su‌ ‌certificado‌ ‌de‌ ‌defunción‌ ‌no‌ ‌menciona‌ ‌la...

Pass Blue - 2020-08-05 - Original post - cached version

At a clinic at La Fossette Health Center in Cap-Haïtien, Haiti, nurses vaccinate babies, among other health care services. The pandemic could further erode Haiti’s stability, experts say, given its precarious economic and political state. DANIEL LANARI/USAID

As Covid-19 continues to...

Pass Blue - 2020-08-04 - Original post - cached version

The Indonesian delegation, June 2018, when it was elected as a member from the Asia-Pacific region to the UN Security Council for 2019-2020. Retno Marsudi, foreign affairs minister, right; and Dian Triansyah Djani, center, the UN ambassador. The key to managing in the Council? Tolerance and...

Pass Blue - 2020-08-02 - Original post - cached version

India’s new ambassador to the UN, T. S. Tirumurti, has arrived in New York City, tweeting about sunsets and meeting fellow diplomats so far. The country joins the Security Council in January and will most likely refrain from allying with any big power. INDIAN MISSION TO THE UN

With five...

Pass Blue - 2020-07-29 - Original post - cached version

A Black Lives Matter protest in Philadelphia, June 2020. The UN’s top human-rights official must write a report within a year on systemic racism and violations of international human-rights law against Africans and people of African descent by law-enforcement entities. CREATIVE COMMONS


Pass Blue - 2020-07-28 - Original post - cached version

Carlos Moisés Guillén Alfaro, a 46-year-old pilot from El Salvador, was the first UN peacekeeper to die from Covid-19, according to UN officials. But his death certificate cites no cause of death, and other major questions about his medical treatment in Mali, where he was based, prevail from his...

Pass Blue - 2020-07-25 - Original post - cached version

Carol Pasisi, an activist from the Pacific island nation of Niue, spoke to the Security Council on July 24 about the threats of climate change in her region, like damage to the blue economy.

The Security Council held a climate change and security debate, led by Germany, nearly 10 years...

Pass Blue - 2020-07-23 - Original post - cached version

The UN flag flew with United States and Canadian flags on the Peace Bridge, between Buffalo, N.Y., and Fort Erie, Ontario, until not long ago, but it’s unclear why it was there to begin with. OPEN SOURCE

BUFFALO, N.Y. — In the middle of a recent Zoom meeting with...

Pass Blue - 2020-07-22 - Original post - cached version

Precautions taken in Mali against Covid-19, March 2020. A UN-75 political declaration to reinforce global cooperation was approved recently by the General Assembly. But it had hit many sticking points, including the United States forcing language on climate change to be softened. OUSMANE TRAORE/...

Pass Blue - 2020-07-21 - Original post - cached version

At the UN in New York, participants at a Youth Standing Up for Human Rights event, Dec. 10, 2019. The bottom line to getting a full-time job at the UN, even in a world crisis, is that the route is not a straight shot. ESKINDER DEBEBE/UN PHOTO

Ever wonder how to crack the door open to a...

Pass Blue - 2020-07-20 - Original post - cached version

Secretary of State Pompeo during a question-and-answer session about his new report by the Commisson on Unalienable Rights, unveiled at the National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, July 16, 2020. Mary Ann Glendon, right, presided over the event and led the commission that wrote the report....

Pass Blue - 2020-07-19 - Original post - cached version

The UN Security Council visited South Sudan, the world’s newest nation, in 2016, where Samantha Power, the US envoy to the UN, led the entourage. As the Council boarded a UN plane to leave the country and go home, she said that it “does not mean that we are going to forget about them.” UNMISS...

Pass Blue - 2020-07-18 - Original post - cached version

Vassily Nebenzia, Russia’s ambassador to the UN, addressing the Security Council in its first physical meeting at New York City headquarters since March 12. It is unclear when the Council will meet again in the UN building. 

As the number of Covid-19 cases skyrockets globally — and the...

Pass Blue - 2020-07-16 - Original post - cached version

A Saudi-led post-bombing scene in Hodeidah, Yemen. The US is the world’s largest exporter of explosive weapons, and Saudi Arabia is its biggest customer. DIETRICH KLOSE/FLICKR

For the ninth year in a row, 90 percent of people killed by explosive weapons in urban areas were civilians. The...

Pass Blue - 2020-07-14 - Original post - cached version

Deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov of Russia, left, with Marshall Billingslea, US envoy for arms control, in a tweet posted on June 22 by the latter after the first round of nuclear-arms bilateral talks in Vienna. The essayists say that Washington’s arms controllers “seem stuck in the...

Pass Blue - 2020-07-13 - Original post - cached version

Kelley Currie, US ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, has had the job since January. The Trump administration tried to eliminate the post at one point but the Senate made it permanent. Currie worked previously at the US mission to the UN, above, for Nikki Haley. ERIC BRIDIERS


Pass Blue - 2020-07-11 - Original post - cached version

President Trump boarding Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Md. July 10, 2020, en route to Miami. The administration notified the UN on July 6 that the US was withdrawing from the World Health Organization, effective exactly one year later. TIA DUFOUR/WHITE HOUSE

In a final straw to the...

Pass Blue - 2020-07-09 - Original post - cached version

Prime Minister Boris Johnson holding a Covid-19 press briefing, London, June 16, 2020. Britain currently has the highest death rate from the virus in Europe, and the writer says that navigating the mishmash of lockdown rules in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland has been “greatly...

Pass Blue - 2020-07-07 - Original post - cached version

Maj. Gen. Cheryl Pearce of Australia has been the force commander of the  UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus since 2018. The authors argue that powerful Western nations need to let the UN Secretariat choose the leaders of peacekeeping posts rather than exert their own preferences. LOEY FELIPE/UN...

Pass Blue - 2020-07-06 - Original post - cached version

While the World Health Organization is stressing the need for global solidarity on researching Covid-19 therapies and drugs, the US recently did a drug-grab on remdesivir, which can help recovery from the virus but is not a cure. People waiting for relief aid in Dhaka, Bangladesh, above,...

Pass Blue - 2020-07-06 - Original post - cached version

Ambassador Christoph Heusgen, holding a virtual media briefing at the UN, July 1, 2020, with members of the German delegation: Mathias Licharz, political coordinator, and Kathrin Deschauer, press officer. The country has its last Security Council presidency of its term this month, doubly...

Pass Blue - 2020-07-03 - Original post - cached version

The Security Council virtual meeting on June 30, debating the status of the Iran nuclear deal’s arms embargo, which expires Oct. 18, 2020. US Secretary of State Pompeo attended briefly, above, to make his pitch to keep the ban. He met resistance, as expected, from members.

The United...

Pass Blue - 2020-07-01 - Original post - cached version

Secretary of State Pompeo leaving the Pearl Harbor-Hickam joint base in Honolulu, June 17, 2020, after meeting with Chinese officials. Amid rising Covid-19 cases and nationwide protests against racial injustices, President Trump has been golfing and tweeting white supremacist slogans. RON...

Pass Blue - 2020-06-30 - Original post - cached version

President Trump and John Bolton, his national security adviser, at a meet-and-greet with US military stationed in Britain; Portsmouth, June 5, 2019. In Bolton’s new book, he offers plenty of “snide” comments about such people as Nikki Haley, a former US envoy to the UN, like Bolton. SHEALAH...

Pass Blue - 2020-06-27 - Original post - cached version

While Secretary-General António Guterres held a virtual press briefing on June 25, his spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, above, moderated. Guterres spoke about the 75th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Charter and the relentless devastation of the Covid-19 pandemic. MANUEL ELIAS/...

Pass Blue - 2020-06-26 - Original post - cached version

Mary Robinson, chair of The Elders, an organization of eminent leaders, attending a youth world summit in London, 2019, with Manoly Sisavanh of the Wildlife Conservation Society in Laos. What do older statespeople and those ready to inherit the earth feel about the UN on its 75th birthday? That...

Pass Blue - 2020-06-24 - Original post - cached version

President Vladimir Putin delivering a speech at the first Russia-Africa summit, October 2019, in Sochi. In a new essay he wrote for the American magazine National Interest, Putin praises the original agreements among the big three powers who created the UN for keeping “confrontation under...

Pass Blue - 2020-06-24 - Original post - cached version

On June 17, 2020, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, left, the current president of the General Assembly, announced the results of numerous elections by webcast and to an empty Assembly Hall; Movses Abelian, a UN official, right. The UN celebrates its 75th birthday on June 26, 2020, marked by a declaration...

Pass Blue - 2020-06-22 - Original post - cached version

In France, the lockdown that began in mid-March in the pandemic was partly lifted two months later and is almost entirely over now. The French were depicted by the media, the author says, as undisciplined when compared with their European neighbors. Paris, above, in June. SIDONIE CHAUMETTE

Pass Blue - 2020-06-20 - Original post - cached version

Katalin Bogyay, the ambassador of Hungary to the UN, about to cast her secret ballots for the elections in the General Assembly Hall, June 17, 2020. The process required new procedures amid the pandemic, but it went well by all accounts. ESKINDER DEBEBE/UN PHOTO

Starting in June, a...

Pass Blue - 2020-06-19 - Original post - cached version

The Covid-19 pandemic’s effects on poor countries is hitting children hard, forcing some of them to work while navigating unsavory home lives. In wars, children’s status is worse than ever. Here, in Madagascar, the health system is strained and schools are closed. HENITSOA RAFALIA/WORLD BANK...

Pass Blue - 2020-06-18 - Original post - cached version

Kelly Craft, the US envoy to the UN, arriving in the morning at the General Assembly Hall to cast her country’s secret ballot for various UN elections, June 17, 2020. By the afternoon, the new members of the Security Council were announced: India, Ireland, Mexico and Norway. The race between...

Pass Blue - 2020-06-17 - Original post - cached version

Malcolm X was an American Muslim minister and iconic human-rights activist who was assassinated on Feb. 21, 1965, at age 39, in New York City. In his work, he had tried to globalize the civil rights movement in the United States by bringing the cause to the United Nations. TASNIM NEWS AGENCY...

Pass Blue - 2020-06-16 - Original post - cached version

Unicef and the World Health Organization sponsor free vaccination programs on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, reaching tens of thousands of children each month. The programs could be jeopardized by the US withdrawal from the WHO. JIM HUYLEBROEK/UNICEF

Already struggling with a surging...

Pass Blue - 2020-06-13 - Original post - cached version

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King, at UN headquarters after King was awarded the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize. With them is Ralph Bunche, a UN official who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950. Bunche, an American, marched with the Kings in civil rights protests in...

Pass Blue - 2020-06-11 - Original post - cached version

A view of Panama City from the apartment of the author, a former vice president and foreign minister of Panama. The country is slowly reopening after months of lockdown, although the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases keeps rising. ISABEL SAINT MALO

PANAMA CITY, Panama — March 2 marked...

Pass Blue - 2020-06-11 - Original post - cached version

Joe Biden, right, the likely Democratic Party nominee for US president, and community leaders at Bethel A.M.E. Church, Wilmington, Del., June 1, 2020. Besides the pandemic, a wrecked economy and public protests nationwide, Biden will have to repair US international relations if he wins the race...

Pass Blue - 2020-06-10 - Original post - cached version

The Rev. Ralph Abernathy, far left, Ralph Bunche (with glasses), the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and Coretta Scott King in the Selma march, 1965. Bunche, a UN official, told marchers that the UN supported their cause. BRUCE DAVIDSON/COURTESY HOWARD GREENBERG GALLERY

As the world knows,...

Pass Blue - 2020-06-08 - Original post - cached version

Rafael Grossi, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, May 2020. One new report from the UN agency expresses concern about Iran’s blocking access to certain sites and another report confirms the country’s increased uranium enrichment activities. DEAN CALMA/IAEA

VIENNA — The...

Pass Blue - 2020-06-06 - Original post - cached version

Protesters in Washington Square Park, Manhattan, one of dozens of such gatherings throughout New York City in the last week responding to the murder of George Floyd, the African-American, on May. 25. The UN kept its distance from the protests. ISABELLA PENNEY

Starting in June, a summary...

Pass Blue - 2020-06-04 - Original post - cached version

A view of the General Assembly Hall through an interpreters’ booth, before the opening of the general debate of the 74th session, Sept. 24, 2019. It is unclear how world leaders will meet this year, but more important, diplomacy-as-usual practices are over, the authors say. MANUEL ELIAS/UN PHOTO...

Pass Blue - 2020-06-04 - Original post - cached version

In New York City, protesters swarm the roadway portion of the Brooklyn Bridge, heading from the City Hall area of lower Manhattan into Brooklyn. The crowd stopped incoming traffic, but there was no violence, May 30, 2020. JOHN PENNEY

Amid curfews in New York City, constant marches and...

Pass Blue - 2020-06-02 - Original post - cached version

Secretary-General António Guterres about to sign a book of condolences in memory of former Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, who died on March 4, 2020, at 100. The UN marks the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter in June. MARK GARTEN/UN PHOTO

Seventy-five years ago...

Pass Blue - 2020-06-02 - Original post - cached version

A screen grab of Ambassador Nicolas de Rivière of France participating in a videoconference of the UN Security Council on Syria, April 29, 2020. As president of the Council in June, he intends to speak only in French in public sessions, as multilingualism in the Council, he said, has suffered...

Pass Blue - 2020-05-30 - Original post - cached version

Trump returning to the White House on May 17, 2020, after a weekend at Camp David, in Maryland. On May 29, amidst the pandemic, the US president announced he was withdrawing from the World Health Organization, the globe’s most important public health body. TIA DUFOUR/WHITE HOUSE PHOTO 


Pass Blue - 2020-05-28 - Original post - cached version

A farmworker in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Poor countries heavily dependent on foreign aid have received some debt emergency relief by official global lenders during the pandemic. But that opportunity can also open channels for corruption, the author says, making transparency imperative. 


Pass Blue - 2020-05-27 - Original post - cached version

Clashes between Arab and African ethnic groups erupted in West Darfur late last year, reportedly leaving at least 65 people dead and thousands homeless, like the woman above. The author, a refugee from the region, pleads for the continuing presence of international peacekeepers amid Security...

Pass Blue - 2020-05-26 - Original post - cached version

The Women’s March, 2017, above. A new campaign led by women in the United States with global experience are advocating that a feminist foreign policy be instituted in all branches of the federal government, regardless of national politics. JOHN JACK/CREATIVE COMMONS

The world of diplomacy...

Pass Blue - 2020-05-26 - Original post - cached version

A man who washes cars taking a break at his business in Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi. Although the country has only about 100 recorded cases of Covid-19 now, its lacks a proper health care system to deal with the pandemic as it intensifies. Elections in June could further complicate the...

Pass Blue - 2020-05-21 - Original post - cached version

The delegation of Mauritius at the General Assembly session that adopted a resolution asking the International Court of Justice to render an advisory opinion on the legality of the separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, June 22, 2017. Exactly a...


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