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Pass Blue - 2018-12-16 - Original post - cached version

Nigerien troops patrolling outside Dirkou, Niger, Aug. 6, 2018, a key transit hub near the border of Libya. The author describes how the G5 Sahel force, a French initiative to combat jihadists in the Sahel region, is struggling to be useful as violence in the area soars. JOE PENNEY

Pass Blue - 2018-12-13 - Original post - cached version

Heather Nauert, the spokesperson for the US State Department, holding a media briefing, June 6, 2017. Her nomination as America’s envoy to the UN has been harshly criticized by some human-rights groups and the country’s largest Islamic advocacy organization. 

The nomination of Heather...

Pass Blue - 2018-12-12 - Original post - cached version

A project of the UN Development Program has enabled the Aatral Arasi Palmyrah Crafts, a group in Sri Lanka, to grow. The author of this essay says, however, that in postwar societies, the private sector must play a major role in rebuilding societies to ensure lasting economic recovery. 


Pass Blue - 2018-12-09 - Original post - cached version

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador, flanked by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, addressing the press at UN headquarters in New York, July 20, 2018, after a private meeting with the Security Council on North Korea. Haley is leaving the post by the end of the year and Donald Trump has nominated Heather...

Pass Blue - 2018-12-07 - Original post - cached version

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center, standing told a gathering at the German Marshall Fund, on Dec. 4, 2018, that the liberal world order has been allowed to “corrode.” He also criticized UN peacekeeping work and UN climate-change mitigation efforts. SERGE VANDENDRIESSCHE/GERMAN MARSHALL...

Pass Blue - 2018-12-06 - Original post - cached version

Marillyn Hewson, head of Lockheed Martin.

Marillyn Hewson, the head of Lockheed Martin Corporation, is the latest name to surface as a potential successor to Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, according to a diplomat there.

Hewson has been the chief...

Pass Blue - 2018-12-05 - Original post - cached version

Ambassador Kacou Houadja Léon Adom of the Ivory Coast, Dec. 3, 2018. He said that his country, recovering from a civil war, had lessons to offer the UN Security Council on how to maintain peace. 

The Ivory Coast holds the rotating presidency in December in the United Nations Security...

Pass Blue - 2018-12-03 - Original post - cached version

A Sahrawi refugee at a camp near Tindouf, Algeria, 2016. A new UN envoy is taking a stab at ending the frozen conflict over the status of the Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara territory of the indigenous Sahrawi people, prodded by the United States. EVAN SCHNEIDER/UN PHOTO

Horst Koehler, a...

Pass Blue - 2018-11-30 - Original post - cached version

A trip by the members of the UN Security Council, above background, to the Congo in October 2018 included meeting with female political candidates (front rows) who are competing in the country’s Dec. 23 elections. Recent murders of UN peacekeepers in the Congo raise the question as to whether...

Pass Blue - 2018-11-30 - Original post - cached version

A memorial service was held for the six peacekeepers from Malawi and one from Tanzania who died during clashes with the ADF militia in the Congo on Nov. 15, 2018. Seventeen members of the same UN force intervention brigade were killed nearly a year ago battling the ADF. MIRIAM ASMANI/MONUSCO ...

Pass Blue - 2018-11-28 - Original post - cached version

Police on horses escorting migrants after they crossed from Croatia in Dobova, Slovenia, Oct. 20, 2015. A new UN global compact on migrants is to be formalized at a conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, in early December, before the UN General Assembly adopts it through a resolution. The United...

Pass Blue - 2018-11-26 - Original post - cached version

Fathiah Zakham studied tuberculosis in Yemen until a bomb destroyed the university where she was working. Through the Scholar Rescue Fund, she received safe haven in Helsinki to study.

Ahmad Sadiddin was an agronomist in a region that history books call the Fertile Crescent, an arc around...

Pass Blue - 2018-11-24 - Original post - cached version

Fred Eckhard, who was UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s spokesman, in Koudougou, Burkina Faso, with girls helped by a charity he runs, Chance for Change, in their last year of secondary school. Half of them made it to higher education through the charity. Its treasurer, Noëlie, is at Eckhard’s...

Pass Blue - 2018-11-22 - Original post - cached version

The inaugural Paris Peace Forum brought in a range of attendees, who concentrated on “people-centered multilateralism,” the author writes. Here, among the VIPs: President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz of Mauritania, second from left; President Paul Kagame of Rwanda; Defense Minister Hamed Bakayoko of...

Pass Blue - 2018-11-21 - Original post - cached version

Mariam Jalabi, a co-founder of the Syrian Women’s Political Movement, left, with Jamille Bigio, senior fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations. In a conversation between the two, Jalabi said that unequal participation by women in peace talks and the political scene is not only a Syrian...

Pass Blue - 2018-11-20 - Original post - cached version

UN Secretary-General António Guterres, right, with Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey’s foreign minister, Nov. 19, 2018, during the UN Alliance of Civilizations forum. The country has called for an independent investigation into the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but the UN says it hasn’t...

Pass Blue - 2018-11-16 - Original post - cached version

President Trump with, from left, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, President Emmanuel Macron of France, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan and Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain, at the G7 lunch in Canada, June 9, 2018. The author suggests Japan should work closely with Europe to...

Pass Blue - 2018-11-13 - Original post - cached version

At least 100 women will hold nearly one-quarter of the seats in the US House of Representatives as of January 2019. That could mean more support for women’s rights, including from a New York Democrat, Eliot Engel. Here, protesters in Seattle, 2018.

The results of the recent United States...

Pass Blue - 2018-11-13 - Original post - cached version

A road traffic company, made up of the Central African National police with assistance from UN police, above, regulates traffic and writes accident reports in the capital, Bangui. The country is on the verge of either a breakthrough to peace or relapsing into a civil war. HERVE SEREFIO/MINUSCA...

Pass Blue - 2018-11-12 - Original post - cached version

Migrants in the Abu Salim detention center, in southern Tripoli, holding about 1,200 people and run by the Libyan interior ministry. Of such centers, it is considered one of the better managed in the country.

A decision by the United Nations Security Council to add sanctions against...

Pass Blue - 2018-11-11 - Original post - cached version

The UN Chamber Music Society, one of many clubs UN staffers can join. Music, the Society says, is the universal language of peace. The group performs publicly, including recently at Carnegie Hall.

The quiet work of diplomacy at the United Nations headquarters often makes for...

Pass Blue - 2018-11-09 - Original post - cached version

The world is growing both older and younger, according to new population reports, which point out that unmanageably large populations can have detrimental effects in regions and in countries. By 2050, China is projected to be second in population globally, at 1.3 billion people. Above, the...

Pass Blue - 2018-11-08 - Original post - cached version

Activists in London, June 2018, protesting the war in Yemen. Aircraft flown by Saudi coalition pilots but serviced by British and Americans and armed with their bombs, have been targeting Yemeni civilian infrastructure, including schools, hospitals and, for a year, the main port in Hodeidah,...

Pass Blue - 2018-11-06 - Original post - cached version

Migrants from El Salvador embarking in the regional caravan, destined for the United States. UN agencies are providing food as well as asylum information for the hordes of people heading to America right now. The UN agencies assert the migrants’ right to be heard.

Working closely with...

Pass Blue - 2018-11-05 - Original post - cached version

Ma Zhaoxu, China’s ambassador to the UN and rotating president of the Security Council for November, briefs the press on Nov. 1, 2018, on the Council’s program of work for the month, including a Council trip to some of China’s richest cities to showcase the country’s “development,” Ma said. MARK...

Pass Blue - 2018-11-03 - Original post - cached version

Heather Nauert, the spokesperson for the US State Department, talking with reporters airborne to Singapore, Aug. 3, 2018. Trump has said she is his top choice to succeed Nikki Haley as US ambassador to the UN.

President Trump has apparently offered Heather Nauert the United States...

Pass Blue - 2018-11-02 - Original post - cached version

President Trump participating in the Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem, Sept. 24, 2018, at the UN in New York. As she heads out the door, Haley still defends the inflammatory remarks and attitudes of Trump, the author writes. SHEALAH CRAIGHEAD/WHITE HOUSE

Nikki Haley has...

Pass Blue - 2018-10-31 - Original post - cached version

A boy holding a slate of wood with Quranic verses written on it at an Islamic school in Maiduguri, Nigeria, May 24, 2014. A new human-rights measurement initiative offers metrics and tools to track the performance of more than 140 countries, including Nigeria, a country of 181 million that ranks...

Pass Blue - 2018-10-30 - Original post - cached version

Sgt. Maj. Albert Ndikumana, 29-year-old Burundian peacekeeper, was killed during an ambush on Aug. 23, 2018, in the village of Pavika, Central African Republic. He received “the last honors of his UN family,” the Minusca mission said, on Sept. 6 in a ceremony held at its headquarters in Bangui....

Pass Blue - 2018-10-28 - Original post - cached version

Brett Schaefer, a fellow at The Heritage Foundation, has been nominated by the White House to be a member of a crucial UN committee on contributions. 

Brett Schaefer, a fellow in international regulatory affairs at The Heritage Foundation, a conservative policy research organization in...

Pass Blue - 2018-10-26 - Original post - cached version

A participant at the 14th annual International Human Rights Summit of Youth for Human Rights, held at the UN on Aug. 25, 2017 and organized by Cambodia and Panama. As the world’s youth population surges, the UN is paying more attention to young people’s needs, but the author writes that the...

Pass Blue - 2018-10-23 - Original post - cached version

Chan Kanha, a member of the Cambodian People’s Party, is deputy mayor of her hometown, Kampot, on the coast. One way that Cambodian women can make headway in political participation, she said, is to get a university degree. JOHANNA HIGGS 

KAMPOT, Cambodia — Chan Kanha is the deputy mayor...

Pass Blue - 2018-10-22 - Original post - cached version

The Trump administration recently circulated a memo to explain its strict anti-abortion policies globally, just as a new UN report on fertility found that severely limiting females’ access to health services increases abortion rates. Here, a Usaid-financed family planning program in Malawi, in...

Pass Blue - 2018-10-19 - Original post - cached version

United States Ambassador Nikki Haley with David Beasley, the World Food Program executive director, July 13, 2017. Haley and Beasley are former governors of South Carolina, and Haley nominated Beasley for the UN job in 2017.

A son of David Beasley, the World Food Program executive...

Pass Blue - 2018-10-18 - Original post - cached version

Akuei Malwal, left, ambassador for South Sudan to the United Nations; Omer Dahab Fadl Mohamed, Sudan’s envoy; and Joanna Wronecka, Poland’s envoy, in the Security Council, Oct. 11, 2018. The authors suggest that the multilateralism system of the UN can be shored up despite the faltering...

Pass Blue - 2018-10-16 - Original post - cached version

In recent negotiations in the UN General Assembly’s committee on disarmament, the British delegation wanted gender-focused language removed from documents being discussed but then seemed to changed its mind. Recent UN disarmament treaties now note the gendered impact on women in conflicts, as in...

Pass Blue - 2018-10-14 - Original post - cached version

The UN World Conference of the International Women’s Year opened in Mexico City on June 19, 1975, with 110 delegations present at the opening session. Patricia Hutar, the delegate for the United States, appointed by President Ford, making a statement, above. Bold verbal commitments to enhance...

Pass Blue - 2018-10-13 - Original post - cached version

A health care worker in Pakistan for Marie Stopes International, which provides contraception services in 37 countries worldwide. Pakistan has one of the lowest overall health care rankings in South Asia, impeding the lives of women and girls.

South Asia, a vast region stretching from...

Pass Blue - 2018-10-11 - Original post - cached version

ISIS fighters entering Raqqa in 2013. In 2014, the jihadists committed genocide, including rape, against the Yazidi population in their ancestral home in northern Iraq. The authors list six explicit ways that rape as a weapon of war can be tackled in work on peace and stability. CREATIVE COMMONS...

Pass Blue - 2018-10-10 - Original post - cached version

Nikki Haley, America’s envoy to the United Nations, held the rotating presidency of the Security Council in September. Here, she chairs a Council meeting on the humanitarian status of the war in Syria, Sept. 7, 2018. She resigned from her job on Oct. 9. LOEY FELIPE/UN PHOTO

So it’s...

Pass Blue - 2018-10-09 - Original post - cached version

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, suddenly announced on Oct. 9 that she was resigning her post and leaving by the end of the year. The news seemed to have taken many people in the UN community by surprise, as ambassadors from the Netherlands, France, Sweden and others heaped...

Pass Blue - 2018-10-09 - Original post - cached version

Donald Trump, US president, and Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, Pasay City, Nov. 13, 2017. The Philippines, despite insulting and threatening UN Human Rights Council experts, the author says, is up for re-election as a member of the UN body. ROBINSON NINAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO...

Pass Blue - 2018-10-08 - Original post - cached version

The Trump team, Sept. 25, 2018, in the General Assembly as President Trump gave his “patriotism” over “globalism” speech to international leaders. Sanctions-posturing by the US, the author writes, does not solve world problems. 

John Bolton, whose white hair betrays the wisdom that a...

Pass Blue - 2018-10-06 - Original post - cached version

If more emphasis were put on carbon pricing, human consumption of natural resources could shift toward more sustainability across the world, the author argues. Fracking for gas, such as in Pennsylvania, above, perpetuates a fossil-fuel-driven economy and global...

Pass Blue - 2018-10-04 - Original post - cached version

A US-led Security Council resolution focused on improving peacekeepers’ performance was approved on Sept. 21, 2018, but is devoid of details on how the UN will measure such assessments. Pakistani troops, above, are among the UN’s largest continents in peacekeeping. MARK GARTEN/UN PHOTO


Pass Blue - 2018-10-03 - Original post - cached version

António Guterres, the secretary-general, giving a toast at a luncheon for world leaders gathered at UN headquarters, Sept. 25, 2018. The General Assembly may have laughed at President Trump in his speech that day but, more broadly, leaders are realizing the extent of the US government’s...

Pass Blue - 2018-10-02 - Original post - cached version

An LGBT rights rally in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A new rule from the State Department requires that all foreign nationals working in the United States for international organizations, like the UN, to be married in order for their same-sex spouses to receive a visa. CREATIVE COMMONS

The recent...

Pass Blue - 2018-10-01 - Original post - cached version

Evo Morales, left, the president of Bolivia, with Sacha Llorenty Soliz, the country’s envoy to the United Nations, waiting with others for the Security Council meeting on nonproliferation to start. President Trump, leading the debate, arrived late, Sept. 26, 2018. MANUEL ELIAS/UN PHOTO


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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Nikki Haley, America’s envoy to the UN. The writer asks, is US policy toward the Israel and Palestine conflict now being driven by the Republicans’ need to please wealthy donors? HAIM ZACH/GPO

O.K., let’s be honest here...

Pass Blue - 2018-09-29 - Original post - cached version

Syed Akbaruddin, India’s ambassador to the UN, chairing an event marking the first anniversary of the India-UN Development Partnership Fund. On his left is Secretary-General António Guterres and, right, Achim Steiner of the UNDP, June 8, 2018. LOEY FELIPE/UN PHOTO...


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