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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


Pass Blue - 2018-09-30 - Original post - cached version

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...

Pass Blue - 2018-09-28 - Original post - cached version

Pierre Krahenbuhl, who runs the UN agency for Palestine refugees, left, and President Mahmoud Abbas of Palestine. The agency, called Unrwa, said it raised $118 million in a fund-raising lunch at the UN on Sept. 27, 2018, leaving a $68 million gap for the year, after...

Pass Blue - 2018-09-26 - Original post - cached version


Donald Trump led his first-ever UN Security Council debate, on nonproliferation, on Sept. 26, 2018. In a surprisingly subdued but stern meeting attended by many heads of state representing the Council’s members, they spoke on a range of issues, from the use...

Pass Blue - 2018-09-26 - Original post - cached version

President Trump entering the UN General Assembly hall before addressing the annual debate, Sept. 25, 2018. In his second speech to the UN Assembly as president, Trump was even more adamant than last year about emphasizing America’s “sovereignty,” claiming this year...

Pass Blue - 2018-09-23 - Original post - cached version

Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada, holding a press conference during the UN General Assembly’s annual general debate, Sept. 21, 2017. He is not speaking at the main session this year but in sideline events. MANUEL ELIAS/UN PHOTO

MONTREAL — When he...

Pass Blue - 2018-09-20 - Original post - cached version

Victoria Villanueva helped found an organization called Manuela Ramos, in Peru in 1978, to lobby to reduce violence against women in the country. At age 83, Villanueva, who was in New York recently, is not slowing down in her work as street protests in Peru...

Pass Blue - 2018-09-20 - Original post - cached version

Donald Trump, president of the United States, prepares for the first time to address the General Assembly’s annual general debate, Sept. 19, 2017. He is scheduled to speak at the UN this year, starting with a brief meeting on the global drug problem on Sept. 24....

Pass Blue - 2018-09-18 - Original post - cached version

António Guterres, the United Nations secretary-general, signing a book of condolences for the death of Theo-Ben Gurirab, an ex-prime minister of Namibia and president of the 54th session of the General Assembly, July 20, 2018. RICK BAJORNAS

Was it only two...

Pass Blue - 2018-09-13 - Original post - cached version

President Trump, Ambassador Nikki Haley and H.R. McMaster, who was the US national security adviser at the time, Oct. 20, 2017. Haley said she had direct access to the president, but she never revealed what she talked to him about, the author notes.


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

An Indian peacekeeper for the UN mission in southern Lebanon monitors the Blue Line near the town of Cheebba, Jan. 31, 2018. The negotiations to renew the UN operation were calmer this year than last year, says the author, but the “bellicose rhetoric” of the United...

Pass Blue - 2018-09-07 - Original post - cached version

For the first time, students from the West Bank met students from Gaza through an Unrwa summer program. Here, they say farewell after a camping activity, July 20, 2017. The US decision to end funding to the UN agency that administers to Palestinian refugees will...

Pass Blue - 2018-09-06 - Original post - cached version

Major D.K. Kim and Captain Denis Zubac of the UN military observer mission for India and Pakistan, center, meeting people in Minimarg, Pakistan, near the line of control in Kashmir.  May 2016. A new controversial UN study on human-rights abuses in the disputed...

Pass Blue - 2018-09-05 - Original post - cached version

Nikki Haley, the American envoy to the UN, laid out her country’s plans for the presidency of the Security Council in September. President Trump will preside at a Council meeting on Iran on Sept. 26. ESKINDER DEBEBE/UN PHOTO

Welcome back to our monthly...

Pass Blue - 2018-08-29 - Original post - cached version

A Médecins Sans Frontières cholera treatment center opened in Abs town, northern Yemen, in July 2017. The disease is a fallout from the three-year war in the country, as humanitarian aid deliveries and general services have collapsed in many places. GONZALO MARTINEZ...

Pass Blue - 2018-08-28 - Original post - cached version

The General Assembly will review an audit it called for regarding the governance of the UN’s Pension Board, which rejected many of the study’s recommendations. Here, the General Assembly Hall, Dec. 24, 2017. EVAN SCHNEIDER/UN PHOTO

The United Nations Pension...

Pass Blue - 2018-08-27 - Original post - cached version

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, with her husband, Michael Haley, looking out over the South Carolina Statehouse, when she was governor, 2013.

Nikki Haley’s husband, Michael, sold a family property in Lexington, S.C., to a local investment firm in...

Pass Blue - 2018-08-24 - Original post - cached version

A national program officer working on polio eradication in Pakistan examines a child accompanied by his father. While polio remains endemic in only three countries, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan, a new “weakened” virus, derived from oral vaccines, can be...

Pass Blue - 2018-08-23 - Original post - cached version

Kofi Annan, who led the UN for 10 years, beginning in 1997, attending the Munich Security Conference in April 2018. He died suddenly on Aug. 18, 2018, at 80 years old, a day before the anniversary of the 2003 terrorist attack on the UN headquarters in Baghdad....

Pass Blue - 2018-08-22 - Original post - cached version

Jane Holl Lute, an American who has worked for the UN and the US government in various high-level jobs, is now asking the two long-feuding sides in Cyprus to meet for talks once more. She is on a tight deadline, however. Here, she visits the UN mission in Central...

Pass Blue - 2018-08-21 - Original post - cached version

The Jan. 21, 2017, women’s marches across America protesting the new presidency of Trump inspired similarly minded marches throughout the world, but the epicenter was in Washington, D.C., above. CREATIVE COMMONS

The soul of the United Nations’ Universal...

Pass Blue - 2018-08-19 - Original post - cached version

Kofi Annan, possibly the most beloved UN secretary-general, died on Aug. 18, 2018, at age 80, in Bern, Switzerland. After he left the UN in 2006, he joined The Elders, a group that uses diplomacy to resolve intractable problems. THE ELDERS

Kofi Annan, the...

Pass Blue - 2018-08-16 - Original post - cached version

Participants at a convention discussing the victimization of Bengali Muslims, in Guwahati, the state capital of Assam. A prestigious Indian rights advocate, Harsh Mander, has rung alarm bells about a humanitarian tragedy unfolding in Assam, but federal officials...

Pass Blue - 2018-08-14 - Original post - cached version

Viktor Orban, the prime minister of Hungary, has sent a directive to higher-education institutions in his country to ban the teaching of gender studies. The reaction from many circles opposing the rule has been swift. 

In the doldrums of a European summer,...

Pass Blue - 2018-08-13 - Original post - cached version

Iranian police during protests in the country, Jan. 2, 2018. After Trump’s recent reimposition of US sanctions against Iran, the UN Security Council appears wary of responding to the actions, for good reason. CREATIVE COMMONS

With the recent reimposition of...

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

Amina Mohamed, right, the UN deputy secretary-general, and Ekhlas Bajoo, a Yazidi survivor and activist, Nov. 7, 2017. Not one ISIS fighter has been prosecuted for genocide despite the range of crimes they committed in that realm. MARK GARTEN/UN PHOTO 


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

Michelle Bachelet in 2016, greeting people as she promoted her country’s social-protection program as president. She has been nominated by the UN secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, to be the next UN high commissioner for human rights.  GOVERNMENT OF CHILE


Pass Blue - 2018-08-07 - Original post - cached version

In June 2018, a new rotation of a Rwandan police unit arrived in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, to work for the UN mission there. The unit consists of 80 men and 80 women and is led by a female officer. Before arriving in Juba, the unit underwent a six-month pre-...

Pass Blue - 2018-08-07 - Original post - cached version

President Trump speaking to staff members at the US mission to the UN, with Ambassador Nikki Haley, after the UN General Assembly high-level debate, Sept. 26, 2017. Haley’s newest financial disclosure form reveals her increasing debt from mortgages and credit cards...

Pass Blue - 2018-08-03 - Original post - cached version

Nikki Haley, the US envoy to the UN, about to speak on why the United States was resigning from the UN Human Rights Council, June 19, 2018. Her achievements as ambassador have not strayed far from what she told Congress she would set out to do in the job, with...

Pass Blue - 2018-08-01 - Original post - cached version

Karen Pierce, the British ambassador to the United Nations, in 2013. Pierce, a career foreign service officer, is one of only three female ambassadors in the 15-member UN Security Council this year, the other two being from Poland and the United States. CREATIVE...

Pass Blue - 2018-07-31 - Original post - cached version

The sprawling camps in Bangladesh housing one million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar are makeshift at best. Bamboo poles, for example, help stabilize flimsy plastic sheeting and tents vulnerable to the heavy rain and strong winds of the monsoon season underway....

Pass Blue - 2018-07-27 - Original post - cached version

Justine Masika Bihamba, who runs a women’s rights group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, told the UN Security Council on July 26, 2018, that the UN peacekeeping mission there can no longer afford to pay for human-rights experts on the ground, a result of...

Pass Blue - 2018-07-24 - Original post - cached version

Richard Falk, who was the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Palestine, from 2008 to 2014, speaking in the Human Rights Council, June 2013. Falk said the current discourse from the United States on the Israeli-Palestinian fight has abandoned all pretenses of “...

Pass Blue - 2018-07-23 - Original post - cached version

Iceland was elected by the United Nations General Assembly to fill the vacant seat, above, left in the Human Rights Council by the United States, after it resigned the Geneva-based body on June 19, 2018.  JEAN-MARC FERRE/UN PHOTO

In the middle of last week,...


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