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Pass Blue - 2019-02-14 - Original post - cached version

The author, an Australian who has been researching the lives of women and girls worldwide, risked traveling in Afghanistan by herself, yet she said she would return, despite the problems she met. Here, a woman heading into the village of Ishkashim, near the Tajikistan border. JOHANNA HIGGS

Pass Blue - 2019-02-13 - Original post - cached version

A United Nations police officer from Benin working for the mission in Mali, one of the most dangerous operations in the UN portfolio, Nov. 7, 2018. The officers conduct daily joint patrols in Gao, a hotbed of jihadist activity, to ensure general security in the city. MARCO DORMINO/...

Pass Blue - 2019-02-11 - Original post - cached version

In Cairo last year, Melania Trump toured the Giza Pyramids, a Unesco World Heritage site. The author of the essay toured Unesco sites across five continents, noting how designations can increase tourism to an area but can also hurt a place’s physical integrity. ANDREA HANKS/White House


Pass Blue - 2019-02-07 - Original post - cached version

A World Bank report on foodborne diseases says food-safety regulations are most deficient in low-income countries in South Asia, Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, which can result in early deaths, especially among children. A dried-fish market in Kathmandu, Nepal, above.


Pass Blue - 2019-02-06 - Original post - cached version

United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld, left, was the guest of honor at an official reception in Leopoldville (now Kinshasa), Congo, on Sept. 13, 1961, with Cyrille Adoula, the head of the country, right, and his deputy, Antoine Gizenga (with glasses). Five days later, the secretary-...

Pass Blue - 2019-02-04 - Original post - cached version

Ambassador Anatolio Ndong Mba of Equatorial Guinea in his office in New York, Jan. 30, 2019. On the wall is a portrait of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. The country is leading a Security Council trip in February to its fellow West African nations of Ivory Coast and Guinea-Bissau....

Pass Blue - 2019-02-02 - Original post - cached version

Kelley Currie, the No. 2 ambassador at the UN mission to the UN, speaking with reporters on Oct. 16, 2018, regarding Cuban political prisoners. Currie is leaving the US mission as it awaits a formal ambassador to arrive to succeed Nikki Haley, who resigned on Oct. 9. MANUEL ELIAS/UN PHOTO

Pass Blue - 2019-01-30 - Original post - cached version

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke at a UN Security Council session on Venezuela, Jan. 26, 2019, where he insulted China and Russia, the author writes, in his speech asking all Council members to back the Venezuelan opposition leader, Juan Guaidó. (Immediately behind Pompeo is Elliott...

Pass Blue - 2019-01-30 - Original post - cached version

Protests against a new overtime law in Hungary, Dec. 12, 2018, Budapest. Women who defend human rights are subjected more than ever before to a range of threats, from online trolling to torture, a new Swedish report finds. 

More than two decades have passed since the United Nations...

Pass Blue - 2019-01-28 - Original post - cached version

Achim Steiner, center, is a longtime specialist who now runs the UN Development Program, based in New York. The current restructuring of the UN may be sidelining Steiner, jeopardizing development work. 

As the first effects of Secretary-General António Guterres’s ambitious organizational...

Pass Blue - 2019-01-23 - Original post - cached version

Secretary-General António Guterres holding a global town hall meeting with United Nations staff members, Jan. 17, 2019. The authors cite instances of tough resistance to Guterres’s systemwide gender parity strategy, including from certain staff unions. MARK GARTEN/UN PHOTO

One year into...

Pass Blue - 2019-01-22 - Original post - cached version

Because of gross inefficiencies, the total number of children separated recently from a parent or a guardian by US immigration officials at the US-Mexico border is unknown, says a new US government report. Wikipedia has added US border detention centers to its list of concentration camps....

Pass Blue - 2019-01-21 - Original post - cached version

The General Assembly elected five nations to two-year terms on the Security Council, starting on Jan. 1, 2019: Belgium, Dominican Republic, Germany, Indonesia and South Africa. Heiko Mass (left), Germany’s foreign minister, congratulates Christoph Heusgen, his country’s ambassador to the UN....

Pass Blue - 2019-01-17 - Original post - cached version

President Trump arriving at the United Nations with Nikki Haley, Sept. 18, 2017. The author describes how Haley, who is no longer US ambassador, is continuing to keep the spotlight on herself through Twitter, just as her former boss deploys the social media tool. RICK BAJORNAS/UN PHOTO


Pass Blue - 2019-01-16 - Original post - cached version

A session of the 139th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Geneva, October 2018. Changes in the makeup of national legislatures were pronounced in 2018, with a record number of women elected in America, for example. Such radical shifts in national lawmaking bodies could endure in 2019,...

Pass Blue - 2019-01-15 - Original post - cached version

Heather Nauert, center, in Helsinki, July 16, 2018. In December, Trump said he was nominating Nauert to succeed Nikki Haley as US ambassador to the UN, but the White House hasn’t sent the formal nomination to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which holds the confirmation hearing. STATE...

Pass Blue - 2019-01-14 - Original post - cached version

In 2018, 55 percent of the world’s population lived in urban settings, and a UN report projects that by 2030, Delhi will overtake Tokyo as the largest city. In the New York-Newark metro area, above, the population of 18.8 million in 2018 is projected to hit 19.9 million by 2030. Paradoxically,...

Pass Blue - 2019-01-10 - Original post - cached version

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, in the Security Council chamber, Oct. 18, 2018. She left a bruising mark on the UN, having criticized it constantly and lectured other countries, yet some of her peers admired her. RICK BAJORNAS/UN PHOTO

After two years as the American ambassador...

Pass Blue - 2019-01-08 - Original post - cached version

At a Teatime for Peace gathering, a program of the Cleveland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, people of various faiths talk about their religion openly to help overcome differences and dispel myths.

CLEVELAND, Ohio — In this city of immigrants, as one Moroccan-...

Pass Blue - 2019-01-06 - Original post - cached version

UN Secretary-General António Guterres, right, and Kingston Rhodes, chairman of the International Civil Service Commission, a regulatory body of the UN, April 13, 2017. Rhodes, from Sierra Leone, retired a few weeks early from his job in December, amid allegations he had engendered a hostile...

Pass Blue - 2019-01-03 - Original post - cached version

José Singer Weisinger, a businessman, is representing the Dominican Republic as a new special envoy during the country’s two-year term on the UN Security Council, starting in January. The country is also holding the rotating presidency this month.

Although the Dominican Republic has been...

Pass Blue - 2019-01-01 - Original post - cached version

On Dec. 10, the Twitter account for the Yemen embassy in Washington showed President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi of Yemen, right, leaving the US for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he lives in exile. It said he was in “very good health.”

CLEVELAND, Ohio — On the main drag of Euclid Avenue in this...

Pass Blue - 2018-12-28 - Original post - cached version

In Quang Tri Province in Vietnam, above, hundreds of people have been killed or maimed from unexploded ordnances like cluster munitions, weapons leftover from the US war there. The US is reversing its policy on using older cluster munitions while it tests new ones with an Israeli company. WERNER...

Pass Blue - 2018-12-27 - Original post - cached version

Protesters demanding freedom of the press, Nicaragua, Dec. 26, 2016. As the nation succumbs to full tyranny, 14 countries, including the US, recently condemned President Daniel Ortega’s treatment of civil society in his country. CREATIVE COMMONS

In a rebuke to President Daniel Ortega of...

Pass Blue - 2018-12-25 - Original post - cached version

Children in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa have the highest rates of child deaths in the world, a new Unicef report documents, yet much progress has been made globally to reduce child mortality since 1990. Here, a boy in Dhaka, Bangladesh. FRANCISCO MAGALLON

By one measure — the...

Pass Blue - 2018-12-23 - Original post - cached version

Wendi Winters, a reporter and editor with the Capital Gazette, in Annapolis, Md., was one of three female journalists murdered this year worldwide, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The Gazette was attacked on June 28 by a gunman who also killed four others in the ambush....

Pass Blue - 2018-12-19 - Original post - cached version

A cookstove factory in Africa, supported by the Clean Cooking Alliance, an American-based global network that promotes the production and use of the devices to reduce pollution from small fires for cooking in developing nations. At the recent climate conference in Katowice, talks on carbon...

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,...


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