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Pass Blue - 2020-09-26 - Original post - cached version

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about Covid-19 and the race for a vaccine, among other matters in his UN speech. He started his remarks, however, asking, “For how long will India be kept out of the decision-making structures of the United Nations?”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi...

Pass Blue - 2020-09-26 - Original post - cached version

Besides bragging about his perceived accomplishments and castigating China, President Trump was surprisingly benevolent toward the United Nations in his pre-recorded video speech to the General Assembly opening session. JOHN PENNEY

Fake news alert: President Donald Trump said something...

Pass Blue - 2020-09-25 - Original post - cached version

President Stevo Pendarovski of North Macedonia. The mosaic behind him, by a native artist, is titled “Macedonia: The Land of Light.” It is located in the presidential palace. JOHN PENNEY

The first-ever virtual General Assembly session has been full of both challenges and opportunities:...

Pass Blue - 2020-09-24 - Original post - cached version

President Stevo Pendarovski of North Macedonia. The mosaic behind him, by a native artist, is titled “Macedonia: The Land of Light.” It is located in the presidential palace. JOHN PENNEY

The first-ever virtual General Assembly session has been full of both challenges and opportunities:...

Pass Blue - 2020-09-24 - Original post - cached version

President Zuzana Caputova of Slovakia was the first woman to speak at the opening of the 75th General Assembly session, more than 50 speakers in. The dearth of women speaking at the virtual gathering generated lament if not outrage on social media sites. JOHN PENNEY

A pre-recorded...

Pass Blue - 2020-09-23 - Original post - cached version

President Trump spoke about seven minutes in his video speech at the United Nations General Assembly opening-day speeches, the same day America’s death toll from the coronavirus hit 200,000. JOHN PENNEY

Donald Trump, speaking on the opening day of the United Nations’ 75th General Assembly...

Pass Blue - 2020-09-22 - Original post - cached version
In Chinese President Xi Jinping’s video to the UN-75 commemoration, he said the “sudden attack of Covid-19 is a grave test for the entire world.” Since the pandemic began in March, at least 31 million cases have been confirmed globally and nearly one million people have died. JOHN PENNEY


Pass Blue - 2020-09-19 - Original post - cached version

Secretary-General António Guterres at the ceremony marking the 59th anniversary of the death of former Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold, a Swede; Sept. 15, 2020. The UN General Assembly begins its formal 75th session this week, with no world leaders coming to New York City but sending video...

Pass Blue - 2020-09-17 - Original post - cached version

President Trump attending the United Nations lunch for world leaders at last year’s annual opening debate of the General Assembly, in the pre-Covid-19 universe. It is unclear if he is physically attending this year’s session; if not, he will likely deliver his remarks by video, like other...

Pass Blue - 2020-09-16 - Original post - cached version

Secretary of State Pompeo with the United States envoy to the United Nations, Kelly Craft, about to meet with the Security Council president, Dian Triansyah Djani, in August at the UN in New York City. The US entourage was delivering a letter saying the US was triggering the snapback in the Iran...

Pass Blue - 2020-09-14 - Original post - cached version

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump meeting at the 2017 G-20 Hamburg summit. After Trump’s nearly four years as president, there is still no obvious reason he defers to Putin on major issues. It is a chief question that the United States faces as a country, but there are clues, the essayist writes....

Pass Blue - 2020-09-12 - Original post - cached version

Zuzana Caputova, the president of Slovakia, addressing the General Assembly’s 74th session, Sept. 24, 2019. This year, she is the first woman to speak at the opening session, No. 53 on the UN’s provisional list of speakers, reflecting the abysmally low number of female heads of state, 22. CIA...

Pass Blue - 2020-09-11 - Original post - cached version

In Minsk, Belarus, the state apparatus prepares for yet another public protest, on Sept. 6, 2020, against the dictatorship of Aleksandr Lukashenko. Nine experts are to be voted on for the UN Human Rights Committee, which ensures such universal privileges as peaceful assembly. CREATIVE COMMONS...

Pass Blue - 2020-09-11 - Original post - cached version

President Zuzana Caputova of Slovakia spoke at last year’s opening session of the General Assembly, and is the first woman to speak at this year’s, albeit 53rd on the list. RICK BAJORNAS/UN PHOTO

The first woman scheduled to speak at this year’s opening session of the United Nations...

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

Secretary-General António Guterres and Dr. Denis Mukwege, founder and head of Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Feb. 1, 2019. The UN peacekeeping mission in Congo has been providing security to Dr. Mukwege, as he has been receiving death...

Pass Blue - 2020-09-08 - Original post - cached version

California endured a slew of fires caused by more than 12,000 dry-lightning strikes in August, and experts say such wildfires will become normal if major steps are not taken soon to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The United States’ “dynamic society,” rather than government policy, is driving...

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

Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, right, and Rafael Grossi, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, left, meeting in Tehran, Aug. 25, 2020. Iran agreed to allow the agency access to possible nuclear sites even as it has accumulated 10 times the amount of low-enriched uranium...

Pass Blue - 2020-09-06 - Original post - cached version

The first lady of the United States, Hillary Clinton, addressing the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, Sept. 5, 1995. Twenty-five years later, a prominent American feminist asks in an essay, where do women stand now? (Hint: She’s optimistic.) MILTON GRANT/UN...

Pass Blue - 2020-09-05 - Original post - cached version

Prime Minister Sanna Marin of Finland, June 15, 2020, in Helsinki. One major gain for women since the 1995 Beijing conference on gender equality has been a rise in female representation in national legislatures. Only 21 countries, however, have female national executives, the author notes. LAURI...

Pass Blue - 2020-09-03 - Original post - cached version

Finnish peacekeepers with the UN mission in Lebanon on patrol with the Lebanese Armed Forces along the Blue Line, June 23, 2020. The author writes that the recent renewal of the UN mission’s mandate was marked by rising tensions between the United States and other Security Council members, to...

Pass Blue - 2020-09-02 - Original post - cached version

Abdou Abbary, Niger’s envoy to the UN, assumes the Security Council presidency for September 2020. It is the first time the nation has been in the Council for almost 40 years. JOHN PENNEY 

Niger hasn’t been a member of the Security Council for almost 40 years, and now that it has a voice...

Pass Blue - 2020-08-31 - Original post - cached version

“Digital Future of Development Dialogue,” a UN event, above, was held in September 2019. The UN is pushing to widen traditional pools of funding through digital channels to lift the faltering Sustainable Development Goals, especially in the Covid-19 era. But risks to such an approach abound. ©...

Pass Blue - 2020-08-29 - Original post - cached version

Nikki Haley, a former US envoy to the UN, spoke at the Republican National Convention, Aug. 24, 2020. Although she did not land on the Trump re-election ticket, as some prominent pundits suggested she might, her speech evoked the air of a presidential candidate down the road.

US asylum...

Pass Blue - 2020-08-28 - Original post - cached version

Sweden’s steps to cope with the coronavirus have aroused both global curiosity and condemnation, but it has been a set of “peculiar circumstances” that have shaped the country’s response, the writer explains. Here, a recent scene at Lake Kottla, Stockholm. KJELL ENGELBREKT


Pass Blue - 2020-08-26 - Original post - cached version
A UN-donated Refugee Housing Unit in Ciudad Hidalgo, in the southern state of Chiapas, Mexico. The units are similar to ones installed on the Mexico-United States border, where they are used to quarantine suspected or confirmed Covid-19 cases among refugees or to provide more shelter spaces. UNHCR...
Pass Blue - 2020-08-25 - Original post - cached version

Nikki Haley, an ex-US ambassador to the UN, spoke on the first night of the Republican Party Convention, Aug. 24, 2020. Although she is not on the re-election ticket — as pundits suggested she could have been to replace Pence — she is likely not disappearing from national politics. 


Pass Blue - 2020-08-24 - Original post - cached version
Jehangir Khan, who heads the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre, rear left, and his team at the Saudi mission to the UN, with Ambassador Abdallah Yahya al-Mouallimi next to Khan. The Centre’s work is generally opaque beyond the counterterrorism circles in the UN and outside it, causing concern for human...
Pass Blue - 2020-08-22 - Original post - cached version

Secretary of State Pompeo with Ambassador Dian Triansyah Djani of Indonesia, president of the Security Council for August, at the UN in New York City, Aug. 20, 2020. Pompeo delivered a letter to trigger a 30-day process that could reimpose UN sanctions on Iran. RON PRZYSUCHA/STATE DEPARTMENT...

Pass Blue - 2020-08-19 - Original post - cached version

Tlaleng Mofokeng, the just-appointed UN special rapporteur for physical and mental health. Dr T, as she’s known, is a reproductive health expert as well as an advocate for legalizing prostitution, a stance that has alarmed global opponents of decriminalization. 

To keep tabs on the lives...

Pass Blue - 2020-08-18 - Original post - cached version

President Trump, joined by White House male senior staff members, announces an agreement of normalizing relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Aug. 13, 2020. The author of this essay argues that Israel and the UAE were already “quietly cooperating” for quite a while. JOYCE N....

Pass Blue - 2020-08-17 - Original post - cached version

A day after the devastating Aug. 4, 2020 blast in Beirut’s port, one ship in the maritime section of the UN mission in Lebanon was damaged, injuring naval peacekeepers, some of them seriously. Here, the Bangladeshi contingent prays on Aug. 5 near the scene. PASQUAL GORRIZ/UN PHOTO


Pass Blue - 2020-08-15 - Original post - cached version

Secretary of State Pompeo visiting the Patton Museum, which commemorates the United States role in liberating Czechoslovakia, in Pilsen, Czech Republic, Aug. 11, 2020. While Pompeo was traveling in Europe last week, the UN Security Council rejected a US draft resolution to extend the Iran arms...

Pass Blue - 2020-08-15 - Original post - cached version

In New York City at the UN, Ambassador Kelly Craft with Talal Alhaj of Al Arabiya TV, Aug. 11, 2020, discussing the US effort to extend the Iran arms ban. Craft tweeted: “Allowing Iran to gain access to new, more powerful weapons would only fuel new terror, chaos & bloodshed in the region...

Pass Blue - 2020-08-12 - Original post - cached version

Lieut. Gen. Ricard Costa Neves, center, the force commander of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, May 2020. He is one of a succession of Brazilians to have led the UN operations there militarily. The authors reflect on Brazil’s long, extensive role in the UN but...

Pass Blue - 2020-08-11 - Original post - cached version

A performance at a photo show in El Fasher, Sudan, 2018. The new transitional government of Sudan criminalized female genital mutilation this spring, but the practice has not ended. MOHAMAD ALMAHADY/UNAMID

Just four months ago, Sudan took the monumental step to ban female genital...

Pass Blue - 2020-08-11 - Original post - cached version

Reducing inequality within and among countries is a Sustainable Development Goal that is not progressing, as evidenced in demonstrations that erupted in many parts of the United States and abroad this year. Here, a protest in New York City, June 2020. JOHN PENNEY

The shock of the...

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

Public elementary school 29, in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn, N.Y., displays photos of its students who graduated in June in a virtual ceremony. The UN secretary-general is pushing schools globally to reopen, when local transmission of Covid-19 is managed. JOHN PENNEY

A major...

Pass Blue - 2020-08-07 - Original post - cached version

Brian Hook, the US envoy for Iran, with Prime Minister  Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Sabah, Kuwait City, July 27, 2020. Hook has left his job just as the US wants the UN Security Council to vote on a resolution extending the arms ban embedded in the Iran nuclear deal. Elliott Abrams, US envoy for...

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...


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