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Pass Blue - 2019-11-12 - Original post - cached version

The intensifying controversy over decriminalizing “sex work” has prompted the head of UN Women to declare its neutrality on the subject, possibly further enflaming the dispute as preparations marking women’s rights begin for 2020. CREATIVE COMMONS

The surprising controversy over women in...

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

The 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit opening ceremony, Nov. 3, 2019. To help Rohingya refugees to return to Myanmar and rebuild their lives, the author of this essay urges Asean leaders to work more heartedly on gaining trust among the affected parties. 

At the 33d...

Pass Blue - 2019-11-07 - Original post - cached version

Ambassador Karen Pierce of Britain in the Security Council with Riyad Mansour, center, Palestine’s envoy to the UN, May 15, 2018. Britain’s theme for its Council presidency is the effects of conflict on ordinary people, not a controversial issue. ESKINDER DEBEBE/UN PHOTO

While Britain...

Pass Blue - 2019-11-05 - Original post - cached version

Refugees, above, from the territory of Western Sahara have been living in Tindouf, Algeria, for decades. Western Sahara is the last colonial outpost in Africa, now occupied by Morocco. Former US National Security Adviser John Bolton tried to resolve the situation, but his departure from the...

Pass Blue - 2019-11-04 - Original post - cached version

Scenes from a UN women, peace and security in Mali event, with Margot Wallstrom, Sweden’s foreign minister, one of the speakers, Oct. 22, 2015. Wallstrom, who created the world’s first feminist foreign policy, has left the Swedish ministry after five whirlwind years. Her “political engagement,”...

Pass Blue - 2019-11-03 - Original post - cached version

William vanden Heuvel, a former US envoy to the UN, helped set up the Franklin Roosevelt International Disability Rights Award, among the many roles he has played in his life related to the world body. Here, he awards the prize to Queen Sofía of Spain on behalf of her country, Sept. 9, 2013. ...

Pass Blue - 2019-10-30 - Original post - cached version

The airline industry accounts for 2 percent of global carbon emissions, and the UN predicts that travel will more than triple in the next 30 years. Biofuel use is one way to reduce emissions, but the industry says that it is a costly alternative and needs outside investments. PHOTOSFORCLASS...

Pass Blue - 2019-10-28 - Original post - cached version

President Putin’s first Russia-Africa summit, held in the Black Sea city of Sochi this month, showcased Russian-made weapons and other goods and services. As for the big picture, the summit projected Russia’s intent to return as an influencer in Africa, building on Soviet-era alliances there....

Pass Blue - 2019-10-28 - Original post - cached version

In the cyclone-hit city of Beira, Mozambique, the World Food Program springs into action, 2019. A new external survey of the agency’s workplace found a range of grievances, including sexual harassment. DEBORAH NGUYEN/WFP

The World Food Program may be receiving millions of more donations...

Pass Blue - 2019-10-25 - Original post - cached version

Tulsi Gabbard, a Democratic candidate for US president, in Concord, N.H., Feb. 16, 2019. The US representative from Hawaii has announced she is not running for re-election in Congress. She has also been sparring with Hillary Clinton recently. CREATIVE COMMONS

Tulsi Gabbard, the United...

Pass Blue - 2019-10-24 - Original post - cached version

The flag of the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, embedded in the mountains, can be seen from everywhere in Nicosia, the capital of the Republic of Cyprus. It is a stark reminder of the Mediterranean island’s division for the last 55 years. CREATIVE COMMONS

Anywhere from...

Pass Blue - 2019-10-24 - Original post - cached version

Vassily Nebenzia, Russia’s top diplomat to the UN, briefing the media, Oct. 16, 2019. Russia and Iran have been vigorously protesting US visa denials to dozens of their diplomats. Our new podcast episode explains their strategy. LOEY FELIPE/UN PHOTO

While Turkey has carried out its plan...

Pass Blue - 2019-10-22 - Original post - cached version

A UN peacekeeper at a memorial in Khiam, in south Lebanon, where four UN soldiers were killed by Israeli bombers, using American-made weapons, during the 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel. A new US-based project will gather in one place global research on successful peace-building work....

Pass Blue - 2019-10-21 - Original post - cached version

A new free dedicated hotline in Britain for women to report sexual harassment at work has been inundated with calls from women of all ages, suggesting the problem may be pervasive. 

A new hotline is offering free, confidential legal advice to women in England and Wales who...

Pass Blue - 2019-10-19 - Original post - cached version

Vershinin Vasilievich, deputy foreign minister of Russia, chairs a Security Council meeting on Syria, Sept. 30, 2019. Behind him is Vassily Nebenzia, Russia’s ambassador to the UN. Russia and Iran are delaying certain General Assembly committee meetings, including on disarmament, to protest the...

Pass Blue - 2019-10-18 - Original post - cached version

A coalition of civil society organizations is petitioning UN Women, which is devoted to promoting gender equality worldwide, to think twice about supporting the decriminalization of prostitution, as UN preparations begin to mark the 25th anniversary of the Beijing women’s rights conference in...

Pass Blue - 2019-10-17 - Original post - cached version

Hillary Clinton, the former US secretary of state, speaking on Oct. 15, 2019, about China, Syria/Turkey, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and other current US foreign policy points. Moderating is William Burns of the Carnegie Endowment for Peace. CARNEGIE CORPORATION OF NEW YORK

Hillary Clinton...

Pass Blue - 2019-10-15 - Original post - cached version

An ambitious plan to guide the new Sudanese government’s transition to democracy has been presented by a Darfuri women’s rights group to Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, who is also brand-new to office. Kindergarteners, above, performing in El Fasher, North Darfur, organized by the UN’s...

Pass Blue - 2019-10-14 - Original post - cached version

President Trump speaking this year at the National Association of Realtors. Ousting him through impeachment would be the first step in restoring America’s standing internationally, the author argues. CREATIVE COMMONS

In early 1974, fresh out of journalism school, I walked into the offices...

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

The UN pension fund for staff members has been mired in problems for years. Now, it is slow-walking reforms, says a close observer. Here, a scene at the UN General Assembly opening session, Sept. 28, 2019. CIA PAK/UN PHOTO

Since 2014, when staff members of the United Nations Pension Fund...

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

Ambassador Jerry Matthews Matjila of South Africa speaking to reporters outside the UN Security Council, Oct. 9, 2019. As president of the Council for the month, he is taking its members on a trip to Ethiopia and South Sudan. STEPHANIE FILLION

Jerry Matthews Matjila, South Africa’s point...

Pass Blue - 2019-10-09 - Original post - cached version

The Trump administration and its allies in the US Congress have again refused to end their severe restrictions on aid to health programs for women globally, including a repeal of the global gag rule. A protest in the US, above, to protect women’s reproductive rights. CREATIVE COMMONS

For...

Pass Blue - 2019-10-07 - Original post - cached version

A pro-Kurdistan independence rally in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, 2017. Governments missed an opportunity to advance the Sustainable Development Goal on good governance at the recent UN gathering of world leaders as attacks on civil society rise. LEVI CLANCY/CREATIVE...

Pass Blue - 2019-10-02 - Original post - cached version

Agnès Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, center, has been the sole voice in the UN system to demand a criminal investigation into resolving the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the American-based journalist who was slaughtered on Oct. 2, 2018. Here...

Pass Blue - 2019-09-30 - Original post - cached version

Progress on the universal Sustainable Development Goals was scrutinized during the UN’s annual opening session of the General Assembly in September, and the news was not good. Some ambitions, like safe sanitation, are not making headway. In India, above, for example, about half of its population...

Pass Blue - 2019-09-28 - Original post - cached version

Prime Minister Khan of Pakistan at the Sept. 24 world leaders’ luncheon, during the UN General Assembly week of high-level speeches. While Khan slipped quietly to his table at the lunch, his nemesis, Prime Minister Modi of India, worked the room. EUROPANEWSWIRE/UNCA POOL

War clouds...

Pass Blue - 2019-09-27 - Original post - cached version

António Guterres, the UN secretary-general, and Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany, at the VIP luncheon during the annual UN General Assembly opening session, Sept. 24, 2019. It was Merkel’s first time to the UNGA, as it is called, in four years and may be her last. EUROPANEWSWIRE/UNCA...

Pass Blue - 2019-09-26 - Original post - cached version

A historic first at the UN General Assembly high-level debate: an all-female bench from Norway. From left front row: Prime Minister Erna Solberg; Foreign Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Soreide; Ambassador Mona Juul; and parliamentarians in the back row. NORWAY MISSION TO THE UN

How women’s...

Pass Blue - 2019-09-25 - Original post - cached version

Prime Minister Trudeau addressing the Unifor Constitutional Convention in Quebec City, Aug. 19, 2019. He was not scheduled to come to the UN General Assembly opening session in September, but deciding who would speak in his stead has been a belabored process for Canada.

Prime Minister...

Pass Blue - 2019-09-25 - Original post - cached version

President Trump at the General Assembly lunch, Sept. 24, 2019, only hours before the US House of Representatives announced it would begin an impeachment inquiry of Trump. LI MUZI-XINHUA/UNCA POOL

After most of the world leaders spent a day teaming up to fight climate change at the Climate...

Pass Blue - 2019-09-24 - Original post - cached version

UN Secretary-General Guterres speaking at the opening ceremony of the 2019 Climate Action Summit in the General Assembly Hall, Sept. 23. His first words to the scores of international leaders and others gathered at the conference were: “Nature is angry.” ARIANA LINDQUIST/UN PHOTO

The...

Pass Blue - 2019-09-24 - Original post - cached version

President Emmanuel Macron of France, left, with President Evo Morales of Bolivia at the Alliance for Rainforests event at the UN, which took place in conjunction with the Climate Action Summit, Sept. 23, 2019. RICK BAJORNAS/UN PHOTO

President Emmanuel Macron of France is using one of its...

Pass Blue - 2019-09-20 - Original post - cached version

The UN General Assembly Hall, packed with delegates from across the world’s nations. The diplomats all need to eat, but where, they may ask, in New York City? BASIL D. SONFI/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

New Yorkers know full well to avoid East Midtown Manhattan around mid-September. During those few...

Pass Blue - 2019-09-19 - Original post - cached version

Secretary-General António Guterres giving a toast at the annual heads of state luncheon during the opening session of the UN General Assembly, Sept. 25, 2018. This year, the session will include conferences on climate change, universal health care and the Sustainable Development Goals. And, of...

Pass Blue - 2019-09-17 - Original post - cached version

Hours before the crash that killed UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold (with sunglasses) waiting to board the DC-6 Albertina, Ndjili airport, Léopoldville (now Kinshasa, Congo), Sept. 17, 1961. TARA BURGETT/LONDON DAILY EXPRESS

Fifty-eight years ago, Dag Hammarskjold, the United Nations...

Pass Blue - 2019-09-15 - Original post - cached version

Kersti Kaljulaid, the president of Estonia, after her country’s election to the UN Security Council, June 7, 2019. She is scheduled to speak at the UN General Assembly on Sept. 25. Eastern Europe appears to dominate now with the most female government leaders globally. LOEY FELIPE/UN PHOTO

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Pass Blue - 2019-09-11 - Original post - cached version

The “Chernobyl” tapestry by a Belarusian artist was gifted in 1991 to the United Nations in New York, five years after the cataclysmic nuclear explosion in Ukraine, which also affected Belarus and Russia. Decades later, the world is still unable to fully turn its back on nuclear power in all its...

Pass Blue - 2019-09-10 - Original post - cached version

Lieut. Comdr. Marcia Braga, left, a 45-year-old Brazilian naval officer, spent a year as a UN military gender adviser in the war-wracked Central African Republic, above. She called it “the most rewarding experience she has ever had.” BRAGA ARCHIVES

In one of the world’s most fragile and...

Pass Blue - 2019-09-09 - Original post - cached version

In the Congo, celebrating the International Day of Women’s Rights, 2019. The author of this essay, who led the video unit for the UN mission in the country for nearly five  years, warns against the UN forgoing original media programming for social media content. MICHAEL ALI/MONUSCO. 

In...

Pass Blue - 2019-09-04 - Original post - cached version

Dmitry Polyanskiy, the deputy permanent representative of Russia to the UN, photographed at the Russian mission, in Manhattan. Polyanskiy was interviewed in August on how his country would lead the UN Security Council in September and on Russian-US relations. STEPHANIE FILLION

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Pass Blue - 2019-09-03 - Original post - cached version

The United Nations headquarters showcasing the Sustainable Development summit, September 2015. The essayist, an expert in governance and democracy, bemoans the growing participation of multinational corporations in UN system forums. CIA PAK/UN PHOTO

Global governance is slipping away from...

Pass Blue - 2019-08-28 - Original post - cached version

At an entrance to the UN headquarters in New York, Indonesian diplomats passing one of the many signs, including some sterner than others, announcing the ban on single-use plastic in the UN dining areas. DULCIE LEIMBACH

People who regularly work or visit the United Nations headquarters in...

Pass Blue - 2019-08-27 - Original post - cached version

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center, meeting US embassy staffers and families in Ottawa, Aug. 22, 2019. It was the last day of Kelly Knight Craft, right, as the American ambassador to Canada, yet the US can’t say when she begins her post as ambassador to the UN. ASHLEY FRASER/US EMBASSY

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Pass Blue - 2019-08-26 - Original post - cached version

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India. A new report in Kashmir, which Modi has stripped of its political autonomy, suggests the crackdown in the region may hide abuses against civilians there.

As a communications shutdown is still depriving people in the predominantly Muslim Kashmir...

Pass Blue - 2019-08-24 - Original post - cached version

Helen McKendry with a family photograph showing her mother, Jean McConville, and some of Jean’s children. In 1972, the 38-year-old Belfast woman, a mother of 10, was kidnapped in front of her children and murdered by the IRA. She had been accused of passing information to the British forces. Her...

Pass Blue - 2019-08-21 - Original post - cached version

Kelly Knight Craft, the newly confirmed US ambassador to the UN, with members of the Youth Ambassadors Program at the US embassy in Ottawa, in her former role as US diplomat to Canada, July 16, 2019.

She calls herself a homemaker, a philanthropist and a consultant, but who, exactly, is...

Pass Blue - 2019-08-21 - Original post - cached version

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, second from left, and his entourage about to attend the UN Security Council meeting on peace and security in the Middle East. He talked about Iran’s role in sowing unrest in the region. MANUEL ELIAS/UN PHOTO

In the middle of a muggy August afternoon in...

Pass Blue - 2019-08-20 - Original post - cached version

In Parliament on Aug. 6, 2019, Imran Khan, Pakistan’s leader, called the move by Narendra Modi of India to end the special status of Kashmir “racist.” The UN Security Council met on Aug. 16 to debate the crisis.

A familiar refrain often heard when the burgeoning crisis in Kashmir rises to...

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President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil with President Donald Trump of the United States, March 19, 2019, in the White House. Both men are scheduled to attend the annual opening session of the UN General Assembly, which will feature not only the parade of leaders but also a climate-change conference...

Pass Blue - 2019-08-14 - Original post - cached version

David Kaye, the UN special rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, addressing the Human Rights Council, June 17, 2015, Geneva. He has written a new book on the global struggle to wrestle with the power of the Internet. JEAN-MARC FERRE/UN PHOTO

David Kaye, a leading...

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