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    (CNN)The fight for control of Myanmar has now officially arrived at the United Nations. In a letter seen by CNN, the Myanmar UN Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun, who defied the military government in a speech Friday but was then fired, tells the UN he is still the proper representative for Myanmar.Meanwhile, a deputy Myanmar UN Ambassador will claim he is now the man the military authorities want installed to represent the country.Both sides have sent the UN letters to make their case, on official letterhead. Kyaw Moe Tun says he represents Myanmar's civilian government led by Aung San Suu Kyi, which was overthrown last month in a military coup. Suu Kyi has now been detained alongside other government leaders including President Win Myint.Read MoreIn his letter, Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun says "the perpetrators of the unlawful coup against the democratic government of Myanmar have no authority to countermand the legitimate...
    The New York Times This Drug Gets You High and Is Legal (Maybe) Across the Country Texas has one of the most restrictive medical marijuana laws in the country, with sales allowed only by prescription for a handful of conditions. That has not stopped Lukas Gilkey, chief executive of Hometown Hero CBD, based in Austin. His company sells joints, blunts, gummy bears, vaping devices and tinctures that offer a recreational high. In fact, business is booming online as well, where he sells to many people in other states with strict marijuana laws. But Gilkey said that he is no outlaw and that he is not selling marijuana, just a close relation. He is offering products with a chemical compound — Delta-8-THC — extracted from hemp. It is only slightly chemically different from Delta 9, which is the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Sign up for The Morning newsletter from the...
    It is estimated that Mexico has reached agreements to provide vaccines for just over half of its population On the contrary, countries like the US and European nations have already made enough deals to protect more than 100 percent of their citizens. On the other side of the coin, many developing nations have not even been able to begin to obtain or administer doses Tomorrow, the president of the United States (USA), Joe Biden, and his counterpart from Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), will have a virtual meeting. And as part of this exchange, according to ., the Latin American president is expected to ask the Democrat for a “loan” of anti-COVID vaccines. This request had already been made to the new White House in January, after the inauguration of the former Obama vice president. The request for vaccines has not been officially revealed by either of the two...
    Burma's United Nations ambassador warned diplomats at a meeting of the General Assembly Friday that his country's military had become, "an existential threat," and called upon the world community to take action against the military who led the coup on Feb. 1. The Burmese ambassador, Kyaw Moe Tun, said that the UN, the United Nations Security Council and the international community should "use any means necessary to take action against the Myanmar [Burmese] military and to provide safety and security for the people of Myanmar." His speech took place following a briefing to the General Assembly by the secretary general's special envoy to Burma, Christine Schraner Burgener, who said it was time to sound "the alarm." In her speech, Burgener said, "If there is any escalation in terms of military brutality – and sadly as we have seen this before in Myanmar [Burma] – against people exercising their basic rights, let us act swiftly and collectively. We can no...
    The United Nations has removed this Friday a tapestry of ‘Guernica’ by the Spanish painter Pablo Picasso that spent 35 years hanging from the organization’s headquarters in New York City. The reproduction of the iconic antiwar work had been loaned to the UN by the family of former US Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, whose son has been commissioned to inform the UN that wants the tapestry back. “We want to thank the Rockefeller family for having left us this piece of art for more than 35 years,” a United Nations spokesman said in a statement. Symbol of the horror of war, the tapestry was hung in 1985. The reproduction was also made under the supervision of Picasso himself in the workshop of J. de la Baume Dürrbach, in the south of France.
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The iconic tapestry of Pablo Picasso’s “Guernica” is gone from its place of honor outside the U.N. Security Council in the United Nations headquarters complex overlooking New York’s East River. The painting “Guernica”, considered one of Picasso’s masterpieces and by many art critics as perhaps the most powerful anti-war painting in history, hangs in the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid. The tapestry of the painting, woven by Atelier J. de la Baume-Durrbach, was considered a perfect artwork for the Security Council, the U.N.’s most powerful body charged with ensuring international peace and security. The United Nations said in a letter to the Security Council obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday that the tapestry was commissioned in 1955 by former U.S. vice president and New York governor Nelson Rockefeller and offered to the U.N. on loan in 1984. The Rockefeller family donated the land to build...
    ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Ghana becomes the first country in the world to receive vaccines through the United Nations-backed COVAX initiative. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Linda Thomas-Greenfield speaks before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on her nomination to be the United States Ambassador to the United Nations on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., January 27, 2021.Michael Reynolds | Pool | Reuters The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Linda Thomas-Greenfield as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. She was confirmed by a vote of 78-20. Thomas-Greenfield has a lengthy career serving as an international diplomat, with most of the time dedicated to U.S. efforts in Africa. The Louisiana native an ambassador to Liberia and assistant secretary of State for African Affairs during the Obama administration. During her Jan. 27 confirmation hearing, she was peppered about questions regarding her policy approach to China. Critics, including GOP Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, said she had gone too easy on China in a 2019 speech at an institute that had been suspected of pushing Chinese propaganda....
    Miami : February 22, 2021February 22, 2021 0 US Senator Rick Scott rejected the decision of the United Nations (UN) to grant the right to speak to dictator Nicolás Maduro regarding the start of the session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. “Amazing. A new low point for the Human Rights Council. Giving Nicolás Maduro, a murderous dictator who commits genocide against his people, a platform is reprehensible and will not be tolerated, “said the congressman through Twitter. Maduro, who will attend the forum by teleconference, will be part of the high-level segment in which the presidents of Colombia (Iván Duque), Poland (Andrzej Duda) and Afghanistan (Mohamad Ashraf Ghani), and the US Secretary of State will also participate. .UU., Antony Blinken. The case of Venezuela will be continuously brought to the fore as the UN High Commissioner, Michelle Bachelet, will present oral updates...
    GENEVA (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday urged Myanmar's military, which seized power three weeks ago, to halt repression and release hundreds detained since the coup. Guterres, speaking to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, said: "We see the undermining of democracy, the use of brutal force, arbitrary arrests, repression in all its manifestations. Restrictions of civic space. Attacks on civil society. Serious violations against minorities with no accountability, including what has rightly been called ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya population. The list goes on." "Today, I call on the Myanmar military to stop the repression immediately. Release the prisoners. End the violence. Respect human rights, and the will of the people expressed in recent elections." (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Kevin Liffey) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United Nations, Myanmar
    Miami : February 19, 2021February 19, 2021 0 Asylum seekers with open cases who have spent three months or years on the northern border of Mexico with the United States (US), could return to the country, starting this Friday, authorities said. The measure will begin progressively with the idea of ​​benefiting immigrants affected by the “Stay in Mexico” program, officially known as Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), which was launched by former US President Donald Trump , and that the new president, Joe Bien, canceled after his arrival at the White House. Thousands of people were returned to Mexico at the mercy of organized crime However, the number of asylum seekers who will arrive initially will be very limited, they will start this Friday from the border crossing in San Diego, California, Monday through the one in Brownsville, Texas and next Friday through the one in El...
    This program only concerns refugees selected by the country’s intelligence and security agencies in United Nations camps around the world. It mainly targets the most vulnerable, such as the elderly, widows and the disabled. Biden stressed that the resettlement program will also protect members of the LGBT community. “We make sure to promote the rights of these people by fighting criminalization and protecting refugees and asylum seekers” who belong to this community, he said during a speech at the State Department. “We have provided safe havens for those fleeing violence and persecution, and our example has led other countries to open their doors wide,” the president recalled. For years, the United States has hosted more refugees than all other countries in the world combined, but Canada surpassed it in 2019 by opening its doors to more than 30,000 migrants, according to United Nations figures. The UN...
    Business plans include sustainability within innovation strategy, science-based emissions reduction targets and human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption goals Wilmington, Del., Feb. 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ashland is joining the global movement of leading companies and aligning operations with the ambitious aim of the Paris Climate Accord to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C above preindustrial levels. Ashland has also committed to making the UN Global Compact and its principles part of the company’s business strategy, culture and day-to-day operations, and will engage in collaborative projects which advance the broader development goals of the United Nations, particularly the Sustainable Development Goals. “Science-based targets provide a clearly-defined path to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Guillermo Novo, chairman and chief operating officer, Ashland. “We support public accountability and transparency, and we commit to reporting our progress. These initiatives reinforce Ashland’s core values and strengthen our environment, social and governance (ESG) agenda....
    There were pivotal years when the field of possibilities opened up. For TrackInsight, 2020 is one of them. Specialist in ETFs (Exchange-Traded Fund), or listed investment funds, the Riviera fintech has indeed just put its first foot in the big leagues of finance. And intends to put the second. Quickly. Hence the ambitious growth objectives of between 50 and 70% of its turnover (not communicated) from the current financial year, just to continue the momentum which has enabled it to achieve the famous break-even point after which run so many start-ups. It must be said that the young shoot is positioned in a fashionable segment: listed index funds, for which it has developed a global information platform. “It is probably the most attractive market in the world of financial investment with growth of 10 to 25% per year for the past twenty years.“, explains its managing director Jean-René Giraud....
    The German airline confirmed that it plans to fly directly from Hamburg to Puerto Argentino on February 1, bringing a crew of scientists and sailors to replace personnel from its base in Antarctica. From the Argentine Foreign Ministry they indicated that the company received permission to fly over our airspaceor, highlighting that «the presentation of Lufthansa’s application before Argentine authorities implies the recognition of the Malvinas Islands as part of Argentine territory. The Secretary for Malvinas, Antarctica and the South Atlantic of the Foreign Ministry, Daniel Filmus, stressed that « It is an important signal that both the German embassy in the case of the research vessel and the Lufthansa company for the flight have asked the Argentine government and the province of Tierra del Fuego for permission to go to Malvinas. » “It is an important step in the understanding at a global level that it is a territory over which,...
    On a momentous week for the future of American foreign policy, a new poll conducted in all fifty states finds that Americans are united in their strong support for the United Nations. WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — On a momentous week for the future of American foreign policy, a new poll conducted in all fifty states finds that Americans are united in their strong support for the United Nations. The poll comes on the eve of the inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, upcoming Senate hearings on the nomination of Antony Blinken to be Secretary of State and Linda Thomas-Greenfield for U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and the expected policy reversal of key global agreements such as rejoining the Paris Agreement and the repeal of the Global Gag Rule. “When it comes to America’s relationship with the UN, this poll shows there is no...
    Article 19 of the Charter of the United Nations provides for a suspension of the right to vote in the General Assembly for any country whose amount of arrears is equal to or greater than the contribution due by it for the past two full years. Antonio Guterres specifies the amounts which, without paying off their total debt, would allow the countries concerned to recover their voting rights in 2021. Thus, Iran, hit by American financial sanctions, should spend $ 16.2 million, Niger, currently a non-permanent member of the Security Council, $ 6,733, Libya $ 705,391 and the Central African Republic $ 29,395. The other nations affected by a suspension of voting rights are Congo-Brazzaville ($ 90,844 to pay to recover it), South Sudan ($ 22,804) and Zimbabwe ($ 81,770). The annual operating budget of the United Nations is approximately $ 3.2 billion. That of peace operations, separated, reached...
    (Reuters) - UK Business Minister Alok Sharma offered to resign from his ministerial position in order to take on a full-time role preparing for the country's chairmanship of United Nations COP26 climate change summit, The Times https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/let-me-quit-the-government-to-lead-climate-talks-says-alok-sharma-z7hvnqgqd reported on Saturday. Alok Sharma, who is also president of this year's climate summit, has told Prime Minister Boris Johnson that he would rather give up his position as business minister than step down from his role in climate change envoy, the newspaper reported. In December, Johnson's office denied a report that he wanted his predecessor David Cameron to take over from Sharma as president of next year's UN COP26 climate change summit. (Reporting by Aakriti Bhalla in Bengaluru: Editing by Neil Fullick) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United Nations, environment, United Kingdom, Europe
    WASHINGTON, DC / ACCESSWIRE / December 21, 2020 / Emadeddin Muntasser, president of the Democracy and Human Rights Foundation, recently issued a letter to the United Nations on behalf of Libyans who oppose the international governing body’s settlement plan in Libya. The letter was addressed to António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations. The subject of the letter was the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), which is an advanced political mission in Libya created in the wake of the First Libyan Civil War in 2011. Through the letter, Emadeddin Muntasser hopes to appeal to the United Nations and its members and petition against moving forward with UNSMIL’s proposed plans. The letter touches on the fact that in the past, the United Nations has been effective at serving the people of Libya, but that the current UNSMIL settlement plan drastically falls short of what is needed in the country...
    Hustle For Humanity Announces Official United Nations Partnership to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development PR Newswire LOS ANGELES, Dec. 10, 2020 LOS ANGELES, Dec. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The announcement from the fast growing 501(c)(3) nonprofit Human Rights Organization comes on International Human Rights Day 2020, the 72nd Anniversary of the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR is described as a milestone document that proclaims the inalienable rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being – regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Available in more than 500 languages, it is the most translated document in the world. Hustle For Humanity has long been an outspoken and revolutionary voice of advocacy for Universal Human Rights and describes their organization as “a global movement...
    World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said there is a “light at the end of the tunnel” as progress continues to be made on coronavirus vaccines. The WHO chief said the world can begin to “dream” about the end of the pandemic, which has dominated global news, politics, and economics for most of 2020. He made the remarks during a high-level session on the pandemic at the United Nations General Assembly. “With positive results in recent weeks from vaccine trials, the light at the end of the tunnel is growing steadily brighter. Although the path ahead remains treacherous, we can begin to dream [about] the end of the pandemic,” Tedros said, according to the Hill. “But let me be clear: We simply cannot accept a world in which the poor and marginalized are trampled by the rich and powerful in the stampede for vaccines,” he continued....
    The Métis Nation Calls for the Speedy Passage of An Act Respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Canada NewsWire OTTAWA, ON, Dec. 3, 2020 OTTAWA, ON, Dec. 3, 2020 /CNW/ – The Métis National Council welcomes today’s introduction of An Act Respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and calls for its speedy adoption. This is just the first step in the Parliamentary process. Our highest priority is to see the passage of this legislation. Today’s introduction is an important step for our country, and we thank Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister Lametti for fulfilling his promise to table legislation to implement the UN Declaration by the end of 2020. We also thank the Government of Canada, the Assembly of First Nations and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami for working with us to shape this legislation and bring this day about. The Métis...
    REUTERS The world has learned a lot about Yevgeny Prigozhin since American authorities first filed criminal charges against him two years ago for alleged financial ties to the internet troll farm accused of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. Known as “Putin’s Chef” due to his vast Kremlin catering contracts, Prigozhin has also been sanctioned by the U.S. for his alleged ties to Russian mercenaries affiliated with the Wagner Group. Now, leaked data from several sanctioned Russian firms linked to Prigozhin’s business networks reveals that key Prigozhin associates have helped one of his political consultants infiltrate a high-level UN panel. Prigozhin’s alleged mercenary army provides intelligence and paramilitary fighters all over the world. The U.S. Treasury links it directly into President Putin’s chain of command describing the shadow military as “a designated Russian Ministry of Defense proxy force.” Evidence of Russia’s apparent campaign to install a Prigozhin...
    The world has learned a lot about Yevgeny Prigozhin since American authorities first filed criminal charges against him two years ago for alleged financial ties to the internet troll farm accused of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. Known as “Putin’s Chef” due to his vast Kremlin catering contracts, Prigozhin has also been sanctioned by the U.S. for his alleged ties to Russian mercenaries affiliated with the Wagner Group. Now, leaked data from several sanctioned Russian firms linked to Prigozhin’s business networks reveals that key Prigozhin associates have helped one of his political consultants infiltrate a high-level UN panel. Prigozhin’s alleged mercenary army provides intelligence and paramilitary fighters all over the world. The U.S. Treasury links it directly into President Putin’s chain of command describing the shadow military as “a designated Russian Ministry of Defense proxy force.” Evidence of Russia’s apparent campaign to install a Prigozhin connected operative...
    Boris Johnson’s government has reaffirmed its commitment to the United Nations’ controversial Global Compact for Migration, rejected by the Trump administration in the United States, and by conservative-led governments in countries including Australia, Poland, and Hungary. Speaking at the International Organization for Migration (IOM, or UN Migration Agency) Council, the British ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Julian Braithwaite, bragged that the British government is “the second-largest donor” to the IOM, and insisted that it was “ready to support” the globalist body on its “journey”. “The UK reaffirms its commitment to the Global Compact on Migration, and is pleased to recognise the UN’s hard work since signature to translate GCM principles into action that helps migrants. We believe this work is beginning to show promising results,” said Braithwaite, a former press officer and then speechwriter for Labour prime minister Tony Blair. “We believe this work is beginning to show promising...
    Pest Control Company Donates $275,000, Matches up to $50,000 on Giving Tuesday PROVO, Utah, Nov. 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Aptive Environmental pest control, one of the fastest growing pest control companies in North America, will donate $275,000, and counting, to the United Nations Foundation’s “Nothing but Nets” in 2020. In honor of Malaria Awareness month in November and Giving Tuesday, Aptive pledges to match donations up to an additional $50,000 from its community of customers and sales representatives on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, bringing its donation potential to nearly $400,000. The United Nations Foundation’s “Nothing But Nets” is the world’s largest grassroots campaign that sends insecticide-treated bed nets to regions of the world plagued with malaria-carrying mosquitoes. Since 2016, Aptive has brought its community together every year to help stop the spread of Malaria transmitted by a simple mosquito bite, contributing over $912,000 to the campaign and helping to...
    OTTAWA, ON, Nov. 12, 2020 /CNW/ –  The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) condemns the exclusion of its voices from a high level meeting on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Today’s Federal-Provincial Territorial (FPT) meeting with select National Indigenous Organizations (NIO) discussing the draft legislation to implement UNDRIP was organized by the federal Department of Justice. CAP’s National Chief Elmer St. Pierre stated, “The exclusion of CAP from this FPT UNDRIP meeting is nothing short of racial profiling indicative of systemic racism on behalf of so-called Justice officials. The perspective of off-reserve Indigenous peoples is not optional. It is an obligation.” The Department of Justice organized an FPT meeting with only three of five National Indigenous Organizations, leaving out CAP and the Native Women’s Association of Canada. The Department is deliberately excluding off-reserve Indigenous input. While other Indigenous organizations were provided many months of consultation, CAP...
    North Korea rebuked the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog agency as “a marionette dancing to the tune” of the West, signaling Pyonyang’s continued hostility toward international monitoring. North Korean Ambassador Kim Song’s dismissive words came Wednesday at a U.N. General Assembly meeting, after the International Atomic Energy Agency condemned Pyongyang’s ongoing nuclear activities as “a clear violation” of Security Council resolutions. “This is our appraisal of the IAEA at present, as it was more than 20 years ago,” Song responded to the 193-member assembly. “We left the IAEA long ago and have not forgotten its despicable acts of having sided with the hostile forces in their maneuvers to put pressure on us, raising ‘suspicions’ about the DPRK’s peaceful nuclear facilities earlier in the 1990s,” Song said, referring to North Korea by its official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Kim Song “I’d like to make it clear once again that the...
    The international student competition “Design for Sustainable Cities” open for submissions till 31 December 2020 LONDON, Nov. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — “Design for Sustainable Cities” is an international student competition held by BE OPEN and Cumulus Association in support of the United Nations’ SDG11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. The competition is open to students and graduates of all art, design, architecture and media disciplines of universities and colleges worldwide. According to the UN’s SDG Programme data, since 2007, more than half the world’s population has been living in cities, and that share is projected to rise to 60% by 2030. Cities and metropolitan areas are powerhouses of economic growth. However, they cause and face such issues as increased carbon emissions and resource use. Rapid urbanization is resulting in a growing number of slum dwellers, inadequate and overburdened infrastructure and services, worsening air pollution and unplanned urban sprawl.  It takes creative action to tackle...
    The U.S. and 32 other nations signed a declaration last week that made clear that "there is no international right to abortion" and highlighted the foundational importance of the family unit to society. The document, called the "Geneva Consensus Declaration On Promoting Women's Health and Strengthening the Family" and co-sponsored by the U.S., Brazil, Egypt, Hungary, Indonesia, and Uganda, was signed at a virtual event. What does the declaration say? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a statement touting the document as an effort to achieve four main pillars: better health for women; the preservation of human life; strengthening of family as the foundational unit of society; and protecting every nation's national sovereignty in global politics. Cultural conservatives in the U.S. took particular note that the document took a stance that appears contrary to the increasingly liberal international community's...
    (CNN)The world is still in the grips of a global pandemic that has killed more than 1.1 million people and infected more than 43.1 million worldwide. Lives and livelihoods have been threatened and lost. While the future remains uncertain, it's clear that we face a new and changing world. As the activist and author Arundhati Roy wrote in April, "Whatever it is, coronavirus has made the mighty kneel and brought the world to a halt like nothing else could. ... And in the midst of this terrible despair, it offers us a chance to rethink the doomsday machine we have built for ourselves. Nothing could be worse than a return to normality. Richard Curtis Forest Whitaker"Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next."As Sustainable Development Goals...
    Statement by the Prime Minister on United Nations Day Canada NewsWire OTTAWA, ON, Oct. 24, 2020 OTTAWA, ON, Oct. 24, 2020 /CNW/ – The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on United Nations Day: “Today, on United Nations Day, we recognize what we can achieve when countries around the world work together toward shared goals. “In 1945, the United Nations (UN) was created to provide a forum where countries can join forces to build a world that is safe, peaceful, and prosperous for everyone. Since then, it has helped improve the lives of millions of people, including by fighting HIV and AIDS, ending wars, averting famines, and addressing the needs of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable. It has also brought to light once invisible issues, such as modern-day slavery and the use of child soldiers. “As we mark the UN’s 75th anniversary, Canada remains a proud...
    HONG KONG, Oct. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — This fall, Jessie Chung from Hong Kong has been selected to represent Family Mask for the inaugural YOUNGA™ Forum. Organized by BridgingTheGap Ventures, this first-of-its-kind virtual global youth takeover of the United Nations is focused on a central theme for 2020—the future youth want, the action we need.  Jessie Chung will represent Hong Kong, China as part of the inaugural Youth Delegation, participating in dialogues on creating an inclusive, sustainable future Using VR and XR technologies, YOUNGA will connect 1,500 Youth Delegates with top-level decision-makers and influencers to co-create solutions to global challenges like the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Speakers include senior leaders from the World Health Organization, UN Foundation, UNAIDS, The World Bank Group, Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and a variety of celebrity mentors (see full line-up) “I’m really excited to be a part of YOUNGA, the world’s first UN global youth takeover...
    On Friday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” Breitbart News senior contributor and Government Accountability Institute President Peter Schweizer stated that the emails obtained from Hunter Biden’s one-time business associate, Bevan Cooney, show “a veritable United Nations of corruption” and that 2020 Democratic presidential nominee former Vice President Joe Biden, “as vice president of the United States, was a center point. It was almost the planet around which these business activities moved.” Schweizer said, [relevant remarks begin around 3:40] “[W]hat those emails show, the 26,000 show, we’re working our way through them, is a wide net of using the Biden name, using access to the White House, serving — Hunter serving as the pipeline to the administration as means to help their clients and gain clients. The names that come up in this are the Chinese, the Russians, the Ukrainians, the Kazakhs. It’s a veritable United Nations of corruption. And...
    The United Nations General Assembly elected Cuba on Tuesday as a member of the Human Rights Council despite protests by activists and civil society organizations that have denounced multiple human-rights violations committed by the Cuban regime. Cuba got 170 votes out of 192 valid ballots. In its candidacy statement, Cuba promised to promote “cultural rights” and highlighted its political system’s “participatory and democratic character”. But in the past two years, the one-party government headed by Miguel Díaz-Canel has intensified repression against dissidents and members of Cuban civil society and has passed several laws to criminalize freedom of expression. The only legally recognized party in the country is the Communist Party, and dissidents are fined, frequently arrested or imprisoned. The authorities also prevent them from leaving the country. On Saturday, the Cuban government arbitrarily detained artists, independent journalists and activists who advocated for greater freedom of expression on the island. A...
    HUHTAMÄKI OYJ PRESS RELEASE 12.10.2020 AT 10:00 Huhtamaki donation helps clean plastics from the Mithi River in Mumbai, India Global sustainable food packaging leader Huhtamaki is donating €600,000 to fund a project that aims to stop the flow of plastic into the Indian Ocean from the Mithi River in Mumbai, India. The project is one of three initiatives that Huhtamaki has funded as part of its 100-year anniversary to address global sustainability challenges and build and learn from circular economy initiatives globally. The Mithi River project is run by a global partnership between the United Nations Technology Innovation Labs UNTIL, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, RiverRecycle and Earth5R. Each partner has a unique role in the project which seeks to use emerging technologies to collect plastic waste from the river and raises awareness on effective waste management in order to drive systemic change locally. The project is also focused...
    Berit Roald | AFP | Getty Images LONDON — The United Nations World Food Programme has been awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg was among the favorites to win for the second year in a row, for her campaigning to draw attention to the climate crisis. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was also once again on bookmakers' lists, having received praise earlier on in the pandemic for effectively curbing infections and deaths from the coronavirus in her country.  This year's peace prize was the 101th to be awarded. There were 318 candidates in the running for the prize this year, according to the Nobel Institute. The record stands at 376 nominees in 2016. However, the list of nominees is only revealed 50 years after the prize is awarded. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the prize in 2019...
    NEW YORK, Oct. 05, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has captured the world’s attention for nearly all of 2020, yet with one-fifth of the population still lacking adequate housing, the global housing crisis has also come to the forefront. To support United Nations Day on Saturday, October 24 at 12 noon EST, the Global Housing Foundation (GHF), in partnership with UN-Habitat, will host a virtual international conference focused on the theme, “Global Strategies for Smart, Sustainable Workforce Housing: Innovative Solutions to Win the War Against Poverty, Healthcare & Crisis.” During the program, GHF will also unveil the Global Housing Foundation Network, an interactive digital resource tool, which provides an abundance of comprehensive information, cutting edge knowledge, resources, relevant links and research. It will serve as an important catalyst to connect and build global partnerships which stimulate the creation of housing for the working poor throughout the world....
    By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The coronavirus that has claimed nearly 1 million lives has underscored the failure of the United Nations to bring countries together to defeat it, prompting renewed calls to reform the world body so that it can meet challenges far different — and more daunting — than those it faced at its birth. As U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said last week, “The pandemic is a clear test of international cooperation – a test we have essentially failed.” There is a “disconnect between leadership and power,” he said, warning that in the 21st century’s interconnected world, “solidarity is self-interest,” and “if we fail to grasp that fact, everyone loses.” The first-ever virtual meeting of world leaders at the General Assembly, highlighted increasing tensions among major powers, the growing inequality between rich and poor countries, and the escalating difficulty of getting the U.N.’s...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The coronavirus that has claimed nearly 1 million lives has underscored the failure of the United Nations to bring countries together to defeat it, prompting renewed calls to reform the world body so that it can meet challenges far different — and more daunting — than those it faced at its birth. As U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said last week, “The pandemic is a clear test of international cooperation – a test we have essentially failed.” There is a “disconnect between leadership and power,” he said, warning that in the 21st century’s interconnected world, “solidarity is self-interest,” and “if we fail to grasp that fact, everyone loses.” The first-ever virtual meeting of world leaders at the General Assembly, highlighted increasing tensions among major powers, the growing inequality between rich and poor countries, and the escalating difficulty of getting the U.N.’s 193 member nations to agree on...
    ‘America will always be a leader in human rights,’ Trump said It’s not only in the United States where protests against racial injustice are part of the national conversation. A handful of America’s critics have taken note too, using recent months’ demonstrations and graphic images of police violence to denounce the country at the United Nations’ gathering of world leaders this year. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani invoked the killing of George Floyd, the Black American man who died after a white police officer in Minneapolis pressed his knee against his neck even as he repeatedly said he could not breathe. Floyd’s death, caught on video, set off nationwide protests in support of Black lives.  Read More: Making 911 calls based on race is now illegal in New Jersey Rouhani said the scene was “reminiscent” of Iran’s own experience in its quest for freedom and liberation from domination, and that Iran...
    By AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — It's not only in the United States where protests against racial injustice are part of the national conversation. A handful of America's critics have taken note too, using recent months' demonstrations and graphic images of police violence to denounce the country at the United Nations' gathering of world leaders this year. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani invoked the killing of George Floyd, the Black American man who died after a white police officer in Minneapolis pressed his knee against his neck even as he repeatedly said he could not breathe. Floyd’s death, caught on video, set off nationwide protests in support of Black lives. Rouhani said the scene was “reminiscent” of Iran's own experience in its quest for freedom and liberation from domination, and that Iran instantly recognized "the feet kneeling on the neck as the feet of arrogance on...
    US justice chief blasts militant secularists National Motorsports Appeals Panel upholds penalty to Mike Wallace Watch BTS 2020 speech at the United Nations General Assembly © Provided by INSIDER BTS attends the 2020 Grammys. Steve Granitz/WireImage/Getty Images BTS delivered remarks on Wednesday at the 75th United Nations General Assembly. The group spoke to future generations, contextualized within the current moment of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the speech, BTS delivered a message of persistence and hope, speaking about their own struggles with loneliness and creativity during the pandemic. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. On Wednesday, BTS spoke at the 75th United Nations General Assembly, delivering a message of hope and reassurance to encourage people to continue living on despite current hardships.  The group was invited to speak by the Group of Friends of Solidarity for Global Health Security, which was founded by South Korea in 2020 to...
    BTS attends the 2020 Grammys. Steve Granitz/WireImage/Getty Images BTS delivered remarks on Wednesday at the 75th United Nations General Assembly. The group spoke to future generations, contextualized within the current moment of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the speech, BTS delivered a message of persistence and hope, speaking about their own struggles with loneliness and creativity during the pandemic. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. On Wednesday, BTS spoke at the 75th United Nations General Assembly, delivering a message of hope and reassurance to encourage people to continue living on despite current hardships.  The group was invited to speak by the Group of Friends of Solidarity for Global Health Security, which was founded by South Korea in 2020 to discuss health issues like the coronavirus pandemic, Soompi reported. Due to present circumstances, the 75th general assembly is being held primarily through virtual meetings and pre-recorded speeches.   During...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times EDT): 8:15 p.m. The president of Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria, is calling for the “uninhibited supply of safe and effective coronavirus vaccines for all.” African nations have been outspoken in seeking the equitable distribution of any COVID-19 vaccine, while watching anxiously as some of the world’s richest countries strike deals with pharmaceutical companies to secure millions of doses of potential vaccines. President Muhammadu Buhari warns that if the United Nations can’t marshal an inclusive response to the pandemic, then it “would have failed in its core mission of giving expression, direction and solution to the yearnings of the international community.” The U.N.’s health agency, the World Health Organization, has said Africa should receive at least 220 million doses through an international effort to develop and distribute a vaccine known as COVAX. But Africa’s...
    The United Nations is marking its 75th anniversary as the post-World War Two global order which created it is on shaky foundations. Multilateralism is in serious disarray, as the former UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has observed. President Donald Trump's America First foreign policy has seen the US thumb its nose at multilateral agreements from the Paris Climate accord to the Iran nuclear deal, while China is visibly positioning itself as the new supporter of the United Nations. But growing Chinese influence comes at a price, and if Beijing is devoting more money to fund UN agencies like the World Health Organization then it will want more say as a result. The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres spoke of a foundational moment facing the UN - those who built the United Nations knew the value of unity, he noted, since they had lived through war...
    President Trump speaks during the 75th annual U.N. General Assembly, which is being held mostly virtual amid the coronavirus pandemic, as seen on Tuesday, September 22, 2020. United Nations / Handout via Reuters United Nations — Laying down the diplomatic gauntlet, President Trump referred to the "fierce battle against the invisible enemy — the China virus" in a full throttle attack on China, as he spoke by video to the U.N. General Assembly's general debate that began Tuesday amid the coronavirus pandemic. "We must hold accountable the nation which unleashed this plague onto the world: China," Mr. Trump said. China's President Xi Jinping's video message was part conciliation, part push-back. China has "no intention to fight either a Cold War or a hot one with any country," Xi said, but added, "Burying one's head in the sand like an ostrich in the face of economic globalization or trying to...
    VIDEO7:0007:00Pres. Trump calls on world to 'hold China accountable' for Covid-19 pandemic during U.N. addressNews Videos NEW YORK — President Donald Trump on Tuesday called on world leaders at the United Nations to "hold China accountable" for the coronavirus pandemic. Trump, a frequent critic of the U.N., slammed the Chinese government and the World Health Organization for the deadly virus and the social and economic fallout from the health crisis. "The Chinese government and the World Health Organization, which is virtually controlled by China, falsely declared that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission. Later, they falsely said people without symptoms would not spread the disease," Trump said in a recorded speech from the White House. The WHO is a United Nations agency. "The United Nations must hold China accountable for their actions," he added. The virus originated in China. Trump also said that the U.S. had three potential coronavirus...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the UN General Assembly (all times EST): 10 a.m. WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says the United Nations must hold China “accountable” for failing to contain the coronavirus, which has killed about 200,000 Americans and nearly 1 million around the world. Trump is accusing China of not sharing timely information with the world on the new disease in a taped address to the virtually gathered United Nations General Assembly. Trump says: “The United Nations must hold China accountable for their actions.” Trump is also using his address to tout a pair of recent international accords he helped to broker— one between Kosovo and Serbia and the other between the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Israel — as the United States “fulfilling our destiny as peacemaker.” Trump has repeatedly used his appearances at the international gathering to oppose “globalization” and promote his “America First”...
    By The Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the UN General Assembly (all times EST): 10 a.m. WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says the United Nations must hold China “accountable” for failing to contain the coronavirus, which has killed about 200,000 Americans and nearly 1 million around the world. Trump is accusing China of not sharing timely information with the world on the new disease in a taped address to the virtually gathered United Nations General Assembly. Trump says: “The United Nations must hold China accountable for their actions.” Trump is also using his address to tout a pair of recent international accords he helped to broker— one between Kosovo and Serbia and the other between the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Israel — as the United States “fulfilling our destiny as peacemaker.” Trump has repeatedly used his appearances at the international gathering to oppose “globalization” and...
    Bob Hennelly September 21, 2020 11:00PM (UTC) Every campaign pitch is at its root a narrative, a story line about the ebb and flow of our history that acts as the orientation for the vote that is upon us. The candidate whose story line captures the most people is the one that prevails in November. For Trump's base, the Make America Great Again cult, our nation achieved its zenith in the post–World War II era, when a white family could be supported by a single breadwinner. For them, Donald Trump was just on the verge of a restoration of those halcyon days when the Chinese unleashed the coronavirus and wrecked what he called the "greatest economy in history."  : And now, as the pandemic body count passes 200,000, many MAGA voters believe the virus is "a hoax" and public health measures that aim to stop its spread are part of a...
    (CNN)This year's gathering of the global elite at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has been cramped by Covid-19: World leaders won't flock to New York, opting instead for a virtual speech fest. Gone will be the diplomatic pull asides, the lobbying, the power lunches and cocktail parties. But that also means Donald Trump will miss the last turn of his first term as US President at the hallowed green granite UN podium, from which generations of world leaders have lectured the world.Just two years ago Trump stood at that lectern and stunned world leaders telling them what a great job he was doing. "In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country," he said.A ripple of amusement cascaded around the cavernous chamber. Other world leaders laughing, in part perhaps at what he said, part perhaps that he would say...
    United Nations (CNN)What if the world's most powerful people threw a gigantic international party and no one showed up? This week is the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) -- normally the Super Bowl of international diplomacy. But thanks to a global pandemic, make that "digital diplomacy" without star players in the corridors at UN headquarters in New York. It's also the historic 75th anniversary of the United Nations, but the massive crowds, handshakes, and kisses on the cheek will be gone during the annual frenetic diplomatic bash. "The COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis unlike any in our lifetimes, and so this year's General Assembly session will be unlike any other, too," said host UN Secretary-General Antomio Guterres at a press conference.Read More As incoming UN General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir of Turkey put it, "We were supposed to celebrate the 75th anniversary. Things developed differently." "A distinct lack of drama"...
    It’s not much of an exaggeration to say that Siddharth Chatterjee owes his life to the United Nations. His Hindu father was a refugee from what is today Bangladesh. Young Siddharth grew up with the chaos of the 1947 partition of India and Pakistan as his history, but the security of U.N. assistance programs as his cradle. At 3 years old, the boy was diagnosed with polio. Yet the quick intervention of a doctor and the U.N.’s polio eradication program – one of the young global institution’s first health initiatives – helped him recover. At 6, a proud Siddharth marched off to school sporting a backpack marked UNICEF, for the U.N. agency dedicated to promoting children’s welfare. And years later, as a young lieutenant in the Indian army who had come to question resorting to armed conflict to solve disputes, he would find a new sense of purpose in the...
    United Nations, Sep 17 . .- The United Nations Organization will hold a summit on Friday in which a score of heads of State will participate to discuss the challenges and progress in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), with the objective of “keeping hope alive,” announced the UN Deputy Secretary General, Amina Mohammed, on Thursday. “We come together to keep hope alive and to ensure that the actions we need are taken to drive the changes that have to happen to bring about better reconstruction through the framework of the SDGs, which have never been more relevant,” Mohammed said in a news conference. The 2030 SDGs constitute an ambitious United Nations plan that replaces the Millennium Goals and with which it is intended, among many other things, to end poverty, move towards a more equitable, egalitarian and equal world or eliminate carbon emissions in the...
    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Long-simmering tensions between the United States and China have hit boiling point at the United Nations over the coronavirus pandemic, spotlighting Beijing's bid for greater multilateral influence in a challenge to Washington's traditional leadership. Chinese President Xi Jinping has accelerated his U.N. power play as President Donald Trump's disregard for international cooperation led to the United States quitting global deals on climate and Iran and leaving the U.N. Human Rights Council and the World Health Organization, diplomats say. "There's definitely, in my mind, a battle for the soul of the U.N. going on," said a senior European diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, adding that Trump's "America First" policy has been "damaging because the Chinese have a sort of smooth assertion that they are the true multilateralists." While Trump has made China one of his punching bags as he bids for re-election on...
    WENDAKE, QC, Sept. 13, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ – The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) wishes to mark, as it does every September 13, the anniversary of the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the Declaration recognizing and affirming the rights of Indigenous Peoples. We cannot rewrite history, but we have a duty to at least try to understand it and not repeat historical injustices. The Declaration can help all of us do this, it has an undeniable value. For example, when Premier François Legault states that his government is reluctant to recognize the Declaration because it is afraid of “giving” First Nations a veto over Quebec’s economic development, he is wrong. It is not about giving rights, but rather recognizing pre-existing rights, stop denying them, and finding solutions with First Nations that benefit everyone. This is what the Declaration is about. The AFNQL will soon launch an invitation...
    U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that the coronavirus pandemic has exposed that the world’s patriarchy has only hurt everyone else. “The #COVID19 pandemic is only demonstrating what we all know: that millennia of patriarchy have resulted in a male-dominated world with a male-dominated culture which damages everyone — women, men, girls & boys,” Guterres said at a town hall last month with young women from civil society organizations. The #COVID19 pandemic is demonstrating what we all know: millennia of patriarchy have resulted in a male-dominated world with a male-dominated culture which damages everyone – women, men, girls & boys.-- @antonioguterres https://t.co/ppSUGLr2Wx pic.twitter.com/krT6HkQil6— United Nations (@UN) September 6, 2020 He said during the event that the policies of a pre-coronavirus world need to be abolished in favor of a more inclusive world structure. ”It is clear that we cannot go back to the failed policies that have resulted...
    “If civilization had been left in female hands we would still be living in grass huts”, Camille Paglia once famously said. But the United Nations didn’t get the memo: The #COVID19 pandemic is demonstrating what we all know: millennia of patriarchy have resulted in a male-dominated world with a male-dominated culture which damages everyone – women, men, girls & boys. — @antonioguterres https://t.co/ppSUGLr2Wx pic.twitter.com/krT6HkQil6 — United Nations (@UN) September 6, 2020 No, really. According to the United Nations, the “millennia of patriarchy” which gave us, among many other things, the Greek and Roman philosophers, Christianity, the Taj Mahal, Habeas Corpus, the art of the Renaissance, the collected works of Shakespeare and Goethe, Johann Sebastian Bach, penicillin, central heating, air conditioning, the internal combustion engine, and space travel, have actually been damaging to “everyone”. Also, according to the UN, “we all” know this. Who exactly is this “we”, Kemo Sabe? ‘You’ve...
    Strengthens Commitment to Sustainability and Diversity SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 02, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, The RealReal (Nasdaq: REAL)—the world’s largest online marketplace for authenticated, consigned luxury goods—announced it is joining the United Nations (UN) Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. Alongside thousands of global brands (including fashion industry heavyweights such as Burberry, Hermes, Kering and LVMH), The RealReal will uphold and implement the UN Global Compact’s 10 universally accepted principles related to human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption into its overall strategy and operations. “We share the common belief with the UN Global Compact that business should be a force for good,” said Julie Wainwright, CEO of The RealReal. “Joining this group of leaders from so many sectors will help us continue expanding our work beyond the fashion industry to advocate for all businesses to hold themselves to the highest standards of environmental and social consciousness.” The...
    Richard Phillips August 29, 2020 2:31PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on The Globalist. For all of his bombast, under the leadership of Donald J. Trump the United States has actually grown more and more to resemble a developing nation. As it happens, the onset of the pandemic tore the mask off all of the rot that had been festering just below the surface of U.S. politics and society. Donald J. Trump, backed by his Republican Party, is the very face of this decline, which manifests itself in five epic failures. : Failure 1: The great giveaway to the rich The first reason that the United States is rapidly transforming itself into a developing nation is that its President has made one particularly well-calculated move: He has been able to harness the rapacious greed that is at the heart of Republican politics and simultaneously trample on the tepid moderation that...
            by Kaylee Greenlee  Members of the Islamic State have reportedly attempted to use the coronavirus pandemic to their advantage, increasing propaganda and attacks, a United Nations counter-terrorism official announced Monday. Since ISIS reportedly began to rally in Syria and Iraq this year, there has been an increase in threats made to conflict zones and a decrease in threats to peaceful zones experiencing coronavirus related lock-downs and restrictions, Head of the U.N. Office of Counter-Terrorism Vladimir Voronkov said. The coronavirus pandemic has reportedly made it difficult to continue counter-terrorism operations, though Voronkov said he is unsure how ISIS’s recruitment and fundraising endeavors have changed under the group’s new leader, Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla. “This pandemic environment raises several strategic and practical challenges for counter-terrorism, which we discussed during the Virtual Counter-Terrorism Week organized by my Office last month,” Voronkov said. “#ISIL & other terrorist groups seek to exploit the...
    Savannah Rychcik August 25, 2020 0 Comments Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley declared on Tuesday while racism exists in the United States, the nation as a whole is not racist. The host of “Good Morning America” George Stephanopoulos noted Haley discussed the nation’s “racial divide” during her speech at the Republican National Convention on Monday night. Stephanopoulos mentioned Haley’s criticism of Democrats and her claim, suggesting they called America a “racist country.” He explained Democrats denounced patterns of “systemic racism.” Stephanopoulos asked Haley if those barriers exist and what has President Donald Trump done to address them. Haley pointed to Former President Barack Obama and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris as examples of how the nation has made progress.Watch her comments below: “Do we have racists in our country? Yes, but we are a work in progress.” Former ambassador Nikki Haley speaks out about racism in America...
    The United Nations Security Council last week rejected a U.S. effort to extend a 13-year-old embargo on Iran imports and exports of conventional weapons, including aircraft and tanks in and out of the Middle Eastern country. Permanent members China and Russia - who have veto power - verbally rejected the endeavor in advance, while of the 15 countries in the UN Security Council, only the Dominican Republic joined the U.S. in backing the overture. Prominent U.S. allies Britain, Germany and France abstained from the vote. The years-long embargo is set to expire Oct. 18, so what exactly does the failure to extend it mean? It was seemingly a doomed effort from the beginning. The U.S. proposition to extend the arms embargo would have required nine yes votes and zero vetoes in order to get the green light. Thus, this leaves little option for the Trump administration – which removed itself from the...
    United Nations, Aug 17 . .- Israel denounced this Monday to the UN an alleged recent infiltration into its territory by “terrorists” from Hezbollah and defended that if the United Nations mission in the area (UNIFIL) is not capable of preventing this type of operation, its continuity should be questioned. The Israeli delegation sent a letter about the episode to the United Nations Security Council, which is precisely this month discussing the extension of the UNIFIL mandate, which Israel and the United States want to modify. “The role of UNIFIL is to prevent these types of operations and to prevent Hezbollah from turning southern Lebanon into its own terrorist base. If UNIFIL is unable to fulfill this mission, then its existence should be in doubt, ”Israeli Ambassador Gilad Erdan said in a statement. The letter includes photographs that, according to Israel, show the route of the “terrorist cell” from Lebanon...
    An ex-financial firm CEO who paid $850,000 to get his children into elite universities has described life behind bars as 'torture' as he pleads to be released from jail. Douglas Hodge, 62, an ex-Pimco boss, pleaded guilty last fall to paying $850,000 in bribes over an 11-year period to ensure his four children were accepted into the University of Southern California and Georgetown University. He arrived at a federal prison in Otisville, New York, on June 23 and is now demanding that he be allowed to serve the rest of his nine-month sentence at home. Douglas Hodge (pictured), 62, an ex-Pimco boss, pleaded guilty last fall to paying $850,000 in bribes over an 11-year period to ensure his four children were accepted into elite colleges but now pleads to be released from jail Hodge's lawyers claim that he was placed in solitary confinement for 29 days and sat in his...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo introduced a plan Wednesday dubbed the “Clean Network” program, which aims to guard the privacy of American citizens and companies from the Chinese Communist Party. Pompeo also extended an offer for other nations and companies to join the United State’s effort, writing on Twitter, “The U.S. expands the Clean Network by launching 5 new Clean initiatives–Clean Carrier, Clean Store, Clean Apps, Clean Cloud & Clean Cable–to secure Americans’ most sensitive information from the CCP’s surveillance state. We call on freedom-loving nations and companies to join us.” The U.S. expands the Clean Network by launching 5 new Clean initiatives–Clean Carrier, Clean Store, Clean Apps, Clean Cloud & Clean Cable–to secure Americans’ most sensitive information from the CCP’s surveillance state. We call on freedom-loving nations and companies to join us. pic.twitter.com/BQSk6YFt1M — Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) August 5, 2020 The State Department outlined the five spheres in which...
    Mr. Dustin Liu, a candidate for a Master’s in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will advance youth engagement at the United Nations as the ninth annual UNA-USA Youth Observer to the UN. WASHINGTON, Aug. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) announced today Mr. Dustin Liu as the ninth annual UNA-USA Youth Observer to the United Nations. Liu is currently a candidate for a Master’s in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He was selected from a competitive pool of more than 200 applicants from across the United States. In this role, Liu will connect young people to the work of the UN and represent youth voices at the UN General Assembly and at other UN events throughout the year. “As Youth Observer, I hope to build and engage youths in opportunities that support their identity as global change-makers,” said...
    United Nations (CNN)Nothing says diplomacy more than a hearty handshake. Touching, embraces, and cheek-to-cheek kisses represented daily life in the corridors and at receptions in the world arena of diplomacy: the United Nations in New York. Now, Covid-19 is striking at the heart of the United Nations itself. And many diplomats, some speaking to CNN on condition of anonymity, believe that the old ways of doing business may be changed forever by the pandemic.It's been a struggle on the world's highest diplomatic stage. How do you practice the fine arts of diplomacy when the conference rooms sit empty, meetings are via Zoom, and the entire staff is working from home?"Obviously diplomacy needs contact. it needs presence," said Secretary General António Guterres. We are doing our best through these virtual mechanisms."WHO chief blasts lack of leadership and calls for global unity as coronavirus cases mount worldwide"Of course, I miss intimacy ......
    Donald Trump campaigned on the claim that the United States was not respected in the world. That it was being laughed at. That other nations considered our country “weak.” Three hundred years and one utterly failed pandemic response into Trump’s administration, the world really is laughing at us. Polls show that 64% of people around the world have “no confidence” in Trump as U.S. leader, and even that is being held down by Trump’s approval ratings among worldwide fascists. We are absolutely seen as “weak”—and rightly so. The Washington Post’s latest write-up notes a variety of factors, all of them well-known at this point. The U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been absolutely catastrophic—an incompetent farce blending fascist administration assurances that all is well with a complete inability to manage preparedness, testing, contact tracing, or any unified policies at all. Other nations are returning to normal as rigorous case tracking keeps local outbreaks...
    They're laughing at you, Donald. Donald Trump campaigned on the claim that the United States was not respected in the world. That it was being laughed at. That other nations considered our country "weak." Three hundred years and one utterly failed pandemic response into Trump's administration, the world really is laughing at us. Polls show that 64% of people around the world have "no confidence" in Trump as U.S. leader, and even that is being held down by Trump's approval ratings among worldwide fascists. We are absolutely seen as "weak"—and rightly so. Campaign Action The Washington Post's latest write-up notes a variety of factors, all of them well-known at this point. The U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been absolutely catastrophic—an incompetent farce blending fascist administration assurances that all is well with a complete inability to manage preparedness, testing, contact tracing, or any unified policies at all. Other nations...
    Beijing's 'coercive conduct' in the South China Sea has been slammed by Australia's Foreign Minister and Defence Minister ahead of high level talks in Washington DC.  Defence Minister Linda Reynolds and Foreign Minister Marise Payne will travel to the United States capital on Sunday for the AUSMIN talks where they will meet with their American counterparts.  Senators Payne and Reynolds have flagged China's actions in Hong Kong along with internet hacking and fake news as other issues ahead of next week's meeting, according to The Australian.  Warships and fighter jets of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy take part in a military display in the South China Sea April 12, 2018. Picture taken April 12, 2018  Foreign Minister Marise Payne (pictured) will travel to the United States capital on Sunday for the AUSMIN talks where she will chat with the US Secretary of State  The Chinese Navy...
    With COVID-19 infections rapidly accelerating around the world and containment policies faltering in some countries, a new United Nations report is proposing that developing nations re-purpose budgets to provide the poor with a minimum guaranteed income to motivate them to stay home. “The idea of the partial containment or smart containment strategies is precisely to keep people at social distancing,” said George Gray Molina, a chief economist with the United Nations Development Program and one of the report’s authors. “What we find is that the incentives are not working in the right way,” he added. “The incentive is actually pressuring people to go out to the marketplace every morning, and that’s what we’re seeing: This massive spread that has been documented by the World Health Organization for the past few weeks.” Globally, 15 million people have been confirmed with the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, and 618,000 have died. Molina...
    Despite long being under a cloud of controversy for its human rights record – from the treatment of ethnic minorities to the muzzling of critics, all of which was amplified in the past year – China continues to climb the ranks as a human rights leader in the United Nations. On April 1, it was no fool's trick that China scored a spot on the U.N.'s Human Rights Council panel, which is in charge of choosing human rights monitors globally. Then on April 27, in the throes of a controversy over its handling of the coronavirus and its questionable relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO), China was appointed chair for selecting the upcoming Special Rapporteur, or "U.N. expert on free speech." That selection was announced this week — the Chinese Communist Party named Bangladeshi-born attorney Irene Khan, who has become something of a controversial figure in recent years for her support of the Beijing...
    United Nations, Jun 15 (EFE) .- The United Nations warned on Wednesday of the danger of an eventual “massive leak” of crude from the Yemeni oil tanker SAFER loaded with 1.14 million barrels and abandoned since 2015 on the Yemeni coast that could cause an environmental and humanitarian catastrophe. The post The UN warns of "danger" of a "massive leak" oil in the Red Sea appeared first on Analogik.
    Officials have revealed a new “journey corridor” list, with travelers from 59 nations — including France, Germany, Italy and Spain — and 14 British Abroad Territories no longer having to self-isolate for 14 times on arrival. The checklist, which arrives into effect on July 10, will open overseas vacation to English holidaymakers immediately after 4 months of lockdown, just in time for the peak vacation period, presented there are no limits in location at the locations.“The federal government is pleased that it is now safe to ease these actions in England and has released travel corridors for some nations around the world and territories,” the UK’s Department for Transportation reported Friday in a statement. “This applies to all vacation to England, by practice, ferry, mentor, air or any other route,” the assertion additional. ‘Red list’ The United States was not bundled in this list of “travel corridors,” which...
    Don't worry. We won't be seeing him for a long time. The reason that Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and everyone else in the White House keep talking about Trump’s move to ban travel from China is because it was effectively the only thing that Donald Trump did in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the United States. However, the travel restrictions that Trump put into place on Feb. 2 were not just too late to halt a virus that was already spreading inside the United States, they were also laughably lax. Under Trump’s “ban,” any U. S. citizen or relatives of a U. S. citizen fly directly from the most affected areas of China straight into the United States. Even noncitizens who came from China by way of stops in other countries reported no problem with their travel. Studies published back in March and April showed that the actions would...
    “The Council cannot simply expect Iran to act in good faith,” Pompeo defended in a video conference intervention before the highest decision-making body of the United Nations. Iran will hold a Damocles sword over the economic stability of the Middle East, endangering nations like Russia and China that depend on stable energy prices, “he said. The Security Council held a virtual meeting today to discuss the latest report by United Nations Secretary-General Antoóio Guterres on the implementation of the arms embargo and other restrictions still in force under the nuclear agreement. With information from EFE and López-Dóriga Digital
    The UN is investigating a video circulating on the Internet in which it is seen how a man and a woman have sex inside an official vehicle of the organization, a spokesman said on Friday. “We are surprised and deeply concerned about what is seen on the video,” said spokesman Stéphane Dujarric, in response to questions from journalists. “The behavior you see is abhorrent and goes against everything we stand for and everything we have been working to achieve in terms of combating the misconduct of UN personnel,” he added. The recording shows a woman in a red dress who appears to be having sex with a man who is sitting in the back seat of a white SUV with the acronym United Nations. Another passenger is in the front seat, while the driver of the vehicle cannot be seen, which Dujarric confirmed belongs to the United Nations Truce Surveillance...
    Click here to read the full article. Over the course of four decades, a United Nations peacekeeping force has established permanent residency on Lebanese soil. Despite more than three hundred fatalities and millions of dollars of international funds, their exit strategy is as ambiguous as is their record of success.  In August 2020, the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon’s (UNIFIL) mandate and budget will be up for renewal, and statements from the U.S. Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres have suggested that major changes may be on the horizon. The Iranian-back Hezbollah has clearly found this prospect alarming. Prime Minister Hassan Diab, whose political viability is beholden to Hezbollah, has asserted no changes should be made and Hezbollah’s secretary-general, Hassan Nasrallah, flat out rejected the idea.  It’s not surprising that Hezbollah is resisting any meaningful changes. UNIFIL has consistently failed to achieve one...
    The covid-19 pandemic will accelerate the transition from fossil fuels to renewables, which will increase the demand for raw materials such as lithium and cobalt, offering opportunities but also risks for producing countries, according to a United Nations report. “Investment in clean energy is increasing at a rate of 600,000 million dollars a year, while that of fossil fuels has decreased by 400,000 million so far in 2020,” said the presentation of the report.
    An immersive and interactive extended reality campaign spanning Then, Now, and Next as part of an on-going global conversation around shaping the future during the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. WASHINGTON, June 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The United Nations Foundation and ARTECHOUSE, a leader in technology driven art innovation, have joined forces for the United Nations (UN) 75th anniversary and are inviting you to Voice Our Future through an unprecedented, extended reality experience premiering on June 26th for UN Charter Day on the ARTECHOUSE app. It is free to download on the App Store and Google Play. This project is supported by the UN Foundation’s long-time partner, Verizon. NEXT The Voice Our Future app consists of three extended-reality experiences – it augments the user’s environment while guiding them to consider some of the most critical challenges of our time, including human rights, gender equality and climate action. Framed in the broad context...
    Breaking News — United Nations, June 23 . .- The Ministry of Justice of Spain was this Tuesday one of the seven institutions in seven countries awarded by the UN on the occasion of its Day for Public Administration. The Spanish Ministry was recognized for its project “Digital Justice: a 360º vision of security”, a program to improve the administrative management of judicial processes through new technologies. In addition, initiatives were awarded in South Korea, Portugal, Brazil, Mexico, Bangladesh and Botswana. The United Nations Organization commemorated its Public Administration Day this year with a virtual event dedicated specifically to the work of public employees during the coronavirus pandemic. “From front-line health care workers and public health officials to teachers, through sanitation workers, social welfare officials and many others, the humble public employee has been the center of attention,” he stressed in his Message for this Day the Secretary General...
    The United Nations Foundation and United Nations Association will stream “The Little Lantern Ballet©” at 2pm, June 27th, 2020. SAN FRANCISCO, June 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Presidio Dance Theatre’s “The Little Lantern Ballet©” has been selected by the United Nations Association and United Nations Foundation as the culminating event in the 75th anniversary celebration of the signing of the UN Charter, on June 27th, 2020. On June 26th, the United Nations Association SF and United Nations Foundation will host a live streamed reading of its Charter. The following day, June 27th, the UNA-SF Partners, United Religions Initiative and Grace Cathedral, will host an interfaith service at Grace Cathedral, followed by a screening of “The Little Lantern Ballet©.” Both events will be broadcast online. The Charter of the United Nations was signed on June 26th, 1945, in San Francisco at the conclusion of the UN Conference on International Organization. Presidio Dance...
    The United Nations received some strong criticism from U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over a resolution passed by the organization’s controversial Human Rights Council targeted the United States. The HRC’s resolution criticized America’s alleged problem with policing and race, Fox News reported, even though the council itself ignores egregious human rights abuses from some of the countries that sit on the council. “The United Nations Human Rights Council, now comprised of Venezuela and recently, Cuba and China, has long been and remains a haven for dictators and democracies that indulge them,” Pompeo said in a statement, Fox reported. “It is a grave disappointment to those genuinely seeking to advance human dignity. Even so, the Council’s decision to vote yesterday on a resolution focusing on policing and race in the United States marks a new low.” More from Fox: The Council, which the U.S. left in 2018 over concerns over...
    The United Nations faced widespread backlash on Friday after its Office at Geneva defended Antifa, a far-left extremist organization that President Donald Trump has sought to designate as a terrorist organization, from allegations that it is a domestic terrorist organization. U.N. Geneva tweeted: “UN #HumanRights experts express profound concern over a recent statement by the US Attorney-General describing #Antifa and other anti-fascist activists as domestic terrorists, saying it undermines the rights to freedom of expression and of peaceful assembly in the country.” The tweet from the U.N. comes after the organization appointed communist China to its Human Rights Council, despite the fact that China has millions locked up in concentration camps, engages in forced organ harvesting, has a surveillance state that restricts the rights of its citizens, and has engaged in a widespread discrimination against Africans during the COVID-19 pandemic. UN #HumanRights experts express profound concern over a recent statement...
    Sophie Wessex has made an impassioned speech via video link at a United Nations (UN) event to highlight that sexual violence in the home or during conflicts is likely to have 'risen substantially' since lockdown began. Speaking in an address to a UN forum on the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, Sophie called on the world to listen to the needs of survivors. In her address, the 55-year-old royal said: 'Since the pandemic began, the number of cases of sexual violence across conflict settings and in domestic settings are very likely to have risen substantially. Addressing the UN via video link, the 55-year-old royal said sexual violence in domestic settings and conflict zones were likely to have 'risen substantially' since lockdown began The Countess, pictured at the Childline and NSPCC headquarters in London earlier this week, told the UN 'I hope I may...
    GENEVA (AP) — African nations have prepared a draft resolution at the U.N.’s top human rights body that singles out the United States and would launch intense international scrutiny of systemic racism against people of African descent in the wake of recent high-profile killings of blacks by American police. The draft text, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, could become the centerpiece for an urgent debate hastily scheduled for Wednesday for the Geneva-based Human Rights Council. RELATED: In unusual move, US embassies in Africa speak up on Floyd It calls for a commission of inquiry — the rights body’s most powerful tool to inspect human rights violations — to look into “systemic racism” and alleged violations of international human rights law and abuses against “Africans and of people of African descent in the United States of America and other parts of the world recently affected by...
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