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Chris Gunness of the Myanmar Accountability Project: “Worth reading this touching profile of Noleen Heyzer, the new UN E...
10/27/2021
Overcoming Childhood Poverty and UN Bureaucracy, Noeleen Heyzer Tells Her Story

Chris Gunness of the Myanmar Accountability Project: “Worth reading this touching profile of Noleen Heyzer, the new UN Envoy to Myanmar…She really understands the perspectives of oppressed people & she has a particular experience of East Asian militarism.”

Noeleen Heyzer not only saved Unifem, the precursor of UN Women, from financial collapse but also turned the small grant-making agency into a powerful policy tool for boldly addressing the crushing economic and social disadvantages that silence women worldwide. She understood women in distress; echo...

Noeleen Heyzer of Singapore Is Named the UN’s New Envoy for Myanmar:Noeleen Heyzer, an expert in conflict resolution, ec...
10/26/2021
Overcoming Childhood Poverty and UN Bureaucracy, Noeleen Heyzer Tells Her Story

Noeleen Heyzer of Singapore Is Named the UN’s New Envoy for Myanmar:
Noeleen Heyzer, an expert in conflict resolution, economic development and women’s rights, has been named the next United Nations special envoy for Myanmar/Burma.
https://www.passblue.com/2021/10/26/noeleen-heyzer-of-singapore-is-named-the-uns-new-envoy-for-myanmar/

Read the review of her latest book here: https://www.passblue.com/2021/08/07/overcoming-childhood-poverty-and-un-bureaucracy-noeleen-heyzer-tells-her-story/

Noeleen Heyzer not only saved Unifem, the precursor of UN Women, from financial collapse but also turned the small grant-making agency into a powerful policy tool for boldly addressing the crushing economic and social disadvantages that silence women worldwide. She understood women in distress; echo...

Noeleen Heyzer of Singapore Is Named the UN’s New Envoy for Myanmar:Noeleen Heyzer, an expert in conflict resolution, ec...
10/26/2021
Overcoming Childhood Poverty and UN Bureaucracy, Noeleen Heyzer Tells Her Story

Noeleen Heyzer of Singapore Is Named the UN’s New Envoy for Myanmar:
Noeleen Heyzer, an expert in conflict resolution, economic development and women’s rights, has been named the next United Nations special envoy for Myanmar/Burma.
https://www.passblue.com/2021/10/26/noeleen-heyzer-of-singapore-is-named-the-uns-new-envoy-for-myanmar/

Read the review of her latest book here: https://www.passblue.com/2021/08/07/overcoming-childhood-poverty-and-un-bureaucracy-noeleen-heyzer-tells-her-story/

Noeleen Heyzer not only saved Unifem, the precursor of UN Women, from financial collapse but also turned the small grant-making agency into a powerful policy tool for boldly addressing the crushing economic and social disadvantages that silence women worldwide. She understood women in distress; echo...

Representing an Africa Revolutionary: French Lawyer Defends Thomas Sankara in Assassination Trial
10/26/2021
Representing an Africa Revolutionary: French Lawyer Defends Thomas Sankara in Assassination Trial

Representing an Africa Revolutionary: French Lawyer Defends Thomas Sankara in Assassination Trial

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — Anta Guissé has spent a large part of her 20-year career defending people accused of war crimes in countries like Rwanda, Cambodia and the Central African Republic before United Nations-backed international tribunals and the International Criminal Court. Now Guissé, a...

UN to take treaty negotiations to regulate big business to next level
10/25/2021
UN to take treaty negotiations to regulate big business to next level

UN to take treaty negotiations to regulate big business to next level

Talks on a global treaty against rights abuses by transnational corporations are resuming on Monday in Geneva. Countries are set to begin text-based discussions after seven years of controversial negotiations. The UN agreement, which is being drafted by a group of countries led by Ecuador, would reg...

A conversation with Anta Guissé, who had spent a large part of her 20-year career defending people accused of war crimes...
10/25/2021
A Righteous Act: Trying the Thomas Sankara Murder Case in Burkina Faso

A conversation with Anta Guissé, who had spent a large part of her 20-year career defending people accused of war crimes in countries like Rwanda, Cambodia and the Central African Republic before United Nations-backed international tribunals and the International Criminal Court and lately switched to the prosecution in the Sankara case.

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — Anta Guissé has spent a large part of her 20-year career defending people accused of war crimes in countries like Rwanda, Cambodia and the Central African Republic before United Nations-backed international tribunals and the International Criminal Court. Now Guissé, a...

10/25/2021
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Bipartisan Group of US Senators Want Human-Rights Work Added to UN’s Western Sahara Mission
Read our scoop & an important comment from an ex-UN envoy from the US

Secretary General’s tweet on Sudan: “I condemn the ongoing military coup in Sudan. Prime Minister Hamdok & all other off...
10/25/2021
Sudan's military takes power in coup, arrests prime minister

Secretary General’s tweet on Sudan:
“I condemn the ongoing military coup in Sudan. Prime Minister Hamdok & all other officials must be released immediately. There must be full respect for the constitutional charter to protect the hard-won political transition. The UN will continue to stand with the people of Sudan.”

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan’s military seized power Monday, dissolving the transitional government hours after troops arrested the acting prime minister and other officials. Thousands of people flooded into the streets to protest the coup that threatens the country’s shaky progress toward democracy.

World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley told Reuters that 22.8 million people - more than half of Af...
10/25/2021
'Children are going to die', U.N. agency warns as Afghanistan verges on collapse

World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley told Reuters that 22.8 million people - more than half of Afghanistan's 39 million population - were facing acute food insecurity and "marching to starvation" compared to 14 million just two months ago.

Millions of Afghans, including children, could die of starvation unless urgent action is taken to pull Afghanistan back from the brink of collapse, a senior United Nations official warned, calling for frozen funds to be freed for humanitarian efforts.

This Week @UN: a summary of the most pressing issues facing the organizatio, gathered from UN press briefings, PassBlue ...
10/24/2021
Human Rights for Western Sahara?; a Cease-Fire Comes to Central African Republic; Weapons Spending Drives Gender Inequalities

This Week @UN: a summary of the most pressing issues facing the organizatio, gathered from UN press briefings, PassBlue original reporting and other sources.

The UN boss points to rising global military spending as a source of gendered violence; the UN’s tech envoy, mired in controversy, may be exiting; the Human Rights Council rolls out a multimillion-dollar project with the Philippines. You are reading This Week @UN, summarizing the most pressing iss...

This Week @ UN:Follow up on our Hancock Scoop (ahem, larger British press sites)PassBlue obtained a letter, signed by Af...
10/23/2021
Human Rights for Western Sahara?; a Cease-Fire Comes to Central African Republic; Weapons Spending Drives Gender Inequalities

This Week @ UN:
Follow up on our Hancock Scoop (ahem, larger British press sites)
PassBlue obtained a letter, signed by African organizations and individuals, saying the “Hancock debacle has damaged the UNECA and the credibility and standing of its Executive Secretary, Ms. Vera Songwe.” The decision by Songwe, who is from Cameroon, to pick Hancock for the post, the letter said, “was disgraceful to and disdainful of all Africans.” But the UN spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, told PassBlue on Oct. 22: “Vera remains in her post with the full support and confidence of the Secretary-General.”

The UN boss points to rising global military spending as a source of gendered violence; the UN’s tech envoy, mired in controversy, may be exiting; the Human Rights Council rolls out a multimillion-dollar project with the Philippines. You are reading This Week @UN, summarizing the most pressing iss...

This Week @ UN:Human Rights for Western Sahara?A Cease-Fire Comes to Central African RepublicWeapons Spending Drives Gen...
10/22/2021
Human Rights for Western Sahara?; a Cease-Fire Comes to Central African Republic; Weapons Spending Drives Gender Inequalities

This Week @ UN:
Human Rights for Western Sahara?
A Cease-Fire Comes to Central African Republic
Weapons Spending Drives Gender Inequalities

The UN boss points to rising global military spending as a source of gendered violence; the UN’s tech envoy, mired in controversy, may be exiting; the Human Rights Council rolls out a multimillion-dollar project with the Philippines. You are reading This Week @UN, summarizing the most pressing iss...

Ten bipartisan United States Republican and Democratic senators are urging the Biden administration to include a human-r...
10/22/2021
US Senators Want Human-Rights Work Added to UN's Western Sahara Mission

Ten bipartisan United States Republican and Democratic senators are urging the Biden administration to include a human-rights element in the work of the United Nations referendum mission in the disputed region, according to an Oct. 14 letter obtained by PassBlue.

As abuses against Sahrawi activists and journalists mount in Western Sahara, 10 United States Republican and Democratic senators are urging the Biden administration to include a human-rights element in the work of the United Nations referendum mission in the disputed region, according to an Oct. 14....

10/22/2021
As abuses against Sahrawi activists and journalists mount in Western Sahara, 10 United States Republican and Democratic ...
10/21/2021
US Senators Want Human-Rights Work Added to UN's Western Sahara Mission

As abuses against Sahrawi activists and journalists mount in Western Sahara, 10 United States Republican and Democratic senators are urging the Biden administration to include a human-rights element in the work of the United Nations referendum mission in the disputed region, according to an Oct. 14 letter obtained by PassBlue.

As abuses against Sahrawi activists and journalists mount in Western Sahara, 10 United States Republican and Democratic senators are urging the Biden administration to include a human-rights element in the work of the United Nations referendum mission in the disputed region, according to an Oct. 14....

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10/21/2021

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Recent moves by Secretary-General António Guterres suggest that the decades-long relationship between Hochschild and the...
10/21/2021
Moves at UN Signal That the Search for a New Tech Envoy May Be Underway

Recent moves by Secretary-General António Guterres suggest that the decades-long relationship between Hochschild and the UN may be ending and the tech envoy position opening up to other candidates, sources familiar with the situation told PassBlue.

Fabrizio Hochschild Drummond, a Chilean who has had a long career with the United Nations, remains a controversial figure among some staff members, stemming from a UN inquiry into his workplace behavior that began in December 2020. Certain countries have also been rankled by his being named the orga...

Can the UN Security Council Agree on a Climate Security Resolution?
10/20/2021
Can the UN Security Council Agree on a Climate Security Resolution?

Can the UN Security Council Agree on a Climate Security Resolution?

UN Security Council members are negotiating over a draft resolution on climate security, which, if it passes, will be the first of its kind. In this Q&A, Crisis Group experts Ashish Pradhan, Ulrich Eberle and Richard Gowan explain what is at stake in the talks.

Scoop on some moves at the UN: The Secretary-General is reportedly looking for a new tech envoy, while waiting on the fa...
10/20/2021
Moves at UN Signal That the Search for a New Tech Envoy May Be Underway

Scoop on some moves at the UN:
The Secretary-General is reportedly looking for a new tech envoy, while waiting on the fate of the first tech envoy.

Fabrizio Hochschild Drummond, a Chilean who has had a long career with the United Nations, remains a controversial figure among some staff members, stemming from a UN inquiry into his workplace behavior that began in December 2020. Certain countries have also been rankled by his being named the orga...

Oxymoron:  a combination of contradictory or incongruous wordsSuch as diplomatic spat.
10/20/2021
Russia Breaks Diplomatic Ties With NATO

Oxymoron: a combination of contradictory or incongruous words
Such as diplomatic spat.

Moscow’s decision to end its diplomatic mission to the alliance will end a long, post-Cold War experiment in building trust between militaries.

Our friends at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security released their annual WPS Index  - for the first t...
10/19/2021
Women Peace and Security Index

Our friends at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security released their annual WPS Index - for the first time, the US has dropped out of the top 20. Read more here: https://giwps.georgetown.edu/the-index/

The third edition of the global Women Peace and Security Index (WPS Index) draws on recognized data sources to measure women’s inclusion, justice, and security in 170 countries. Trends in the WPS Index show that the global advance of women’s status has slowed and disparities have widened across ...

The UN human-rights office has documented that thousands of Filipinos have been killed in the government’s war on illega...
10/19/2021
Critics Wonder If a New $10 Million UN-Philippines Human-Rights Project Will Work

The UN human-rights office has documented that thousands of Filipinos have been killed in the government’s war on illegal drugs, but UN investigators could not enter the country to fully research the problem. Instead, the UN HRC, of which the Philippines is a member, approved a UN program to improve human-rights accountability in the country.

Critics have their doubts as to its usefulness.

Pictured: Protesters hold a sign saying “Stop the Killing” during protests against extrajudicial killings and forced disappearances in the Philippines, 2017, Manila.

As the International Criminal Court begins an investigation into the thousands of extrajudicial killings committed by the Philippine government during its antidrug campaign, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is partnering with the country on a three-year program to....

The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is partnering with the country on a three-year progr...
10/19/2021
Critics Wonder If a New $10 Million UN-Philippines Human-Rights Project Will Work

The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is partnering with the country on a three-year program to hold the government accountable for its behavior, including the thousands of extrajudicial killings committed by the Philippine government during its antidrug campaign.

As the International Criminal Court begins an investigation into the thousands of extrajudicial killings committed by the Philippine government during its antidrug campaign, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is partnering with the country on a three-year program to....

Countries to vote on increasing protection of environmental defenders
10/18/2021
Countries to vote on increasing protection of environmental defenders

Countries to vote on increasing protection of environmental defenders

Taking place every four years, parties will meet at the Palais des Nations under the Aarhus Convention, a key instrument adopted nearly 20 years ago that protects the public’s access to information and justice on environmental matters. Delegations will discuss, among other issues, a proposal to cr...

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