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PassBlue is an independent digital publication led by women providing in-depth journalism and vivid photographs on women's rights, peacekeeping and development through the lens of the United Nations. Supported through a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

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08/09/2019

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They have persisted in the face of discrimination. They have fought injustice. They have spoken up for their communities. On #IndigenousDay, let’s honour indigenous women who are showing us the way to a better future with their voice, agency, and activism. #WeAreIndigenous via UN Women

UN-scripted, PassBlue’s new podcast:A podcast taking you inside the United Nations and beyond the carefully written po...
08/09/2019

UN-scripted, PassBlue’s new podcast:
A podcast taking you inside the United Nations and beyond the carefully written policy speeches to where the real work is being done: the unscripted debates on the most pressing issues of our time. Our first episode talks with Joanna Wronecka, Poland's permanent representative to the United Nations.

PassBlue is an independent, women-led digital publication offering in-depth journalism on the US-UN relationship and its effects on women’s issues, human rights, peacekeeping and other urgent global matters, as reported from our base in the UN press corps.
https://www.podparadise.com/Podcast/1473974072

Pictured: Joanna Wronecka, left, talks with PassBlue reporter, Stephanie Fillion.

Years into the mass exodus from crumbling Venezuela, a fresh swell of the country’s most vulnerable — impoverished w...
08/09/2019
As Venezuela’s crisis deepens, the most vulnerable are joining the exodus

Years into the mass exodus from crumbling Venezuela, a fresh swell of the country’s most vulnerable — impoverished women and children, the elderly, ill and disabled — is pouring out, overwhelming the capacity of Colombia, by far the single largest host nation, to absorb them.

After years of largely middle-class migration, aid officials see an uptick in the poor, the elderly and the disabled leaving the South American nation.

The world’s land and water resources are being exploited at “unprecedented rates,” a new United Nations report war...
08/09/2019
Climate change threatens the world’s food supply, United Nations warns — The New York Times

The world’s land and water resources are being exploited at “unprecedented rates,” a new United Nations report warns, which combined with climate change is putting dire pressure on the ability of humanity to feed itself.

The world's land is being exploited at an “unprecedented” rate, a United Nations report on climate change warns, putting pressure on food production and amplifying the risk of mass migration.

Read up on what's Poland's agenda on the UNSC.
08/09/2019
Why Poland Could Master Mideast Issues in the UN Security Council

Read up on what's Poland's agenda on the UNSC.

Even though many people think of August as vacation time, Joanna Wronecka, Poland's ambassador to the United Nations, is not taking off anytime soon, as she is presiding over the Security Council for the month.

“Two hundred and fifty highly trained British ground troops scheduled to be deployed in a UN peacekeeping mission in M...
08/08/2019
Dangerous, complex, vast: UK troops' challenges in Mali

“Two hundred and fifty highly trained British ground troops scheduled to be deployed in a UN peacekeeping mission in Mali in 2020 may not yet know exactly where they are heading or what precisely they will be doing, but they do know it will be risky.”

Deployment of 250 troops in one of most dangerous regions in the world is planned for 2020

The ship has fuel and food left for several days and it will now head to the central Mediterranean to conduct search and...
08/08/2019
Ocean Viking migrant rescue ship 'not allowed' to refuel in Malta

The ship has fuel and food left for several days and it will now head to the central Mediterranean to conduct search and rescue activities.

The organisation is looking for a solution for when fuel and food eventually run out, but did not have one as of yet.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/08/ocean-viking-migrant-rescue-ship-allowed-refuel-malta-190808064741494.html

Ocean Viking, operated by SOS Mediterranee and MSF, started its rescue mission in the Mediterranean earlier this week.

Reports suggest more than 100,000 people in Syria have been detained, abducted or gone missing during the eight-year con...
08/08/2019
UN official says over 100,000 detained and missing in Syria — ABC News

Reports suggest more than 100,000 people in Syria have been detained, abducted or gone missing during the eight-year conflict, with the government mainly responsible, the U.N. political chief said Wednesday.

Reports suggest that more than 100,000 people in Syria have been detained, abducted or gone missing during the 8-year conflict, with the government mainly responsible, the U.N. political chief said Wednesday

UN-scripted, PassBlue’s new podcast:A podcast taking you inside the United Nations and beyond the carefully written po...
08/07/2019
Listen To UN-Scripted Podcast Online At PodParadise.com

UN-scripted, PassBlue’s new podcast:
A podcast taking you inside the United Nations and beyond the carefully written policy speeches to where the real work is being done: the unscripted debates on the most pressing issues of our time.

PassBlue is an independent, women-led digital publication offering in-depth journalism on the US-UN relationship and its effects on women’s issues, human rights, peacekeeping and other urgent global matters, as reported from our base in the UN press corps.
https://www.podparadise.com/Podcast/1473974072

Poland’s role in the Security Council during the last year and a half could be characterized as the epitome of quiet d...
08/07/2019
Why Poland Could Master Mideast Issues in the UN Security Council

Poland’s role in the Security Council during the last year and a half could be characterized as the epitome of quiet diplomacy, reflecting its balancing act between leaning toward Europe but unable to ignore its eastern neighbor, Russia.

Even though many people think of August as vacation time, Joanna Wronecka, Poland's ambassador to the United Nations, is not taking off anytime soon, as she is presiding over the Security Council for the month.

Colombia announces it will give children of Venezuelan refugees born on its soil since 2015 (through 2021) citizenship.
08/06/2019
Colombia Offers Citizenship to 24,000 Children of Venezuelan Refugees

Colombia announces it will give children of Venezuelan refugees born on its soil since 2015 (through 2021) citizenship.

More than 1.4 million Venezuelans have sought refuge in Colombia. Children born there were undocumented. This decision lets them access education and health care.

UN Relief and Works Agency, which administers to Palestinian refugees in the Middle East, was significantly rocked by th...
08/06/2019
The UN Palestinian Refugee Agency Is in Hot Water, Again

UN Relief and Works Agency, which administers to Palestinian refugees in the Middle East, was significantly rocked by the withdrawal of American donations last year, and is now caught up in a possible ethics scandal.

Pictured: Pierre Krahenbuhl, the head of the agency, at a conference in Rome, March 2018

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which has been undermined by a sharp cut in United States contributions, has been embroiled in a scandal that threatens to jeopardize its very future. A report from

For post colonial Algeria what language is the best choice?Le ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur algérien, Bouzid ...
08/05/2019
Français ou anglais ? La polémique linguistique de retour en Algérie

For post colonial Algeria what language is the best choice?

Le ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur algérien, Bouzid Tayeb, souhaite faire de l'anglais la première langue étrangère à l'université, au détriment du français. Pour de nombreux Algériens, la décision n’est pas que linguistique.

Le ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur algérien, Bouzid Tayeb, souhaite faire de l'anglais la première langue étrangère à l'université, au détriment du français. Pour de nombreux Algériens, la décision n’est pas que linguistique.

Senator Bob. Menendez is stalling the vote on Andrew Bremberg to demand details from the White House on a separate matte...
08/05/2019
Will Democrats Stall Trump's Nominee for the UN Indefinitely?

Senator Bob. Menendez is stalling the vote on Andrew Bremberg to demand details from the White House on a separate matter, the new US immigration agreements with Guatemala and Mexico. Bremberg may never get to Geneva, at this rate.

After the Senate Foreign Relations Committee just voted to place 13 Trump administration nominees across diverse positions in the State Department, Senate ranking member Robert Menendez is using another nomination as a negotiating chip to

A little more about UN-scripted. This week, PassBlue debuts the first of our twice-monthly podcast series, UN-Scripted, ...
08/05/2019

A little more about UN-scripted.

This week, PassBlue debuts the first of our twice-monthly podcast series, UN-Scripted, expanding our reporting on the United Nations. Listeners will hear firsthand from ambassadors on the UN Security Council, going straight into the heart of international tensions and debates.
https://soundcloud.com/user-936032402/un-scripted-a-preview

Our first episode, out Aug. 7, will feature an interview with Poland’s ambassador to the UN, Joanna Wronecka, detailing her plans for her country's presidency in August.

Other episodes will feature the writers of PassBlue’s most popular stories, giving listeners behind-the-scenes looks on such issues as the Trump effect on the UN, women’s rights, peacekeeping and human rights.

UN-scripted- our new podcast- launches Aug.7. Listen to a preview (link below) & subscribe via Apple, SoundCloud, Spotify, Google Play, TuneIn and Stitcher.

Hear firsthand from ambassadors on the UN Security Council about their career paths, their lives in New York and their nation's top priorities as members of the UN’s most powerful body. UN-Scripted will explain and analyze the work of the Security Council and the UN, taking listeners into the heart of international debates and diplomacy.

At the beginning of every month, UN-Scripted will host the permanent representative or related diplomats of the country that is assuming the rotating Security Council presidency, discussing the country’s goals in that role and broadening PassBlue’s popular monthly digital column.

https://m.soundcloud.com/user-936032402/un-scripted-a-preview/

Four female UN permanent representatives in a row is not indicative of the whole realm of diplomacy in the US.  Politico...
08/04/2019
America is diverse. Why aren’t its diplomats?

Four female UN permanent representatives in a row is not indicative of the whole realm of diplomacy in the US. Politico looks at the why behind the discrepancy in its latest Women Rule podcast.

The foreign policy establishment is overwhelmingly white and male. Former Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley wants to change that.

Digital solutions are quickly filling the information vacuum plaguing the thousands of people around the world who have ...
08/04/2019
Migration and Technology: Lessons From the Brazil-Venezuela Border

Digital solutions are quickly filling the information vacuum plaguing the thousands of people around the world who have been displaced.

Migrants often land in places they know little or nothing about.

RIO DE JANEIRO -- DoNotPay, an app dubbed "the world's first robot lawyer" by its developer, Joshua Browder, has been helping refugees in the United States and Canada to complete immigration applications. There's also the

It’s not exactly summer reading for escapism, but Foreign Affairs has a Sunday long read.  A little beach reading on f...
08/04/2019
The Longest Wars

It’s not exactly summer reading for escapism, but Foreign Affairs has a Sunday long read. A little beach reading on forever wars.

Richard Holbrooke helped normalize U.S. relations with China; served as U.S. ambassador to a newly reunified Germany and then to the United Nations; and, most famously, negotiated the 1995 Dayton peace agreement that ended the war in Bosnia. But he began and ended his career struggling with how to r...

Every time the budget committee of the United Nations meets, as it did in June, child-protection advocates enter a famil...
08/03/2019
Dear UN Security Council: Remember to Protect the Children

Every time the budget committee of the United Nations meets, as it did in June, child-protection advocates enter a familiar existential crisis: will the United States and China cut UN budgets specifically allocated to specialists on child protection in peacekeeping missions?

Pictured: Members of the child-protection team from the UN peacekeeping mission in the Congo, participating in a soccer match. The player’s shirt, translated from French, says “child recruitment is a crime.”

Every time the budget committee of the United Nations meets, as it did in June, child-protection advocates enter a familiar existential crisis: will the United States and China cut UN budgets specifically allocated to specialists

UNICEF and volunteers, mostly young mothers, have spearheaded vaccination efforts that many experts believe will soon le...
08/03/2019
Nigeria is on the brink of eliminating polio, thanks to women — NBC News

UNICEF and volunteers, mostly young mothers, have spearheaded vaccination efforts that many experts believe will soon lead to a polio-free Nigeria.

UNICEF and volunteers, mostly young mothers, have spearheaded vaccination efforts that many experts believe will soon lead to a polio-free Nigeria.

The July 31 vote on Craft’s nomination was 56 to 34, with 5 Democrats joining 51 Republicans in registering their appr...
08/03/2019
Kelly Knight Craft: A 'Very Impressive Individual' or 'Unfit to Serve'?

The July 31 vote on Craft’s nomination was 56 to 34, with 5 Democrats joining 51 Republicans in registering their approval: Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. No Republican opposed Craft.

Pictured: Knight Craft stands on a stage in front of a line of Canadian and US flags

The Senate has confirmed Kelly Knight Craft to be Washington's top ambassador to the United Nations, even as a key Democrat pronounced her "unfit to serve." The move ends a seven-month vacancy in one of

Last night,  All In with Chris Hayes looked At Kelly Knight Craft and her financial relationships with US republicans.  ...
08/02/2019
Meet your new U.N Ambassador, Kelly Knight Craft

Last night, All In with Chris Hayes looked At Kelly Knight Craft and her financial relationships with US republicans.

Read the scoop that broke many of her conflicts here: https://www.passblue.com/2019/03/12/kelly-craft-trumps-pick-for-un-envoy-is-knee-deep-in-coal-so-is-that-a-problem/

Despite the Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee describing her as having "neither the experience nor the skill set to represent U.S. interests or challenge the world's most seasoned diplomats on the global stage," Kelly Knight Craft was confirmed as our new Ambassador to the United N...

Didn’t think the recent US democratic candidates for president had enough foreign policy?  @CFR has it covered asking ...
08/02/2019
Election 2020: Candidates Answer CFR’s Questions

Didn’t think the recent US democratic candidates for president had enough foreign policy? @CFR has it covered asking candidates q’s on more than just drawbacks or immigration.

CFR invited the Democratic candidates to articulate their positions on twelve critical foreign policy issues.

UN-scripted- our new podcast- launches Aug.7.  Listen to a preview (link below) & subscribe via Apple, SoundCloud, Spoti...
08/02/2019

UN-scripted- our new podcast- launches Aug.7. Listen to a preview (link below) & subscribe via Apple, SoundCloud, Spotify, Google Play, TuneIn and Stitcher.

Hear firsthand from ambassadors on the UN Security Council about their career paths, their lives in New York and their nation's top priorities as members of the UN’s most powerful body. UN-Scripted will explain and analyze the work of the Security Council and the UN, taking listeners into the heart of international debates and diplomacy.

At the beginning of every month, UN-Scripted will host the permanent representative or related diplomats of the country that is assuming the rotating Security Council presidency, discussing the country’s goals in that role and broadening PassBlue’s popular monthly digital column.

https://m.soundcloud.com/user-936032402/un-scripted-a-preview/

Christian Saunders of #UK named acting deputy commissioner-general of @UNRWA as probes continue into agency's 'misconduc...
08/01/2019
Ethics report accuses UNRWA leadership of abuse of power — Aljazeera

Christian Saunders of #UK named acting deputy commissioner-general of @UNRWA as probes continue into agency's 'misconduct', per UN spox.

Saunders is currently asst sec-gen for supply chain management & began #UN career in #Gaza

From AIDS Free World: The Crisis at UNWRA Cries Out For Independent Oversight. https://mailchi.mp/aidsfreeworld/the-crisis-at-unrwa-cries-out-for-independent-oversight

UNRWA chief Pierre Krahenbuhl rejects characterisation of senior team as UN investigates.

It’s official. “The Senate has confirmed Kelly Knight Craft to be Washington’s top ambassador to the United Nation...
08/01/2019
Kelly Knight Craft: A 'Very Impressive Individual' or 'Unfit to Serve'?

It’s official. “The Senate has confirmed Kelly Knight Craft to be Washington’s top ambassador to the United Nations, even as a key Democrat pronounced her “unfit to serve.””
Pictured: Kelly Knight Craft, then US ambassador to Canada, on stage in front of a row of US and Canadian flags in Ottawa, June 26, 2019

The Senate has confirmed Kelly Knight Craft to be Washington's top ambassador to the United Nations, even as a key Democrat pronounced her "unfit to serve." The move ends a seven-month vacancy in one of

Announcing UN-Scripted: A new, twice-monthly podcast analyzing the work of the Security Council and the UN - from our re...
07/31/2019

Announcing UN-Scripted: A new, twice-monthly podcast analyzing the work of the Security Council and the UN - from our reporters in the UN press corps and taking listeners into the heart of international debates and diplomacy - launching next week.

Listen to a preview now, and subscribe - available on iTunes, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.
https://soundcloud.com/user-936032402/un-scripted-a-preview

Every time the budget committee of the United Nations meets, as it did in June, child-protection advocates enter a famil...
07/31/2019
Dear UN Security Council: Remember to Protect the Children

Every time the budget committee of the United Nations meets, as it did in June, child-protection advocates enter a familiar existential crisis: will the United States and China cut UN budgets specifically allocated to specialists on child protection in peacekeeping missions?

Pictured: Members of the child-protection team from the UN peacekeeping mission in the Congo, participating in a soccer match. The player’s shirt, translated from French, says “child recruitment is a crime.”

Every time the budget committee of the United Nations meets, as it did in June, child-protection advocates enter a familiar existential crisis: will the United States and China cut UN budgets specifically allocated to specialists

The vote by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Andrew Bremberg's candidacy has been delayed as a leading Democrat...
07/30/2019
Will Democrats Stall Trump's Nominee for the UN Indefinitely?

The vote by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Andrew Bremberg's candidacy has been delayed as a leading Democrat has demanded more details on a separate matter: the White House’s new migration agreements.

After the Senate Foreign Relations Committee just voted to place 13 Trump administration nominees across diverse positions in the State Department, Senate ranking member Robert Menendez is using another nomination as a negotiating chip to

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