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Long read: Decolonising dermatology and medicine overall: why black and brown skin need better treatment
08/13/2020
Decolonising dermatology: why black and brown skin need better treatment

Long read: Decolonising dermatology and medicine overall: why black and brown skin need better treatment

The long read: During my medical training, it was almost always assumed that my patients would be white. That prejudice is harmful in its own right – and when it comes to dangerous skin conditions, it can be deadly

OpEd: The authors reflect on Brazil’s long, extensive role in the UN but lament President Bolsonaro’s hostility toward i...
08/13/2020
Where Is Brazil as the UN Marks Its 75th Anniversary? - PassBlue

OpEd: The authors reflect on Brazil’s long, extensive role in the UN but lament President Bolsonaro’s hostility toward it now.

RIO DE JANEIRO — This year marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. Amid the major economic and geopolitical effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is a time to reflect on the successes and failures of the UN system, Brazil’s role in its story and what needs to be done to improve the worl...

From Share The World’s Resources. “The UN’s 75th anniversary this year is a chance for taking stock, strengthening the U...
08/13/2020
The UN’s 75th birthday: A critical chance for the globe to save itself | Share The World's Resources (STWR)

From Share The World’s Resources.
“The UN’s 75th anniversary this year is a chance for taking stock, strengthening the UN and confronting the challenges the system will face in the years ahead, writes Giovanna Kuele for PassBlue.

#UN75 #UN75Dialogues”

The UN’s 75th anniversary this year is a chance for taking stock, strengthening the UN and confronting the challenges the system will face in the years ahead, writes Giovanna Kuele for PassBlue.

Lots going on in the UNSC this week.  Head over to PassBlue's Twitter account (@pass_blue, https://twitter.com/pass_blue...
08/13/2020
‎UN-Scripted: Ep. 27: ‘Independent’ Indonesia Now Has to Pick Sides on Apple Podcasts

Lots going on in the UNSC this week. Head over to PassBlue's Twitter account (@pass_blue, https://twitter.com/pass_blue) for the play by play on Iran, and check out UN-Scripted's latest episode for Indonesia's agenda as UNSC president in August..
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/un-scripted/id1473974072?i=1000486992125

‎Show UN-Scripted, Ep Ep. 27: ‘Independent’ Indonesia Now Has to Pick Sides - Aug 3, 2020

Michael Ryan, the World Health Organization’s executive director for health emergencies, said of Haiti, “We are very con...
08/12/2020
Haiti Could Face a 'Perfect Storm' With the Pandemic - PassBlue

Michael Ryan, the World Health Organization’s executive director for health emergencies, said of Haiti, “We are very concerned about Haiti at the moment because of its unique circumstances, unique fragility and the fact that the disease is accelerating in a highly vulnerable population.”

Covid-19 combined with an limited healthcare infrastructure poses severe threats for Haiti.

As Covid-19 continues to ravage many parts of the world, the effect of the virus in Latin America and the Caribbean region has been particularly devastating. The situation in Haiti, for example, has alarmed international humanitarian groups, as the country lacks sufficient virus-testing ability and....

New Zealand Passed Law To Ensure Equal Pay Between Men And Women
08/12/2020
New Zealand Passed Law To Ensure Equal Pay Between Men And Women

New Zealand Passed Law To Ensure Equal Pay Between Men And Women

New Zealand has enacted a new law that will guarantee pay parity between men and women, ensuring that no individual should be paid less on account of their gender. The New Zealand parliament passed the Equal Pay Amendment Bill unanimously and hopes are that this will result in fairer economic outcom...

United Nations Association UK (UNA-UK)
08/12/2020
United Nations Association UK (UNA-UK)

United Nations Association UK (UNA-UK)

PassBlue's Barbara Crossette raises concerns about progress towards the #SDGs:

She highlights the impact of #COVID19 on efforts to achieve the #GlobalGoals - and notes the lack of representation in national reports on the #2030Agenda:

Just four months ago, Sudan took the monumental step to ban female genital mutilation, a painful, unnecessary and danger...
08/12/2020
Sudan May Have Banned FGM, but the Harsh Practice Continues - PassBlue

Just four months ago, Sudan took the monumental step to ban female genital mutilation, a painful, unnecessary and dangerous procedure that leaves lasting scars. . . But any law is only as good as its enforcement, and this one faces challenges that include not only cultural resistance but also the effects of a pandemic that enable abuse to happen behind closed doors.

Just four months ago, Sudan took the monumental step to ban female genital mutilation, a painful, unnecessary and dangerous procedure that leaves lasting scars. Generally carried out on girls before they reach puberty, genital mutilation is now punishable in Sudan by up to three years in prison and....

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08/11/2020
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The shock of the unexpected coronavirus pandemic will make it harder to achieve success on the Sustainable Development G...
08/11/2020
The UN Development Goals Are 'Seriously Off Track,' an Expert Says - PassBlue

The shock of the unexpected coronavirus pandemic will make it harder to achieve success on the Sustainable Development Goals, now a third of their way to the finish line, in 2030. However, the problems that have stymied or reversed progress go back long before Covid-19 hit, leading development experts say.

The shock of the unexpected coronavirus pandemic will make it harder to achieve success on the Sustainable Development Goals, now a third of their way to the finish line, in 2030. However, the problems that have stymied or reversed progress go back long before Covid-19 hit, leading development exper...

Translated into Spanish, PassBlue's investigation into the death of Lt Col ‌Fernando‌ ‌Guillén, UNPKO in Mali.
08/10/2020
En‌ ‌Malí,‌ ‌la‌ ‌Primera‌ ‌Muerte‌ ‌de‌ ‌un ‌Pacificador‌ ‌de‌ ‌la‌ ‌ONU‌ ‌por‌ ‌Covid-19‌ ‌Mantiene‌ ‌a‌ ‌Su‌ ‌Familia‌ ‌Adivinando‌ ‌ - PassBlue

Translated into Spanish, PassBlue's investigation into the death of Lt Col ‌Fernando‌ ‌Guillén, UNPKO in Mali.

OUAGADOUGOU,‌ ‌Burkina‌ ‌Faso‌ ‌–‌ ‌Fernando‌ ‌Guillén,‌ ‌un‌ ‌jugador‌ ‌de‌ ‌22‌ ‌años‌ ‌y‌ ‌YouTuber,‌ ‌encendió‌ ‌su‌ ‌computadora,‌ ‌tomó‌ ‌un‌ ‌sorbo‌ ‌de‌ ‌agua, y ‌respiró‌ ‌hondo‌ ‌y‌ ‌agrade...

Start the week with a recap of all that went on at the UN last week with PassBlue's "The Week @UN" recap.
08/10/2020
UN to the Rescue in Beirut, a Billion Children Out of School, Hiroshima Anniversary - PassBlue

Start the week with a recap of all that went on at the UN last week with PassBlue's "The Week @UN" recap.

A major explosion rocks a Beirut port, killing at least 154 people, and the United Nations and others come to the rescue; and Secretary-General António Guterres calls for the reopening of schools worldwide, “once local transmission of Covid-19 is under control.” Facing a “global catastrophe,....

Haiti lacks sufficient virus-testing ability and has limited health-care infrastructure, among other serious problems.
08/09/2020
Haiti Could Face a 'Perfect Storm' With the Pandemic - PassBlue

Haiti lacks sufficient virus-testing ability and has limited health-care infrastructure, among other serious problems.

As Covid-19 continues to ravage many parts of the world, the effect of the virus in Latin America and the Caribbean region has been particularly devastating. The situation in Haiti, for example, has alarmed international humanitarian groups, as the country lacks sufficient virus-testing ability and....

This September, world leaders will mark the UN’s 75th anniversary. On this occasion, they will endorse, through the adop...
08/09/2020
The UN-75 Declaration, a Daring Commitment for a More Perfect World - PassBlue

This September, world leaders will mark the UN’s 75th anniversary. On this occasion, they will endorse, through the adoption of a declaration, a renewed vision for collective global action and a set of commitments to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, climate change, extreme poverty, armed conflict, disarmament, disruptive technologies and other global challenges.
Similar to Dumbarton Oaks, can the UN-75 commemoration catalyze a wider global conversation toward a new San Francisco moment that creates a more dynamic global governance system?

On the heels of the 1930s Great Depression and in the midst of global turmoil — World War II — leaders from the Republic of China, the Soviet Union, the United States and the United Kingdom gathered in 1944 at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., to consider a new postwar international architectu...

She popularized the term “femicide,” to highlight the killing of women “because they are women” and to distinguish these...
08/09/2020
Diana Russell, Who Studied Violence Against Women, Dies at 81

She popularized the term “femicide,” to highlight the killing of women “because they are women” and to distinguish these killings from other homicides.

She popularized the term “femicide,” to highlight the killing of women “because they are women” and to distinguish these killings from other homicides.

With five months to go before India takes its elected seat on the Security Council for 2021-2022, the country’s foreign ...
08/08/2020
India to the UN Security Council: There Will Be No Alliances - PassBlue

With five months to go before India takes its elected seat on the Security Council for 2021-2022, the country’s foreign minister says it will stay true to its founding tradition of nonalignment and not take sides with any big power.

With five months to go before India takes its elected seat on the Security Council for 2021-2022, the country’s foreign minister says it will stay true to its founding tradition of nonalignment and not take sides with any big power. “Nonalignment was a term of a particular era and geopolitical l...

Greetings from This Week @UN, our summary highlighting the most important news on the UN. The news is drawn from the UN ...
08/08/2020
UN to the Rescue in Beirut, a Billion Children Out of School, Hiroshima Anniversary - PassBlue

Greetings from This Week @UN, our summary highlighting the most important news on the UN. The news is drawn from the UN spokesperson’s briefings, our original reporting and other sources.

A major explosion rocks a Beirut port, killing at least 154 people, and the United Nations and others come to the rescue; and Secretary-General António Guterres calls for the reopening of schools worldwide, “once local transmission of Covid-19 is under control.” Facing a “global catastrophe,....

An in-depth investigation from PassBlue.  Spanish and English - the questions behind the death of the first peacekeeper ...
08/07/2020
En‌ ‌Malí,‌ ‌la‌ ‌Primera‌ ‌Muerte‌ ‌de‌ ‌un ‌Pacificador‌ ‌de‌ ‌la‌ ‌ONU‌ ‌por‌ ‌Covid-19‌ ‌Mantiene‌ ‌a‌ ‌Su‌ ‌Familia‌ ‌Adivinando‌ ‌ - PassBlue

An in-depth investigation from PassBlue. Spanish and English - the questions behind the death of the first peacekeeper to die, on UN records at least, of COVID19.
English here: https://www.passblue.com/2020/07/27/in-mali-the-first-death-of-a-un-peacekeeper-from-covid-19-keeps-his-family-guessing/

OUAGADOUGOU,‌ ‌Burkina‌ ‌Faso‌ ‌–‌ ‌Fernando‌ ‌Guillén,‌ ‌un‌ ‌jugador‌ ‌de‌ ‌22‌ ‌años‌ ‌y‌ ‌YouTuber,‌ ‌encendió‌ ‌su‌ ‌computadora,‌ ‌tomó‌ ‌un‌ ‌sorbo‌ ‌de‌ ‌agua, y ‌respiró‌ ‌hondo‌ ‌y‌ ‌agrade...

Statement of Jennifer Yue Barber, Trump admin nominee to be US rep on ECOSOC - https://www.foreign.senate.gov/imo/media/...
08/07/2020
Look Out, UN, Here Comes More Kentucky - PassBlue

Statement of Jennifer Yue Barber, Trump admin nominee to be US rep on ECOSOC -https://www.foreign.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/080520_Barber_Testimony.pdf
Read PassBlue's coverage of Yue Barber below.

Mitch McConnell, the United States Senate Majority Leader, is known for his obstructionist role as Donald Trump’s enforcer and enabler of domestic policies and executive orders. Lately, the senator from Kentucky has also begun maneuvering in foreign policy and diplomacy, notably involving United N...

In case you’ve missed the drama at USAID.
08/07/2020
This May Be the Most Absurd, Trumpian Drama Ever

In case you’ve missed the drama at USAID.

Accusations of stalking, prostitution, and racism are merely the appetizer. The main course features Jacob Wohl and claims of falsified tweets and stolen phones.

Only days before the United States said it would submit a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council to ext...
08/07/2020
The US Envoy for Iran Leaves Just as the US Pushes for a UN Vote on Its Weapons Ban - PassBlue

Only days before the United States said it would submit a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council to extend an Iran arms embargo, the American envoy for Iran has resigned.

Only days before the United States said it would submit a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council to extend an Iran arms embargo, the American envoy for Iran has resigned. Brian Hook, who also held the post as senior policy adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, was described by....

"But in her new book, “Feminist City: Claiming Space in a Man-Made World,” Kern argues that despite their potential, cit...
08/06/2020
What does a more feminist city look like? Ask this geographer.

"But in her new book, “Feminist City: Claiming Space in a Man-Made World,” Kern argues that despite their potential, cities have also long failed — and continue to fail — women, and specifically women of color and women with disabilities."

A little more on women and cities: https://www.passblue.com/2019/01/13/how-will-women-fare-as-cities-grow-dramatically-the-data-are-missing/?highlight=cities

It’s become particularly relevant during the pandemic

Indonesia assumes the Security Council presidency this month, and two big items are on its agenda: burgeoning its role a...
08/06/2020
‎UN-Scripted: Ep. 27: ‘Independent’ Indonesia Now Has to Pick Sides on Apple Podcasts

Indonesia assumes the Security Council presidency this month, and two big items are on its agenda: burgeoning its role as a 'bridge builder' between small and large powers on the Council, and transitioning the Council to in-person voting on resolutions.

For Episode 27, UN-Scripted talks Indonesian Ambassador to the UN, Dian Triansyah Djani, as well as Dr. Moch Faisal Karim, Assistant Professor in International Relations at Bina Nusantara University, located in the in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. Although Indonesia is a regional power in Southeast Asia and the fourth most populated country in the world, Ambassador Djani describes his country's diplomatic style in the UN Security Council as “quiet” — an approach requiring patience and tolerance of its members.
Available on all podcast platforms
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-936032402/ep-27-indonesia

‎Show UN-Scripted, Ep Ep. 27: ‘Independent’ Indonesia Now Has to Pick Sides - Aug 3, 2020

Indonesia assumes the Security Council presidency this month, and two big items are on its agenda: burgeoning its role a...
08/06/2020
‎UN-Scripted: Ep. 27: ‘Independent’ Indonesia Now Has to Pick Sides on Apple Podcasts

Indonesia assumes the Security Council presidency this month, and two big items are on its agenda: burgeoning its role as a 'bridge builder' between small and large powers on the Council, and transitioning the Council to in-person voting on resolutions.

UN-Scripted's Episode 27 talks with Indonesian Ambassador to the UN, Dian Triansyah Djani, as well as Dr. Moch Faisal Karim, Assistant Professor in International Relations at Bina Nusantara University, located in the in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. Although Indonesia is a regional power in Southeast Asia and the fourth most populated country in the world, Ambassador Djani describes his country's diplomatic style in the UN Security Council as “quiet” — an approach requiring patience and tolerance of its members.

Available on all podcast platforms:
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-936032402/ep-27-indonesia

‎Show UN-Scripted, Ep Ep. 27: ‘Independent’ Indonesia Now Has to Pick Sides - Aug 3, 2020

Published August 24, 1946
08/06/2020
Hiroshima

Published August 24, 1946

How six survivors experienced the atomic bomb and its aftermath.

En‌ ‌Malí,‌ ‌la‌ ‌Primera‌ ‌Muerte‌ ‌de‌ ‌un ‌Pacificador‌ ‌de‌ ‌la‌ ‌ONU‌ ‌por‌ ‌Covid-19‌ ‌Mantiene‌ ‌a‌ ‌Su‌ ‌Familia...
08/06/2020
En‌ ‌Malí,‌ ‌la‌ ‌Primera‌ ‌Muerte‌ ‌de‌ ‌un ‌Pacificador‌ ‌de‌ ‌la‌ ‌ONU‌ ‌por‌ ‌Covid-19‌ ‌Mantiene‌ ‌a‌ ‌Su‌ ‌Familia‌ ‌Adivinando‌ ‌ - PassBlue

En‌ ‌Malí,‌ ‌la‌ ‌Primera‌ ‌Muerte‌ ‌de‌ ‌un ‌Pacificador‌ ‌de‌ ‌la‌ ‌ONU‌ ‌por‌ ‌Covid-19‌ ‌Mantiene‌ ‌a‌ ‌Su‌ ‌Familia‌ ‌Adivinando‌ ‌ - PassBlue

OUAGADOUGOU,‌ ‌Burkina‌ ‌Faso‌ ‌–‌ ‌Fernando‌ ‌Guillén,‌ ‌un‌ ‌jugador‌ ‌de‌ ‌22‌ ‌años‌ ‌y‌ ‌YouTuber,‌ ‌encendió‌ ‌su‌ ‌computadora,‌ ‌tomó‌ ‌un‌ ‌sorbo‌ ‌de‌ ‌agua, y ‌respiró‌ ‌hondo‌ ‌y‌ ‌agrade...

OpEd from our friends at International Crisis GroupThe SecGen can at least use the UNSC Resolution 2532 as the basis to ...
08/05/2020
Salvaging the Security Council’s Coronavirus Response

OpEd from our friends at International Crisis Group
The SecGen can at least use the UNSC Resolution 2532 as the basis to warn Council members of COVID-19 evolving security implications.

On 1 July, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution calling for a global COVID-19 ceasefire, as the Secretary-General had urged months earlier. Their appeal has fallen flat. Council members should use their August downtime to look at how it might still do some good.

As Covid-19 continues to ravage many parts of the world, the effect of the virus in Latin America and the Caribbean regi...
08/05/2020
Haiti Could Face a 'Perfect Storm' With the Pandemic - PassBlue

As Covid-19 continues to ravage many parts of the world, the effect of the virus in Latin America and the Caribbean region has been particularly devastating. The situation in Haiti, for example, has alarmed international humanitarian groups, as the country lacks sufficient virus-testing ability and has limited health-care infrastructure, among other serious problems.

Pictured: At a clinic at La Fossette Health Center in Cap-Haïtien, Haiti, two nurses prepare to vaccinate waiting babies, among other health care services.

As Covid-19 continues to ravage many parts of the world, the effect of the virus in Latin America and the Caribbean region has been particularly devastating. The situation in Haiti, for example, has alarmed international humanitarian groups, as the country lacks sufficient virus-testing ability and....

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The University of Buckingham is delighted to be welcoming the President of the UN General Assembly, H. E. Tijjani Muhammad Bande, via Teams, to deliver our Second Annual Lecture for our Centre of UN Studies, marking the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations. https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/economics-international/the-centre-for-united-nations-studies/
UN needs help.. to push themselves for reforms within.. Unless UN realize and establish World Parliament Now , things wont change for better for the world citizens... Is it not a basic right for every citizen of the world to raise the voice through the electred representative at UN? Why UN is denying that right ? Why UN is not ready to change the status quo by continue to appoint members instead of electing them directly by vote.?? Can Melissa and UN secretary Adress this very critical issue ?
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