UN Pandemic Restrictions Diplomats Vine and Dine

By Thalif Deen – UNITED NATIONS – When hundreds of delegates and diplomats arrive in New York city next week for the new 76th session of the UN General Assembly, they will be pinned down with pandemic restrictions in a city where Delta variant infections have been skyrocketing.
Under strict mandatory restrictions that came into force [...]

Guterres For United World

By Robert Muggah, a principal at the SecDev Group and co-founder of the Igarapé Institute, and  Giovanna Kuele, a researcher at the Igarapé Institute. The world is at a historical inflection point. It faces cascading, interconnected threats that could undermine global stability—including a relentless pandemic, runaway climate change, deepening inequalities and economic insecurity, massive digital vulnerabilities, and the [...]

Talibans and the UN Seat

By Thalif Deen – UNITED NATIONS  - When the high-level segment of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly opens September 21, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is unlikely to occupy a much-coveted seat in the world body.
But still, it is expected to eventually wind its way to the Assembly Hall, perhaps later this [...]

China, Russia Abstain Again

By Thalif Deen - NEW YORK (IDN) — When the 15 member UN Security Council (UNSC) voted on a resolution August 30 condemning “in the strongest terms the deplorable attacks” at the Kabul airport on August 26, 13 countries voted in favour and none against.
But two countries abstained on the resolution—and both were permanent members of [...]

Quest for Legitimacy

By Thalif Deen – UNITED NATIONS  - When the Taliban captured power back in 1996, one of its first political acts was to hang the ousted Afghan President Mohammed Najibullah in Ariana Square in Kabul.
The newly-installed government played a triple role: judge, jury and hangman, all three rolled into one.
Fast forward to August 15, when [...]

UN Relocates its Staff from a Strife-Torn Kabul

By Thalif Deen - NEW YORK (IDN) — As the US airlifts its diplomats and embassy staffers, along with thousands of local Afghan employees, from the chaotic capital of Kabul, the United Nations has followed in its footsteps by relocating some of its more than 300 international and 3,400 national staffers who were tasked with peacekeeping [...]

UN’s Ultimatum — Get Vaccinated or Go Hungry

By Thalif Deen – UNITED NATIONS  - As New York city struggles to cope with the widespread outbreak of the deadly new coronavirus Delta variant -– which has claimed more than 100,000 cases per day in the US— the United Nations is laying down strict guidelines at its headquarters (UNHQ) for staffers, diplomats and visiting [...]

Will World Leaders Risk Health to Attend UN GA

By Thalif Deen – UNITED NATIONS – The annual high-level debate during the upcoming 76th General Assembly sessions beginning September 21 —which traditionally attracted over 150 world leaders in a pre-pandemic era– is now clouded in uncertainty.
Will it be in-person or via video conferencing? Or will it most likely be a hybrid session with a [...]

US – UNICEF Monopoly

By Thalif Deen – UNITED NATIONS – New York –  With Henrietta Fore’s decision last week to step down as UNICEF Executive Director, her successor is most likely to be another American since that post has been held– uninterruptedly — by US nationals for almost 74 years, an unprecedented all-time record for a high-ranking job [...]

No Comment Don’t Quote

By Thalif Deen – UNITED NATIONS, Jul 12 2021 (IPS) - When a Southeast Asian ambassador hosted a lunch for journalists, including reporters from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, he told us there was an ulterior motive for the sumptuous lunch at his residence.
“We will soon begin our two-year [...]

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