The Most Important U.N. Speeches This Year – FP, 28.09
FP columnists and contributors break down the good, the bad, and the ugly from the 76th U.N. General Assembly.
China Is Choking Civil Society at the United Nations – FP, 27.09
The Chinese government is using every means at its disposal to do battle with NGOs. By Rana Siu Inboden, senior fellow with the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas at Austin
NGOs Frozen Out of U.N. Building – FP, 23.09
Civil society representatives are blocked over COVID-19 concerns, even as foreign diplomats and journalists pass freely through the headquarters. By Colum Lynch, Robbie Gramer
‘Minister Nyet’ Returns to His U.N. Stomping Grounds – FP, 22.09
Sergey Lavrov has honed the practice of body blocking U.S. and European diplomacy at every turn. By Robbie Gramer, Amy Mackinnon, and Colum Lynch
Spat With France Overshadows Biden Debut at UNGA – FP, 17.09
France recalls its envoys to Washington and Canberra over a dispute ahead of the major U.N. summit. By Colum Lynch, a senior staff writer at Foreign Policy, and Robbie Gramer, a diplomacy and national security reporter at Foreign Policy
- Lumea este „pe o cale catastrofală spre +2,7° C încălzire” – 17.09
- ONU pune omenirea în fața unui scenariu apocaliptic: „Dacă credeți că acum este grav, acesta este doar începutul” / Raportul care declanșează „codul roșu” climatic – 9.08
U.N.’s Guterres Has a Plan to Reboot Multilateralism – FP, 14.09
The newly reelected secretary-general wants the world to work together to battle pandemics, inequality, and climate change. 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 U.N. General Assembly Opens Under COVID-19 Cloud – FP, 14.09
Although more in-person attendance is expected this year, the high number of virtual attendees is a reminder of the virus’s enduring strength. By Colm Quinn, the newsletter writer at Foreign Policy.
UN Chief on Global governance post Covid-19 – 25.09.20
Remarks by António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, on Maintenance of international peace and security: Global governance post Covid-19 – Security Council Open VTC.
UN chief on International Mother Earth Day (22 April)
António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General:
On this International Mother Earth Day, all eyes are on the COVID-19 pandemic – the biggest test the world has faced since the Second World War.
We must work together to save lives, ease suffering and lessen the shattering economic and social consequences.
The impact of the coronavirus is both immediate and dreadful.
But there is another deep emergency — the planet’s unfolding environmental crisis.
Biodiversity is in steep decline.
Climate disruption is approaching a point of no return.
We must act decisively to protect our planet from both the coronavirus and the existential threat of climate disruption.
The current crisis is an unprecedented wake-up call.
We need to turn the recovery into a real opportunity to do things right for the future.
I am therefore proposing six climate-related actions to shape the recovery and the work ahead.
- First: as we spend huge amounts of money to recover from the coronavirus, we must deliver new jobs and businesses through a clean, green transition.
- Second: where taxpayers’ money is used to rescue businesses, it needs to be tied to achieving green jobs and sustainable growth.
- Third: fiscal firepower must drive a shift from the grey to green economy, and make societies and people more resilient
- Fourth: public funds should be used to invest in the future, not the past, and flow to sustainable sectors and projects that help the environment and the climate.
- Fossil fuel subsidies must end, and polluters must start paying for their pollution
- Fifth: climate risks and opportunities must be incorporated into the financial system as well as all aspects of public policy making and infrastructure.
- Sixth: we need to work together as an international community.
These six principles constitute an important guide to recovering better together.
Greenhouse gases, just like viruses, do not respect national boundaries.
On this Earth Day, please join me in demanding a healthy and resilient future for people and planet alike.