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This top US diplomat explains why UN week is like “speed dating for international relations”

I was in New York for the UN General Assembly and so was Under Secretary of State for civilian security, democracy and human rights Sarah Sewall.

Aleppo burned hot this weekend

Airstrikes are intensifying on the ground, water supplies are cut off, and the Security Council remains paralyzed.

The ICC’s First Hunger-Striking Defendant Poses a Courtroom Connundrum

At the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague, Bosco Ntaganda, who is on trial for his role in war crimes committed in the Ituri district of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 2002 and 2003, just spent two weeks on hunger strike.

Chan-Zukerberg’s plan to end all diseases is not as audacious as it sounds

Think of it as a privately funded NIH. Some interesting analysis here. “In a world where tech billionaires have eponymous charities to cure allergies, cancer, and infectious diseases, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan’s $3 billion announcement  [Wednesday] can seem like the endgame of one-upmanship.

A rare thing happened at the UN this week: Leaders agreed to fix a problem BEFORE it becomes a full blown crisis

More than 700,000 people die each year from drug resistant bacteria. And if present trends continue, that number will skyrocket to 10 million people by 2050.

The Paris Climate Agreement is now tantalizingly close to coming to life

Just 8% Away…”Thirty-one countries formally joined the Paris climate change pact Wednesday, bringing the total number of countries ratifying the treaty to 60 and raising hopes that it will enter into effect by the end of the year.

Antibiotic Resistance on Pace to Cause Global Economic Damage Akin to the 2008 Financial Crisis

Ed note. This is a special edition of The Takeaway, a regular feature in which global health and development expert Alanna Shaikh breaks down key reports from the global development community.

The international community will hold the first major global gathering to address the overuse of antibiotics and the rise of antimicrobial resistance.

This meeting at the UN is President Obama’s powerful counterpoint to rising anti-refugee sentiment

This is Barack Obama’s last UN General Assembly, and it comes amid the worst refugee crisis since the advent of the United Nations 71 years ago. There are some 65 million people forcibly displaced around the world.

President Obama just gave his final address to the UN General Assembly and it was not a foreign policy speech

President Obama’s final address to the United Nations General Assembly was not a foreign policy speech.

These Two Political Trailblazers Have Advice for Future Female Leaders

The role of women leaders is a hot topic around the UN, with the first female presidential candidate of a major political party in the US, the election of the second female prime minister in the UK and several women in the running to be the next UN secretary general.

President Obama just gave his final address to the UN General Assembly and it was not a foreign policy speech

President Obama’s final address to the United Nations General Assembly was not a foreign policy speech.

Obama Addresses the General Assembly Today. Hosts a Refugee Summit

President Obama delivers his final address to the UN General Assembly today. The speech should occur around 10am EST.

5 Stories to Follow During UN Week


It’s that time of year! World leaders are gathering at the United Nations this week for the start of the 71st General Assembly.

PODCAST: These Stories Will Drive the Agenda at the UN General Assembly this Week

The UN General Assembly kicks into high gear this week as world leaders flock to New York for the annual UN summit.

There Are Far More Migrants Dying At Sea Than You Probably Realize


According to the International Organization for Migration, for at least the third year in a row the Mediterranean represents the most deadly migratory route in the world.

Global Fund Replenishment Kicks Off

Montreal–and Justin Trudeau–play host…”Approximately 500 participants will join the conference in Montreal, including all Global Fund partners, implementers, donors, nongovernmental organizations, communities affected by HIV, TB and malaria, and representatives from international organizations, the private sector and private foundations.

The Worst Refugee Crisis Since World War Two, Explained

As world leaders gather at the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York next week, you can expect some high diplomatic drama.

USA Lifts Sanctions on Two Developing Countries

Myanmar… “The White House issued the announcement during a visit with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s leader, whose victory in democratic elections last year was viewed by the Obama administration as a triumph in the president’s strategy of engaging with countries the United States had long shunned.

Map of the Day: What Countries Have Ratified The Paris Climate Agreement?

Today’s map comes from the World Resources Institute, which runs the ever helpful “Paris Agreement Tracker” that shows which countries, to data, have signed and ratified the Paris Climate Agreement which was adopted last year.


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