Ex-Defense Secretary Mattis condemns Trump as threat to constitution

Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis on Wednesday castigated President Donald Trump as “the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people” in a forceful rebuke of his former boss as nationwide protests have intensified over the death of George Floyd. “Donald Trump is the first president in my … Read more Ex-Defense Secretary Mattis condemns Trump as threat to constitution

Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflicts – Security Council (27 May 2020)

The Security Council open high-level videoconference provides an opportunity to consider the annual report of the Secretary-General on the protection of civilians in armed conflict (S/2020/366). It offers an opportunity for an exchange on the current state of the protection of civilians in armed conflict; on enhancing compliance with international humanitarian law and international human … Read more Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflicts – Security Council (27 May 2020)

Verified initiative to combat COVID-19 misinformation & other topics – Daily Briefing (21 May 2020)

Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. Highlights: – Secretary-General/Asia-Pacific – Deputy Secretary-General/Labour – Deputy Secretary-General/Financing for Development – Deputy Secretary-General/BBC/Diversity – Protection of Civilians Report – Verified Initiative to Combat COVID-19 Misinformation – Economic and Social Council – Security Council/Somalia – Central African Republic – Syria – Yemen – Lebanon – Bangladesh … Read more Verified initiative to combat COVID-19 misinformation & other topics – Daily Briefing (21 May 2020)

Mental Health services & other topics – Daily Briefing (14 May 2020)

Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. Highlights: – Mental Health – COVID-19/Vaccine – COVID-19/Social Protection – Security Council/Yemen – Libya – COVID-19/Peacekeeping – COVID-19/Myanmar – COVID-19/Thailand – COVID-19/Ghana – Burundi – Philippines – Lesotho – Amazon – COVID-19/Ceasefires – UN Contributions MENTAL HEALTH In a new policy brief, titled “COVID-19 and the … Read more Mental Health services & other topics – Daily Briefing (14 May 2020)

UN chief on COVID-19 and the need for action on mental health

António Guterres (United Nations Secretary-General) on COVID-19 and the need for action on mental health. Mental health is at the core of our humanity. It enables us to lead rich and fulfilling lives and to participate in our communities. But the COVID-19 virus is not only attacking our physical health; it is also increasing psychological … Read more UN chief on COVID-19 and the need for action on mental health

40th anniversary of the eradication of smallpox & other topics – Daily Briefing (8 May 2020)

LIVE Noon briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, and by Reem Abaza, Spokesperson of the President of the General Assembly. Highlights: SG/hate speech SG/WW2 remembrance COVID/Pacific COVID/resident coordinators Iraq Syria Horn of Africa Somalia Mediterranean UNHCR/DRC Smallpox Highlights of the briefing by the Spokesperson of the President of the … Read more 40th anniversary of the eradication of smallpox & other topics – Daily Briefing (8 May 2020)

UN chief Global Appeal to Address and Counter COVID-19 Related Hate Speech

António Guterres (United Nations Secretary-General) Global Appeal to Address and Counter COVID-19 Related Hate Speech COVID-19 does not care who we are, where we live, what we believe or about any other distinction. We need every ounce of solidarity to tackle it together. Yet the pandemic continues to unleash a tsunami of hate and xenophobia, … Read more UN chief Global Appeal to Address and Counter COVID-19 Related Hate Speech

How can the crisis in Lebanon be resolved? | Inside Story

Struggling to make ends meet and begging for food. Lebanese people have defied restrictions to contain covid-19, and resumed their protests. Rallies started in October, but were interrupted by the lockdown. Violence escalated on Tuesday, banks were set on fire and security forces pelted with stones. One demonstrator was killed and dozens were wounded in … Read more How can the crisis in Lebanon be resolved? | Inside Story

Youth, Peace and Security | Security Council (27 April 2020)

Maintenance of international peace and security: Youth, peace and security. Progress has been made in supporting young people in the context of peace and security since the adoption of Security Council resolution 2250 (2015). Young women and men have influenced peace processes and humanitarian response efforts. They have engaged with decision makers on peace and … Read more Youth, Peace and Security | Security Council (27 April 2020)

UN chief on the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace (24 April 2020)

António Guterres (United Nations Secretary-General) on the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace (24 April 2020) The COVID19 pandemic is a tragic reminder of how deeply connected we are. The virus knows no borders and is a quintessential global challenge. Combatting it requires us to work together as one human family. We must … Read more UN chief on the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace (24 April 2020)

SG/Human Rights Report & other topics – Daily Briefing (23 April 2020)

Noon briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Highlights: – Secretary-General – Human Rights Report – World Immunization Week – ECOSOC Forum – UNCTAD – Ramadan Video Message – Security Council – Yemen – Syria – Libya – Uganda – South Africa – Central African Republic – IOM – UNHCR … Read more SG/Human Rights Report & other topics – Daily Briefing (23 April 2020)

UN chief on Human Rights and COVID-19 Response and Recovery

We are all in this Together: Human Rights and COVID-19 Response and Recovery The COVID-19 pandemic is a public health emergency — but it is far more. It is an economic crisis. A social crisis. And a human crisis that is fast becoming a human rights crisis. In February, I launched a Call to Action … Read more UN chief on Human Rights and COVID-19 Response and Recovery

Pandemic panopticon: Israeli surveillance during COVID-19 | The Listening Post (Feature)

At The Listening Post, we have been tracking how governments are using technology – primarily phone data – to monitor the movements of citizens – and curb the spread of the coronavirus. Among the long term implications of that is the concern that even if and when the pandemic is brought under control, those governments … Read more Pandemic panopticon: Israeli surveillance during COVID-19 | The Listening Post (Feature)

Stanford HAI – COVID-19 and AI: A Virtual Conference – Full Day

Sponsored by the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI), COVID-19 and AI: A Virtual Conference convened experts from Stanford and beyond to advance the understanding of the virus and its impact on society. The speakers and topics engaged the broad research community, government and international organizations and civil society, uniting a global community toward … Read more Stanford HAI – COVID-19 and AI: A Virtual Conference – Full Day