Myanmar & other topics – Daily Briefing (2 July 2020)

Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. – Myanmar – Security Council – Libya – Yemen – Afghanistan – Kenya – Bangladesh – Uganda – E-waste – Food Price Index – Vesak – Personnel Appointment – Sustainable Development – Noon Guests on Monday MYANMAR The United Nations in Myanmar today expressed its deep … Read more Myanmar & other topics – Daily Briefing (2 July 2020)

Pandemics and security – Security Council Open Debate (2 July 2020)

High-level open debate of the Security Council on the theme “Pandemics and security”. Global health risks, such as pandemics and epidemics, can become a threat to international peace and security. Striking examples of epidemics turning into global health risks include the epidemics of severe acute respiratory syndrome, HIV/AIDS and Ebola virus disease. In the case … Read more Pandemics and security – Security Council Open Debate (2 July 2020)

Bosnian Leader Alija Izetbegovic: From Prisoner to President (Part 2) | Al Jazeera World

After Yugoslavia fell apart in the early 1990s and descended into a bitter regional conflict, Alija Izetbegovic fought for the survival of his country and people. The first president of the independent Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Izetbegovic was no stranger to controversy and had served five years of a 14-year prison sentence in the … Read more Bosnian Leader Alija Izetbegovic: From Prisoner to President (Part 2) | Al Jazeera World

Trump’s peace plan: A blueprint for more Middle East conflict?

Israel is seriously examining the plan named Peace to Prosperity, US President Trump’s vision for the Middle East, which was formally unveiled in Washington in January in the presence of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Notably absent, the Palestinians, whose input was not sought for the proposal. There are so many reasons why Netanyahu is happy with … Read more Trump’s peace plan: A blueprint for more Middle East conflict?

U.K. Says China’s National Security Law on Hong Kong “Serious Breach” to Joint Declaration

(AP) Britain’s foreign secretary said Wednesday China’s new national security law for Hong Kong “is a clear and serious violation” of the Sino-British Joint Declaration, the agreement that paved the way for the former British colony’s handover to Chinese rule 23 years ago. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told reporters that officials have carefully assessed the … Read more U.K. Says China’s National Security Law on Hong Kong “Serious Breach” to Joint Declaration

Hong Kong law ‘clear and serious breach’, says Boris Johnson

The Prime Minister has said the introduction of the new security law in Hong Kong is a “clear and serious breach of the Sino-British joint declaration” and confirmed he will introduce a new route for locals with British National (Overseas) status to enter the UK. Boris Johnson told MPs the law which came into force … Read more Hong Kong law ‘clear and serious breach’, says Boris Johnson

U.K. to Grant Hong Kong BNOs Path to Citizenship

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the U.K. will offer 3 million Hong Kong citizens with British National (Overseas) status the path to full British citizenship. Johnson tells Parliament China’s security law is a “clear and serious breach of the sino-British joint declaration. It violates Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy and is in conflict with Hong Kong’s … Read more U.K. to Grant Hong Kong BNOs Path to Citizenship

Egypt, Ethiopia discuss Nile dam dispute at UN Security Council

Egypt has told the United Nations it faces an existential threat, from a hydroelectric dam that Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile River. Ethiopia is expected to start filling the Grand Renaissance Dam with water next month. But at a virtual meeting of the Security Council, Egypt warned of conflict if the UN does … Read more Egypt, Ethiopia discuss Nile dam dispute at UN Security Council

Syria: ‘Levels of assistance delivered across border are far from sufficient’ – Humanitarian Chief

Briefing by Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, on the situation in the Middle East (Syria-Humanitarian briefing) during the Security Council Open VTC. UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock told the Security Council failure to extend the cross-border authorization into Syria “would sever the UN operation currently underway” in the country’s … Read more Syria: ‘Levels of assistance delivered across border are far from sufficient’ – Humanitarian Chief

After years of peace, the conflict in Tasmania’s forests is back on | ABC News

Tasmania’s forests have a long history of conflict, but they’ve been peaceful since a deal was struck between environmentalists and loggers almost a decade ago. Now, a decision to phase out native logging in Victoria is expected to increase demand for Tasmanian timber. With increasing protest activity across the state, it seems the ‘forest wars’ … Read more After years of peace, the conflict in Tasmania’s forests is back on | ABC News

What’s behind the dispute over Africa’s largest dam project? | Inside Story

For thousands of years, the Nile has been the backbone of civilisations and a source of conflict. The latest dispute is over the the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, the largest hydroelectric dam project in Africa. Ethiopia’s government says its $4 billion project on the Blue Nile will provide power to its more than 100 million … Read more What’s behind the dispute over Africa’s largest dam project? | Inside Story

Sino-Indian clash: Disputed border, divided media | The Listening Post (Full)

On The Listening Post this week: Chinese and Indian media take opposite tacks to reporting the deadly clash between troops along the border. Plus, Turkish TV dramas and “neo-Ottoman cool”. Sino-Indian clash: Disputed border, divided media The two most populous countries in the world, China and India, are dealing with the fallout of their first … Read more Sino-Indian clash: Disputed border, divided media | The Listening Post (Full)

The situation in South Sudan – Press Conference (26 June 2020)

UN Special Representative David Shearer said the country was at a very low period in terms of progress on the peace process and emphasized that what is needed “is a unity government functioning as a unity government and not as a series of parties in one administration.” Shearer said South Sudan was facing a very … Read more The situation in South Sudan – Press Conference (26 June 2020)

Thousands Attend State Funeral For Late Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza

Thousands of Burundians attended the state funeral of late President Pierre Nkurunziza in the capital, Gitega, on Friday. President Evariste Ndayishimiye, who was sworn in two months early last week, was among those paying tribute to his predecessor. Nkurunziza died at age 55 earlier this month following a heart attack on June 8, two days … Read more Thousands Attend State Funeral For Late Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza

Macron and Putin hold virtual summit

French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin were on Friday holding a virtual summit. FRANCE 24’s international affairs editor Philip Turle says the leaders will likely discuss several contentious issues, including the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, Libya intervention, and support for Syria’s leader Bashar al-Assad. Subscribe to France 24 now: http://f24.my/youtubeEN FRANCE 24 … Read more Macron and Putin hold virtual summit