Tag: United Nations

Greta Thunberg to start UN sailing trip from Hampton’s Salt Ponds marina

HAMPTON, Va. – Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden, will make her next sailing trip from Hampton’s Salt Pond marina Wednesday afternoon. According to CBS, Thunberg is heading for Madrid, Spain, where she is expected to attend a United Nations climate conference being help in the city. The boat Thunberg will be traveling […]

Read More

Myanmar Genocide Lawsuit Is Filed at United Nations Court

PARIS — An arsenal of international laws has failed to confront the impunity of Myanmar’s government and security forces for their deadly purge of the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority, forcing hundreds of thousands to flee a campaign of rape, arson and killing. But on Monday, Gambia filed a lawsuit accusing Myanmar of genocide, summoning the […]

Read More

How Scientists Got Climate Change So Wrong

For decades, most scientists saw climate change as a distant prospect. We now know that thinking was wrong. This summer, for instance, a heat wave in Europe penetrated the Arctic, pushing temperatures into the 80s across much of the Far North and, according to the Belgian climate scientist Xavier Fettweis, melting some 40 billion tons […]

Read More

Trump Is Abandoning America’s Future by Quitting the Paris Climate Accord

President Trump made good on his promise this week to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. This wasn’t a surprise. But it still baffles us. Try as we might, we cannot see how America’s interests are served by this decision. Our climate emergency does not respect borders. California’s forest fires will not burn less fiercely, […]

Read More

5 New York Buildings That Changed American History

Can a conglomeration of bricks, glass, wood, steel and mortar reveal the soul of a city? Maybe even a country? Forged from natural resources and assembled by human ingenuity, these buildings help illustrate how New York evolved from struggling Dutch company town into world capital. There are 700,000 buildings in the city. Here are five […]

Read More

Syria Peace Talks to Open After a Long, Strange Month

GENEVA — The first United Nations mediator who tried to broker peace in Syria declared it “mission impossible” and abandoned the effort. That was seven years and hundreds of thousands of deaths ago. Now, as Mediator No. 4 prepares to try again, diplomats appear to be setting their sights lower and choosing their language carefully. […]

Read More

Susan Rice Breaks Down Why Trump Is a Threat to National Security and Chats Tough Love

Susan Rice is most famously known as Barack Obama’s National Security Advisor and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, but her decades of public service go well beyond that. In her new book, “Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For,” Rice talks about growing up in Washington, D.C., and how influential her […]

Read More

Sea of Troubles

In June, I joined the crew of the rescue ship Alan Kurdi. It was a cantankerous old brute of a boat, a former East German research vessel that now belongs to a small German nonprofit called Sea-Eye. “You are an eye on the sea,” the crew manager told us at our first briefing on board, […]

Read More

Building for Real With Digital Blocks

In 2011, Jorgen Hallstrom, a project manager at Swedish Building Services, was redesigning public housing complexes around Stockholm. The buildings were rundown and bleak, the public spaces uninviting. Mr. Hallstrom, like any developer, wanted to get residents’ views. But he knew that very few would come to hear about the project, and those that did […]

Read More

It’s Time to Talk to Iran

This month, six years ago, we were in the midst of secret talks with Iran that led to the comprehensive nuclear agreement. It was a moment when diplomacy carried considerable risk, and considerable promise. Today, the promise has faded, and the risk is accelerating. The consequences of the Trump administration’s foolish decision to abandon that […]

Read More

Deal Struck in Ecuador to Cancel Austerity Package and End Protests

QUITO, Ecuador — The government of Ecuador and Indigenous leaders struck a deal late Sunday to cancel an economic austerity package that had ignited 11 days of protests that paralyzed the country and left at least seven people dead and more than 1,000 injured. The agreement concluded a weekend of violence that included fires in […]

Read More

12 Hours. 4 Syrian Hospitals Bombed. One Culprit: Russia.

The Russian Air Force has repeatedly bombed hospitals in Syria in order to crush the last pockets of resistance to President Bashar al-Assad, according to an investigation by The New York Times. An analysis of previously unpublished Russian Air Force radio recordings, plane spotter logs and witness accounts allowed The Times to trace bombings of […]

Read More

How Times Reporters Proved Russia Bombed Syrian Hospitals

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. “Srabota,” the Russian pilot said. The Russian phrase, which directly translates as “it’s worked,” was confirmation that he had released his weapon on a target in Syria: Nabad al Hayat Surgical Hospital near the town […]

Read More

Facing ‘Cash-Flow Crisis,’ the U.N. Cuts Hiring, Heating, Escalators and the A.C.

No new hiring, after-hours meetings or late-night receptions at the United Nations headquarters. No more optional travel. No new furniture or replacement computers unless absolutely necessary. Heating and air-conditioning will be curtailed between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. Expect document delays, fewer translations and no conference freebies, like water. And at the 39-story Secretariat building, […]

Read More

U.S. Disputes Finding That Airstrikes on Afghan Drug Labs Killed 30 Civilians

KABUL, Afghanistan — At least 30 civilians were killed by American airstrikes that targeted drug labs in western Afghanistan this spring, according to a United Nations report released on Wednesday, a figure that the United States-led mission in the country quickly disputed. The strikes, on May 5, targeted more than 60 sites in Farah Province […]

Read More

U.N. Report Bolsters Theory That Hammarskjold Plane Was Downed

A prominent jurist investigating the mysterious 1961 plane crash that killed the United Nations secretary general, Dag Hammarskjold, in southern Africa has concluded that the aircraft may have been attacked, and that four nations — Britain, Russia, South Africa and the United States — may be withholding information that could solve the puzzle. The jurist, […]

Read More

Saudi Arabia and Iran Make Quiet Openings to Head Off War

After years of growing hostility and competition for influence, Saudi Arabia and Iran have taken steps toward indirect talks to try to reduce the tensions that have brought the Middle East to the brink of war, according to officials from several countries involved in the efforts. Even the prospect of such talks represents a remarkable […]

Read More

The U.N. Can’t Ignore Kashmir Anymore

Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan, was a man on a mission at the United Nations, imploring members last week to persuade India to lift its siege of Kashmir, a longtime flash point between the two nations, which both have nuclear weapons. Failure to do so, he warned in a speech before the General Assembly on […]

Read More

Understanding The UN’s Newest Report On Climate Change And The Oceans

The world is changing. Whether we’re talking about the speed with which consumer technology has reconfigured human communication within a matter of decades, or how the global food supply chain is irrevocably shifting the human diet for better and for worse, the world of 100, 50, even 10 years ago is gone. Some of these […]

Read More

Anger and Misery Grow in Kashmir

For nearly two months, the flash-point region of Kashmir has been locked down. The Indian government has flooded it with troops. The internet has been cut off. Mobile phones don’t work. Soldiers have ordered people to stay inside their homes or they will be shot. Anti-government militants have killed and threatened civilians as well. People […]

Read More