12:41 PM, Feb 21, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg met with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at United Nations headquarters today for Bloomberg's new role as United Nations special envoy for cities and climate change. At the photo op, the secretary general was effusive in his praise of Bloomberg, even crediting him for transforming New York City into a "carbon-free city" [emphasis added]:
Mayor Bloomberg is much better known for his strong stewardship on environment and climate change. He has made this great city of New York a carbon-free city. It has been his hallmark, and as President of the C40 Mayors Group for Climate Change, he has been making a great contribution to a global effort, together with the United Nations, to make this Planet Earth and our world environmentally sustainable. And I really appreciate it.
The secretary general went on to explain why Bloomberg had been chosen for the position:
That is why I have asked him, after his retirement from Mayor, to serve humanity, to work for humanity, working as Special Envoy of the United Nations for cities and climate change. I am sure that we will be able to benefit a lot from his experience, his global visibility and global leadership and I really count on your leadership. We need such dedicated and visionary leadership when we really try hard to address the climate change phenomenon.
Ban Ki-moon closed his remarks by expressing his desire, with Bloomberg's help, to bring about a "global, legal climate change agreement by 2015, next year."
1:33 PM, Aug 28, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
Even as United Nations personnel are in Syria trying to investigate chemical weapons claims that have further exacerbated that country's bloody civil war, U.N. secretary general Ban Ki-moon was incongruously tasked with the celebration of the centennial of the Peace Palace in The Hague.
7:01 AM, Aug 22, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
At 5:09 pm on August 21, Samantha Power, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, tweeted this:
12:51 PM, Aug 13, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
In a report to the United Nations Committee Against Torture, the Obama administration unequivocally denies the existence of secret detention facilities operated by any part of the U.S. government.
1:22 PM, Jul 25, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to mark "World Toilet Day." The day will be celebrated November 19.
"The amusement and laughter likely to follow the designation of 19 November as 'World Toilet Day' would all be worthwhile if people’s attention was drawn to the fact that 2.5 billion people lacked proper sanitation and 1.1 billion were forced to defecate in the open, the General Assembly heard today," a U.N. press release reads.
2:24 PM, Dec 13, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The United States announced today that it “cannot sign” a proposed treaty that would cede some control of the Internet to the United Nations. The details of the treaty have been the subject of more than a weeklong conference in Dubai.
10:48 PM, Dec 12, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
In the middle of the night at a U.N. conference in Dubai, the presiding chairman of the International Telecommunication Union conference surveyed the assembled countries to see whether there was interest in having greater involvement in the U.N. governing the Internet. A majority of countries gave their approval.
5:44 PM, Nov 29, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
America's ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, stated that today's resolution on the status of Palestine as an observer state "does not establish that Palestine is a state."
2:48 PM, Nov 26, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Next week the United Nations' International Telecommunications Union will meet in Dubai to figure out how to control the Internet. Representatives from 193 nations will attend the nearly two week long meeting, according to news reports.
12:54 PM, Nov 19, 2012 • By ILANA DECKER
After a year and a half of conflict, and despite some 40,000 deaths, the world still stands impotent to end the bloodshed in Syria.
Susan Rice praises council for "increasingly proving its value."3:01 PM, Nov 12, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The United States and Venezuela will now serve together on the United Nations Human Rights Council, after both countries won elections today to serve together. Venezuela received 154 votes and is in the Latin American group, while the U.S. received 131 and is in the Western group.
How we learned to stop worrying and love Bibi's bomb chart.11:59 AM, Sep 28, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
During his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu used a drawing of a bomb to illustrate the threat of Iran's nuclear program. Several media types pooh-poohed Netanyahu's chart, including the Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg. "It is precisely because Iran's nuclear program is such a threat to Israel that turning to cartoon bombs to explain the issue is a lousy idea," Goldberg tweeted yesterday.
4:51 PM, Sep 27, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Here's the full text of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's United Nations address:
Thank you very much Mr. President.
10:08 AM, Sep 27, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a message to Israeli citizens yesterday, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he'd use his remarks at the United Nations to respond to the "black day" at the international body. Netanyahu is scheduled to speak later today.