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Brazilian President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva poses for a photo with representatives of his country’s Indigenous people during the U.N. climate change conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Nov. 17.
Brazilian President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva poses for a photo with representatives of his country’s Indigenous people during the U.N. climate change conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Nov. 17.

From BRICS to BIC

At COP27, Lula paints his foreign-policy aspirations green.

Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley speaks at the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Nov. 7.
Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley speaks at the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Nov. 7.

The Barbadian Proposal Turning Heads at COP27

How Mia Mottley’s climate finance plan went from symbol of moral outrage to serious possibility at the IMF.

Protesters in Germany display Iranian and Kurdish flags in a rally in support of the demonstrations in Iran.
Protesters in Germany display Iranian and Kurdish flags in a rally in support of the demonstrations in Iran.

If Europe Wants to Sanction Iran, It Knows What to Do

United Nations sanctions are already on the books—they just need to be reactivated.

People in light blue shirts that say "FREE UYGHUR" and flags stand in front of a building.
People in light blue shirts that say "FREE UYGHUR" and flags stand in front of a building.

How to Stop China Killing Human Rights at the U.N.

The Uyghur people and the human rights system depend on principled states taking action.

Abdoulaye Maiga, prime minister of Mali, speaks during the Sharm el-Sheikh Climate Implementation Summit of the COP27 climate conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Nov. 8.
Abdoulaye Maiga, prime minister of Mali, speaks during the Sharm el-Sheikh Climate Implementation Summit of the COP27 climate conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Nov. 8.

If COP27 Fails, Africans Stand to Lose the Most

The climate summit won’t bring change to Africa until the West gets serious about “loss and damage.”

Vladimir Putin addresses the United Nations General Assembly on September 28, 2015 in New York City.
Vladimir Putin addresses the United Nations General Assembly on September 28, 2015 in New York City.

The U.N. (as We Know It) Won’t Survive Russia’s War in Ukraine

The institutions designed to secure global order clearly aren't up to the task. What will take their place?

A girl holds up a sign that reads "Let Haitians Decide Their Own Future"
A girl holds up a sign that reads "Let Haitians Decide Their Own Future"

Intervening in Haiti, Again

Without a credible and locally owned political road map, another intervention will do little to strengthen Haiti.

Ex-combatants of the FARC-People’s Army listen to a U.N. member speak on humanitarian demining in the municipality of La Montañita, Caquetá, Colombia, on Oct. 9, 2019.
Ex-combatants of the FARC-People’s Army listen to a U.N. member speak on humanitarian demining in the municipality of La Montañita, Caquetá, Colombia, on Oct. 9, 2019.

The U.N.’s Small Success Stories

The organization has been criticized aplenty this week. Its missions in Colombia, Honduras, and Venezuela could be a silver lining.

Cases of bottled water are handed out in Mississippi.
Cases of bottled water are handed out in Mississippi.

Biden Should Embrace the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals

Many of his domestic policy priorities align with the global campaign.

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres attends a press conference.
U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres attends a press conference.

A Crisis of Faith Shakes the United Nations in Its Big Week

From its failure to stop Russia’s war in Ukraine to its inaction on Myanmar and climate change, the institution is under fire from all sides.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pose for a photo before a trilateral meeting on Syria in Tehran on July 19.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pose for a photo before a trilateral meeting on Syria in Tehran on July 19.

How Ukraine Has Changed Russian Diplomacy

Moscow is shunning legacy platforms for dialogue—and creating its own.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Linda Thomas-Greenfield appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

‘Russians Are Feeling the Pressure’

What U.S. ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield wants from the 77th U.N. General Assembly.

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A long-delayed report on human rights in China
A long-delayed report on human rights in China

The United Nations Is Scared of Calling Out China’s Genocide

A long-delayed report on Xinjiang was an important step forward, but it has critical omissions.

Then-Grenadian Minister for Climate Resilience Simon Stiell addresses a session at the U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 4, 2021.
Then-Grenadian Minister for Climate Resilience Simon Stiell addresses a session at the U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 4, 2021.

Meet the U.N.’s New Caribbean-Born Climate Czar

Former Grenadian Environment Minister Simon Stiell is expected to push for reparations.

Taliban fighters and supporters celebrate victory.
Taliban fighters and supporters celebrate victory.

The United Nations Can Hold the Taliban Accountable

Banning travel, at last, will send a message that brutality and support for terrorists are not acceptable.

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UN-scripted-podcast-playlist-episode-3-2

Behind the Scenes at the United Nations

Foreign Policy recommends PassBlue’s podcast UN-Scripted.

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