Yearly Archives: 2010
Moments ago I spoke with the Indian Ambassador to the UN Manjeev Singh Puri about India’s policies toward Afghanistan. (I’ve long lamented the fact that Indian’s role in the conflict in Afghanistan is rarely discussed–both by media figures and in official circles. ) Alas, I could not shake him much from his talking points, but I found his explanation of Indian interests vis-a-vis Afghanistan to be a very good distillation of official Indian foreign policy.
I just sat down with the UK Ambassador to the United Nations Mark Lyall Grant. In a discussion about the flotilla incident, he seems to suggest that there is some serious international momentum behind convincing Israel to lift the Gaza blockade. He throws cold water on the notion that Israel cannot credibly investigate itself, citing, for example, the hard-hitting Winograd Report about Israel’s incursion into Southern Lebanon in 2006.
I’m at the United Nations today, filming back to back interviews with officials around the United Nations for BloggingHeads. Throughout the day, though, I’ll post some of the interviews I’m able to upload to YouTube. Below is a just-completed interview with the highest ranking American UN official, under secretary general for Political Affairs B.
All too often, the stream of life saving medicines or other health goods intended for recipients in the developing world becomes interrupted for one reason or another. Funds sometimes dry up unexepectedly forcing the supplier to hold shipments. People suffer as a result.
In four short months presidents and prime ministers from around the world will gather at a major UN summit on the Millennium Development Goals. The meeting will be a major stocktaking of what has been achieved and what has not; which policies work, and which don’t; but most of all it will focus on how can governments renew their commitments to reach each of the eight MDGs by 2015.
SG: Last night the SG spoke at a joint press conference with the Foreign Minister of Costa Rica where he repeated his call for an unconditional and extendable humanitarian ceasefire. Speaking about yesterday’s shelling of a UN shelter he said: “Nothing – nothing – justifies such horror” and demanded “that all parties immediately respect UN premises”.
SG: The SG met with President Ortega yesterday in Nicaragua where he visited a wind farm and praised the country’s commitment to renewable energy. The SG arrived in Costa Rica today where he is expected to lecture about “Costa Rica and the United Nations: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century”.
Iraq: The SG met with Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki in Baghdad today as well as Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani to review the ongoing security crisis. The SG congratulated Fouad Massoum on his election as Iraq’s new President and remarked that a new government “will strengthen the unity of the country, fight effectively against terrorism and ISIS, as well as uproot the seeds of sectarianism and division.”
SG: The SG met with Israeli President Peres in Jerusalem today to encourage dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians. Speaking to the press with President Peres, he again underlined the need to stop violence and begin dialogue that addresses the root causes of the conflict.
SG: The SG briefed the SC today from Ramallah where he reiterated his message from today’s earlier press conference in Tel Aviv with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to: “Stop fighting. Start talking. And take on the root causes of the conflict.” The SG will continue travelling this week to Jordan and Saudi Arabia.