UN Stands Ready to Assist Landlocked Nations Respond to Coronavirus

The UN system is standing in solidarity with landlocked developing countries, which lack access to vital trade links, and supporting them in their efforts to rebuild once the global coronavirus pandemic abates, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday. Addressing a virtual meeting of foreign ministers from this group of countries, Mr. Guterres said that on…

Venezuelan President Maduro Promotes Fund to Aid Nations Suffering from “Discrimination”

Venezuela has proposed creation of a “revolving public purchasing fund” within the United Nations system to guarantee access to food and health products, financed with public resources, to facilitate countries suffering “discrimination and economic blockade” acquire necessary goods and services. Addressing the General Assembly’s high-level general debate, via a pre-recorded video, President Nicolás Maduro Moros…

UN Rights Experts Calls for Release of Officials Detained in Coup

An independent UN human rights expert has called on Mali’s coup leaders to release former government officials, who have been detained for more than a month. According to a news release by the UN human rights office (OHCHR), at least 13 people, among the 18 arrested by coup leaders on August 18, are still being…

UN: Child Deaths in Myanmar Rakhine Refugee Camp Assaults Must End

The assaults by security forces in Myanmar on villages in Rakhine state “need to stop”, and a ceasefire should be declared immediately, said the UN independent rights expert on the situation across the country on Tuesday. Thomas Andrews decried the mounting toll of child casualties: “Serious questions have been raised about whether these children, and…

Emir of Qatar: Global Cooperation Key for Solving Global Issues

As the world enters the threshold of the century’s third decade, it continues to face “emerging and unprecedented challenges”, Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, told the opening session of the UN High-level General Debate on Tuesday. Amidst regional and international tensions, disarmament, environmental issues, sustainable development, terrorism and other global trials, he…

U.S. Army Looks at Ending Bias in Choosing Colonels for Command Assignments

Bias. Some of the Army’s top leaders visited Fort Knox Sept. 17 to hear how organizers of the new Colonels Command Assessment Program expect to remove as much of it as possible. The four-day program started assessing commissioned officers’ abilities Sept. 11 for strategic potential and readiness to take command of units and organizations throughout…

Army National Guardsmen Serving Nation, Around the World

Americans regard the National Guard as a United States-based force, but, in truth, it’s hard to go anywhere in the world and not see a soldier wearing an Army National Guard patch. Over the past few months, there were 77,000 Army Guardsmen and over 100,000 National Guardsmen on duty, Army Lt. Gen. Jon A. Jensen,…

NASA Tests Precision Lunar Landing Technology

From the rim of Shackleton crater to permanently shadowed regions on the Moon, a NASA-developed sensor suite could allow robotic and crewed missions to land precisely on the lunar surface within half the distance of a football field. Technologies to enable exact and soft landings on the Moon and other worlds will fly on Blue…

Sri Lanka President Praises COVID-19 Response, Calls for End of Political Witch Hunts

The President of Sri Lanka has highlighted the success of his country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, underscoring the importance of a well-coordinated approach, underpinned by robust local health care system, to contain the disease. In a pre-recorded address to the United Nations General Assembly’s annual debate, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa explained that his Government’s “inclusive,…