John Hudson, The Washington Post Published 4:55 pm PDT, Monday, September 17, 2018 The Trump administration is disowning a plan presented by U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley for President Donald Trump to hold a meeting at the United Nations next week focused on Iran, according to diplomats familiar with the planning. Haley had announced that Trump would chair a meeting on the world's biggest diplomatic stage to "address Iran's violations of international law and the general instability Iran sows throughout the entire Middle East region." The United States will decide the meeting agenda, a centerpiece of the annual U.N. General Assembly, because it holds the rotating chair of the Security Council for the month of September. It will be Trump's first time brandishing the U.N. gavel at a table of officials representing the world's most powerful nations. Focusing the meeting on Iran, however, drew immediate concerns from U.S. allies who believed that the topic would expose sharp … [Read more...] about Trump administration disowns Haley’s plan for a U.N. meeting on Iran
UNITED NATIONS -- World leaders will start trickling into New York on Tuesday for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly, but the big names, including President Donald Trump, won't show up to U.N. Headquarters until next week. More than 140 leaders will make their case to the UNGA this year on what is arguably the biggest world stage, but the biggest questions revolve, for the second year running, around Mr. Trump. Trump chairs the Council The American president's presence at the UNGA carries extra weight this year as the U.S. currently holds the monthly-rotating chair of the Security Council. The most intriguing event may be President Trump's chairing of a Council meeting -- his first time wielding the U.N. gavel. "Like it or not, unless the Pope or Kim Jong Un show up, all eyes are on Trump," one Security Council diplomat, who wished to remain anonymous, told CBS News. But his seat at the helm and all the global attention aside, the odds of Mr. Trump … [Read more...] about “All eyes” on Trump: U.N. to meet amid tension with U.S.
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accused Russia on Monday of "cheating" on U.N. sanctions on North Korea and said Washington has "evidence of consistent and wide-ranging Russian violations." Haley told the U.N. Security Council that while "difficult, sensitive talks" between the United States and North Korea are ongoing, it was the wrong time to start easing sanctions on Pyongyang. "Russia must cease its violations of North Korea sanctions. It must end its concerted effort to cover up evidence of sanctions violations," she said. "Its violations are not one-offs. They are systematic." Chinese U.N. Ambassador Ma Zhaoxu said the country implements sanctions on North Korea and warned that confronting Pyongyang would be a "dead end." He called for progress in negotiations between the United States and North Korea and urged the Security Council to remain united on the issue. "Resorting to force will bring nothing but … [Read more...] about At U.N., U.S. accuses Russia of ‘cheating’ on North Korea sanctions
Patricia Espinosa, the executive secretary of U.N. Climate Change, made the astonishing claim Wednesday that nations are effectively “changing the weather” by following the measures established by the Paris climate accord. “By raising our ambition to address climate change. We are doing more than just changing the weather; we are building a better future, a future that is cleaner, greener, and more prosperous for all,” Espinosa said at a meeting with climate leaders at the Fairmont San Francisco hotel.Espinosa reiterated her stated belief that climate change is “the biggest challenge of our time.” Last May, Espinosa called climate change “the single biggest threat to life, security and prosperity on Earth” at the rollout of the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat’s first-ever annual report. “This annual report shows how UN Climate Change is doing everything it can to support, encourage and build on the global response to climate … [Read more...] about Climate Change Czar: U.N. Pacts Are ‘Changing the Weather’
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByGardiner Harris Sept. 13, 2018 Editors’ Note: September 14, 2018 An earlier version of this article and headline created an unfair impression about who was responsible for the purchase in question. While Nikki R. Haley is the current ambassador to the United Nations, the decision on leasing the ambassador’s residence and purchasing the curtains was made during the Obama administration, according to current and former officials. The article should not have focused on Ms. Haley, nor should a picture of her have been used. The article and headline have now been edited to reflect those concerns, and the picture has been removed. WASHINGTON — The State Department spent $52,701 for customized and mechanized curtains for the picture windows in the new official residence … [Read more...] about State Department Spent $52,701 on Curtains for Residence of U.N. Envoy