Then-U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Esther Brimmer at the U.N. Human Rights Council in 2009 (AN/Jess Hoffman)
February 24, 2021
The United States will campaign for a seat on the world’s top human rights body, in another reversal of the former Trump administration’s foreign policy.
U.S. President Joe Biden, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron at the Munich Security Summit (AN/MSC/Müller)
February 19, 2021
U.S. President Biden reconnected with NATO and the G-7 and told the Munich Security Conference “democratic progress is under assault” around the world.
Palais Wilson in Geneva, original headquarters of the League of Nations and now home to the U.N. human rights office (AN/Eric Bridiers
February 15, 2021
Ten million pages scanned, five million more to go. The project to digitize the former League of Nations’ entire archives by 2022 has hit the two-thirds mark.
Diplomats meet below Spanish abstract artist Miquel Barceló's ceiling painting in the U.N. Human Rights Council's chamber at Geneva (AN/Eric Bridiers)
February 8, 2021
The Biden-Harris administration will seek U.S. ‘observer’ status with the U.N. Human Rights Council at Geneva in a reversal of former Trump-era policy.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala at London's U.K.-Africa Investment Summit in January (AN/DFID)
February 5, 2021
Nigerian-American Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is poised to become the next head of Geneva-based WTO after clinching the “strong support” of the United States.
U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres marks the 40th anniversary of the Vienna International Center (AN/Dean Calma)
February 5, 2021
The U.N. began its process of re-electing or replacing Secretary-General António Guterres with a formal request for nations to propose any challengers.
Protesters against the coup in Myanmar (AN/Mizzima)
February 4, 2021
The U.N. Security Council expressed ‘deep concern’ but did not condemn Myanmar’s military coup while urging Aung San Suu Kyi’s immediate release.
Yangon's Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred Buddhist stupa in Myanmar (AN/John Heilprin)
February 1, 2021
A military coup toppling Myanmar’s democratically elected government adds urgency to human rights investigations into generals’ long history of brutal rule.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, center, and other anti-corruption protesters at a march in Moscow in memory of slain politician Boris Nemtsov (AN/Michał Siergiejevicz)
January 28, 2021
Transparency International found nations doing the most to combat corruption had better health care systems in place to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
John Kerry, the new U.S. presidential envoy, addresses the Climate Adaptation Summit 2021 (AN/CAS 2021)
January 25, 2021
A global summit’s mood was perhaps best reflected in the U.N. chief beaming at the new U.S. climate envoy’s pledge to restore American climate leadership.