With Deteriorating Economy, Record-Level Food Insecurity, Syria’s People at ‘a Breaking Point’, Humanitarian Chief Tells Security Council

29 Jun

Experts briefing the Security Council during a 29 June videoconference meeting warned that cases of COVID-19 are likely to spread “like wildfire” amid Syria’s displaced millions — already suffering from hunger, spiking food prices and a health system decimated by war — while urging members to promptly renew the country’s crucial cross-border aid mechanism amid the pandemic.

Security Council Renews Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2531 (2020)

29 Jun

The Security Council, in a 29 June videoconference meeting, extended the mandate of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) until 30 June 2021 and set out a series of priority measures to be fulfilled in the coming 12 months by the Mission and the Malian parties.

Security Council Extends Mandate of United Nations Disengagement Observer Force for Additional Six Months, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2530 (2020)

29 Jun

The Security Council, in a 29 June videoconference meeting, announced its decision to renew the mandate of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan for six months until 31 December and called on Israel and Syria to fully respect the terms of the 1974 Disengagement of Forces Agreement.

Secretary-General establishes Advisory Committee, Scientific Group for 2021 Food Systems Summit

29 Jun

The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, in collaboration with the United Nations Rome-based Agencies, will convene the Food Systems Summit in 2021, as a critical contribution to the Decade of Action to deliver the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.

DNC on Trump Failing to Condemn Russia

29 Jun

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement on Trump failing to condemn Russia after reports that the country offered bounties to kill U.S. soldiers, just the latest example of Russia’s attempts to undermine American national security:

“He knew. He knew and he did nothing. Trump talks tough behind a keyboard but cowers under the resolute desk. Once again, he has put our nation in harm’s way, failing to hold Russia accountable and turning his back on every brave American in uniform. This weekend’s news is just the latest example of Trump’s glaring weakness on national security. Our troops deserve a leader who treats them with dignity and respect, not one who uses them as pawns to be slaughtered. That’s why in November, American voters will send Joe Biden to the White House and expel this sad and feckless excuse for a president.”

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Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to the Secretary Brian Hook Visits the United Arab Emirates for Consultations on Iran

28 Jun

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United States Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to the Secretary Brian Hook visited the United Arab Emirates June 27-28, 2020. During the visit, Special Representative Hook met with His Highness Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Excellency Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Gargash, and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Affairs Authority Khaldoon Khalifa al-Mubarak. They discussed extending the UN arms embargo on Iran, which expires on October 18, 2020. Special Representative Hook updated Emirati officials on diplomatic efforts to extend the embargo and they discussed the risk of an arms race in the region if the embargo is not renewed.

Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook with His Excellency Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Gargash Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook with His Excellency Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Gargash

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DNC Statement on Trump Tweeting Video Promoting “White Power”

28 Jun

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement on Trump promoting a video on Twitter showing a man in a golf cart with Trump campaign gear shouting “white power”:

“Once again, Donald Trump’s actions are simply indefensible. As our country faces a reckoning since the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and so many others, we are seeking ways to address systemic racism and injustice. But Trump is tweeting a video promoting ‘white power.’ This president tries to claim ignorance, but the consistency of his actions – on Charlottesville and most recently Lafayette Square – drown out his vacuous words. We need a president who will heal our nation’s wounds and unite the American people, not a demagogue who tries to divide us through fear and bigotry.”

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DNC on 51st Anniversary of Stonewall Uprising

28 Jun

DNC Chair Tom Perez and LGBTQ Caucus Chair Earl Fowlkes released the following statement on the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and the 50th anniversary of the first Pride parades:

“51 years ago today, the LGBTQ+ community in New York City, led by transgender and lesbian women of color, fought back against harrassment, persecution, and police brutality. Their activism at Stonewall and in the years to come rippled across America and the world — changing hearts, minds, culture, and law.

“One year later, at the first Pride parades, LGBTQ+ Americans and allies raised their voices and marched against hate, violence, and discrimination. They marched then for many of the same rights that Americans march for today: the right to safety at home, at work, and in society; an end to discriminatory policing; and a reckoning with systemic injustice, be it racism, sexism, transphobia, or homophobia.

“Today, we recognize that despite hard-won achievements, the LGBTQ+ community continues to face unacceptable levels of discrimination, bigotry, and violence, particularly against transgender and gender non-conforming people of color. That bigotry has been exacerbated by Trump, who has moved to legalize discrimination in education, housing, work, military service, and health care.

“Our country faces a reckoning today, just as it did in 1969. Black lives matter. Trans lives matter. Black trans lives matter. The road to full equality is long and winding, but we are committed to moving forward and realizing the more perfect union every American deserves.”

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