Opinion

UN At 75 Holds Lots of Hope and Hopelessness, By Owei Lakemfa

The UN depends on multilateralism, so the American insistence on unilateralism, including exiting the UNESCO, defunding the World Health Organisation (WHO), rejecting the Paris Climate Change Agreement and repudiating the Iran international nuclear deal, is a grave threat to its existence. The United Nations (UN) commenced activities marking its 75th…
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Guest Columns

COVID-19: We Will Come Through This Together, By António Guterres

No country can do it alone. More than ever, governments must cooperate to revitalise economies, expand public investment, boost trade, and ensure targeted support for the people and communities most affected by the disease or more vulnerable to the negative economic impacts – including women who often shoulder a disproportionate…
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Columns

The Human Disease Called Trust Deficit Disorder, By Owei Lakemfa

...the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres told the world this Tuesday that it is suffering from a "trust deficit disorder.” He explained that democratic principles are threatened and the world, disjointed: "The world is more connected, yet societies are becoming more fragmented. Challenges are growing outward, while many people are…
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Opinion

Revoking UN’s Association With Olusegun Obasanjo, By Araoye, Pahad, et al.

His Excellency António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, Office of the Secretary General United Nations Headquarters, 405 East 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10017, United States of America. Dear Secretary-General, We, the undersigned, a non-partisan coalition of progressive minds in Nigeria and South Africa, are…
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Opinion

Kofi Annan: In Service of the World, By Ejeviome Eloho Otobo & Oseloka H. Obaze

Kofi Annan’s contributions to peace and security were wide ranging: Encompassing efforts to discourage needless conflicts, support peace operations, create or nurture institutions for peacebuilding, and develop norms and policies to promote inclusive development. Annan had presciently opposed the and invasion of Iraq in 2003. During his tenure as secretary…
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Guest Columns

Leadership and “Conversation” In Dialogue: Securing Peace In the Unromantic Context, By ‘Funmi Olonisakin

This is the text of the first Inaugural Lecture by a female scholar of African descent, delivered at King’s College London. 1. Journeying Through the ‘Romantic’ and ‘Unromantic’ Contexts The labeling of the context that constitutes the focus of this inaugural lecture as unromantic has invoked much interest. The use…
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