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What is COP26 and why does it matter?

UN climate summits have always carried hope that world leaders would use COPs to finally unite against climate change. But even when they succeeded, like in Paris 2015, climate activist Greta Thunberg says most of what comes out of the event is "blah, blah, blah" because we miss crucial targets to prevent global warming from 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. In fact, experts tell us that now we're heading toward a 3 degrees Celsius scenario, which would be catastrophic for both nature and humans. And if global cooperation has failed on vaccinations, why is climate going to be any different?

Watch this episode of GZERO World with Ian Bremmer: Surviving a warming planet

Podcast: Man-made crisis: how do we survive on the planet we warmed? UN environment chief explains

Listen: Fires, floods, and droughts. Climate change is already happening but so far humans have been slow to react. Will the UN Climate Conference (COP26) produce lasting change or just more hot air? On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer speaks with Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the UN Environment Program. Plus, a look at what's driving the United Kingdom's fuel shortage.

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Biden's UN speech avoids China mention; US lifts travel restrictions

Ian Bremmer shares his insights on global politics this week with a look at US President Biden's UN General Assembly speech, eased US travel restrictions, and Canadian PM Trudeau's election gamble.

How did President Biden's first address to the United Nations General Assembly live go?

It was okay. I thought it was very notable that China was not directly mentioned at all. So my mother used to say, if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything. Did say that the US didn't want to be in a "Cold War". That's notable, because a lot of people out there are pushing in that direction in the US and in China. Certainly it was all about multilateral leadership. The Americans want to do more. We want collective leadership. We care about values. We care about democracy, but increasingly not seen as credible by a number of Europeans, as well as by the developing world, particularly when it comes to Afghanistan, COVID, and climate. Can't just say the words, have to have a pathway to get there. It's getting more challenging for the Americans. This is a tough UNGA meeting.

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UN agency raises concerns over Malaysia's refugees

November 12, 2020 5:00 AM

KUALA LUMPUR • The United Nations' refugee agency said Malaysia has not allowed it to meet detained refugees and asylum seekers for more than a year as the country cracks down on undocumented migrants, raising concerns over the status of vulnerable people.

Malaysia denying UN access to detained asylum-seekers, agency says

November 11, 2020 6:02 PM

Thousands of undocumented foreigners have been rounded up in what authorities say are efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Setting the global rules for peace in cyberspace, Wed Oct 14 at 11 am ET

The United Nations has been working for over a decade on a global framework to govern cyberspace. But will it ever happen if global powers benefit from having no rules for cyber war? Find out in a livestream discussion, "Digital Peace: Trust and Security in Cyberspace," presented by GZERO Media — in partnership with Microsoft and Eurasia Group — on Wednesday, October 14 at 11a ET/8a PT/4p BST.

Watch our UNGA livestream events at https://www.gzeromedia.com/unga/livestream. (No registration required.)

Meredith Sumpter, CEO of the Coalition for Inclusive Capitalism, will moderate the panel, which includes:

  • Marietje Schaake, International Policy Director, Cyber Policy Center, Stanford University
  • Marina Kaljurand, Member, European Parliament; Former Chair, Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia
  • Tom Burt, Corporate Vice President, Customer Security & Trust, Microsoft
  • Dapo Akande, Professor of Public International Law, University of Oxford
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North Korea tells UN it has Covid-19 'under safe, stable control'

September 30, 2020 4:50 AM

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - North Korea now has the coronavirus "under safe and stable control," North Korea's UN ambassador, Kim Song, told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday (Sept 29).

North Korea flouting nuclear sanctions: UN report

September 29, 2020 1:40 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea is violating international sanctions aimed at curbing its nuclear programme by exceeding a cap on petroleum imports and sending its workers overseas, including a former Juventus footballer, the United Nations said.

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