UN Celebrates 75th Anniversary In Search of New Identity

September 21, 2020 marked the 75th anniversary of the United Nations Organization, with leaders from all over the world taking the opportunity to celebrate the occasion mainly through recorded messages, as the COVID-19 pandemic is still raging worldwide. The Signing of the UN Charter in 1945 The signing of the UN Charter in San Francisco in 1945 saw the world coming out of the Second World War with great resolve for a fresh start. A series of significant developments have occurred during these 75 years, with the United Nations having contributed to the end of colonialism, the universal declaration of human rights, mediation and peacekeeping missions in conflict areas across the globe, aid programs for developing countries and more recently the fight against climate change. The UN also managed to prevent a direct superpower conflict between the United States and the USSR during the Cold War despite the arms race and numerous regional conflicts. The UN’s Many Accomplishments Another major UN accomplishment was the adoption of the Millennium Development Goals in 2000, which were succeeded by the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015. The latter cover a wide range of issues, such as poverty, health, education, climate change, energy, livable cities, natural ecosystems, good governance, and partnerships. Seventeen in total, they constitute a roadmap for any nation wishing to safeguard its prosperity in the long term. The year 2015 also marked by the adoption of the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, aiming to “combat climate change and to accelerate and intensify the actions needed for a sustainable low carbon future.” The UN’S Serious Challenges Despite the aforementioned key moments and undeniable breakthroughs, the UN has been facing some serious challenges, especially since the rise to power of US President Donald Trump and other like-minded world leaders who question their countries’ international commitments and pursue more unilateral economic, trade and security policies. The European Union is now the strongest proponent of multilateralism and diplomacy, however its endemic disunity prevents it from articulating a coherent voice on the global stage. The UN’s 75th anniversary finds the organization at a critical point. The COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated in the most flagrant manner how interconnected and interdependent our world has become. It has also shown how vital cooperation and concerted action proves to be when dealing with border crossing phenomena, while exposing at the same time preexisting inefficiencies and leadership gaps. Looking Forward The ability to intervene effectively in terms of peace, security, sustainable development and human rights issues will determine the UN’s chances to survive in a constantly changing and perplexing world. Possible inability to do so could mean global anarchy, the prevalence of power over international law, the dismissal of international treaties and agreements, uncontrollable conflicts and even full-scale warfare. Seventy-five years of peace should not be taken for granted. As challenges and expectations continue to change, the same should be expected from the United Nations and the multilateral, rules-based system as a whole. Past accomplishments do not guarantee a successful future and a quick revisiting of history books is enough to remind us of how quick humanity is to nurture its self-destructive instincts.

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Trump Slams China at 2020 UN General Assembly Opening

The United Nation’s General Assembly has produced its fair share of unique moments during its existence and the opening of the 2020 session did not disappoint. The omnipresent dispute between China and the US culminated in President Trump’s calling for the UN to hold China accountable for COVID-19. Trump: China Must be ‘Held Accountable’ for Unleashing a ‘Plague’ on the World The president reiterated his allegations against China for the global spread of the coronavirus. China needed to be “held accountable” for unleashing the “plague” on the world, and for not having stopped it, Trump said in his video message. Trump also accused China and the World Health Organization of having incorrectly informed about the nature of the coronavirus’s spread. Both had initially stated that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission of the virus. Furthermore, later mistakenly stated that individuals without symptoms would not spread the disease. WHO ‘Practically Controlled by China’ The intense tone against the WHO did not end there, however. The president also accused the WHO of being  “practically controlled by China” and urged the United Nations to hold China accountable for its actions. While the latter fits into the anti-China rhetoric the White House has implemented into its reelection campaign, it will remain without any UN repercussions. With China being one of the permanent Security Council members, it would veto any potentially binding resolution against Beijing. The president’s words are nonetheless the most recent example of the significant deterioration in relations between Beijing in Washington over the previous months, partly due to the coronavirus. US-China Relations at a Record Low The conflict now affects almost every aspect of the relationship between the two. After punitive tariffs, Washington has begun to impose tough political sanctions. Recently, the dispute over the popular Chinese app Tiktok caused a stir. It was hence fitting that at the start of the general debate on Tuesday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned of a “cold war” between the US and China. Both sides were moving into a “perilous direction”. The world cannot afford a future in which the two largest economies “split the globe” and cause an economic divide that had the potential to transform into a military one, Guterres said. Trump went on to say that 75 years after the end of World War II and the founding of the United Nations, a major global struggle had once again emerged. Nonetheless, a bitter fight was waged against the “invisible enemy.” In the US, the pandemic had led to the most monumental mobilization since World War II, the president stated. US Promises Coronavirus Vaccine Will be Released Soon Trump also announced that they would soon have a vaccine, defeat the virus, and leave the pandemic behind before entering a “new era of unprecedented prosperity, cooperation and peace”. Besides China and the pandemic, Trump furthermore underlined his administration’s efforts for peace. America was fulfilling its “destiny as a peacemaker,” but it was “peace through strength.” He highlighted the breakthrough in the agreements between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Israel and the two Arab states have agreed to normalize their relations through Trump’s mediation. A “peace agreement between Serbia and Kosovo” had also been reached, he claimed. However, while Serbia and Kosovo agreed to normalize their economic relations through the White House mediation, no peace agreement has been concluded at this point. The High US Death Toll of COVID-19 According to the Johns Hopkins University, around 200,000 Americans have died after being infected with the virus in the USA since the beginning of the corona pandemic. In addition, there were more than 6.8 million confirmed infections with the Sars-CoV-2 pathogen in the country. Due to the pandemic, this year’s General Assembly is taking place virtually this year. The representatives of all 193 member states — including well over 150 heads of state and government — did not speak as they normally would at the UN headquarters in New York, but instead utilized pre-recorded video speeches. This did nothing to stop the war of words, however.

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US-China Tensions Take Center Stage at U.N. as Trump Accuses Beijing of Unleashing ‘Plague’

U.S. President Donald Trump told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that China must be held accountable for having “unleashed” COVID-19 on the world, prompting Beijing to accuse him of “lies” and abusing the U.N. platform to provoke confrontation. China’s President Xi Jinping struck a conciliatory tone in his pre-recorded virtual address to the General Assembly, calling for enhanced cooperation over the pandemic and stressing that China had no intention of fighting “either a Cold War or a hot war with any country.” But China’s U.N. ambassador Zhang Jun rejected Trump’s accusations against China as “baseless” and said “lies repeated a thousand times are still lies.” Trump and Xi, leaders of the world’s two largest economies, laid out competing visions at a time when relations have plunged to their worst level in decades, with coronavirus tensions aggravating trade and technology disputes. Trump, facing a November re-election battle with the United States dealing with the world’s highest official number of deaths and infections from the coronavirus, focused his speech on attacking China. He accused Beijing of allowing people to leave China in the early stages of the outbreak to infect the world while shutting down domestic travel. “We must hold accountable the nation which unleashed this plague onto the world, China,” he said in remarks taped on Monday and delivered remotely to the General Assembly due to the pandemic. “The Chinese government, and the World Health Organization – which is virtually controlled by China – falsely declared that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission,” he said. “Later, they falsely said people without symptoms would not spread the disease … The United Nations must hold China accountable for their actions.” The president promised to distribute a vaccine and said: “We will defeat the virus, and we will end the pandemic.” ‘GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER’ Xi’s address contained what appeared to be an implicit rebuke to Trump, calling for a global response to the coronavirus and a leading role for the WHO, which the U.S. president has announced plans to leave. “We should enhance solidarity and get through this together,” he said. “We should follow the guidance of science, give full play to the leading role of the World Health Organization and launch a joint international response … Any attempt of politicizing the issue, or stigmatization, must be rejected.” The WHO rejected Trump’s remarks. “No one gov’t controls us,” its communications director, Gabby Stern tweeted, adding: “On Jan. 14 our #COVID19 technical lead told media of the potential for human-to-human transmission. Since February, our experts have publicly discussed transmission by people without symptoms or prior to symptoms.” Russian President Vladimir Putin told the General Assembly the WHO should be strengthened to coordinate the global response to the pandemic and proposed a high-level conference on vaccine cooperation. China has portrayed itself as the chief cheerleader for multilateralism at a time when Trump’s disregard for international cooperation has led him to quit global deals on climate and Iran, as well as the U.N. Human Rights Council and the WHO. Xi took an apparent swipe at Trump’s “America First” policy in a statement on Monday to a meeting celebrating the U.N.’s 75th anniversary. “No country has the right to dominate global affairs, control the destiny of others, or keep advantages in development all to itself. Even less should one be allowed to do whatever it likes and be the hegemon, bully or boss of the world. Unilateralism is a dead end,” he said. The U.S. coronavirus death toll surpassed 200,000 on Monday, by far the highest official number of any country. Trump also attacked China’s record on the environment, but leveled no direct criticism at Beijing over human rights. Trump, a frequent critic of the U.N., said that if it was to be effective, it must focus on “the real problems of the world” like “terrorism, the oppression of women, forced labor, drug trafficking, human and sex trafficking, religious persecution, and the ethnic cleansing of religious minorities.” In his U.N. address, French President Emmanuel Macron called for an international mission under U.N. auspices to visit China’s Xinjiang region to look into concerns about alleged abuses of Muslims there. China’s envoy Zhang Jun issued a statement in response to Trump’s remarks, accusing the United States of “abusing the platform of the United Nations to provoke confrontation and create division.” In his speech, Xi announced plans to boost China’s Paris climate accord target and called for a green revolution, just minutes after Trump blasted China for “rampant pollution.” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that the world was “moving in a very dangerous direction” with U.S.-China tensions. “We must do everything to avoid a new Cold War,” he said. “Our world cannot afford a future where the two largest economies split the globe in a Great Fracture — each with its own trade and financial rules and Internet and artificial intelligence capacities. “A technological and economic divide risks inevitably turning into a geo-strategic and military divide. We must avoid this at all costs.” (Reporting by Michelle Nichols in New York and Steve Holland, Arshad Mohammed and David Brunnstrom in Washington; Writing by David Brunnstrom; Editing by Mary Milliken, Howard Goller and Tom Brown)

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President Trump Delivers Remarks to United Nations General Assembly: “America is Fulfilling Our Destiny as Peacemaker”…

United States President Donald Trump delivers pre-recorded remarks to the 2020 United Nations General Assembly. [embedded content] . Key Excerpts: […] 75 years after the end of World War II and the founding of the United Nations, we are once again engaged in a great global struggle. We have waged a fierce battle against the invisible enemy – the China Virus – which has claimed countless lives in 188 countries. […] In the United States, we launched the most aggressive mobilization since the Second World War. […] We will distribute a vaccine, we will DEFEAT the virus, we will END the pandemic, and we will enter a new era of unprecedented prosperity, cooperation and peace. […] In the earliest days of the virus, China locked down travel domestically while allowing flights to LEAVE China and infect the world. […] The Chinese government, and the World Health Organization – which is virtually controlled by China – falsely declared that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission. […] Later, they falsely said people without symptoms would not spread the disease. […] The United Nations must hold China accountable for their actions. […] Those who attack America’s exceptional environmental record while ignoring China’s rampant pollution are NOT interested in the environment. They only want to punish America. And I will not stand for it. […] If the United Nations is to be an effective organization, it must focus on the real problems of the world. This includes terrorism, the oppression of women, forced labor, drug trafficking, human and sex trafficking, religious persecution, and the ethnic cleansing of religious minorities. […] We also know that American prosperity is the bedrock of freedom and security all over the world. In three short years, we built the greatest economy in history. […] We spent $2.5 trillion dollars over the last 4 years on our military. […] We revitalized the NATO Alliance. […] We withdrew from the terrible Iran Nuclear Deal and imposed crippling sanctions on the world’s leading state sponsor of terror. […] This month we achieved a peace deal between Serbia and Kosovo. We reached a landmark breakthrough with TWO Peace Deals in the Middle East – after decades of no progress. […] As we speak, the United States is also working to end the war in Afghanistan – and we are bringing our troops HOME. America is fulfilling our destiny as PEACEMAKER. […] For decades, the same tired voices proposed the same failed solutions, pursuing global ambitions at the expense of their own people. But only when you take care of your own citizens, will you find a true basis for cooperation. “Peace is the prize” ~President Donald J Trump [embedded content] Share this: Like this: Like Loading...

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UN Chief Says No Action on UN Iran Sanctions Due To ‘Uncertainty’

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council on Saturday he cannot take any action on a U.S. declaration that all U.N. sanctions on Iran had been reimposed because “there would appear to be uncertainty” on the issue. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last month that he triggered a 30-day process at the council leading to the return of U.N. sanctions on Iran on Saturday evening that would also stop a conventional arms embargo on Tehran from expiring on Oct. 18. But 13 of the 15 Security Council members say Washington’s move is void because Pompeo used a mechanism agreed under a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, which the United States quit in 2018. “There would appear to be uncertainty whether or not the process … was indeed initiated and concomitantly whether or not the (sanctions) terminations … continue in effect,” Guterres wrote in a letter to the council, seen by Reuters. “It is not for the Secretary-General to proceed as if no such uncertainty exists,” he said. U.N. officials provide administrative and technical support to the Security Council to implement its sanctions regimes and Guterres appoints independent experts to monitor implementation. He said that “pending clarification” of the status of the Iran sanctions, he would not take any action to provide that support. Washington argues it triggered the return of sanctions – known as “snapback” – because a U.N. resolution that enshrines the pact still names it as a participant. Diplomats say few countries are likely to reimpose the measures lifted under the 2015 deal that aimed to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons. “If U.N. Member States fail to fulfill their obligations to implement these sanctions, the United States is prepared to use our domestic authorities to impose consequences for those failures,” Pompeo said in a statement on Saturday. He said that in the coming days Washington would announce additional measures to strengthen the implementation of the U.N. sanctions and “hold violators accountable.” The United States is trying to push Iran to negotiate a new deal with Washington. Russia’s Deputy U.N. Ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy responded on Twitter, “We all clearly said in August that U.S. claims to trigger snapback are illegitimate. Is Washington deaf?” Longtime U.S. allies Britain, France and Germany told the council on Friday that U.N. sanctions relief for Iran would continue and that any decision or action taken to reimpose U.N. sanctions “would be incapable of legal effect.” Iran’s U.N. Ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi said on Twitter on Saturday, “U.S. illegal and false ‘deadline’ has come and gone … Swimming against international currents will only bring it more isolation.” (Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by William Mallard)

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Iranian President: The U.S. Will Suffer A Humiliating Defeat This Weekend

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Vahid Salemi Speaking in a Wednesday cabinet session, President Hassan Rouhani said Washington failed in its attempts to reinstate a United Nations arms embargo as well as international sanctions on Iran, and these failures amount to major victories for Iran. Rouhani added that the U.S. would “suffer a humiliating defeat this weekend.” “The US suffered ignominious defeats,” he said. “Our people should pay attention. This Saturday and Sunday will be days of the Iranian nation’s victory and days of humiliating defeats for the U.S,” he added according to Iran Front Page News.  “So, I urge anti-Iran news channels abroad not to fabricate stories that would indicate that the U.S. has made a claim and has waited for a month, so it can use this mechanism,” the president said. “After all, no mechanism ever started in the first place to be producing any results,” he added. “I congratulate the Iranian nation, in advance, on the success that Iranians will secure on Saturday and Sunday, the same way that I congratulated Iranians on their resistance during the eight-year Iraqi imposed war on Iran [in the 1980s],” he added. Elsewhere in his remarks, the president fulminated against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain for normalizing their relations with Israel. “[Israeli authorities] are committing more and more crimes in occupied Palestine every day. How come [the UAE and Bahrain] are extending your hands to Israel? Then you want to give Israel bases in this region. You will be responsible for all grave consequences of this move. Your action is against regulations and regional security,” he said. A month ago, mainstream media in the U.S. declared that Trump has suffered a “humiliating defeat” at the UN in his efforts to impose sanctions on Iran. US efforts to indefinitely extend an arms embargo collapsed last week when it suffered a humiliating defeat at the UN Security Council. A resolution sponsored by Washington only secured one other vote from the 15-member UN Security Council. The US continues to maintain that despite its unilateral withdrawal it nonetheless has “an explicit right” to initiate the snapback sanctions and that any argument to the contrary would “create a perilous precedent that could threaten the force of virtually any Security Council decision.”- Middle East Monitor, 8/20/2020 Hopefully, this doesn’t elude to a war. It’s important information, however. Stay alert and aware. If history has shown us anything, it’s that things will get crazy as the rhetoric ramps up. President Trump is Breaking Down the Neck of the Federal Reserve! He wants zero rates and QE4! You must prepare for the financial reset We are running out of time Download the Ultimate Reset Guide Now! Author: Mac SlavoViews:Date: September 18th, 2020Website: www.SHTFplan.com Copyright Information: Copyright SHTFplan and Mac Slavo. This content may be freely reproduced in full or in part in digital form with full attribution to the author and a link to www.shtfplan.com. Please contact us for permission to reproduce this content in other media formats. SHTFPLAN is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

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IAEA: Iran’s Uranium Stockpile 10 Times over Limit

Iran’s low-enriched uranium stockpile is over 10 times the limit set by the Iran nuclear deal. The U.S. reported the violation to the United Nations two-weeks before the report of the violation came out. The Jerusalem Post reported: Iran’s stockpile of low-enriched uranium is more than 10 times the limit set by the nuclear deal, according to an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) quarterly report. The IAEA data released Friday showed that Tehran had violated the terms of the 2015 agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, but its stockpile of low-enriched uranium was still lower than it had been prior to the deal. MORE: https://www.jpost.com/breaking-news/iaea-inspects-one-of-two-sites-in-iran-after-long-stand-off-641096

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NWO Rulers Warn Of “Famines of Biblical Proportions”

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