Today @BorisJohnson will become the first British Prime Minister since John Major in 1992 to chair a meeting of the #UnitedNations Security Council. What's going on?

It's all about #ClimateAction [1/5]
Today's @UKUN_NewYork debate at the #UNSC, which will also feature John Kerry and David Attenborough, is a big step-up in UNSC discussions of the links between the #ClimateCrisis and conflict. [2/5]
The #UNSC has been discussing #climatechange for nearly 15 years (and I think it was @UKUN_NewYork that first floated it in the Council). See my ex-boss @Rob_Malley's remarks to an informal UNSC meeting last April. [3/5]…
But over the last few years, the Trump administration has basically blocked serious talk of #ClimateAction in the UNSC (killing a @GermanyUN resolution on the topic last year).

The Biden team bring new incentives for the UNSC to talk climate. [4/5]…
As the @UKUN_NewYork concept note for today's UNSC meeting points out, @CrisisGroup flagged climate change risks for the first time in our annual "10 Conflicts to Watch". The UNSC has a lot of work to do to catch up with the scale of the challenge [ENDS].…

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22 Oct 20
This @nyuCIC database on @UN senior appointments helps challenge one popular UN myth: That Chinese officials are taking over all the top jobs in #multilateralism. Let's take a look at the actual numbers 👇 [1/4]
It's worth saying up front that this @nyuCIC database counts senior @UN jobs in the secretariat, peace operations and UN political missions. It doesn't include specialised agencies like @FAO or @UNIDO, which are currently under Chinese management. Nonetheless... [2/4]
What jumps out is that @Chinamission2un has actually filled very few of the senior jobs counted by @nyuCIC: 10 since 1995 and 4 since 2015.

That's fewer than, say, Norway or Canada (the figures below are for 2015-2020) and tiny compared to the USA. [3/4]
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1 Jul 20
Now that the #UNSC has passed a resolution endorsing the @UN #GlobalCeasefire, a few thoughts on (i) how we got here; and (ii) if this actually means anything 👇 [1/8]
.@CrisisGroup (like many other NGOs) called for the #UNSC to back @antonioguterres' #GlobalCeasefire campaign in April, although we had two caveats... [2/8]…
Our first caveat was that the #GlobalCeasefire was never likely to be really "global". Different conflict parties would take it differently depending on their interests, strategies and views of #COVID. That remains the case today. [3/8]
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12 Jun 20
What is the future of @UNPeacekeeping in the #COVID19 era? Following up on strong articles by @CedricdeConing, @NamieDiRazza, @DeSachenka, @AdamDayNYC, @CharlieKwame and others, I step up with @louise_riis to make some prognostications in two pieces @diisdk.

A thread 👇[1/8]
The basic challenge of #COVID19 and #peacekeeping is that (i) the #pandemic may actually increase demand for @UN peacemaking, etc.; but (ii) reduce the available resources, @louise_riis and I argue in our first @diisdk piece [2/8].…
In simple terms, #COVID19 could reverse hard-won @UNPeacekeeping/@UNDPPA work in some fragile states, and weaken others, but @UN members will want to save $$$ [3/8]
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22 Apr 20
It's happening! Russian media report that P5 leaders will hold a video summit on #COVID19 this Friday. A few notes on why this makes me unreasonably excited [1/5]
In the short term, a P5 "virtual summit" is (hopefully) a signal that the #SecurityCouncil will get behind a @franceonu's push for a resolution backing @antonioguterres #GlobalCeasefire appeal, albeit with caveats [2/5].…
I am not sure that a #UNSC resolution on #COVID19 will fully restore the SC's credibility after weeks of P5 bickering over how to react to the #pandemic and #globalceasefire, but it's probably still better than nothing. [3/5]…
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6 Mar 20
A few extra points on @philipperater's story. A quick calculation suggests that these 9 contributors currently deploy about 17,500 personnel (troops and police) on UN missions, or 21% of all current @UNPeacekeeping personnel [1/4]
Of the 9 @UNPeacekeeping contributors asked to avoid peacekeeper rotations due to #coronavirus, #Nepal (5658 personnel) is biggest, followed by #India (5404), #China (2544) and #Italy (1084). All others deploy under 1K [2/4]
Some missions will be more affected than others: About 1/3rd of UN personnel in @unmissmedia (#SouthSudan) are on this #coronavirus non-rotation list for example. That's over 5,000 personnel stuck in a country and probably getting a bit peevish... [3/4]
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21 Aug 19
A few thoughts on the UK decision to pull diplomats out of most EU meetings on 1/9/19 ("bonkers" @CER_Grant). One place where this could be immediately notable is at the #UnitedNations, where @UKUN_NewYork has attended about 1000+ EU coordination meetings a year. [1/4]
@CER_Grant @UKUN_NewYork As I noted @ecfr last year, a lot of European diplomats in NYC feel that they will miss the UK in these meetings [2/4]:…
@CER_Grant @UKUN_NewYork @ecfr The funny thing is that in the immediate post-referendum years, @UKUN_NewYork made a point of contributing *more* not less to EU coordination meetings at the UN [3/4].
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