“Weather” or Not: The Crisis of Global Environmental Governance

In the third volume of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment report, Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change, climate scientists suggest that the world is at a now-or-never point of global warming, where extreme climate events are imminent. This report, released on April 4, suggests that difficulties regarding greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuels are the product of socio-political issues, rather than technological shortcomings, as clean energy technologies have become more affordable and accessible.

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Taliban Declares Total Ban on Poppy Cultivation

The cultivation of poppy is now strictly prohibited in Afghanistan, per a recent decree from the Taliban. The move comes amid the Taliban’s bid for formal international recognition, in which cessation of the Afghan drug trade has been a major impediment to the international community. 

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Is Israel Being Unfairly Targeted by the UN Human Rights Council?

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) recently created a special commission of inquiry to investigate allegations of crimes of apartheid committed by the Israeli government against Palestinians. The fact-finding mission is being used to respond to allegations of serious violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law by Israel, according to the UNHRC.

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UNGA Starts 76th Session

According to The New York Times, the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) began on Tuesday, September 14. In the general debate, representatives from all 193 member states have the ability to speak in front of the chamber and give their thoughts addressing the many complex world issues and challenges those individual members are facing.

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Green Growth and Economic Development – Regional Perspectives on the Effects of Climate Change on the Global Economy

The effects of climate change pose a threat to the global economy that varies in scale and severity. As drought endangers agricultural production in the Sahel and rising sea levels put the financial centers of East Asia at risk of flooding, different countries have developed strategies to combat climate change while ensuring the economic well-being of their people.

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The Impact of Past and Present Climate Action on Future Cooperation

The international community is not doing enough on climate change, and our everyday lifestyles are partly to blame for the negative effects of global emissions. These routines highlight the fact that many of the issues that the world faces are interconnected – problems as simple as food waste contribute to degrading environments around the world.

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Palestinian Ambassador to the UN Speaks on Middle East Peace Plan

On November 19, the School of Diplomacy held a discussion on the Middle East Peace Plan with Dr. Riyad Mansour, Ambassador and Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the UN. Ambassador Mansour delivered remarks about the Palestinian perspective on the conflict in the Middle East and answered questions from attendees.

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UNA-SHU Holds Prestigious Panel, Discusses UN’s 75th Year Anniversary, Proposes Solutions for The Future

On September 30, the United Nations Association at Seton Hall University (UNA-SHU) held a panel discussion to celebrate and discuss the 75th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Charter. The panel consisted of His Royal Highness Prince Adnan El-Hashemite, Dr. Catherine Tinker, Rev. Robert Chase, and Dr. Mary Norton. The panelists presented different perspectives, engaged in a discussion, and answered questions about how the United Nations has impacted the international political stage over the past 75 years and how the world can move forward on its mission.

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