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A podcast taking you inside the United Nations and beyond the carefully written policy speeches to where the real work is being done: the unscripted debates on the most pressing issues of our time. Hosted by PassBlue reporters Kacie Candela and Stephanie Fillion. Available on iTunes, Spotify, and wherever you get your podcasts.

PassBlue is an independent, women-led digital publication offering in-depth journalism on the US-UN relationship and its effects on women’s issues, human rights, peacekeeping and other urgent global matters, as reported from our base in the UN press corps. Founded in 2011, PassBlue is a project of the New School, and not tied financially or otherwise to the UN.

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A podcast taking you inside the United Nations and beyond the carefully written policy speeches to where the real work is being done: the unscripted debates on the most pressing issues of our time. Hosted by PassBlue reporters Kacie Candela and Stephanie Fillion. Available on iTunes, Spotify, and wherever you get your podcasts.

PassBlue is an independent, women-led digital publication offering in-depth journalism on the US-UN relationship and its effects on women’s issues, human rights, peacekeeping and other urgent global matters, as reported from our base in the UN press corps. Founded in 2011, PassBlue is a project of the New School, and not tied financially or otherwise to the UN.

    Ep. 23: It’s French only in le Conseil de sécurité in June

    Ep. 23: It’s French only in le Conseil de sécurité in June

    Bonjour! If you want to learn a new language to add to your list of quarantine ambitions, now may be the time to learn some very basic French — at least diplomatic French. In June, France assumes the Security Council presidency and is insisting on leading its meetings in la langue de Molière. On the show, we're joined by two longtime French diplomats: France’s current ambassador to the UN, Nicolas de Rivière, who played a key role in the negotiation of the Iran nuclear deal, and a former French ambassador to the UN and to the US,Gérard Araud. Both interviews took place in New York City.

    Links:
    PassBlue's website: www.passblue.com
    PassBlue's Twitter: @pass_blue
    Facebook: @PassBlueUN

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    Support for UN-Scripted comes from the Partnership for Transparency, a group of volunteer experts working to advance good governance and fight corruption in poor countries.

    Now, more than ever, health systems face major capacity challenges in the response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This makes many countries vulnerable to mismanagement and corruption as governments and aid agencies pursue ambitious programs to fight the disease.

    PTF’s rapid response programs empower local civil society groups to monitor aid distribution, ensuring that aid efficiently reaches the people who need it most and creating long lasting improvements in public health systems.

    To learn more about PTF’s work or to start a conversation about how to increase citizen engagement in your own projects, visit ptfund.org.

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    UN-Scripted is supported by Fordham University's Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies, an innovative program dedicated exclusively to the theory and practice of international humanitarian response.

    Built on social justice values and humanitarian principles, this 30-credit graduate program will prepare you with the skills you need to launch or advance your career in humanitarian action. Evening and online classes are offered at Fordham's Rose Hill campus in the Bronx, New York, as well as at the Lincoln Center campus located in midtown-Manhattan. Applications for fall 2020 are being accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, visit fordham.edu/mshs.

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    Ep. 22: The UN’s Top Doc Checks Out, Returning to Australia

    Ep. 22: The UN’s Top Doc Checks Out, Returning to Australia

    Dr. Jillann Farmer has managed her share of crises as United Nations medical director, such as the Ebola outbreak in 2014 in West Africa and the Syrian chemical attacks that occurred in the country soon after that epidemic. Last winter, Dr. Farmer was ready to move on to a new job after 7 years at the UN to return to her native Australia, when the coronavirus pandemic quickly incapacitated New York City, putting the thousands of UN employees working at the Headquarters at risk. In this exclusive interview, from Australia, Dr. Farmer shares her perspective on the UN's preparedness and response to the pandemic, particularly in New York City, the epicenter of the virus in the United States. As she says, the crisis forced the UN medical team to contend with the biggest emergency response they has ever known, right at home.

    Links:
    PassBlue's website: www.passblue.com
    PassBlue's Twitter: @pass_blue
    Facebook: @PassBlueUN

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    Support for UN-Scripted comes from the Partnership for Transparency, a group of volunteer experts working to advance good governance and fight corruption in poor countries.

    Now, more than ever, health systems face major capacity challenges in the response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This makes many countries vulnerable to mismanagement and corruption as governments and aid agencies pursue ambitious programs to fight the disease.

    PTF’s rapid response programs empower local civil society groups to monitor aid distribution, ensuring that aid efficiently reaches the people who need it most and creating long lasting improvements in public health systems.

    To learn more about PTF’s work or to start a conversation about how to increase citizen engagement in your own projects, visit ptfund.org.

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    UN-Scripted is supported by Fordham University's Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies, an innovative program dedicated exclusively to the theory and practice of international humanitarian response.

    Built on social justice values and humanitarian principles, this 30-credit graduate program will prepare you with the skills you need to launch or advance your career in humanitarian action. Evening and online classes are offered at Fordham's Rose Hill campus in the Bronx, New York, as well as at the Lincoln Center campus located in midtown-Manhattan. Applications for fall 2020 are being accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, visit fordham.edu/mshs.

    • 27 min
    Ep. 21: Estonia, a Hip Tech Hub, Leads the Security Council in May

    Ep. 21: Estonia, a Hip Tech Hub, Leads the Security Council in May

    In May, Estonia assumes the UN Security Council presidency for the first time ever, bringing with it global expertise in cybersecurity and digital governance, just when the world seems to need it most. On this episode, we are joined by Estonian Permanent Representative Sven Jorgensen, who has been representing Estonia abroad even before it gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, and Lauri Malksoo, an international law expert and professor at the University of Tartu, in Estonia.

    Links:
    PassBlue's live coverage of the Coronavirus pandemic at the UN: www.passblue.com/2020/03/15/the-u…s-rages-updates/

    PassBlue's Twitter: @pass_blue
    Facebook: @PassBlueUN

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    Are you thinking of career working for the United Nations or its agencies around the World? Is it your dream to serve in your country’s foreign ministry, but you don’t know where to start? The Centre for United Nations Studies at the University of Buckingham in the United Kingdom is now offering a new, one-year masters degree program: in United Nations and Diplomatic Studies. Applications for Fall 2020 and January 2021 are now open.

    Graduates will gain a firm grounding in diplomacy, international and regional organizations, causes of conflict, and strategies for conflict resolution. They’ll also learn about global political communication, and have access to mentors with first hand experience in the UN system, such as program director Mark Seddon, a former speechwriter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, and Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, a former UN Deputy Secretary General.

    The University of Buckingham is located in a historic English town, close to London, and is a popular choice for students from across the globe. To find out more about the program, visit:
    https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/humanities/ma/united-nations-and-diplomatic-studies

    • 20 min
    Ep. 20: To Lift or Not to Lift: Will Covid-19 Shake Up Sanctions?

    Ep. 20: To Lift or Not to Lift: Will Covid-19 Shake Up Sanctions?

    The coronavirus pandemic could change dynamics in the global political landscape that seemed unchangeable only last month. Will sanctions regimes be one of its victims?

    Many parties in the international community are debating whether to loosen sanctions in certain countries to help them fight the pandemic, but critics say that bad actors are using the pandemic as political opportunism to lift sanctions. On today's show, we welcome two experts: Hilal Elver, the UN special rapporteur on the right to food who is currently quarantined in the seaside Turkish town of Bodrum, and Loraine Rickard-Martin, a UN consultant specializing in international sanctions and a co-author of "The Evolution of UN Sanctions."

    Editor's note: we asked Ukrainian Permanent Representative Sergiy Kyslytsya on the show to discuss his letter to the UN secretary-general criticizing the Russian-led coalition at the UN calling for loosening sanctions. He did not follow up on many requests for comment.

    Links:
    PassBlue's live coverage of the Coronavirus pandemic at the UN: www.passblue.com/2020/03/15/the-u…s-rages-updates/

    PassBlue's Twitter: @pass_blue
    Facebook: @PassBlueUN

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    Are you thinking of career working for the United Nations or its agencies around the World? Is it your dream to serve in your country’s foreign ministry, but you don’t know where to start? The Centre for United Nations Studies at the University of Buckingham in the United Kingdom is now offering a new, one-year masters degree program: in United Nations and Diplomatic Studies. Applications for Fall 2020 and January 2021 are now open.

    Graduates will gain a firm grounding in diplomacy, international and regional organizations, causes of conflict, and strategies for conflict resolution. They’ll also learn about global political communication, and have access to mentors with first hand experience in the UN system, such as program director Mark Seddon, a former speechwriter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, and Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, a former UN Deputy Secretary General.

    The University of Buckingham is located in a historic English town, close to London, and is a popular choice for students from across the globe. To find out more about the program, visit:
    https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/humanities/ma/united-nations-and-diplomatic-studies

    • 22 min
    Ep. 19: The Security Council's "New Normal"

    Ep. 19: The Security Council's "New Normal"

    As the Dominican Republic assumes the Security Council presidency in April, Special Envoy José Singer Weisinger is inheriting a body fundamentally changed by the Covid-19 pandemic. He's presiding over "informal" video teleconference meetings and a flexible schedule from his country's capital, Santo Domingo, instead of from the Security Council chambers in New York City. Still, Singer wants the world to know one thing: "the Security Council is engaged and completely transparent."

    Links:
    PassBlue's live coverage of the Coronavirus pandemic at the UN: www.passblue.com/2020/03/15/the-u…s-rages-updates/

    PassBlue's Twitter: @pass_blue

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    Are you thinking of career working for the United Nations or its agencies around the World? Is it your dream to serve in your country’s foreign ministry, but you don’t know where to start? The Centre for United Nations Studies at the University of Buckingham in the United Kingdom is now offering a new, one-year masters degree program: in United Nations and Diplomatic Studies. Applications for Fall 2020 and January 2021 are now open.

    Graduates will gain a firm grounding in diplomacy, international and regional organizations, causes of conflict, and strategies for conflict resolution. They’ll also learn about global political communication, and have access to mentors with first hand experience in the UN system, such as program director Mark Seddon, a former speechwriter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, and Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, a former UN Deputy Secretary General.

    The University of Buckingham is located in a historic English town, close to London, and is a popular choice for students from across the globe. To find out more about the program, visit: www.buckingham.ac.uk/humanities/ma/united-nations-and-diplomatic-studies

    • 22 min
    Ep. 18: The Security Council Goes Silent as the Secretary-General Speaks Up

    Ep. 18: The Security Council Goes Silent as the Secretary-General Speaks Up

    **BONUS EPISODE**
    Will the world's war against the coronavirus stop (at least temporarily) all other wars? Secretary-General Antonio Guterres certainly hopes so. Still working in a mostly-empty UN headquarters, Guterres has made a global call for cease fires of all conflicts...with mixed results. And if Guterres gets sick himself, who is in charge of the United Nations? PassBlue reporter Laura Kirkpatrick investigated the line of succession for the top position at the UN.

    No one knows how long the pandemic will last, and it may be a problem for the 75th annual UN General Assembly meetings in New York in September. Norwegian Mari Skare, the Chef de Cabinet of GA President Tijani Muhammad Bande of Nigeria, shares with us how she has moved the General Assembly to remote work and what options are currently on the table for this year's UNGA.

    Correction: The podcast mentions a press briefing by the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, the Economic and Social Council President, Mona Juul and the President of the Security Council, Zhang Jun, but previously omitted to mention that the President of the General Assembly, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande was part of it and his office is the body that called the meeting.

    Links:
    PassBlue's live coverage of the Coronavirus pandemic at the UN: www.passblue.com/2020/03/15/the-u…s-rages-updates/

    PassBlue's Facebook Group, where our reporters are giving updates and answering your questions: bit.ly/3a4KNX7

    PassBlue's Twitter: @pass_blue

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    Support for UN-Scripted comes from the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs at Fordham University. Take your career to the next level and earn an International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance. It’s a 4-week intensive program taught by practicing humanitarian professionals, in locations around the world, from Kathmandu to Amman, New York to Geneva. Students will learn how facilitate dialogue and cooperation between governments and civil society, how to be more effective during humanitarian crises, and more. For more information on the upcoming program dates and locations, visit www.fordham.edu/iiha/grad and click on International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance.

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    Support for UN-Scripted comes from the Partnership for Transparency, a group of volunteer international development specialists. They work to advance good governance in developing countries by supporting civil society organizations.

    PTF believes governments alone can’t be expected to stop corruption. Their latest research shows that well-designed, citizen-led programs to strengthen transparency and accountability can produce better outcomes than state-led initiatives.. PTF’s report has practical recommendations for how empowered, engaged, and professional non-government actors can advance Sustainable Development Goal 16.

    To read the report or learn more about PTF’s work visit ptfund.org.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

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9 Ratings

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Estonia

Excellent audio. Informative and provocative. UN affairs are so under- reported, this podcast is most newsworthy.

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Audio adverts over person they are interviewing is very unprofessional

This podcast advertises their sponsors using loud audio over person they are interviewing is very unprofessional and off-putting. Had to struggle to listen to the person talking.

Why? I hope it was an omission during editing.

StephenJPM ,

Unique perspective, highly engaging and interesting

Stumbled upon this today and really enjoyed it. I always wondered what happens at the UN and how it effects the world we live in so hearing from its leaders first hand was engaging

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