Libya’s second civil war and the EU: a way forward

Libya has been in turmoil since Muammar al-Gaddafi was toppled during the Arab Spring in 2011.  Armed groups, “city-states” and tribal factions have all been competing for control. In 2015, the European Union helped set up the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli. Since then, Libya has become embroiled in a second civil […]


UN Climate Action Summit follows WMO Report

“You are failing us” was the headline-grabbing statement from Greta Thunberg’s four-and-a-half-minute address to world leaders at last Monday’s UN Climate Action Summit. Though many world leaders were in attendance, there were notable absentees including representatives from Canada and Australia. President Trump left early, hearing only Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech. Central to informing […]


Should we bid adieu to nuclear weapons?

Nuclear weapons have been at the forefront of international concern since the end of the second World War. As a response to this ongoing issue, the United Nations (UN) decided to hold an important vote on whether to start negotiations regarding a treaty ban on nuclear weapons. On 27 October 2016, 123 out of the […]

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UN Assembly convenes to discuss growing antibiotic resistance

The UN Assembly convened last week to discuss how to tackle the growing problem of antibiotic resistance. Underscoring the importance of the problem Peter Thompson, President of the General Assembly, stated that: “The future of humanity may depend on our ability to respond to the great challenges of microbial resistance”. The discovery of antibiotics has […]