Last week, António Guterres was formally nominated by U.N. Security Council as the ninth secretary general. In the coming days his nomination will be given to the General Assembly for formal approval. Guterres, who was prime minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002, will be the first national leader to take the role as the world’s top diplomat. He is also the former U.N. High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR), which gives people hopes that he will be able to take a strong lead as U.N. Secretary General as he is faced with a refugee crisis among other pressing international issues.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has been awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts—rejected by voters last week—to end the country’s decades-long civil war with FARC rebels.The Nobel committee states that “award should also be seen as a tribute to the Colombian people who … have not given up hope of a just peace.”
The U.S. and U.K. support of Saudi-led bombing over the past 18 months has, as stated by New York Times, “largely failed, while reports of civilian deaths have grown common, and much of the country is on the brink of famine.”
Vladimir Putin has cancelled plans to visit France after the French government said the talks would be confined to a working meeting onSyria. On Monday, Mr Hollande suggested Russia could face war crimes charges over its bombardment of Syria’s city of Aleppo.
Interim President of Haiti, Jocelerme Privert, said famine could take hold within three to four months if the situation was not managed properly. It comes as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for a “massive response” to help the country. The category-four storm is believed to have killed as many as 900 Haitians and has destroyed tens of thousands of homes, crops, and food reserves.
Following the Vice Presidential Debate, Democracy Now! hosted a roundtable of guests, including prize-winning investigative journalist Allan Nairn, who gave his response to the three candidates’ answers. “…it’s the case that, whoever gets elected, U.S. behavior overseas is likely to be even worse than it is now, in that Clinton is even somewhat more aggressive than Obama has been. But there’s been this notion around that Trump would somehow pull back from that. Pence made it clear: absolutely not. Trump has already, in essence, promised a new war with Iran, when he, one, promises to void the Iran nuclear deal; two, says he’ll sink Iranian ships if they taunt American sailors.”