In a February 19 speech at the Munich Security Conference, delivered virtually from the White House, President Joe Biden declared , “We must shape the rules that will govern the advance of technologies and the norms of behavior in cyberspace, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, so they are used to lift people up, not used to pin them down.” A few weeks earlier, during an address at the State Department’s Truman Building, the president said, “Diplomacy is back at the center of our foreign policy.” The Trump administration’s undermining of years of work on internet diplomacy makes technology an ever more vital (and challenging ) element of renewed US engagement abroad. Digital issues are no longer extricable from “traditional” foreign policy issues across trade, human rights, and security. And as the new White House starts to navigate these waters, one idea in particular has become a sort of bumper sticker for an overarching strategy: Unite democracies on technology. … [Read more...] about Biden Faces a Steep Challenge to Unite Democracies on Tech
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The United Nations is reportedly helping the Biden Administration find more asylum-seeking migrants to get back into the United States after they were removed to Mexico or Central America to await asylum processing under the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols. President Joe Biden canceled the program after taking office on January 21. “Hundreds of migrants signed up on Friday within hours of the launch of a U.N. website that allows migrants with active cases to register remotely to be processed at the U.S.-Mexico border,” Reuters reported . “The United States and the United Nations are evaluating the locations of migrants and costs associated with possible flights and land transportation within Mexico.” U.N.’s International Organization for Migration in Mexico Chief of Mission Dana Graber Ledek told Reuters, “Nothing is in place yet. Right now we’re still exploring all of the possibilities.” The U.S. Department of State declined to respond to an inquiry from … [Read more...] about U.N. Helps Biden Bring Migrant Asylum Seekers Back into U.S.
Asserting that the Biden administration is placing democracy and human rights at the centre of its foreign policy, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced on Feb. 24 that the U.S. will seek election to the Human Rights Council for the 2022-24 term, almost three years after it quit the U.N.’s top rights body. Former President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the U.N.’s Human Rights Council in June 2018, describing it as a “hypocritical and self-serving organisation” that displayed “unending hostility towards Israel”. The Geneva-based Human Rights Council is a 47-member inter-governmental body within the U.N. system tasked with upholding human rights. On Feb. 24, the top American diplomat, in his virtual address to the 46th Session of the Human Rights Council said he sought the support of all U.N. member states America’s bid to return to a seat in the inter-governmental body. “The United States is placing democracy and human rights at the center of our foreign … [Read more...] about U.S. to seek election to Human Rights Council for 2022-24 term: Antony Blinken
In move many expect to signal U.S. reengagement in the world body, the U.S. Senate Tuesday confirmed Baker-native Linda Thomas-Greenfield to the cabinet-level position of Ambassador to the United Nations. She was confirmed on a 78-21 vote , with one senator not voting. Both U.S. Sen. John N. Kennedy, R-Madisonville, and U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, voted in favor of confirming Thomas-Greenfield. “I’m proud she’s from Louisiana, but I’m more proud of her service to our country,” Cassidy said in a statement after the vote. The 68-year-old LSU graduate is expected to be sworn in Wednesday by Vice President Kamala Harris. Then, she’s expected to travel to New York City, where the UN headquarters are located, to present her credentials to U.N. Secretary General António Guterres on Thursday. Thomas-Greenfield also will assume leadership of the global policy-making U.N. Security Council on Monday. Almost immediately Thomas-Greenfield will be thrust into dealing with … [Read more...] about US Senate confirms Baker-native Linda Thomas-Greenfield as UN ambassador
(CBS/CNN) — Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate begins Phase 3 trials in the United States Wednesday, including at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Trials for the single-dose vaccine will include up to 60,000 adult participants at nearly 215 sites in the US and internationally. Phase 3 trials will begin immediately, with the first participants receiving doses on Wednesday, Johnson & Johnson Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Paul Stoffels said on a call with reporters. The vaccine candidate was developed by Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. READ MORE: Life Threatening Injuries After Several People Hit On High Street In Boston Johnson & Johnson is now the fourth company to begin large-scale clinical trials for a Covid-19 vaccine in the United States, behind Moderna in Cambridge, Pfizer/BioNTech and AstraZeneca. While the other vaccine candidates require two doses, Johnson & Johnson’s candidate will … [Read more...] about Johnson & Johnson’s Coronavirus Vaccine Enters Phase 3 Trial With Beth Israel