The U.S. Mission to the United Nations skipped the State Department’s official blog, Dipnote and posted, what we think is its first listicle in BuzzFeed’s Community. According to Poynter, BuzzFeed “considers community a vertical, like sports or animals. “You could write the same thing on your blog, but if it’s on BuzzFeed and it’s really good,” [snip] “it could be seen by millions of people.” Its editorial director told Poynter that the community section has about 500,000 registered members and produces about 100 pieces of content per day. So there’s that.
— Samantha Power (@AmbassadorPower) September 5, 2014
A few of our faves:
1. What is the UN Security Council?
The UN Security Council is the world’s leading body in charge of maintaining international peace and security. It has 15 members, 5 permanent and 10 non-permanent, who serve two year terms. It is headquartered in NYC, and works on everything from applying economic pressure on Iran to give up its nuclear program to sending peacekeepers to the Central African Republic.
4. OK, but the UNSC doesn’t always do such a great job, right? #Syria
You’re right. All 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council have to agree for the Council to live up to its responsibilities. Most notably, 4 resolutions aimed at helping to bring peace and security to Syria have been vetoed by Russia in the last few years, and there is no doubt that history will judge the Council harshly for that inaction.
5. The U.S. is the Security Council President for September!
6. Hold on, the Security Council has a President? Does that mean they are, like, president of the world?
No. Though we don’t get Thor’s hammer Mjolnir or an upgraded parking space, the U.S. will be responsible for setting the agenda for the month, organizing meetings, managing the distribution of information to Council members, issuing statements, and communicating the Council’s thoughts to the public. As UN Security Council President, we can turn the Council spotlight on the world’s most urgent threats to international peace and security, from terrorists like ISIL travelling around the world to wage war, to the violence in Sudan and South Sudan, to the crisis in Ukraine.
8. Wait, isn’t September that time of year when every hotel in NYC is booked and no one can get a cab in midtown?
Yes! This is a big year because the UN General Assembly will kick-off during the U.S. UNSC Presidency. Each year, President Obama and other world leaders gather in NYC the third week of September, negotiating, giving speeches, and – yes – clogging traffic.
9. Alright, so what can I do to follow along?
If you’re not a President or Prime Minister, don’t fear! You can still catch all the action and follow every tweet, selfie, and Snapchat the world leaders send. Remember when President Obama and Iranian President Rouhani took to Twitter to announce their historic phone call last year? That all happened during the UN General Assembly!
Read the full listicle in the BuzzFeed Community here.
This could be just the beginning … prepare yourselves!
- Iran: Sanctions crime against humanity (edition.cnn.com)
- Iran, U.S. nuclear talks enter second day (en.trend.az)
- Unlike Iraq, Iran, Libya, N. Korea, Israel has Impunity from Defying UNSC (Gaza Ceasefire) (juancole.com)
- Keep talking peace (thehindu.com)
- Iranian FM calls on P5+1 to lift UNSC sanctions against Iran (en.trend.az)
- Over 4,000 BuzzFeed Posts Have Completely Disappeared (gawker.com)