Interview with Internet Luminary and Investor Bill Tai

When he is not flying five meters above the surface of ocean waters in the beaches near Perth or in the Pacific, or talking blockchain with Sir Richard Branson on Necker Island, or running his community of ocean conservationists, artists and technologists, ACTAI Global, visionary Internet investor Bill Tai can be found working with the United Nations to bring connectivity to developing countries in order to support the UN Global Goals, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals

We had the pleasure to speak with Bill Tai about the generous donation for UNICEF’s Giga Connect project by the Musk Foundation…


If you are wondering how bad things could get, then the new coronavirus strain has made it clear. It can get much worse. The UK reported a new strain and the Dutch authorities immediately made travelers from the UK to quarantine and proceeded to block arrivals and departures between the Netherlands to the UK.

South Africa too, all flights to Europe are banned now, people who have to travel must quarantine.

Austria followed suit, and France has now grounded lorries departing from France. Switzerland joined other European countries suspending flights from the UK. 10.000 …


Health Care Facilities in Developing Countries Lack Water and Sanitation

The World Health Organization (WHO), in partnership with UNICEF, launched a joint report looking at health facilities worldwide and ways to increase funding mechanisms to address access to water and sanitation services in developing countries.

Photo Credit; UNICEF

“New data from WHO and UNICEF shows that one in four health facilities around the world lack basic water services. This puts health workers and patients at risk from infections of all kinds, makes childbirth much less safe, and drives antimicrobial resistance.”

It is estimated that 1.8 billion people are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 because they are working in health care facilities without basic water services.

The report, Global Progress Report on WASH in Health Care Facilities, exposes the vulnerabilities in health systems and inadequate infection prevention and…


What is the Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review?

The Universal Periodic Review is the instrument created by the UN Human Rights Council to examine the human rights record of all UN Member States. It is conducted by the countries themselves, under the framework of the Human Rights Council, to give the country the opportunity to present the advancements that have been made on their judiciary system to adopt international frameworks to which they are signatories, and to improve their record preventing and punishing violations of international human rights law.

This is the only mechanism of this kind that exists and was designed during the mandate of former High-Commissioner…


Independent Expert Report

Huge Data Gap About the Elderly

The Human Rights Council, which has its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, has closed its 45th Session a couple of weeks ago.

The UN Brief interviewed the appointed Independent Expert for the Human Rights of Older Persons to discuss their latest report, which revelead that the elderly are not being counted and that new tech devices and services that could greatly expand their enjoyment of life are seriously amiss.

These were some of the findings by Dr. …


Photo credit: FIA Foundation

The UN Road Safety Fund coordinates activities at the multilateral level and seeks to mitigate the systemic, structural poverty, issues that contribute to death and injuries on roads in low-to-middle income countries, and it is run by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), which acts as the Secretariat of the Road Safety Fund, an initiative led by the FIA Foundation, a UK Charity, created by the Federation Internationale des Automobiles.

With road deaths at 1.35 million a year, plus 50 million in serious related injuries, worldwide, the issue of safe roads design calls for concerted action between UN…


Everything you always wanted to know about the main UN body that works to address human rights violations, and you were afraid to ask, is in this guide published by Elgar, written by Eric Tistounet, Chief of the Human Rights Council Branch of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, in Geneva.

He was the first Secretary to the UN Human Rights Council when it was created in 2006, and has worked at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN agency for Human Rights (Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, OHCHR)…


European Commission Takes the Lead on Road Safety

The UN Brief covers the United Nations, the Human Rights Council, various bodies, commissions, and agencies in the UN system, the EU, and other multilateral organizations that are convening interested parties and governments to lead regulation and support the rapid technological transformation of the various sectors of the global economy and of our democratic institutions.

Interview with Matthew Baldwin, Deputy Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Transport and Mobility

Given that emerging technologies pervade all aspects of our daily lives it is no wonder that the work of multilateral organizations is increasingly geared towards debating, building consensus, and ultimately making policy recommendations for, or regulating spheres of knowledge in cyber culture, cybersecurity, peace and…


The global health crisis has seen an exponential increase in cyber attacks in hospitals and international organizations.

The UN Brief interviewed Alex Urbelis, Partner at Blackstone Law Group, a cybersecurity firm in New York.

His firm has developed a way to anticipate threats by using domain name registration scanning, drawing from his wide experience working for the private sector, and government agencies on both sides of the Atlantic.

We spoke about his firm, the Blackstone Law group, his education both in cyber security and law, and his career working in Europe and the US for the luxury sector, and…


Interview with Mark Blyth, author of Angrynomics

Angrynomics explores how come there is so much anger, moral outrage, and protests. Why is microanger eating our societies away? What exactly is microanger and how it compounds to make populist movements swell? Who is weaponizing anger? How data on the levels of inequality between White middle-class families and Black middle-class families in Boston might explain the current moral outrage? When is anger a catalyst for change and when it is just a stage for chaos?

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We spoke about how the book came together (with the help of Siri, Soccer, and Watson), what it is like…

Maya Plentz, Editor and Founder, The UN Brief

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