The Heat: United Nations Peacekeeping

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From protecting vulnerable populations to promoting sustainable tourism, the United Nations is tackling some big issues.  

The climate crisis, the conflict in Ukraine and sustainable development are expected to dominate the talks at this year’s United Nations General Assembly. The general debate opens Tuesday with the annual report from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the state of the world.  

Leaders from the 193-member countries will also have a chance to address the international community with speeches over the next week.  

This year is the 75th anniversary of the United Nations Peacekeeping operations, of which China is a major financial contributor. I had the chance to talk with Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the Under-Secretary General for Peace Operations.  

As the world recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, tourism has started to make a comeback. The United Nations World Tourism Organization is one of 15 specialized agencies at the UN working to promote sustainable tourism. I had the chance to speak with the agency’s Executive Director, Zoritsa Urosevic.