Obama Addresses the General Assembly Today. Hosts a Refugee Summit

President Obama delivers his final address to the UN General Assembly today. The speech should occur around 10am EST. Expect President Obama to tout some of the key foreign policy accomplishments of his term, including the Paris Climate Agreement and Iran Nuclear Accord. Later in the day he will host a summit on refugees that is likely to bring in substantial new financial and policy commitments to address the global refugee crisis.  It’ll all be webcast here:

Syria Ceasefire Over. Aid Convoys Bombed… Details are still coming in at press time, but it appears that aid convoys were targeted.The aid convoy was part of a routine dispatch from government-held Aleppo to rural rebel-held parts of the province. There was no immediate comment from the government. A U.N. official said the report is still being verified. The official had earlier told The Associated Press there will be no U.N. staff with a planned convoy to the area. It was not clear if they were the same convoys. Civil Defense volunteer Ibrahim Alhaj said rescue efforts at the scene of the attack continue. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the attack. A volunteer with the Red Crescent. (NYT http://nyti.ms/2cDBEfY)

Stat(s) of the Day…If drug-resistant infections in people and animals are allowed to spread unchecked, some 28 million people will fall into poverty by 2050, and a century of progress in health will be reversed, the World Bank said on Monday. By 2050, annual global GDP would fall by at least 1.1 percent, although the loss could be as much as 3.8 percent – the equivalent of the 2008 financial crisis – the Bank said in a report released ahead of a high-level meeting on the issue at the United Nations in New York this week. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2cNMQkB)


Kenya has failed to comply with its obligations to cooperate with the International Criminal Court in the case of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, a judge ruled, referring the country for non-compliance. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2cytfFi)

Sudan said on Sunday it would close its border with South Sudan within days if its neighbour did not expel militant groups, the government told state media. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2cNOumg)

Nigerian police have freed 14 kidnapped oil workers in the restive southern Niger Delta region, which has been hit by a series of militant attacks on oil and gas facilities, police said. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2cNOUsG)

More than two weeks after the start of violence prompted by a contested presidential election in Gabon, the search for missing loved ones continues, sometimes with grisly results. (AFP http://yhoo.it/2cKUCPh)



Amnesty International said Monday a US-made bomb was used in an air strike on a hospital in Yemen, urging Washington and London to stop supplying the Saudi-led coalition with weapons. (AFP http://yhoo.it/2cpx0zh)

Jordan has demanded a detailed explanation from Israel about the killing of a 28-year-old Jordanian by Israeli troops last week. (AP http://yhoo.it/2deiJai)

The UN’s humanitarian chief said Monday he was “pained” that aid convoys had not deployed to eastern Aleppo, as a ceasefire in Syria teetered on the brink of collapse. (AFP http://yhoo.it/2cX9sky)

Libya’s powerful general, who answers to the parliament based in the country’s east, has criticized the U.N. envoy to Libya, Martin Kobler, saying the top diplomat is “meddling” in Libyan affairs. (AP http://yhoo.it/2deiH26)

U.N. investigators reported on Monday they found it increasingly difficult to interview newly arrived Syrian refugees in Europe and urged countries to allow access to them to help document suspected war crimes. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/2cXcfu1)


A Philippine senator who led an investigation into the president’s bloody anti-drug campaign was ousted Monday from the justice committee in a vote that human rights advocates said could derail accountability in the crackdown. (AP http://yhoo.it/2dei4FA)

Cambodia’s leader responded angrily Monday to the opposition’s threat to hold nationwide demonstrations, saying such protests could sink any chances of resolving political differences through negotiations. (AP http://yhoo.it/2d6fhQ5)

China’s banking sector could be facing an imminent debt crisis, a global central bank watchdog has warned, fuelling fresh fears of a blowout in the world’s second largest economy which could hit the global financial system. (AFP http://yhoo.it/2cXcJ3p)

China plans to provide an additional $100 million in assistance to help deal with the global refugee and migrant crisis and is also considering setting aside a $1 billion fund for the purpose, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Monday. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/2cytoZb)

At least eight people have been killed and thousands displaced by clashes in southeast Myanmar, rebels and border forces said Monday, violence that threatens to undercut the new government’s push for peace. (AFP http://yhoo.it/2dej8cP)

Indonesian forest fires that choked a swath of Southeast Asia with a smoky haze for weeks last year may have caused more than 100,000 deaths, according to new research that will add to pressure on Indonesia’s government to tackle the annual crisis. (AP http://yhoo.it/2dbutaE)

Opposition to Chinese-invested hydropower schemes in Myanmar is being orchestrated by “extreme” groups in the country and has been extremely damaging to joint investment projects, an influential Chinese newspaper wrote on Monday. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/2dbuawx)

The Philippines could suspend at least 10 more mines under an environmental crackdown on the sector, the minister in charge of mining said, in a move that threatens to halt the operations of half the mines in the world’s top supplier of nickel ore. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/2demIDL)

The U.S. decision to lift trade sanctions against Myanmar has been welcomed by local economists and businessmen, who say it will remove a major constraint on international trade with the impoverished country and boost growth across its economy.  (VOA http://bit.ly/2demGfd)

An effort to boost large-scale solar energy production in Pakistan has hit a roadblock after the government cut the rate it pays for solar electricity, frustrating investors. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/2cyt9xj)

The Americas

U.S. society is uncomfortable with powerful women and that is why the United States has not yet elected a woman president, President Barack Obama said on Sunday. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/2cKUkYO)

As Colombia’s FARC rebels prepare to sign a historic peace deal with the government, dissident guerrillas are reportedly clinging to their guns deep in the Amazon rainforest, targeting its gold. (AFP http://yhoo.it/2dbvwHx)

Congressional negotiators on Monday pressed to wrap up a must-do spending bill to prevent an election-season government shutdown and finally provide money to battle the threat of the Zika virus, but numerous sticking points remain. (AP http://yhoo.it/2dbuYkO)

…and the rest

The United Kingdom’s contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria comes with strings attached: The country will withhold 10 percent of its pledge if the Global Fund fails to meet 10 benchmarks for improvement. (Devex http://bit.ly/2cDCY2f)

With more people forced to flee their homes than at any time since World War II, global leaders on Monday approved a declaration aimed at providing a more coordinated and humane response to the refugee crisis that has strained resources and stoked divisions from Africa to Europe. (AP http://yhoo.it/2dbt18f)

Several dozen refugees have staged a protest in an asylum center in Slovenia, complaining that the EU nation is slow in processing their asylum requests. (AP http://yhoo.it/2d6gjeP)

Western governments need to tackle a growing anti-migrant backlash by helping newcomers integrate faster, the OECD said, following a sharp increase in immigration to its member states. (AFP http://yhoo.it/2cyt3Wo)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged Monday that there would be no repeat of last year’s “chaotic” border opening to refugees, after a stinging defeat for her party in a Berlin state election. (AFP http://yhoo.it/2cNNZIE)


If the 65 Million Refugees Were A Country, This is What It Would Look Like (UN Dispatch http://buff.ly/2dbx2JF)

Podcast: Why are 63 million girls missing out on education? (Guardian http://bit.ly/2cWSp2g)

Tanzania: Are We Really Prepared for Natural Disasters? (Citizen http://bit.ly/2d618Co)

Caribbean: Rethinking Progress in Sustainable Development Era (IPS http://bit.ly/2d63gKt)

What could be bad about a global campaign against xenophobia? (IRIN http://bit.ly/2cysuMe)

‘Til death do us part (Africa is a Country http://buff.ly/2deozbp)

Eight ideas to fund access to water and toilets for all by 2030 (Guardian http://bit.ly/2cpunxt)

What the ‘Uber-isation’ of domestic work means for women (ODI http://buff.ly/2cpUjqb)

How do you critique a project proposal? Learning from the Experts (From Poverty to Power http://buff.ly/2cKWibA)