Today it’s time to take you away from world leaders’ speeches at the U.N. General Assembly — where the rhetoric has dropped down from near a boiling point Tuesday morning to a mere simmer — and into UNGA’s civil society underbelly, where thousands of U.N. officials, activists and corporate do-gooders try to make change happen.
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Thursday’s line-up is dominated by small European and African countries. It’s not until Friday — with a lineup of Japan, Italy, Vietnam and Canada — that we get back to power players.
Speeches from long-suffering Yemen and Libya will spark the most interest. Both have civil wars fueled by outside arms. A U.N. Security Council report this month found eight countries extensively violating an international arms embargo on Libya, though Turkey claims progress towards a ceasefire. In Yemen’s case, global NGOs are desperate for money and for Saudi Arabia to step out of the conflict, which has already caused mass…