24 October marks United Nations Day, the anniversary of the day in 1945 when the UN Charter entered into force. In the past 77 years, the UN has worked to maintain international peace and security, promote social progress, improve living standards and support human rights. There is no other global organization with the legitimacy, convening power and normative impact of the United Nations. No other global organization gives hope to so many people for a better world and can deliver the future we want.
The Russian political elite will never accept that they lost Ukraine. Ukraine being an independent state on its own is seen by the leaders of Russian military and secret service bureaucracy as a bad joke of history from which we need to move on. And they have been busy trying to drive it back behind the apron of Mother Russia in many different ways, mostly achieving the opposite of what they intended. Nonetheless, Russian efforts to undermine the operability of the Ukrainian state have not been without success.
The 72-year-old law professor and TV personality is known among the Portuguese for his easy-going style. He is also a former leader of the centre-right Social Democratic Party, and has worked closely with the centre-left minority Socialist governments to help tackle the pandemic. He is strongly pro-European and describes his politics as “social right”.
Until the end of the month, 30 June 2021, Portugal will be presiding over the Council of the European Union for the fourth time.
The Portuguese début in these rotating presidencies took place in 1992, between January and June, under the motto “Towards the European Union”. The main achievements under that presidency consisted of the signing of the Treaty on European Union and of the Agreement on the European Economic Area.
Dr Gergely Pataki is a general and plastic and reconstructive surgeon, burn specialist, and a medical economist and manager. He is the founder of Action for the Defenceless People Foundation (2002), and since 2018, he has been acting as the Honorary Consul of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in Hungary. Dr Pataki has also been one of the founders and since December 2019 vice-president of the Council of the Central European Consular Corps. He is a member of several professional associations worldwide and holds several prestigious honours, awards and recognitions.