UN-Scripted: Royalty, Brexit, Abbas, and Kushner

Royalty, Brexit, Abbas, and Kushner: Belgium Presides Over a Busy Security Council Agenda

UN-scripted, PassBlue’s podcast takes you inside the United Nations — beyond the carefully written policy speeches to where the real work is being done.

by Stéphanie Fillion and Kacie Candela. Learn more on PassBlue.

Belgium’s ambassador to the UN, Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve, being interviewed in his office in Midtown Manhattan by Stéphanie Fillion, a PassBlue reporter, Jan. 30, 2020. The country is rotating president of the Security Council in February, managing a tight schedule that includes a meeting on the recently announced US proposal for the Mideast.

A royal family comes to the UN in February, but it’s not Meghan and Harry on their first North American tour after Sussexit. The royal family of Belgium makes their first ever appearance before the UN Security Council. And that’s not the only exciting event Belgian Ambassador Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve has on the agenda for Belgium’s presidency this month.

In an exclusive interview, he opens up about his diplomatic experience, the European perspective on Brexit, and Belgium’s top priorities in the Council. What we’re watching: how US President Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan plays out among the Council members as Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas the plan’s architect (and President Trump’s son-in-law) Jared Kushner visit the Council chambers.

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