Eden Hazard is an “incredible” talent that deserves the opportunity to test himself at Real Madrid, says Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola.The Belgium international forward has completed a €100 million (£90m/$114m) transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu.Hazard had made no secret of his desire to take in a spell with the Blancos are seven productive years at Stamford Bridge. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Zola, who worked with the 28-year-old as assistant manager to Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea in 2018-19, believes one of the finest players on the planet will continue to flourish with La Liga giants.He told AS: “Madrid have bought a fantastic player.“This year he was incredible. And as a person, that’s how he is too. Chelsea lost a key player and Madrid have gained one.“I wish him all the best and that it goes as well at Madrid as it did at Chelsea. That’s what he deserves.“It will go well. His ability doesn’t allow for any doubts. La Liga will be good for him.“This year, he learned a lot and improved, learned to play more with the team, improved his passing. I think he’ll do well.”Madrid are looking for inspiration and leadership on the back of a forgettable season last time out and Zola believes that Hazard will bring both of those qualities to the fold.He added: “Last year, he was very good for us and he participated in close to 40% of the goals. Not just scoring but assisting too. He was really good, his numbers were incredible too.“Some leaders speak a lot in the dressing room, on the field and others do it with actions contributing important things in games, deciding big games. He is a great player for Madrid.”Hazard will be charged with the task of helping to fill the void at Real created by the 2018 departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.That expectation will pile added pressure on him, but Zola believes the Belgian will thrive if he continues to play the game that comes “naturally” to him.Quizzed on what advice he would offer to Hazard, the Italian icon said: “The best advice I can give is to keep doing what he has been doing. The rest will come.“We had many debates about football and he always told me that he performs better when he is having fun, that his best arrives when he is enjoying himself.“I hope he enjoys it at Madrid. If he does, the rest will happen naturally.”
“The UN and its Member States have much work to do. As we strive to get prevention right, let us continue to be inspired by the contributions of David Hamburg,” the Secretary-General said in the inaugural Andrew Carnegie Distinguished Lecture on conflict prevention, which honoured Mr. Hamburg.The event, which took place this evening at Headquarters, was co-sponsored by the United Nations and the Foreign Policy Association. Honouree David A. Hamburg, who discussed his new book Give Peace A Chance, was introduced by Robert Orr, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Planning. “David Hamburg has made truly important intellectual contributions to the world and to the work of the United Nations,” the Secretary-General said, noting that Mr. Hamburg, during 15 years as head of the Carnegie Corporation, helped to transform the way the United Nations, Governments and the broader public looked at a range of issues, from public health and education to nuclear non-proliferation to conflict prevention. “His work on conflict prevention has been especially notable,” Mr. Ban said, recalling that one the main priorities of his tenure as UN Chief has been to improve the Organization’s ability to address brewing tensions before they become bigger and costlier crises. “I wanted us to make greater use of the many tools available under Chapter VI of the UN Charter to prevent armed conflict,” he said, adding that in that endeavour, a major reference point has been the seminal 1997 report of the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict. The key elements of that report still resonated today, he said, citing its focus on early action, national ownership and the critical role of civil society; the need to address the full range socio-economic and political factors to ensure lasting peace; and the acknowledgement that in extreme situations, the use of force remains an important tool to prevent even greater atrocities.“The United Nations has come a long way in internalizing and operationalizing these insights,” the Secretary-General said, noting that UN special envoys are the most visible manifestations of the world body’s growing emphasis on preventive diplomacy. “These envoys can now call on rapidly deployable expertise on cease-fire negotiations, power-sharing, constitutional design, gender issues and other aspects of peace processes,” said Mr. Band, adding that UN regional offices in West Africa, Central Asia and Central Africa act as forward platforms for preventive work.“We have worked hard to bridge the gap between the political and development arms of the United Nations to more effectively address drivers of conflict,” he said. The Organization had also helped to solidly embed the Responsibility to Protect in its normative framework. While those efforts have yielded concrete results – from Kenya to Kyrgyzstan, the UN has kept tensions from escalating, and it was accompanying difficult transition processes in Guinea, Yemen and Somalia – “we are reminded on a daily basis that prevention has limits and shortcomings,” he said citing situations in Syria, Mal, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic “Our efforts in preventive diplomacy are hampered by sovereignty concerns of Member States and fears of external interference,” Mr. Pan said, stressing that preventive action can only succeed when the international community speaks with one voice. Divisions in the Security Council or in approaches among organizations can undermine the effectiveness of mediators. He noted that early warning also remains a challenge. Social media are helping the United Nations to take the pulse of a country or a situation. “But we have also been caught unprepared. And we need to improve our ability to engage preventively in fragile countries where we have only a development presence, as was the case in Sri Lanka,” he said. Concluding, he said that Mr. Hamburg’s work has enabled the international community to make quantum leaps in its approach to addressing armed conflict. “As the title of his new book puts it, he is helping us all to ‘Give Peace a Chance’” the Secretary-General said.
“We have observed since 2011 a worrying trend of legislation which has narrowed considerably the space in which civil society and defenders operate in Azerbaijan,” they said in a joint news release in Geneva. “We are very concerned about the challenging and restrictive environment which defenders and civil society currently face in the country.” The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of association and peaceful assembly, Maina Kiai, stressed that all demonstrations complying with international human rights standards should be allowed and peaceful gatherings should not face the use of excessive force and administrative detention against demonstrators, even if such assemblies are not authorized.“In times of elections, States should make greater efforts to facilitate and protect the exercise of the core rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association,” he said. “Amendments to the law on Freedom of Assembly adopted in 2012 have tightened the existing restrictions to the right to assemble peacefully, including by increasing penalties for those organizing rallies.” The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Margaret Sekaggya, noted that the right to assemble peacefully is a powerful tool for human rights defenders and civil society to freely express opinions and claim rights and freedoms. “Any undue limitations to these rights are always detrimental to their valuable work and to society in general, particularly in the context of elections,” she said. “Civil society and human rights defenders play a fundamental role in the context of elections as they are key actors in monitoring and ensuring the smooth exercise of basic public freedoms.”The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, expressed particular alarm about cases of intimidation and harassment of journalists, including by unwarranted judicial proceedings, and urged the Government to consider the implementation of its 2012 National Action Plan commitment to decriminalize defamation. “The mere threat of arrest or of excessive damages claims in civil defamation cases has a chilling effect on the right to freedom of expression in a society,” he said. “I am also concerned about a recent amendment to relevant legislation extending defamation provisions to online expression.” The special rapporteurs, who serve in an unpaid capacity, are appointed by and report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council, warned that recent changes to the 2013 law on grants could seriously deter the work of human rights organizations by imposing unreasonable fines and liability on organizations for operating outside formal grant agreements and not notifying the receipt of grants within the established period. They said, however, that they appreciated the engagement of the authorities when they have raised these issues over the past few months, and reiterated their availability to provide further assistance and technical advice on legislation and other measures affecting the work of civil society and right defenders in the country.