• Staffan de Mistura

    Syrian Peace Activists Assert Their Political Role With New UN Envoy

    by  • October 13, 2014 • 
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    Staffan de Mistura, the new United Nations special envoy to Syria, made his first visit to Damascus in his post in September. He met with, among others, members of the Syrian Civil Coalition, a lobby of civil society organizations, activists and initiatives that seeks to influence decision-makers regarding policies and resolutions to transform the...

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    Jim Mclay

    Turkey Loses as Five New Elected Members to Join the Security Council

    by  • October 16, 2014 • 
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    Five new members have been elected to join the United Nations Security Council: Angola, Venezuela, Malaysia, New Zealand and Spain. The first three countries ran unopposed for the five two-year term seats open on the council, representing their regions, respectively: Africa, Latin America and Caribbean and Asia. New Zealand and Spain ran for the...

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    A UN Agency Keeps Its Promise to Provide On-Site Child Care

    by  • October 20, 2014 • 
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    ROME — A much-anticipated child-care center opened at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s headquarters here on Sept. 1, taking up to 60 children from 3 months to 3 years old. In doing so, the agency is making good on a long-overdue promise to its staff members as well as carrying out recommendations from an independent evaluation...

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