• About A. Edward Elmendorf

    A. Edward Elmendorf, who lives in Washington, is a former president and chief executive of the United Nations Association of the USA. He is a member of UNA's Leo Nevas Human Rights Task Force and spent most of his career, before retiring, at the World Bank.

    American Citizens Voice Their Ideas for the Future Development Goals

    by  • April 27, 2014 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    UN high-level panel devising the post-2015 development agenda

    The concept of universality and how it would play out in devising the future set of United Nations development goals drew significant attention among a group of more than 1,000 Americans who participated in the continuing international conversation centered on the topic. This contingent of American citizens, based in a dozen cities across the United...

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    Jan Eliasson Explains His Role as No. 2 at the UN

    by  • January 19, 2014 • Deputy Secretary-General, Development, Peace and Security • 
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    Jan Eliasson, deputy secretary-general of the UN

    Jan Eliasson has been the deputy secretary-general of the United Nations since July 2012, the second in command after Ban Ki-moon. Eliasson, 73, is a former Swedish foreign minister and was ambassador to the United States twice, among other foreign postings. He was also president of the UN General Assembly and a key UN...

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    Reasons to Love and Criticize the UN

    by  • November 4, 2012 • BOOKS, US-UN Relations • 
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    Minustah in Haiti peacekeepers

    In his new book, “Living With the UN: American Responsibilities and International Order,” Kenneth Anderson forces readers who lean sympathetically toward the United Nations to consider why they support it despite its faults. On the other hand, the acerbic views of Anderson, a law professor at American University, about the UN are deeply colored by...

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    In Washington, the Human Rights Council Endures Scrutiny

    by  • November 13, 2011 • Human Rights, US-UN Relations, WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment
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    The Kyrgyzstan delegate at the General Assembly submits her ballot for Human Rights Council elections this spring.  The council was scrutinized in Washington in October to favorable and critical views.  DEVRA BERKOWITZ/UN PHOTO

    WASHINGTON — The United Nations Human Rights Council is attracting more attention here by both supporters and critics in the government and beyond. Some of the council’s defenders and naysayers, speaking at various Washington venues last month, ultimately expressed the same goal: to see the rights body improve. The council’s action last winter recommending...

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