News on personnel appointments at the UN and related NGOs.


    Bloomberg, Ex-Mayor of New York, Becomes UN Climate Envoy

    by  • January 31, 2014 • GOINGS-ON • 

    Mayor Mike Bloomberg of New York with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in May 2011 at an event on road safety.

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Michael Bloomberg, who just ended his three-term, 12-year mayoralty of New York City in December, as his special envoy for cities and climate change. Bloomberg, who will be unpaid, will assist Ban in consultations with mayors and related parties to raise the “political will and mobilize action” among [...]

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    The Elders Support a Diplomatic Opening to Iran

    by  • January 31, 2014 • GOINGS-ON • 

    Kofi Annan and President Rouhani, Iran

    The Elders, a group of distinguished former global leaders led by Kofi Annan, the former United Nations secretary-general, made an unusual three-day visit to Iran at the end of January to meet with numerous officials, including President Hassan Rouhani of Iran. It was the first trip to Iran by The Elders, who said at the [...]

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    Jane Holl Lute, US Security Expert, Is Now UN Adviser on Iranian Exiles

    by  • January 14, 2014 • GOINGS-ON • 

    Jane Holl Lute

    With the appointment of Jane Holl Lute, an American, as his special adviser for relocating the residents of Camp Hurriya, located outside Baghdad in Iraq, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is showing a willingness to take major steps toward resolving a situation that has become an increasingly sore point for the Iraqi, Iranian and American [...]

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    Filipino Woman to Command Its Haitian Peacekeeping Post

    by  • November 5, 2013 • GOINGS-ON • 

    Capt. Luzviminda Camacho

    The Philippines has named its first woman to a command post in a United Nations peacekeeping mission. Capt. Luzviminda Camacho, who was also the first woman to command a Filipino Navy ship, will lead the Filipino peacekeeping contingent deployed to protect the perimeter of  the UN peacekeeping force headquarters in Haiti, the Inquirer newspaper in [...]

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    A Dutchwoman Leads Mission to Destroy Syria’s Chemical Weapons

    by  • October 23, 2013 • GOINGS-ON • 

    Sigrid Kaag with Ban Ki-moon at the UN press briefing

    Sigrid Kaag, a Dutch national, has been named special coordinator for the joint mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations, which began its work Oct. 16 to manage the destruction of Syria’s chemical stockpiles and production operations, operating under a mandate from a Security Council resolution passed [...]

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    The Elders Group Expand Its Membership

    by  • July 19, 2013 • GOINGS-ON, Human Rights • 

    Hina Jilani

    The Elders, a unique group of former heads of government and other global leaders, founded in 2007 under the leadership of Nelson Mandela, has added a former president of Mexico and an internationally known Pakistani human-rights advocate to its membership. The inclusion of Ernesto Zedillo, president of Mexico from 1994 to 2000, and Hina Jilani, [...]

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    Susan Rice Leaves the UN as Samantha Power Is to Be Nominated

    by  • June 5, 2013 • GOINGS-ON • 

    Susan Rice, US ambassador to the UN

    Susan E. Rice, the United States ambassador to the United Nations and a member of President Obama’s Cabinet, will become the country’s national security adviser, replacing Tom Donilon, 58, who has resigned, as expected. Rice’s new position will not require approval from the Senate. Obama will announce that Samantha Power, 42, is to be nominated [...]

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