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    News on personnel appointments at the UN and related NGOs.

    Another Veteran UN Diplomat, Staffan de Mistura, Is Named Syrian Envoy

    by  • July 10, 2014 • GOINGS-ON • 
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    Staffan de Mistura, the UN's new special envoy for Syria.

    Staffan de Mistura is the new United Nations special envoy for Syria, replacing Lakhdar Brahimi, a veteran Algerian diplomat who resigned in May after nearly two years of rising frustration trying to broker a peace deal between the Syrian government and the main opposition group in the country. Despite formal negotiations that were convened by...

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    Major New Staff Appointments at the UN and Departures

    by  • June 16, 2014 • GOINGS-ON • 
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    Maria Eugenia Casar

    Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary-general, has appointed at least a dozen new people to high-level positions — including five women — primarily in Africa in the last few months, while the organization also loses some executives. Three new force commanders have been named for various peacekeeping missions as well. At Unicef, Anthony Lake,...

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    Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein of Jordan Nominated for Top Human-Rights Job

    by  • June 6, 2014 • GOINGS-ON • 
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    Prince Zeid of Jordan.

    The United Nations secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, has told the UN General Assembly that he intends to appoint Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein of Jordan as the next UN high commissioner for human rights, replacing Navi Pillay, whose term, her second in the post, ends Aug. 31. The General Assembly must approve the nomination with...

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

    by  • January 31, 2014 • GOINGS-ON • 
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    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”...

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