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    Filippo Grandi of Italy to Lead the UN Refugee Agency Amid Continued Crisis

    by  • November 11, 2015 • GOINGS-ON • 

    Filippo Grandi of Italy will run the UN's refugee agency as high commissioner, starting

    Filippo Grandi of Italy has been selected by Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary-general, to become the 11th UN High Commissioner for Refugees, a post based in Geneva. Grandi will be officially voted into office by the UN General Assembly next week. Grandi replaces António Guterres of Portugal, 66, who has been high commissioner...

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    Gender Balance Improves in Latest Major Staff Appointments at UN

    by  • July 13, 2015 • GOINGS-ON • 

    Lise Kingo

    New high-level appointments made by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reflect more influence by Denmark in the world body, including the recent election of a Dane, Mogens Lykketoft, as the next president of the General Assembly, starting in September for one year. Two other Danes are taking prestigious posts: Michael Moller will lead the...

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    Recent Senior Appointments at the UN Show Stubborn Gender Gap

    by  • June 4, 2015 • GOINGS-ON • 6 Comments

    Maj. Gen. Michael Lollesgaard of Denmark, the new force commander in Mali.

    A roundup of new high-level appointments announced by the United Nations in the last three months runs the usual gamut from special envoys to new heads of agencies. These new senior appointments, made by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, show a continuing preponderance of men over women, with the latest roundup revealing a startling ratio of 18...

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    Angela Kane Is Leaving the UN in a Political Shuffle

    by  • March 2, 2015 • Disarmament, GOINGS-ON • 3 Comments

    Angela Kane, the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, addressing the 2013 session of the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.

    Angela Kane, one of the United Nations’ most respected and experienced officials and the lead negotiator in 2014 in persuading Syria to give up its chemical weapons, has announced unexpectedly that she will be leaving the organization. She has been the UN’s High Representative for Disarmament since March 2012. Reports are circulating around the...

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    New UN Senior Personnel Appointments Show Gap in Gender Parity

    by  • February 17, 2015 • GOINGS-ON • 3 Comments

    Atul Khare of India

    Important new senior personnel appointments announced so far in 2015 by the United Nations secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, range from peacekeeping operations to trade and development, with other candidates named to deal with preventing tuberculosis worldwide and eradicating Ebola in West Africa. The nationalities of the new appointees include an Indian, a Bulgarian, three Americans,...

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    The US Names a Negotiator for the Next Set of Development Goals

    by  • January 26, 2015 • GOINGS-ON • 

    Tony Pipa, a US government official, will negotiate his

    Tony Pipa has been named the principal United States negotiator for the United Nations post-2015 development agenda, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals, which are being written and finalized this year to replace the soon-expiring Millennium Development Goals. The appointment reflects US efforts to become more fully engaged in the process of UN...

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    A Haitian-Canadian to Lead Global French-Speaking Group

    by  • December 16, 2014 • GOINGS-ON • 

    Michaëlle

    Michaëlle Jean, a former governor-general of Canada and chancellor of the University of Ottawa, has been named the first Canadian and the first woman to lead the Francophonie, an association of countries where French is a national language or is widely spoken. Canadian media reported that Jean was supported actively for the position by...

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