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    Burkina Faso’s People, Opposing an Autocrat, Feel Let Down by the UN

    by  • November 5, 2014 • Africa, Governance, Secretary-General, Security Council, US Foreign Relations • 
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    Compaoré

    The fast-moving people-power coup that ousted a longtime leader of the landlocked West African country of Burkina Faso took not only powerful nations and  international institutions by surprise — including the United Nations, France, the United States, the African Union and African regional groups — but also the Burkina protesters themselves. The demonstrations started...

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    Can Good Governance Become a Global Development Goal?

    by  • October 28, 2014 • Development, Secretary-General, Sustainable Development Goals • 1 Comment
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    Newsstand, New York City - Neil Hester

    British Prime Minister David Cameron had two clear messages when he spoke at a post-2015 global development goals forum on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly last month. The first was his emphatic view that the General Assembly panel’s proposal for 17 Sustainable Development Goals with 169 associated “targets” was too unwieldy...

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    At Geneva II Talks in January, It Is Not Enough to ‘Add Women and Stir’

    by  • December 26, 2013 • Middle East, Secretary-General, Women's Issues • 
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    Lakhdar Brahimi

    The campaign to ensure women’s equal participation at the peace talks on Syria in January has become more urgent, as certain parties recognize that women are vital in rebuilding and reconciling Syrian society. Yet only a few weeks before the talks are scheduled to start, no commitment has been made as to whether women...

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    The UN Helps Journalists in Conflict Areas, but Cannot Protect Them

    by  • November 7, 2013 • Africa, Peace and Security, Secretary-General • 
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    A Malian soldier fires an AK-47 during fighting with Islamists in Gao

    Two radio journalists from France were killed on Nov. 2 outside Kidal in the northern desert reaches of Mali. The journalists, Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, both in their 50s, were kidnapped right in front of a Tuareg official’s home by gunmen and found dead just miles from town, their throats slashed and bodies...

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    Ban Confirms Chemical Weapons Were Leashed on Syrians, Based on UN Report

    by  • September 16, 2013 • Disarmament, Middle East, Secretary-General, Security Council • 
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    Secretary General receives report on chemical weapons use in Syria

    The much-awaited report by the United Nations investigative mission on the use of chemical weapons in Syria on Aug. 21 in Ghouta has been handed over to the secretary-general by Ake Sellstrom, the head of the mission; it has not been released to the public yet by the UN but France put it online....

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    Ban Ki-Moon’s Life on Sundays

    by  • September 9, 2013 • Secretary-General • 
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    UN SG meets with Mayor of Vienna

    Ban Ki-moon, 69, has been the secretary-general of the United Nations since 2007. A South Korean, Ban spent his childhood in a war-torn country and later experienced its rebirth as an industrial power in Asia. His job never stops, so on Sundays he works, taking calls on his BlackBerry and responding to queries from...

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    The UN Awaits Results of Chemical Weapons Analysis From Syria

    by  • September 3, 2013 • Disarmament, Middle East, Secretary-General, Security Council • 
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    Ban Ki-moon

      In the daily unfolding drama behind the recent investigation by a United Nations team on the use of chemical weapons in Syria, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today that all biomedical and environmental samples gathered by the inspectors “at sites of possible chemical weapons use in Syria” will arrive at designated laboratories in...

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    It’s Down to Latin America v. Africa to Lead UN Women

    by  • June 29, 2013 • Africa, Secretary-General, Women's Issues • 4 Comments
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    Alcinda Abreu, environment minister of Mozambique

    After several months of public speculation at the United Nations, two candidates are now in tight contention for the executive director post of UN Women, the main agency tasked with promoting the treatment and rights of women worldwide since it began operating in January 2011. Rebeca Grynspan, 57, is one contender. Since 2010, she...

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    US to Increase Military Aid to Syrian Rebels, in Response to Chemical Weapons Use

    by  • June 13, 2013 • Peace and Security, Secretary-General, Uncategorized • 
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    Sellstrom and Ban Ki-moon

    The United States will be increasing the “scope and scale” of its help to the main opposition group fighting in Syria against the country’s regime, based on recent assessments that the Syrian government used chemical weapons on several occasions in the last two months against the rebels and others. After a “confident” assessment made...

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    Congo Army Rapes Detailed in UN Report as Special Brigade Arrives

    by  • May 15, 2013 • Africa, Peace and Security, Secretary-General, Security Council, Women's Issues • 3 Comments
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    UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region visit in Goma

    The cycle of sexual violence that has been churning throughout the eastern half of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has refused to stop, despite all the steps the United Nations has taken over decades to end the epidemic. Just last fall, systematic rapes, committed by the Congolese Army, occurred in an area around...

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