• Secretary-General

    UN Security Council and Troop Contributors Chided by Review Panel

    by  • June 18, 2015 • Peace and Security, Secretary-General, Security Council, UN Peacekeeping • 
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    A new report reviewing UN peacekeeping operations recommends smarter preventive steps to avoid superficial solutions. The peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast, above, mourns Egyptian members killed in the line of duty, February 2015. ABDUL FATAI ADEGBOYE/UN PHOTO

    While restructuring at the top of the United Nations and better strategies and tactics for troops on the ground are issues provoking discussion and controversy after the recent release of a report by a high-level panel on current and future peacekeeping, less attention has been paid to the experts’ admonitions to the Security Council...

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    Has Russia Dashed All Hopes for a Female Secretary-General?

    by  • April 30, 2015 • General Assembly, Secretary-General, US-UN Relations, Women's Issues • 
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    Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s ambassador to the UN

    Has Russia put the kibosh on the chances that the next secretary-general of the United Nations will be a woman? As Vitaly Churkin walked ramrod-straight in his dark suit to a working-group discussion at the UN on the process of selecting the next secretary-general, he acted as if he owned the place. Some might...

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    Eastern Europe Presses Its Claim to the Secretary-General’s Office  

    by  • April 13, 2015 • Secretary-General, Security Council, Unesco, US-UN Relations, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    Vladimir Putin

    In 70 years of United Nations history, Eastern Europe has been the only regional group in the organization that has never filled the position of secretary-general. Western Europe has had three secretaries-general; Asia and Africa, two each; and Latin America and the Caribbean, one. The 23 nations of the Eastern European region, determined to...

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    Now Is the Time for a Female Secretary-General, Says a New Campaign [Video]

    by  • February 23, 2015 • Secretary-General, Security Council, US-UN Relations, Women's Issues • 2 Comments
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    A woman who works at the United Nations and others refers to the wall of portraits in New York of secretaries-general

    Convinced that after 70 years it is time to choose a woman for the United Nations’ top job of secretary-general, a new movement led by an academic spcialist on the organization has been assembled to formally support the election of a woman for the job. The current secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, a Korean, finishes his...

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    What Matters Most in Choosing the Next UN Chief? Politics, Geography and Maybe Gender

    by  • January 21, 2015 • Secretary-General, Security Council, US-UN Relations • 
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    Ban Ki-moon, his wife, Yoo Soon-taek, meet with former Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar in Lima, Peru.

    The post of United Nations secretary-general may or may not be “the world’s most impossible job,” as its first occupant, Trygve Lie, a Norwegian, once described it. In any case, UN members must choose a successor to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon well before the close of 2016. Some potential candidates are already campaigning for the...

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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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    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 • 2 Comments
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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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