• UN Diplomats

    A Task for the Next UN Secretary-General: Review the Special Envoy System

    by  • February 23, 2016 • Secretary-General, UN Diplomats, UN Special Envoys • 
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    Leila Zerrougui, an Algerian lawyer

    When a tough independent report sharply criticized the United Nations in December for its bungled attempts to cover up, or at least ignore, the sexual abuse of children by peacekeeping troops in the Central African Republic in recent years, it named among the people responsible for letting the children down Leila Zerrougui, Secretary-General Ban...

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    US Charges a Former UN General Assembly President: More Revelations Likely

    by  • October 7, 2015 • General Assembly, UN Diplomats • 2 Comments
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    John Ashe, left, a former president of the United Nations General Assembly, has been indicted for tax fraud in a bribery scheme. Afaf Konja, right, was his spokeswoman. They appear at a UN event in February 2014.

    A luxury-loving diplomat susceptible to bribery, a clutch of rich Chinese with business interests and an open door to the top leadership of the United Nations General Assembly. It all adds up to not only a blow to the integrity of the UN but also a stark demonstration of the dysfunction of an international...

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    Where’s Samantha Power? Her Rare Appearances Rankle the Press Corps at the UN

    by  • May 8, 2015 • Security Council, UN Diplomats, UN-NY Relations, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 
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    Samantha Power

    Samantha Power, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, has made herself scarce in answering direct, spontaneous questions from the press corps based at the UN, to the chagrin of many reporters. The press corps is international by nature and not affiliated with the UN but housed in UN headquarters, where reporters can...

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    Guatemala’s Role on the Security Council, as Viewed by Its Ambassador

    by  • March 5, 2013 • ICC, Security Council, UN Diplomats • 3 Comments
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    Gert Rosenthal, Guatemala's ambassador to the UN

    Gert Rosenthal does not sound like a Spanish name, but the mother of Rosenthal, the Guatemalan ambassador to the United Nations, was born there and his father was German. To complicate matters, “a little accident happened,” he said, as his parents, Florence and Ludwig, left Germany in the 1930s, and Rosenthal was born in...

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    New Spokeswoman Joining US Mission to the UN

    by  • July 20, 2012 • GOINGS-ON, UN Diplomats, US-UN Relations • 6 Comments
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    Erin Pelton, the new spokeswoman for the United States mission to the United Nations.

    Susan Rice, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, announced to the UN press corps on July 20 that Mark Kornblau, her spokesman and the spokesman for the US mission since 2009, is leaving and will be succeeded by Erin Pelton, a director of communications and assistant press secretary for the National Security...

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    Three Diplomats Talk, Unscripted

    by  • May 28, 2012 • UN Diplomats • 1 Comment
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    UN slavery exhibition

    Three diplomats, from the United Nations missions of Jamaica, Pakistan and Uganda, were interviewed this spring by CUNY Graduate School of Journalism students. The diplomats focused on topics relevant to their countries and regions and spoke unscripted. The Ugandan ambassador responded to the video about Joseph Kony, the leader of theĀ  brutal Lord’s Resistance...

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