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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 • 

    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 by [...]

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    Ban Ki-moon Backs Emergency Steps for Women Raped in Conflict

    by  • April 19, 2013 • Africa, Secretary-General, Uncategorized, Women's Issues • 6 Comments

    Congo women exhibition

    With the issues of emergency contraception — the “morning after” pill — and abortion still topics of tremendous controversy among United Nations members, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has recommended that both should be offered as part of an international response to the rape of women in conflict situations. Writing in his first report on the subject [...]

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    Gifts for the Diplomats in Your Life

    by  • December 17, 2011 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    The UN Gift Centre sells jewelry and other gifts from dozens of countries, including this Portuguese pitcher and matching plates.   JOE PENNEY

    Back in the 1960s, when weekend visitors to the United Nations could roam the grounds freely and peek into meeting halls, imagining themselves VIPs, the gift shop offered exotic tokens and memorabilia from all over the world. On one such visit, during the era of Secretary-General U Thant on a muggy Sunday in August, my [...]

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