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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 • 
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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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    10 Snapshots of Smarter Peacekeeping

    by  • September 29, 2014 • Caribbean, Gender-Based Violence, General Assembly, Peace and Security, Security Council, UN Peacekeeping, US-UN Relations, Women's Issues • 
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    Pakistani peacekeepers arrive in the Central African Republic.

    It may seem that major current triumphs are hard to find when it comes to the work of United Nations Peacekeeping Department and its blue-helmeted military, police and civilian units, which have hit a record high number of 130,000 personnel worldwide. Led by Hervé Ladsous, a Frenchman, the department faces daunting challenges as it...

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    Obama Speaks to the UN: Together, We Must Strike Out Terrorism

    by  • September 24, 2014 • General Assembly, US-UN Relations • 
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    Barack Obama, president of the United States, speaking at the opening of the 69th session of the General Assembly.

    Amid hypertight security at United Nations headquarters in New York, President Barack Obama told the packed mass of 100-plus global leaders meeting at the opening day of the 69th General Assembly session that the United States, in a current world of “pervasive unease,” cannot take on the fight against violent extremism and other serious...

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    US to Convene a Summit at UN on Stopping Extremists

    by  • September 3, 2014 • General Assembly, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Middle East, Security Council, Uncategorized, US-UN Relations • 2 Comments
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    Samantha Power, the American ambassador to the United Nations, speaking to the media on Sept. 3, 2014.

    President Barack Obama will hold a summit late this month in the United Nations Security Council to try to counter the surging power and strength of the Islamic terrorists that have seized parts of the Middle East this summer and other violent extremists worldwide. The summit, to convene on Sept. 25, will occur during...

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    US Toughens Its Support for LGBT Tolerance Globally

    by  • June 22, 2014 • LGBT, US-UN Relations • 
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    John Kerry

    After years of lagging behind several European countries in official support for gay rights, the United States under President Barack Obama is advancing to the forefront internationally in both domestic and foreign policies. New policies in Washington, often instituted by executive orders that bypass conservative hurdles in the US Congress, reflect the rapid changes...

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    Samantha Power Urges US Congress to Approve UN Funding for 2015

    by  • April 4, 2014 • US-UN Relations • 
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    Samantha Power

    Samantha Power, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, testified on April 2 before the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Appropriations for State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs — on the financing of the UN. (The US remains the single-largest financial contributor to the UN.) Power, who became ambassador in 2013, spoke...

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    UN Decolonizers Strive Again for Puerto Rican Independence

    by  • February 18, 2014 • Caribbean, General Assembly, Latin America, US-UN Relations • 
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    Old San Juan, PR

    DORADO, Puerto Rico — Year after year, decade after decade, the United Nations General Assembly’s special committee on decolonization has taken up the issue of Puerto Rico’s status as a dependent commonwealth of the United States. Puerto Rico is self-governing but without the full representation in Washington enjoyed by the 50 American states or...

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    Iowa Teachers Connecting With the World

    by  • December 10, 2013 • Asia, US-UN Relations • 
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    Umbrellas in China

    It is a summer school for teachers, with a big difference. Sixteen of them working in the schools of Muscatine, Iowa, have been awarded grants since 2005 to travel abroad to enhance their global knowledge through the Catherine Miller Explorer Awards, a project of the Iowa-based Stanley Foundation, an internationally recognized global organization that...

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