• Ban Ki-moon

    UN Puts on Big To-Do, Amid Tight Security, for Signing of New Climate Agreement

    by  • April 22, 2016 • Climate and Environment, Secretary-General • 

    On Earth Day, about 170 countries signed the new international climate agreement, including Dilma Rousseff, president of Brazil, here with Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary-general. MARK GARTEN/UN PHOTO

    The United Nations threw a large and lavish party at its headquarters in New York on Earth Day, the opening day of the signing ceremony for the world’s new climate agreement. About 170 heads of state and government representatives came to inscribe their names, in alphabetical order by country, in the General Assembly Hall,...

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    After Corruption Charges, UN Panel Recommends Major Changes to General Assembly Presidency

    by  • March 29, 2016 • General Assembly • 1 Comment

    Mogens Lykketoft, the 70th president of the UN General Assembly, and a Dane.

    The presidency of the United Nations General Assembly, a ceremonial position filled annually by the organization’s 193 member nations, needs to fling open its doors to basic transparency on its financing and staffing operations, says a new report commissioned by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The office of the presidency of the UN General Assembly...

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

    by  • February 23, 2016 • Secretary-General, UN Diplomats, UN Special Envoys • 

    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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    UN to Investigate at Least Seven Cases of Chlorine and Mustard Gas Use in Syria

    by  • February 22, 2016 • Disarmament, Peace and Security, Syria • 

    Syrians killed from chemical weapons attacks in 2013. CREATIVE COMMONS

    Seven possible cases of chemical weapons use in Syria — including chlorine and mustard gas — have been identified in a preliminary report released by a United Nations panel investigating who has deployed toxic weapons in the country’s civil war, now heading into its sixth year. No one has been apportioned blame by the...

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    Ending Female Cutting: Cause for Celebration or Worry?

    by  • February 15, 2016 • Gender-Based Violence, Women's Issues • 

    Inna Modja, a French-Malian singer who MANUEL ELIAS/UN PHOTO

    It is not often that the word “clitoris” is uttered in public forums of the United Nations.¬†Yet participants in the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation at UN headquarters recently heard that word repeatedly, along with poignant stories of survivors of the painful, bloody and sometimes-fatal procedure at an event marking...

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    As Syrian Peace Talks Take Shape, How Will Women Take Part?

    by  • December 26, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Middle East, Peace and Security, Security Council, Syria, Women's Issues • 1 Comment

    Syrian women refugees at the Keleti train station in Budapest, Sept. 4, 2015. MSTYSLAV CHERNOV/CREATIVE COMMONS

    When the United Nations Security Council recently approved timelines to begin peace talks and institute a national cease-fire in Syria, the language in the resolution gave no hint of the magnitude of such undertakings, nor did the congratulatory speeches afterward by diplomats delve into the details. That means the nitty-gritty work is left to...

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