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    Steps for More Transparency in UN General Assembly Office Stir Skepticism

    by  • November 5, 2015 • General Assembly • 
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    Mogens Lykketoft, a former Danish foreign minister and the current president of the UN General Assembly.

    The president of the United Nations General Assembly has vowed to make his office more open, including publicly documenting his travels and financial contributions from outside donors, in response to the recent criminal accusation by the United States government against a predecessor, John Ashe. In a parallel move, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is organizing...

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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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    More Revelations on Former UN General Assembly Leader Facing Criminal Charges

    by  • October 16, 2015 • General Assembly • 
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    John Ashe

    Only weeks before John Ashe, the former president of the United Nations General Assembly, was arrested for tax fraud amid a bribery scandal uncovered by the United States government, Ashe was tapped to potentially take an important job in Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s office in New York. Ashe, who was an ambassador for Antigua and...

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    At the UN’s Big General Assembly Day, Big Egos on Display

    by  • September 28, 2015 • General Assembly, UN Peacekeeping • 
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    Frosty relations did not keep Presidents Obama and Putin from eating lunch at Ban Ki-moon's heads of state luncheon on Sept. 28, 2015. AMANDA VOISARD/UN PHOTO

    Monday marked another memorable day for the United Nations, drawing a record number of international leaders for the opening of the General Assembly, but it took an altogether different tone than Friday’s welcome for Pope Francis. On Friday, at the start of a three-day special session of the assembly devoted to the adoption of...

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    The Nuances Behind Russia’s Use of the Veto on the UN Security Council

    by  • September 6, 2015 • Security Council, US-UN Relations • 1 Comment
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    When Russia vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution in July that called for an international tribunal to prosecute who is responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine a year ago, it was the latest in a long string of vetoes exercised by the country as a permanent council member....

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    The General Assembly Blesses a New Set of Universal Development Goals

    by  • August 8, 2015 • Sustainable Development Goals • 1 Comment
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    A schoolgirl in northern Nigeria

    For some time, it seemed that United Nations debates over a new set of 15-year global development goals would last nearly as long as the goals themselves. But nearly three years of formal, informal and “informal informal” negotiations finally came to a close on Aug. 2, with agreement by General Assembly consensus on this...

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    No Room for LGBT Rights in the New UN Development Goals

    by  • May 17, 2015 • Development, LGBT, Sustainable Development Goals • 5 Comments
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    Amina Mohammed

    Before this year ends, the United Nations will have committed itself and its 193 member governments to a new 15-year development strategy to be hailed as a blueprint for ending poverty, expanding social justice and strengthening equality. Equality for whom is the question. Missing by deliberate design from the new plan, called the Sustainable...

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    For Elephants in Zimbabwe, a Deeply Troubling Present and Future

    by  • March 17, 2015 • Africa, Climate and Environment • 1 Comment
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    An elephant in its natural habitat in the Kariba area of Zimbabwe, August 2014. TRISHULA PATEL

    HARARE, Zimbabwe — Elephants across the African continent face poaching, loss of habitable land and food supplies and culling. When World Wildlife Day was marked this month, the United Nations General Assembly discussed wildlife crime across the globe, including the threat to elephants, which are declining in number throughout Africa. Here in Zimbabwe, they...

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    Will Statisticians Get the Last Word on the UN’s New Development Goals?

    by  • March 9, 2015 • Sustainable Development Goals • 1 Comment
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    n Burkina Faso , as part of the Project for the consolidation of peace and governance in the Sahel , UNDP implements activities to strengthen the resilience of communities and improve the livelihoods of the most vulnerable , with the financial support Government of Japan. A Kienséré village of Mouhoun , Dédougou , drilling now offers access to clean water . Credit: UNDP Burkina Faso

    There are three things you need to know about the negotiations over the United Nations’ next set of global development goals, which will be adopted by world leaders at the General Assembly this September and remain in effect for the next 15 years: Almost everybody agrees that the proposed 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)...

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