• General Assembly

    Ban Ki-moon’s Turbulent UN Years, in His Own Words

    by  • September 21, 2016 • General Assembly, Secretary-General, Security Council • 2 Comments

    Ban Ki-moon receives the Seoul Peace Prize in South Korea on Oct. 29, 2012, with his wife, Yoo Soon-taek.

    With a cease-fire in Syria collapsing around him and bombs destroying precious relief supplies intended for the hungry, traumatized survivors of relentless government attacks on the once grand city of Aleppo, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon used his last speech to open a UN General Assembly debating season to lash out at the government...

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    Peter Sutherland, UN Migration Envoy, Says: Do Not Shirk the Refugee Crisis

    by  • September 14, 2016 • General Assembly, Human Rights, Migration, Refugees, UN Special Envoys • 

    Peter Sutherland

    As the special envoy to the United Nations secretary-general on international migration since 2006, Peter Sutherland, an Irishman, has minced few words on the topic of people leaving their homes in search of better lives. In his role at the UN, he advises the secretary-general on issues related to international migration and development and promotes...

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    A New Year at the UN: Getting Serious About Global Disorder?

    by  • September 12, 2016 • General Assembly, Migration, Refugees, UN-NY Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 28JAN11 - Angela Merkel, Federal Chancellor of Germany captured after the session 'Revitalizing Global Trade' at the Annual Meeting 2011 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 28, 2011.Copyright by World Economic Forum swiss-image.ch/Photo by Sebastian Derungs

    Government leaders from around the world are gathering in New York for the opening on Tuesday of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, an event haunted by momentous crises demanding undivided attention and action from all member countries. Responses in both the General Assembly (whose powers are limited) and the Security Council...

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    Less Politics and More Transparency: What New Leadership Will Mean for the UN

    by  • July 6, 2016 • General Assembly, Secretary-General, UN Diplomats • 

    Mogens Lykketoft MANUEL ELIAS/UN PHOTO

    In a year when people who follow the United Nations are focusing on the election of the next secretary-general, the center of early action in that election has moved for the first time in history from the secretive deliberations of the Security Council to an unprecedented open campaign in the General Assembly, which normally...

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    The Field Grows and Shifts in the Race for UN Secretary-General

    by  • June 1, 2016 • General Assembly, Secretary-General, Security Council, Women's Issues • 

    Susana Malcorra LOEY FELIPE/UN PHOTO

    The second crop of campaigners making a pitch to replace Ban Ki-moon in January is now being assembled, and it looks like the first declared candidate on the list may well shake up the race. She is Susana Malcorra, Argentina’s foreign minister and a well-respected, internationally known former United Nations official. The next round...

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    Civil and Polite, Nations Participate in First-Ever UN Security Council Election Hearings

    by  • May 25, 2016 • General Assembly, Security Council • 1 Comment

    UNSC election May 24

    Thailand said it had no enemies, while Kazakhstan pointed out it had voluntarily given up the fourth-largest nuclear arsenal in the world more than two decades ago. Sweden emphasized it was militarily nonaligned. Italy, the only Mediterranean candidate, said it could ensure geographic balance because it sits at the crossroads of the east and...

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    The Next UN Secretary-General: Views From UN Watchers

    by  • April 3, 2016 • General Assembly, Secretary-General, Security Council • 1 Comment

    Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, and Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, at a press conference in Berlin on March 8, 2016. EVAN SCHNEIDER/UN PHOTO

    The results of the latest FUNDS survey of global experts, conducted during the winter of 2015-16, contains clear messages about the next United Nations secretary-general: s/he should be a world leader with integrity and political courage who will prioritize UN reform; and the election process should be open and transparent. There is more room...

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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 New Plan to Recruit Candidates for UN Secretary-General Emerges

    by  • March 3, 2016 • General Assembly, Secretary-General, Security Council, Women's Issues • 2 Comments

    António Guterres, ex-head of the UN refugee agency and Portuguese, has opened the way for candidates outside Eastern Europe to run for secretary-general. UNHCR

    For the first time in United Nations history, officially announced candidates for the secretary-general race, underway this year, will be interviewed publicly in the General Assembly along the lines of a standard democratic election. Mogens Lykketoft, the Assembly president and a Dane, is pushing the “unprecedented transparent process,” as he put it, in selecting...

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