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    Personalities Can’t Be Ignored in Candidacies for UN Secretary-General

    by  • August 16, 2016 • WORLDVIEWS • 2 Comments

    Irina Bokova with President François Hollande of France,  at Unesco general conference in November 2015. N. HOUGUENADE/UNESCO

    What personal qualities are needed to become a successful United Nations secretary-general? The 2016 campaign to select a new leader features many novelties in the UN’s history: an official list of candidates, public job interviews by the General Assembly and informal panel debates in London and New York. Civil society coalitions and the current...

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    A Sorry State of Affairs: Ban Ki-moon Has No Climate Plan for UN

    by  • August 2, 2016 • WORLDVIEWS • 

    A sandstorm, or huboob, in El Fasher, North Darfur, Sudan, where the UN has a peacekeeping mission. ADRIAN DRAGNEA/UNAMID

    How green is the United Nations’ own environmental policies? Shepherding the Paris climate agreement to conclusion in December 2015 has been a major achievement of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The agreement got more than 190 states to commit to hold the increase in the global average temperature to below 2 degrees centigrade, above pre-industrial levels....

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    Why Feminists Shouldn’t Say the Next UN Secretary-General Must Be a Woman

    by  • July 26, 2016 • WORLDVIEWS • 4 Comments

    Natalia Gherman

    Twitter proved more effective than papal smoke signals in getting out the results of the first straw poll of candidates aspiring to be the ninth secretary-general of the United Nations. This is one reason that although some confidentiality is desirable in what is currently a recruitment process rather than an election, the 1 for...

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    How the UN Public Information Office Works

    by  • July 25, 2016 • WORLDVIEWS • 

    A UN secretary-general candidates' town hall was held in the General Assembly on July 12, 2016. EVAN SCHNEIDER/UN PHOTO

    BERLIN — From the beginning, the member states of the United Nations understood the great significance of efficient communication: in resolution 13(I) of Feb. 13, 1946, the General Assembly established the Department of Public Information in the Secretariat and emphasized: “The United Nations cannot achieve the purposes for which it has been created unless...

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    As the WHO Elects a New Leader, Can the Organization Redo Itself?

    by  • June 24, 2016 • WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment

    ©OPS/OMS Sebastián Oliel

    GENEVA — Diplomacy in the World Health Organization looms larger than it should because it covers not only relations between its secretariat and member states but also relations among the organization’s seven major offices, each with a politically elected head. As the WHO prepares to elect its next director-general to replace Margaret Chan of...

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    A Woman, a Bombast and a Socialist: The UN and US Elections

    by  • June 20, 2016 • Secretary-General, WORLDVIEWS • 

    J. CARRIER/UN PHOTO

    The major contenders for one of the highest public offices in the world include the first possible female candidate for the position; a slightly aggressive (and that’s what his friends say about him) surprise candidate; and a socialist who’s not really supposed to be there but has garnered enough support to possibly be a...

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