• Irina Bokova

    Murders of Journalists by Militants Just Keep Coming, a Report Finds

    by  • November 2, 2016 • Journalists, Unesco • 

    Somalia, Iraq and Syria lead the world in the killing of journalists by Islamic extremists who get away with their crimes, but militants also continue to target the media with impunity in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria and Pakistan, according to the latest report from the Committee to Protect Journalists, a nonprofit group based in New...

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    Yikes Again! UN Staffers Protest Wonder Woman’s Role at the UN

    by  • October 20, 2016 • Gender-Based Violence, Women • 

    Wonder Woman is not so wonderful in the eyes of hundreds of United Nations staff members around the world. Earlier this week, a petition began circulating among personnel to ask their boss, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, to rescind the choice of the cartoon character, whose main uniform is a bustier and high heels, as an...

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    UN’s Newest Vote to Pick the Next Secretary-General? Guterres Wins Again

    by  • September 26, 2016 • Secretary-General • 

    António Guterres, a former prime minister of Portugal who most recently was the United Nations high commissioner for refugees, once more dominated the latest straw poll held by the UN Security Council on selecting the next secretary-general. The five-year term starts Jan. 1, 2017, when Ban Ki-moon, a Korean, leaves office. The fifth poll,...

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    Guterres Leads Latest Poll for UN Secretary-General Again, but It May Not Matter

    by  • September 9, 2016 • Secretary-General, Security Council, US-UN Relations, Women • 

    The latest Security Council straw poll pointing to the selection of the next secretary-general of the United Nations happened on Sept. 9, with the results leaving António Guterres of Portugal still the front-runner ever since the informal, anonymous balloting began in the Security Council in July. The latest poll is the fourth such vote;...

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

    by  • August 16, 2016 • WORLDVIEWS • 3 Comments

    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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    Men Voting for Men: UN Security Council Holds Its First Straw Poll to Pick a Secretary-General

    by  • July 21, 2016 • Secretary-General, US-UN Relations, Women • 3 Comments

    United Nations Secretary General Straw Poll Webcast

    The first straw poll to test the support of Security Council members for candidates vying to become the next United Nations secretary-general occurred Thursday morning. The vote took place amid strong interest by global media who report on the world body as well as the dozen candidates, the UN’s 193 member states and people...

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    Getting to Know the UN Secretary-General Candidates Better: A Wrap-Up of Two New York Forums

    by  • July 14, 2016 • Secretary-General • 

    When it comes to the United Nations, the word “debate” takes on a civilized bearing, with no relation to heated contests among many sides. Over two nights this week at different settings in New York, UN secretary-general candidates campaigning to fill the shoes of Ban Ki-moon in January 2017 debated publicly. One event, held...

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

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

    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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    New Candidates for Secretary-General Make Their Cases at the UN

    by  • June 7, 2016 • Secretary-General • 

    The field of nine candidates campaigning formally to become the next United Nations secretary-general grew by two on June 7, when Miroslav Lajcak, Slovakia’s foreign minister, and Susana Malcorra, who holds the same position in Argentina, spoke in public sessions lasting more than two hours each, taking questions from UN member delegates and civil...

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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 • 

    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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    Recent Senior Appointments at the UN Show Stubborn Gender Gap

    by  • June 4, 2015 • GOINGS-ON • 6 Comments

    A roundup of new high-level appointments announced by the United Nations in the last three months runs the usual gamut from special envoys to new heads of agencies. These new senior appointments, made by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, show a continuing preponderance of men over women, with the latest roundup revealing a startling ratio of 18...

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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 • 1 Comment

    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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    The US Could Soon Lose Its Voting Ability at Unesco

    by  • October 17, 2013 • UN Agencies, US-UN Relations • 

    Monticello, a Unesco World Heritage Site

    The United States may be ineligible to vote in Unesco’s November elections to choose members of the agency’s executive board and the next director-general, among other major matters, because the US stopped paying its dues as a member in October 2011. Unesco, formally called the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, is known for...

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    Schools Fail the Youngest Where Population Grows the Fastest

    by  • June 20, 2012 • Africa, Education, Millennium Goals • 10 Comments

    Congolese children in an unfinished classroom at a primary school near the Kahe refugee camp in Goma, North Kivu Province.

    Optimists in many developing countries are convinced that their expanding youth populations will be engines of economic growth in coming decades. They call this the “demographic dividend.” Social scientists and demographers in those same nations, however, are usually more wary of the future, as they focus on how those children, on whom so much...

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