• Mary Robinson

    Being UN Deputy Secretary-General: Louise Fréchette Recounts Her Experience

    by  • November 12, 2016 • General Assembly, US-UN Relations, Women • 

    Louise Fréchette, a Canadian, was the first United Nations deputy secretary-general. Appointed by Kofi Annan, she took office in March 1998, bringing to the job qualifications that exceeded those of most UN secretaries-general. She had spent a quarter-century in the Canadian foreign service, including as ambassador to several Latin American counties and to the...

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

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

    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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    Russ Feingold on Congo: First, End the Conflict

    by  • April 6, 2014 • Africa, Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights • 

    Feingold boarding US Government plane

    Last year marked major progress toward finding a peaceful resolution for the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s achingly long conflict, rooted in decades of civil war, regional incursions, ethnic tensions and resource pilfering. Throughout the many years, women have borne the brunt of the fighting, caught in the crossfire between rival militias and governments...

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    The Elders Support a Diplomatic Opening to Iran

    by  • January 31, 2014 • GOINGS-ON • 

    Kofi Annan and President Rouhani, Iran

    The Elders, a group of distinguished former global leaders led by Kofi Annan, the former United Nations secretary-general, made an unusual three-day visit to Iran at the end of January to meet with numerous officials, including President Hassan Rouhani of Iran. It was the first trip to Iran by The Elders, who said at...

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    Congolese Women Grow More Demanding of Local Governments

    by  • June 7, 2013 • Gender-Based Violence, WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment

    Collecting firewood at the Kanyaruchinya IDP camp, Congo

    A global women’s organization with wide experience in peace-building recently brought together scores of prominent women from six African nations to take well-defined steps for dealing with the root causes of the persistent sexual violence occurring in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Declaring that peace in eastern Congo could bring peace to the entire Great Lakes area...

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    Congo Army Rapes Detailed in UN Report as Special Brigade Arrives

    by  • May 15, 2013 • Africa, Peace and Security, Secretary-General, Security Council, Women • 3 Comments

    UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region visit in Goma

    The cycle of sexual violence that has been churning throughout the eastern half of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has refused to stop, despite all the steps the United Nations has taken over decades to end the epidemic. Just last fall, systematic rapes, committed by the Congolese Army, occurred in an area around...

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    A New UN Brigade Will Make Combat Moves in Congo

    by  • April 11, 2013 • Africa, Peace and Security, Security Council • 3 Comments

    Nyanzale refugee camp children

      For the first time, the United Nations Security Council has passed a resolution allowing UN troops to go on the offensive in a mission against armed rebels. The combat intervention brigade will operate as part of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the northeastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Monusco)....

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    Mary Robinson, New UN Special Envoy for Central Africa?

    by  • March 13, 2013 • Africa, GOINGS-ON, Peace and Security • 4 Comments

    Mary Robinson of The Elders

    Mary Robinson, a former president of Ireland, United Nations high commissioner for human rights and philanthropist, is said to be the main candidate for the new United Nations special envoy post for the Great Lakes region in central Africa. The area generally covers Burundi, northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Uganda and some...

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