• UN General Assembly

    Four Easy Steps to Reform the UN Human Rights Council

    by  • October 15, 2017 • Human Rights, US-UN Relations, WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment

    Problems encircling the United Nations Human Rights Council are verging toward a major crisis. The same crisis had engulfed its predecessor, the Commission on Human Rights, leading the secretary-general at the time, Kofi Annan, to call to replace it with the Council. But the same problems affecting the former Commission now affect its successor,...

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    Myanmar, North Korea, Gender Parity: Guterres Highlights the Topics of the UN Debate

    by  • September 13, 2017 • Secretary-General, UNGA72 • 

    António Guterres, the UN secretary-general

    António Guterres, the secretary-general of the United Nations, said the top two problems he would highlight the most at the opening session of the General Assembly next week were Myanmar’s rapidly unfolding humanitarian disaster and North Korea’s nuclear-weapons provocations. “The humanitarian situation is catastrophic,” Guterres said at a media briefing on Sept. 13 at...

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    Trump to Force UN Reform Agenda at General Assembly Session in September

    by  • August 30, 2017 • General Assembly, Secretary-General, UNGA72, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    The United States is planning to hold a high-level meeting on United Nations reform during the opening days of the 72nd General Assembly debate. The Sept. 18 meeting is to be chaired by Donald Trump and held a day before he is scheduled to address the UN for the first time as America’s president in...

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    At the UN, a New Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons Is Adopted by 122 Nations

    by  • July 7, 2017 • Disarmament, Gender-Based Violence, Geopolitics, Nuclear Disarmament • 

    Nuclear buildup and threat of nuclear war became a front-page item this past week, after Kim Jong Un’s declaration of a successful intercontinental ballistic missile test, confirmed on July 4 by United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Such headlines — proclaimed on America’s Independence Day — remind the public of the ever-present specter...

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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 • 

    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 Next UN Secretary-General: Views From UN Watchers

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

    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

    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 • 2 Comments

    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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    The UN General Assembly Grows More Assertive Under a Dane

    by  • February 18, 2016 • General Assembly, Secretary-General • 

    Corridor diplomacy — private nonmeetings, informal discussions — has been the norm at the United Nations since its founding 70 years ago. It is the preferred method of its most powerful organ, the Security Council, particularly now, as the election of the UN’s next secretary-general for the 2017-2022 term is underway. In this election...

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    Steps for More Transparency in UN General Assembly Office Stir Skepticism

    by  • November 5, 2015 • 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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    More Revelations on Former UN General Assembly Leader Facing Criminal Charges

    by  • October 16, 2015 • General Assembly • 

    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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    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

    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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