January 2014

Bloomberg, Ex-Mayor of New York, Becomes UN Climate Envoy

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Michael Bloomberg, who just ended his three-term, 12-year mayoralty of New York City in December, as his special envoy for cities and climate change. Bloomberg, who will be unpaid, will assist Ban in consultations with mayors and related parties to raise the “political will and mobilize action” among …

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Kofi Annan and President Rouhani, Iran

The Elders Support a Diplomatic Opening to 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 the …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University
Jan Eliasson, deputy secretary-general of the UN

Jan Eliasson Explains His Role as No. 2 at the UN

Jan Eliasson has been the deputy secretary-general of the United Nations since July 2012, the second in command after Ban Ki-moon. Eliasson, 73, is a former Swedish foreign minister and was ambassador to the United States twice, among other foreign postings. He was also president of the UN General Assembly and a key UN mediator …

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Goodluck Jonathan, president of Nigeria

Nigeria Attracts Latest Criticism for Anti-Gay Laws

In an open letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Michel Sidibé, the executive director of UNAIDS, the organization called AIDS-Free World wants answers to questions about how the UN will deal with Nigeria after the adoption of a sweeping law broadening the criminalization of  homosexuality. Nigeria has the second-largest number of people globally …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University
Benazir Bhutto, the Pakistani prime minister who was killed by a teenage suicide bomber in 2008.

Just About Everyone Wanted Benazir Bhutto Dead

Why write a whodunit when you can’t say who done it? This is the challenging task undertaken by Heraldo Muñoz, a veteran Chilean diplomat and United Nations official, in his new book, “Getting Away With Murder: Benazir Bhutto’s Assassination and the Politics of Pakistan.” In 2009, the UN asked Muñoz to head an investigation into …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University
Bangladesh peacekeeper at UN headquarters in Mali

UN Peacekeeping Deaths Reach 102 in 2013

The United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations tried to maintain calm in many regions in 2013, but none more so than in Africa. In December alone, it lost numerous peacekeepers in three missions on the continent. By year’s end, the department lost 102 peacekeepers, including those who died from accidents and illnesses, and 36 people …

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