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As we went to press in our final newsletter of 2023, Azerbaijan was appointed host of the 2024 UN Climate Summit as part of a deal that may have been made to help bring some peace to the region. Moreover, …

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The head of an oil company who doesn’t believe there is scientific evidence to support the need to phase out fossil fuels chairs the United Nations’ most important climate summit — the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the UN …

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Welcome to the November edition of the Blue Smoke newsletter – part of our continuing project to shine a light on appointments and elections at the UN. Much is asked of UN officials, and none more so than the many …

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Sounding the Alarm Welcome to the October edition of the Blue Smoke newsletter, part of our project to shine a light on appointments and elections at the UN. We’re back from a brief summer hiatus recharged and raring to continue …

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P5 Frenemies Welcome to the July issue of Blue Smoke, the monthly newsletter shining a spotlight on senior appointments at the United Nations.  Blue Smoke has spent the last couple of months following the biennial General Assembly resolution which guides …

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The Colour Line Welcome to the June issue of Blue Smoke, the monthly newsletter shining a spotlight on senior appointments at the United Nations. Spend too long staring into the abyss that is the United Nations’ senior appointment system and …

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A Matter of Time Welcome to the May issue of Blue Smoke, the monthly newsletter shining a spotlight on senior appointments at the United Nations. We talk a lot about timing at Blue Smoke because the calibre of leaders that …

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Unmerited: Where Does It stop? Welcome to the April issue of Blue Smoke, a new monthly newsletter shining a spotlight on senior appointments at the United Nations. We all know that top UN jobs are frequently awarded as political favours. …

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“It’s confidential”! Welcome to the second (March) issue of Blue Smoke, a new monthly newsletter shining a spotlight on senior appointments at the United Nations. When will the most senior leadership positions at the UN next be contested? For what …

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“It would be useless to suggest a non-American” Welcome to our first issue of Blue Smoke, a new monthly newsletter that will shine a spotlight on senior appointments at the United Nations. This edition’s title is a quote from a …

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