• About Loraine Rickard-Martin

    Loraine Rickard-Martin is a co-founder of Compliance and Capacity Skills International, a consulting partnership on international sanctions. She is a former senior political affairs officer in the Security Council Affairs Division of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs, through 2009. She was secretary of the UN Secretary-General’s high-level panel on threats, challenges and change in 2003-2004; a lecturer on UN sanctions at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs from 2010 to 2014; and a member of the UN Board of Inquiry into the death of two members of the UN Group of Experts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in 2017. She is a co-author of "The Evolution of UN Sanctions: From a Tool of Warfare to a Tool of Peace, Security and Human Rights" (Springer, 2017).

    The UN Pension Board Rejects an Audit of Its Work

    by  • August 27, 2018 • General Assembly, Secretary-General, UN pension fund • 

    The United Nations Pension Board’s recent meeting in Rome ended with a record number of disagreements and much acrimony. The chief cause of distress was the results of the internal governance audit requested last December by the General Assembly. At the meeting, held July 29 to Aug. 3, board members directed much of their...

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    The UN and #MeToo: All Forms of Abuse Must End Now

    by  • May 9, 2018 • Gender-Based Violence, Secretary-General, WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment

    For many years now, media attention on sexual abuse and exploitation by United Nations peacekeepers cornered the UN and pushed it toward reform. Now, the #MeToo movement has put the organization — and many other major institutions across the world — on red alert. But UN insiders and supporters are wondering if the leadership’s...

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    Long Overdue: A New Boss at the UN Pension Fund and a Reformed Board

    by  • November 15, 2017 • Secretary-General, UN pension fund, WORLDVIEWS • 

    An important change was made to the United Nations pension fund last month, when Secretary-General António Guterres announced he was appointing Sudhir Rajkumar of India to succeed Carol Boykin as his representative for investments of the $61.5 billion fund. Guterres needs to make another major change, however, to address serious problems at the joint...

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    The UN Pension Fund’s Leaders Must Go

    by  • March 30, 2017 • UN pension fund, WORLDVIEWS • 3 Comments

    The General Assembly resolution passed in December could not have been clearer: the United Nations pension fund has failed to deliver on both the investment side, led by Carol Boykin, and the secretariat side, led by Sergio Arvizú. The resolution came on the heels of critical reports documenting massive foreign-exchange losses, low investment income...

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    UN Secretary-General Guterres: Please Protect Our Pension Fund

    by  • March 2, 2017 • Secretary-General, UN pension fund, WORLDVIEWS • 4 Comments

    United Nations staff members and retirees, concerned for many years about low-investment performance by our $54 billion pension fund and unprecedented delays in benefit payments, welcomed the adoption last December of a General Assembly resolution that allayed worries about attempts to privatize the fund. The resolution reaffirmed that UN financial rules and regulations remain the...

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