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Major New Staff Appointments at the UN and Departures

Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary-general, has appointed at least a dozen new people to high-level positions — including five women — primarily in Africa in the last few months, while the organization also loses some executives. Three new force commanders have been named for various peacekeeping missions as well. At Unicef, Anthony Lake, an … Read more

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Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein of Jordan Nominated for Top Human-Rights Job

The United Nations secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, has told the UN General Assembly that he intends to appoint Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein of Jordan as the next UN high commissioner for human rights, replacing Navi Pillay, whose term, her second in the post, ends Aug. 31. The General Assembly must approve the nomination with a … Read more

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A Norwegian Is Appointed the First Woman to Lead a UN Peacekeeping Force

General Kristin Lund of Norway

A Norwegian, Maj. Gen. Kristin Lund, has been named the force commander of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Cyprus. General Lund is the first woman to serve in the force commander position in a UN peacekeeping operation. She replaces Maj. Gen. Chao Liu of China in August 2014. The operation in Cyprus is considered … Read more

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Lakhdar Brahimi, UN Special Envoy for Syria, Quits in Despair

Lakhdar Brahimi

Lakhdar Brahimi, the United Nations-Arab League special envoy on the Syrian crisis, has resigned as of May 31, ending many months of speculation on his leaving, particularly after the peace talks held this winter in Geneva between the Syrian government and the opposition failed. At that point, Brahimi blamed the collapse on the Syrian regime. … Read more

 

Ramos-Horta, UN Envoy in Guinea-Bissau, Is Leaving the Position

Jose Ramos-Horta

José Ramos-Horta, the United Nations special envoy for Guinea-Bissau in West Africa since January 2013 and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, is leaving his post, he confirmed. Ramos-Horta, 64, will become chairman and chief executive of UBrainTV, an Internet news service based in Tokyo. He has been an adviser to UBrainTV for more than a … Read more

To Educate Girls in Burkina Faso, a Fund-Raiser Is Held in New York

Leocadie

Fred Eckhard was beloved in the United Nations as the spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan, a position Eckhard left in 2005. An American, he absconded for the Brittany coast in France, where enjoys fruits de mer and his seaside home with his wife, Kathryn, a Scot, who is also a UN veteran. Though Eckhard has … Read more

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Ban Ki-moon’s Spokesman Departs, Citing Family Reasons

Martin Nesirky, UN spokesman

Martin Nesirky, the spokesman for Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary-general, is leaving his post on March 7 in New York to work for the UN in Vienna on a six-month assignment. Nesirky, who is British, has been the spokesman for four and a quarter years. His replacement is a longtime UN media official, Stepháne … Read more

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 … Read more

 

The Elders Support a Diplomatic Opening to Iran

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 the … Read more

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Jane Holl Lute, US Security Expert, Is Now UN Adviser on Iranian Exiles

Jane Holl Lute

With the appointment of Jane Holl Lute, an American, as his special adviser for relocating the residents of Camp Hurriya, located outside Baghdad in Iraq, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is showing a willingness to take major steps toward resolving a situation that has become an increasingly sore point for the Iraqi, Iranian and American … Read more

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Filipino Woman to Command Its Haitian Peacekeeping Post

Capt. Luzviminda Camacho

The Philippines has named its first woman to a command post in a United Nations peacekeeping mission. Capt. Luzviminda Camacho, who was also the first woman to command a Filipino Navy ship, will lead the Filipino peacekeeping contingent deployed to protect the perimeter of  the UN peacekeeping force headquarters in Haiti, the Inquirer newspaper in … Read more

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A Dutchwoman Leads Mission to Destroy Syria’s Chemical Weapons

Sigrid Kaag with Ban Ki-moon at the UN press briefing

Sigrid Kaag, a Dutch national, has been named special coordinator for the joint mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations, which began its work Oct. 16 to manage the destruction of Syria’s chemical stockpiles and production operations, operating under a mandate from a Security Council resolution passed … Read more

 

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The UN Cafeteria: Is Change on the Way?

Coffee urns in UN cafeteria

  Good news for the captive followers of the United Nations cafeteria: Help may be on the way. The UN is selecting a new outfit to run its food services in New York, including the main cafeteria, the Delegates Dining Room and the catering of outside events held in the private rooms clustered around the … Read more

The Times Picks a UN Bureau Chief as Syria Arms Destruction Begins

OPCW team arriving in Damascus 1-10-13

The New York Times has assigned Somini Sengupta to be its new full-time bureau chief at the United Nations. Sengupta replaces Neil MacFarquhar, who left the position this summer after five years and will be based in Moscow for the newspaper. The announcement regarding Sengupta has not been formally made yet by the paper because she … Read more

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The Elders Group Expand Its Membership

Hina Jilani

The Elders, a unique group of former heads of government and other global leaders, founded in 2007 under the leadership of Nelson Mandela, has added a former president of Mexico and an internationally known Pakistani human-rights advocate to its membership. The inclusion of Ernesto Zedillo, president of Mexico from 1994 to 2000, and Hina Jilani, … Read more

Susan Rice Leaves the UN as Samantha Power Is to Be Nominated

Susan Rice, US ambassador to the UN

Susan E. Rice, the United States ambassador to the United Nations and a member of President Obama’s Cabinet, will become the country’s national security adviser, replacing Tom Donilon, 58, who has resigned, as expected. Rice’s new position will not require approval from the Senate. Obama will announce that Samantha Power, 42, is to be nominated … Read more

 

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Mali Peacekeeping Mission’s New Envoy and Other Appointments

Bert Koenders in Bouake, Ivory Coast

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Albert Gerard Koenders as the first special envoy to Mali under a new peacekeeping mission created by the Security Council in late April. Additionally, the next executive director of the Security Council’s Counterterrorism Committee Executive Directorate is most likely to be announced soon, with the front-runner being Jean-Paul Laborde … Read more

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Brazilian Wins Chief Post at the World Trade Organization

Roberto Azevedo of Brazil

The World Trade Organization has voted in a new director-general, Roberto Azevedo, Brazil’s ambassador to the trade group, pushing aside Mexico’s hopes of winning the seat for Herminio Blanco, a former trade minister. Azevedo replaces Pascal Lamy of France and will take office Sept. 1 for a four-year term. The vote, held by consensus behind … Read more

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Anne-Marie Slaughter, Writer and Academic, to Run US Policy Group

Anne-Marie Slaughter

The New America Foundation has appointed Anne-Marie Slaughter as the organization’s next president as of Sept. 1, 2013. The foundation calls itself a nonpartisan public policy think tank, though its reputation is more progressive than any other. Its annual budget is more than $20 million and it concentrates on a range of subjects, including national … Read more

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Michelle Bachelet, UN Women Chief, Resigns

Michelle Bachelet, the head of the United Nations agency promoting the rights of women and gender equality, has told Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that she is stepping down after two years in the job. Bachelet, a former Chilean president, is likely to run for president of her country again in elections this fall. She made the announcement about … Read more

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