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UN Peacekeeping: Big Budget Cuts but at What Cost?

LONDON — With little fanfare at the end of June, the United Nations General Assembly agreed to a peacekeeping budget for the financial year from July 2017 to July 2018. The budget contained significant cuts as well as a shift in focus toward the UN’s more complicated missions in Francophone Africa and away from missions … Read more

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Russia Maneuvers to Block Benefits for LGBT Employees of the UN

A new policy affecting the dependents of United Nations staff members in same-sex marriages could be overturned in a vote by the General Assembly’s Fifth Committee on Tuesday. The new policy being challenged signifies a small step toward eliminating discrimination in the UN. Overturning it would be a major step backward for equal treatment of … Read more

A US Diplomat Blasts UN Working Methods and Costs

Joseph M. Torsella, a US ambassador

Not quite two years into his term as the United States representative for UN management and reform, an angry Ambassador Joseph M. Torsella has had enough. In some recent speeches, Torsella, a former head of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia (and obviously not a diplomat by training) has turned to exasperation and sarcasm to … Read more

 

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