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To Make the UN More Successful, Respected and Effective

Miroslav Lajčák | Posted 07.25.2016 | World
Miroslav Lajčák

The UN system has all that is needed -- institutions, norms and know-how. There are capacities, human resources, brains and hands. But maybe the system is not adequately set to be able to deal with today's challenges the way it is expected from us.

Restoring Hope

Christiana Figueres | Posted 07.15.2016 | World
Christiana Figueres

We need a UN that reclaims its standing as a beacon of hope; a reason for global optimism that calls us toward a compelling vision of the future, rekindling our confidence and inspiring each and every one of us to live up to our highest purpose. Impossible is not a fact, it is an attitude.

A UN Centered on People, Planet and Shared Prosperity

Susana Malcorra | Posted 07.11.2016 | World
Susana Malcorra

All our efforts must be underpinned by the promotion of human rights. The Organization must spare no effort to use the tools at its disposal to promote human rights in a manner that is holistic, inspirational, up-front and that recognizes the responsibility that is incumbent upon sovereign states.

Help Get More Women In Politics? One Man's Selfish Motives

Rick Zedník | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics
Rick Zedník

With Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom now set to vie for the title of Britain's second female Prime Minister, global attention turns to women running in two other elections, which reach major milestones later this month.

Selecting a UN Secretary-General Representing Humanity

Yasmine Sherif | Posted 06.30.2016 | Books
Yasmine Sherif

Is the United Nations failing? What can we expect from the next UN next Secretary-General? The questions are many as the world body takes the center s...

UK Must Block Susana Malcorra From Becoming the Next Secretary-General of the UN

Luke Coffey | Posted 06.23.2016 | World
Luke Coffey

It is time for the UK to stand up for what is in Britain's national interest and make it crystal clear that it will veto Ms. Malcorra candidacy. Not only over concerns over the Falkland Islands, but also because her track record serving at the very top of the UN during a scandal revealed her poor character.

Transparency in Search for New UN S-G

Mogens Lykketoft | Posted 06.08.2016 | World
Mogens Lykketoft

Even the harshest of UN critics would admit that new measures, including the SG hearings with all 11 candidates, have brought some much needed transparency and inclusivity to the process of selecting the next Secretary-General. At the same time, some say that that's about all they will achieve.

Fighting Slavery Should be a Priority For The Next UN Secretary-General

Nick Grono | Posted 06.04.2016 | Impact
Nick Grono

Co-authored by Anna de Courcy Wheeler, senior program officer for legal and business initiatives at the Freedom Fund. Slavery is endemic in our mod...

Weekend Roundup: Where the UN Can Succeed Instead of Fail

Nathan Gardels | Posted 05.13.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

The Paris climate accord, signed by 175 countries in April, was a high point of success for the United Nations. The U.N. has also managed to focus governments around the world on sustainable development goals. Yet, on the security side of the equation, for which the U.N. was principally founded, the record is largely one of failure. (continued)

Why the World Needs a UN Leader Who Stands Up for Human Rights

Anna Neistat | Posted 05.13.2016 | World
Anna Neistat

The UN has not failed, yet. But its ability to fulfill its purpose is in grave jeopardy. The governments who select the next Secretary-General have to answer the critics who question whether the organization is fit for purpose in the twenty-first century.

Giving Global Citizens Confidence in the UN

Helen Clark | Posted 05.12.2016 | World
Helen Clark

At a time when the UN's relevance is being questioned and its effectiveness criticised, it will be critically important for the next Secretary-General to be the best person for this unique role, a proven leader who is chosen for competence, experience and knowledge of world affairs rather than their birth place.

Prevention, Resilience, and Efficiency

Irina Bokova | Posted 05.11.2016 | World
Irina Bokova

It is our obligation to protect and to empower women, to end violence, including sexual violence, and to safeguard women's role in our societies. There can be no excuse for the appalling crimes of sexual violence. The UN has to show its strong commitment to ending impunity for violence against women and girls.

Challenges and Opportunities for the United Nations

António Guterres | Posted 05.11.2016 | World
António Guterres

There can be no peace without development and no development without peace; and there can be no peace and sustainable development without respect for human rights. The UN human rights system has a key role to play in strengthening member States' capacity to meet their obligations.

UN Stability in Turbulent Times

Srgjan Kerim | Posted 05.10.2016 | World
Srgjan Kerim

In my belief, the position of UN Secretary General is not a routine task. It rather requires passion, dedication, commitment and sacrifice.

The Future of the UN: Recapturing Humanity's Confidence and Imagination

Vuk Jeremić | Posted 05.10.2016 | World
Vuk Jeremić

It is painfully evident that the UN's current capacity to provide humanitarian relief, support, and assistance in the face of recent crises has proven to be inadequate. As Secretary-General, I would act decisively to mobilize sufficient resources on the part of the UN System to support affected populations around the world.

Fighting Poverty, Stabilizing Peace

Vesna Pusic | Posted 05.10.2016 | World
Vesna Pusic

The Secretary-General must be candid with the Security Council about what the UN can and cannot do. Too often, United Nations missions are over-ambitious and under-resourced. Such missions harm staff morale, cost lives and damage the credibility of the United Nations.

A Vision for Building a Better World

Igor Luksic | Posted 05.09.2016 | World
Igor Luksic

The last thing we need is to see the UN becoming irrelevant. If elected, my role and the role of the future UN administration will be to invest best efforts to reflect the needs of the ever-changing world. Nothing lasts forever but the certainty of change.

Who Should Lead the United Nations?

Mogens Lykketoft | Posted 04.11.2016 | World
Mogens Lykketoft

Many have suggested that the UN's most senior official should either be a Secretary or a General. This is too simplistic, for the Secretary-General must be both and more.

UN Chief Urges Countries To Resettle Syrian Refugees, But Pledges Are Few

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 03.30.2016 | World

GENEVA, March 30 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on countries on Wednesday to re-settle nearly half a million Syrian refugees in...

Jumping for Joy: Happiness Day 2016 at the United Nations

Jim Luce | Posted 05.07.2016 | Good News
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Jim Luce

Over 700 people from all walks of life assembled in a large conference room in the United Nations headquarters last weekend to celebrate the International Day of Happiness.

This Woman Could Become The World's Top Diplomat

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 03.08.2016 | World

The United Nations is set to select a new secretary-general at the end of 2016 as current leader Ban Ki-moon's term runs out, and for the first time i...

On the Choice of the New Secretary General for the United Nations: Dr. Javad Zarif - A Man for All Reasons

Najmedin Meshkati | Posted 01.19.2016 | World
Najmedin Meshkati

"Never, 'for the sake of peace and quiet', deny your own experience or convictions" Dag Hammarskjöld Introduction and Background Nearly every ten...

How Not to Select the Best UN Secretary-General

Alvaro de Soto | Posted 10.28.2015 | World
Alvaro de Soto

On 11 September, the five permanent members (P5) of the 15-member United Nations Security Council, under pressure from the broader membership of the 193-member Organization, accepted an intrusive role for the General Assembly, in which all members are represented, in the selection of the Secretary-General (SG), heretofore handled in zealous secrecy by the Security Council.

Lawmakers Say It's 'Long Past Time' A Woman Led The United Nations

The Huffington Post | Ruby Mellen | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of 28 House lawmakers on Friday asked President Barack Obama to support the nomination of a woman as the next United Nations sec...

The Next UN Secretary-General: An Experienced Woman to Foster Global Food Security

Dan Glickman | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics
Dan Glickman

Appointing a woman would show that the UN means what it says about the importance of gender equality as an instrument of wider change. The role that women and girls play in alleviating poverty and building a safe and productive society cannot be understated. Thankfully there are several qualified women candidates.