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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 ...

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

Dan Glickman | Posted 07.07.2015 | 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.

Beautiful New UN Video Presents LGBT "Everyday Heroes" to the World

Charles Radcliffe | Posted 05.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Charles Radcliffe

New York City's Times Square - with its throngs of visitors, office workers, hawkers of fake designer wear and life-sized Elmos and Buzz Lightyears - today serves as the unusual setting for a United Nations video launch.

Girls Left Behind: Review of Secretary General's Report Leaves Much to Be Desired for Girls, Women

Lyric Thompson | Posted 02.08.2015 | Impact
Lyric Thompson

The omission of an explicit reference to key rights and standards related to gender equality is a missed opportunity, particularly given that we have successfully negotiated for them in UN conferences before.

The Politics of UN Leadership

Shashi Tharoor | Posted 01.17.2015 | World
Shashi Tharoor

The contest for UN secretary-general is about neither vision nor the best resume, language skills, administrative ability, or even personal charisma. It is a political decision, made principally by the Permanent 5 members of the Security Council. The result is that the "least unacceptable" candidate gets the job.

Kate Sheppard

Obama U.N. Speech Will Include New Executive Order On Climate And International Development | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– President Barack Obama will announce a new executive order at the United Nations meeting on climate change Tuesday, directing federal ...

Now Is the Time to Act on Climate Change

Ban Ki-moon | Posted 11.26.2014 | Green
Ban Ki-moon

Time is running out. The more we delay, the more we will pay. Climate change is accelerating and human activities are the principal cause.

U.N. Chief Calls For Protection Of Rights In Ferguson Protests

Reuters | Posted 10.18.2014 | World

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 18 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on U.S. authorities on Monday to ensure the protection of the rights of...

World Humanitarian Day Honors Those Who Live Lives Dedicated To Service

Reuters | Posted 10.19.2013 | Impact

Aug 18 (Reuters) - The United Nations is turning to social media to raise money and awareness of humanitarian crises that have fallen off the global...

Thank You Secretary General Ban Ki-moon For Keeping Gender Equality On Top Of The Agenda

Cherie Blair | Posted 10.16.2013 | World
Cherie Blair

Eliminating discrimination against women is a strategy that will move global development progress forward. We will fail to achieve lasting positive change if women are excluded.

#OrangeDay Promotes Internet Free Of Trafficking, Porn, Bullying

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 07.25.2013 | Impact

Social media users are painting the Internet orange today in support of a campaign to defend the rights and safety of women and girls. For this mon...

Shame on the UN

Rebecca Tinsley | Posted 09.14.2013 | World
Rebecca Tinsley

For years Khartoum's proxy militia have harassed and killed UN staff, including peacekeepers. Their actions are met by nothing stronger than words of condemnation from UN headquarters in New York.

World Population Day Raises Teen Pregnancy Awareness

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 07.11.2013 | Impact

The United Nations designates every July 11 to highlight issues related to population growth, including environmental sustainability, global developme...

UN Chief 'Disappointed' By Assad Speech

Reuters | Posted 03.09.2013 | World

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 7 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced disappointment on Monday with Syrian President Bashar al...

Christina Wilkie

Prince Harry's First Trip To D.C. | Christina Wilkie | Posted 05.08.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales, better known as Prince Harry, and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon offered complem...

U.N. Chief: Syria Conflict Could Have Global Repercussions

AP | ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY | Posted 05.21.2012 | World

BEIRUT — The "extremely dangerous" conflict in Syria could have global repercussions, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday, as fres...

Palestinians Fling Slippers At UN Chief

AP | KARIN LAUB and IBRAHIM BARZAK | Posted 04.03.2012 | World

HERZLIYA, Israel — U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon warned Thursday that time is running out for a Mideast peace deal and urged Israel to make goodwill ge...

Ban Ki-Moon On Syria: 'I Don't Think We Can Go On Like This'

Reuters | Posted 04.01.2012 | World

AMMAN, Jan 31 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday he hoped the Security Council would reflect international will when it...

Joining Up for Women's and Children's Health

Jan Eliasson | Posted 11.20.2011 | Healthy Living
Jan Eliasson

If we are to bring about the drop in mother and child mortality rates that we all wish for, integrated approaches to health and development that cut across artificial institutional barriers are the right way forward.

Jamie Oliver Pens Open Letter About Obesity Crisis To UN Secretary General

Posted 11.19.2011 | Home

Jamie Oliver has found a new target for his healthy food crusade. He has written an open letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon about the staggeri...

Ban Ki-moon Elected For Second Term As U.N. Chief

AP | EDITH M. LEDERER | Posted 08.21.2011 | World

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. General Assembly voted unanimously to give Ban Ki-moon a second term as secretary-general Tuesday, praising him for st...

International Climate Negotiations Grind to a Standstill

Corbin Hiar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Corbin Hiar

Not much has been said or written about the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change since the flurry of post-Cancun commentary. So what's been happening with the climate talks?

UN Vows to Make Voices of Poorest Heard at G20 Summit

Kiyotaka Akasaka | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kiyotaka Akasaka

Amid news reports headlining the summit of a group of 20 of "the world's most powerful economies" in Toronto, Canada, some are wondering: What about the weaker ones?

"Vital Voices" Honors Andeisha Farid in Washington

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

I spoke to Andeisha Farid yesterday in Washington yesterday, who was pleased to have just met Michelle Obama. Hillary Clinton then spoke about her in...