South Africa is President of the UN Security Council in March

And, on the first day of the month, Thursday 1 March, the Security Council President for March, Ambassador Dumisani S. Kumalo of South Africa, will brief journalists on the Council’s Programme of Work for the month, a UN spokesperson announced at the Daily Noon Briefing at UNHQ/NY. Also on Thursday, Eric Laroche, the UN’s Humanitarian […...

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Lebanese politicos ask to meet UN SG BAN

A UN spokesperson announced in the middle of Monday’s daily Noon Briefing at UNHQ/NY that: “[N]news just in, at 1:30 on Friday, the Mission of Lebanon has asked for a press conference for Marwan Hamadeh, Minister of Telecommunications, and Walid Jumblatt, Member of the Lebanese Parliament” There was a question from a journalist: &...

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Shashi Tharoor is NOT leaving his post until 1 April

Journalists got this information in an exchange with a UN spokesperson at the regular UN Noon Briefing on Monday: “Question: Shashi Tharoor is scheduled to speak on 1 March at Duke University and it identifies him still as Under-Secretary-General of Information. When does the new head of DPI start? Spokesperson: I can check the exact [&hellip...

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International Criminal Court Prosecutor sends Darfur evidence to Trial Chamber

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, which is based in the Hague, announced earlier today that, after a 20-month investigation, he has sent evidence to judges in a Pre-Trial Chamber, asking for the issuance of summonses against two named individuals who bear the greatest responsibility for some of the most serious crimes committed in...

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BAN says: It’s Iran’s Turn to Make a Move

The Associated Press is reporting that “Former chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix criticized the U.S. precondition on Monday as ‘humiliating’ for Iran. ‘This is in a way like telling a child, first you will behave and thereafter you will be given your rewards’, Blix said at a conference on international security in...

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