Musical chairs at UN – top officials rotate posts

The UN spokesperson told journalists Tuesday that “The Secretary-General has [announced his intention] to appoint Mr. Ashraf Jehangir Qazi of Pakistan as his Special Representative for Sudan. He succeeds Mr. Jan Pronk of the Netherlands, who left the post last year”. She indicated that Qazi has ended his time in Iraq, and will begin wor...

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Jan Pronk’s final advice to UN staff in Sudan last December

This was posted recently on Jan Pronk’s blog: “Weblog nr 41 February 25, 2007 Before my final departure from Sudan in December last year I addressed the UN staff in Khartoum and Juba. In my address I presented fifteen guidelines for peacekeepers. Several colleagues asked me to put these on paper. Here they are: First: […]

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SG BAN at African Union Summit – Darfur and Somalia on agenda

The continuing conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region is what the new UN Secretary-General BAN KI-MOON has said is his top priority at the moment, and he is in Addis Ababa to discuss this and other matters with African leaders meeting at the African Union Summit. In a keynote address at the Summit meeting on Monday, […]

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Zero tolerance – let’s talk about it

“The Secretary-General is very aware of the need to stress a ‘zero tolerance’ policy among the troops”, the UN spokesperson reported on Thursday, and will probably make this point in person during an upcoming trip to Africa, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, at the end of January.  The UN policy of “zero...

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SG BAN — Darfur tops list of priorities

Asked about the Sudanese President’s reported rejection of UN Peacekeeping forces for Darfur, UN SG BAN KI-MOON told journalists at UNHQ/NY on Thursday that “I just spoke with Mr. Eliasson [Jan Eliasson is the Special Represenative for Darfur, who is now in Sudan] this morning, and he is encouraged by his meetings with President Bashir...

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