Ya Rab!

This is the picture posted today on one of the front pages of the U.S. State Department website: [The front page, here, has changing content — if this picture doesn’t turn up immediately, just enter the word “Egypt” in the search box on the opening page. The use of this photo is a real message […]

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UNSG BAN Ki-Moon — the same old same old

From Inner City Press, a great photo with an equally good caption: “Ready for questions, but only if they like them, some say“… UNSG BAN Ki-Moon speaking at microphone with UN spokesperson Michele Montas standing by his side — and holding her own little microphone. Read reports of UN evasiveness and indignant attempts at rep...

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Disarmament restructuring to be discussed today in UN General Assembly

A sub-spokesperson for the President of the UN General Assembly told journalists on Thursday that “informal consultations of the General Assembly plenary on the Secretary-General’s proposal to realign the Department of Disarmament Affairs are scheduled for tomorrow [Friday] afternoon. Consultations on the realignment of the Department o...

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Turmoil continues at UN – while SG tries a tiptoe approach

More results from the SG’s meetings at UNHQ/NY, as announced by the spokesperson: “The Secretary-General met today with Heads of Funds and Programmes to discuss the need to ensure staff mobility…The Secretary-General told the Executive Heads he has decided to open a number of positions in his own office to expressions of interest ...

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Turmoil at the UN as BAN asks top officials to submit resignations

The spokesperson announced on Friday that the Secretary-General had, on Thursday, “requested all Assistant and Under-Secretaries-General, except those whose appointments are subject to action/consultation by or with the appropriate intergovernmental bodies, to voluntarily offer their resignation from the appointments they are holding.  Th...

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It’s still way too early to tell …

…whether or not new SG BAN KI-MOON is unable to break away from old traditions, as the NY Sun suggests in an article today.  In the first place, it would be almost impossible for even the canny BAN, and even with his sharp South Korean-led transition team, to be well-versed, yet, in the UN’s “old traditions”.  BAN’...

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BAN KI-MOON is now the Secretary-General of the United Nations

The Associated Press (AP) is not sleeping.  UN Correspondent Edith Lederer writes in a piece published this morning that Ban Ki-moon takes the reins of U.N.: “UNITED NATIONS – South Korean diplomat Ban Ki-moon became the United Nations’ eighth secretary-general on New Year’s Day as the organization faced a tough array of gl...

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Michelle Montas to be new UN Spokesperson

Hours ahead of the actual transition to his administration, “Incoming UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday appointed veteran Indian diplomat Vijay Nambiar as his chief of staff and award-winning Haitian journalist Michelle Montas as his spokesperson, ” the Associated Press is reporting.  “The appointments were the first by...

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