How NOT to respond to attacks on one's leadership

There’s only one convincing way to respond to attacks on oneself and/or one’s leadership: to smile and give genuine assurances that you are going to give full consideration to the arguments of opponents, or the opposition, and in any case you will sure try to do better. UNSG BAN Ki-Moon has just chosen a poor […]

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UNICEF takes a bold and brave stand … to avoid controversy, it says

From Haaretz today, this headline and sub-head: “UNICEF severs ties with Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev: UN children’s fund says company owned by mogul has been involved in building settlements in W. Bank“. And from the text of the story: “UNICEF decided to review its relationship with Leviev after a campaign by Adalah-NY an...

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No new internal system of justice for UN staff until 2009

It appears that the UN’s highly-flawed system of internal justice will not be revamped until 2009. at the earliest. Here is an exchange from the UN’s daily Noon Briefing on Monday 5 November: “Question: What reasons were given, with respect to not readying the new justice system until 2009? “Spokesperson: What was the reason...

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SG son-in-law posted to Iraq

About ten days ago, it emerged that the SG’s son-in-law is being moved to Iraq. Journalists at the UN probed the move. Here are some excerpts from an exchange between Inner City Press’ Matthew Lee and UN Spokesperson Michele Montas at the UNHQ daily Noon Briefing for journalists on 19 October: “Question: And there‚Äôs a […]

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UN apologizes for interpretation mistake

The Associated Press reported over the weekend that “The United Nations said an interpreter responsible for an erroneous report that Syria has a nuclear facility has been reprimanded and the organization has apologized to Syria’s UN Mission. Earlier this week, Syria denied that one of its representatives told the UN General AssemblyR...

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UN is looking for a few good Israelis

The first I heard of the Israeli push for its “fair share” of UN posts was in September 2000, just after the failed Camp David peace talks hosted by U.S. President Bill Clinton, and just before violent repression of demonstrations against Ariel Sharon’s visit to the Temple Mount/Al-Aqsa Mosque complex ignited the Second Intifiada....

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Internal debate continues at UN on larger staff deployment in Iraq

Despite the fervent U.S. wish to have a larger UN staff presence ensconced in the Green Zone in Iraq — and UNSG BAN Ki-Moon’s wish to accomodate the U.S., irregardless of continued opposition from the UN Staff, the decision has not yet been made, as revealed by this exchange between the UN Spokesperson and a […]

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Panel named to investigate substance found at UNHQ

On Friday, the UN spokesperson announced the composition of “the fact-finding panel that will be tasked with investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a substance [emphasis added – latest reports suggest it was not a dangeous substance, but can we really believe this?] at UNMOVIC premises two weeks ago. The panel will...

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