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Issue 133 - March 18 - Recent Developments: New UNICEF Head, Costa Rican Candidate for UNFCCC, Interviews for Human Rights ASGMonitor
New York, March 18, 2010 - A number of developments have taken place on UN elections and appointments. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon selected former U.S. National Security Advisor Anthony Lake as the new head of United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Costa Rica named a candidate for head of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). And interviews have begun for the new position of Assistant Secretary-General to lead the New York office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
New York, March 12, 2010 - Following the news of Yvo de Boer's imminent resignation as Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), two countries have put forth candidates for the post, and others have expressed interest.
New York, March 12, 2010 - Yvo de Boer, who leads the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), announced his resignation on February 18. He has held the position of Executive Secretary since September 2006 and will leave on June 30, two months before the end of his first term.
New York, March 11, 2010 - Two more candidates - Piet de Klerk of the Netherlands and Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro of Brazil - are rumored to have applied for the new post of UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights.
(For information on the newly created position, see January 25, 2010 advertisement in The Economist outlining the position and qualifications, as well as UNelections Monitor Issue #122 (February 12) - New High-Level Post: Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights.)
Issue 129 - March 10 - Ban Appoints Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing, All-Male Composition Troubles AdvocatesMonitor
New York, March 10, 2010 - On March 4, the UN Secretariat announced the members of the new High-Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing. The Advisory Group, appointed by Secretar-General Ban Ki-moon, consists of 19 experts on development and international finance, including four heads of state. Notably, all 19 members are male.
New York, March 5, 2010 - John Holmes will step down as UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator and head of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), at the end of August 2010. OCHA announced his decision on February 24. (His decision had been reported by the Inner City Press on February 12.)
Holmes, who was nominated by the U.K. government, has served as the humanitarian Under-Secretary-General (USG) for three years, since March 1, 2007. (See UN biography of John Holmes.)
Issue 127 - March 3 - Heraldo Muñoz, Chile's Ambassador to UN, Among Reported Candidates for HR PostMonitor
New York, March 3, 2010 - Reliable sources have indicated to the UNelections Campaign that Ambassador Heraldo Muñoz, Permanent Representative of Chile to the UN, is a candidate for the post of Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights.
Issue 126 – March 2 - Secretariat Satisfied with “Good Offices” Role for Burma, No Immediate Plans to Appoint Special EnvoyMonitor
New York, March 2, 2010 - The spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has indicated that the current arrangements for addressing issues in Burma/Myanmar are adequate and that no search for a new Special Envoy is being conducted.
The former Special Envoy, Mr. Ibrahim Gambari, took up a new role as the Joint African Union-United Nations Special Representative in the peacekeeping operation in Darfur (UNAMID) in January, leaving the Burma role to Ban's Chef de Cabinet, Mr. Vijay Nambiar, under the auspices of the Secretary-General's "good offices."
New York, March 2, 2010 - With Ann Veneman resigning as the Executive Director of the United Nations Children Fund's (UNICEF) on April 30, 2010, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is responsible for selecting a successor.
New York, February 26, 2010 - The formal nomination period has closed for candidates for UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights.