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Five New Non-Permanent Security Council Members for 2013-2014

2012 Security Council Elections

Overview: On October 18 of this year, the UN General Assembly will hold elections for seats on the Security Council, the United Nations body primarily responsible for preserving international peace and security. Of the ten non-permanent Council seats currently in existence, five are to be filled on this date for the coming 2013-2014 term according to the following geographic allotment: 

New Head of the UN Department for Public Information

New York, August 2012

Mr. Peter Launsky-Tieffenthan of Austria has been appointed to be the new head of the UN department for public information replacing Mr. Kyotaka Akasaka of  Japan.

UN Secretary General appoints new Special Advisor for the Prevention of Genocide

New York, July 2012

The UN Secretary General has appointed Mr. Adama Dieng to be his new Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide. Prior to this, Mr. Dieng was the Registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, he also served as the UN Independent Expert for Haiti and the Secretary General's Special Envoy to Malawi. 


UN Appointments

11 June 2012 

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Jeffrey D. Feltman of the United States as the top United Nations official dealing with political issues, as part of an ongoing series of changes to his senior management team initiated at the start of his second term in January.

World Bank Elections to take place later this month - April 9, 2012

Interviews with three candidates to the World Bank presidency are occurring this week, as World Bank officials look to replace former president Robert Zoellick.The three candidates are as follows: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, José Antonio Ocampo, and Jim Yong Kim.  Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is currently the Finance Minister of Nigeria, and was considered a candidate for the World Bank presidency in 2007.  She was also a Managing Director at the World Bank from October 2007 to July 2011, as well has holding the position of Nigeria's Foreign Minister in 2006.  José Antonio Ocampo is currently a professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs and Director of the Economic and Political Development Concentration at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. He has previously held a number of positions, most notably as the Minister of Finance and Public Credit and as the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in Colombia, and as the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs at the UN.  Finally, Jim Yong Kim is the current president of Dartmouth College.  He was formerly the Char of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, in addition to being the co-founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit Partners in Health.The elections will be carried out by a 25-person panel, with each voter representing a different shareholder within the World Bank.  Contributing states have a right to proportional representation in the executive board; those states that contribute the most to the World Bank receive the most spots on the executive board.  The five nominated and 20 elected members of the executive board will vote April 21, 2012.  Further information about the three candidates, and their interview schedule, may be found here:

Ban Ki-moon Appoints Jan Eliasson as New UN Deputy SG- March 2

On 2 March 2012, United Nations Secretary General appointed Swedish diplomat Jan Eliasson to be the new UN Deputy Secretary General. 

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UNESCO Confirms Palestinian Statehood - October 31

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) confirmed Palestinian membership in its organization Monday by an election of 107 votes in favor and 14 against, with 52 abstentions.  UNESCO is a United Nations (UN) agency that works to develop conversation and cooperation across cultural, economic, and social divides.  Ultimately, UNESCO hopes to aid the UN’s realization of the Millennium Development Goals through diplomatic cooperation and competency in educational, scientific, and cultural collaboration.


Canada's police chief to represent Interpol at UN - August 18

August 18, 2011
The outgoing commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), William Elliott, has been appointed to a three-year term as the international police agency Interpol's Special Representative to the United Nations, an Interpol press release said Thursday.
Elliott's job will be to "enhance co-operation between Interpol and the United Nations and its agencies on matters of terrorism, transnational organized crime and international police co- operation," the release said. ...

From tiny schoolgirl to UNEP big boss - August 13

August 13, 2011 

She was once the tiniest and youngest pupil in class, but today stands tall among her peers.

While Ambassador Amina Mohamed is tall, in a literal sense, (over five foot ten) her appointment as Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) also gives her a vertical boost in one of the world’s top international organisations. ...

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No Answers on Migiro's "Official Travels," Budget Chief Leaving, Ban's Job Gift to Koo - August 9

August 09, 2011 

With the UN's two top officials both out of New York, their spokespeople are having trouble explaining what they are doing.Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is in South Korea, while Deputy Secretary General Asha-Rose Migiro is listed on "official travel" from July 18 to August 16.

Yet despite two requests from Inner City Press for an explanation of this "official" travel, not a single official UN act has been described. ...

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