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Has Ban Ki-Moon Lived Up to His Goals? [opinion] - June 22

June 22, 2011
Ban Ki-Moon won a second term as United Nations Secretary General yesterday, affirmed by applause as he was the only candidate. Ban pitched himself as a mediator and bridge-builder, so it's not surprising that he has been a less visible, less controversial and, his critics would say, less charismatic Secretary General than his predecessor, Kofi Annan. But that's a question of style. It takes more than charm to make an organization like the UN effective. Has he succeeded? ...

Did Ban deserve re-election? [opinion] - June 22

June 22, 2011

 In a 2006 article for the International Journal of Peace Operations, I wrote that

During the campaign, Ban was viewed by many as the least visible [of candidates for Secretary General] and offering the least objectionable views in order to not offend any governments. With Ban at the helm, we may see the United Nations return to a more traditional “intergovernmental” role, working to consolidate the “supranational” gains achieved in the last decade.

Ban has lived up to this prediction in his self-described role as “harmonizer” and “bridge-builder” on the challenges that have faced the world community in the past 4½ years. ...

Ban Ki-moon gets second term as UN chief - June 21

June 21, 2011 
The U.N. General Assembly voted unanimously Tuesday to give Ban Ki-moon a second term as secretary-general, praising him for strengthening the role and visibility of the world body in difficult circumstances.
The 192-member assembly gave the 67-year-old South Korean diplomat another five years at the helm of the U.N. by voice vote. They applauded loudly as assembly president Joseph Deiss banged his gavel and proclaimed Ban's appointment to a new term starting Jan. 1.  ...

Ban Ki-moon and the indispensable UN [opinion] - June 18

June 18, 2011 

The United Nations, which seems to be emerging as the indispensable partner in global affairs even for the United States, will be led for a second five-year term by South Koreas’s Ban Ki-moon who took over as Secretary General in 2007.

The 15-nation UN Security Council decided unanimously today to recommend him to the 192-nation UN General Assembly for confirmation through to the end of 2016. The eighth person to serve since the UN’s creation, Ban has a mixed reputation in this very challenging and controversial job. ...

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Security Council Backs Ban for Second Term as UN Chief - June 17

June 17, 2011

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon received the unanimous support of the Security Council today for a second five-year term in office.

The U.S., Britain, China, France and Russia, the council’s permanent members, joined in the adoption by acclamation of a resolution recommending that the UN General Assembly re-appoint the former South Korean foreign minister. Council members Brazil, Germany, India and South Africa also supported the measure. ...

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Lagarde passed finish line before starting gun fired - June 15

June 15, 2011 

Based on public proclamations of support, the tally kept by the excellent global memo suggests that Lagarde already has 55 per cent of the votes – already enough to be the next IMF Managing Director. She had these before the IMF even bothered to confirm the list of candidates; and well before she’ll have to submit herself to the indignity of answering questions – in private – at the IMF executive board.

How is this possible? ...

Electing the ICC's Next Prosecutor - June 13

June 13, 2011

The term of the ICC’s first Prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, is slowly, albeit dramatically, drawing to a close. In December 2011 the members of ICC’s Assembly of State Parties will convene to choose the Court’s next Prosecutor. He or she will officially replace Moreno-Ocampo in June 2012. Every member-state of the Court will have one vote in deciding the ICC’s second prosecutor. In early February, the ICC set up a search committee to identify some potential candidates. ...

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Seeking 2nd Term, Ban Speaks Behind Closed Doors, Complaints of P5 Power - June 9

June 9, 2011

With the full court press on at the UN for Ban Ki-moon to be given a second term as Secretary General without any other candidates or debate, Ban has met with the regional groups in lieu, it seems, of giving an open speech to the General Assembly.

An African Group member's Permanent Representative complained to Inner City Press on June 9 that “at the time we need a strong man, the big powers want a weak one.” He pointed back to Ban not filling the Special Adviser on Africa position and questioned Ban's commitment to the continent. ...

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The importance of monitoring ICC elections - June 9

 June 9, 2011

The International Criminal Court (ICC) attempts to address massive human rights abuses, often involving thousands of victims. Reaching a determination of justice, with the right rulings and appropriate sentences, requires qualified and impartial judges. The election of judges at the ICC are relevant to ensure the continued credibility, transparency and impartiality of the institution.

What can be done to guarantee that nominees for the ICC bench are qualified for the position? ... 

India seems willing to consider my IMF candidature: Lagarde (interview) - June 8

June 8, 2011

French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde is in India on the latest leg of a world tour aimed at offsetting opposition by emerging countries to her appointment as head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Lagarde met top policy markers including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia. In his post meeting address, Pranab Mukherjee clarified that India has not given any commitment to support Lagarde's candidature for the top job. ...

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