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… reconciliation processes are particularly necessary and urgent in countries and regions of the world which have suffered or are suffering situations of conflict that have affected and divided societies in their various internal, national and international facets, … … dialogue among opponents from positions of respect and tolerance is an essential element of peace and reconciliation, … … truth and justice are indispensable elements for the attainment of reconciliation and lasting peace, … A/RES/61/17 International Year of Reconciliation, 2009 (PDF file)

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Ian Birrell

Survivors were given soap but no water, condoms but not food. Families forced to bathe babies in sewer-contaminated water were sent risible hygiene text messages telling them to wash their hands before eating. On top of this, cholera was imported — almost certainly by United Nations troops — to a country that had, until then, been clean of the disease. Another 8,300 people were killed, and more than half-a-million contracted the disease, which has since spread to neighbouring countries. The respected medical magazine The Lancet accused charities of competing for publicity, while I saw how their staff rented unnecessarily expensive flats, drove around in fleets of costly new vehicles and … Continue reading

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Viktor Badaker

They say the maturity of a society can be measured by the way that society takes care of its most vulnerable, i.e. children and the elderly. The respect that we pay to those we have an advantage over is an indicator of high moral values, and a golden rule of all civilized societies.

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The United Nations experience in Bosnia was one of the most difficult and painful in our history. It is with the It is with the deepest regret and remorse that we have reviewed our own actions and decisions in the face of the assault on Srebrenica. Through error, misjudgement and an inability to recognize the scope of evil confronting us, we failed to do our part to save the people of Srebrenica from the Serb campaign of mass murder. No one regrets, more than we the opportunities for achieving peace and justice that were missed. No one laments more than we the failure of the international community to take decisive … Continue reading

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David Kaye

Yet across a range of areas, I learned of deep and genuine concern that trends are moving sharply and alarmingly in the wrong direction. This is especially acute in the context of media independence. Japan has well-earned pride in a Constitution that expressly protects the freedom of the press. Yet the independence of the press is facing serious threats: a weak system of legal protection, persistent Government exploitation of a media lacking in professional solidarity, and the recent adoption of the Specially Designated Secrets Act are all combining to impose what I perceive to be significant challenges especially to the mainstream media, where the vast majority of Japanese citizens get … Continue reading

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Barbara Crossette

By many accounts, the UN has fallen off the map. Many factors are responsible for this situation. Inside the organization, competent staff members are silenced by an atmosphere that has made speaking out too big a risk to careers, even within the Secretariat or in high-profile missions around the world. Opaque, overburdened and ineffective UN information systems are largely not up to contemporary competition. Major international media have cut back coverage of the UN. Reporters who remain, denied access to officials and critical internal reports, are thrust into an adversarial role. Outside the UN, teaching and research about the organization have atrophied or have all but disappeared from most universities. … Continue reading

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渡部正樹

OCHAは、緊急時対応とその備えを強化するための国際協力を、このパートナーシップを通じて推進してゆくつもりです。あの3月11日、いざというときのための備えが、いかに人命救助や被災者支援を左右するのかを目のあたりにしました。緊急災害時における関係機関との連携及び調整、正確な情報収集と分析・発信、そして迅速かつ的確な意思決定 ― それがまさにOCHAの目指すところです。

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Dag Hammarskjöld Library

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Candidates for the position of the next United Nations Secretary-General Dr. Srgjan Kerim Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Prof. Dr. sc. Vesna Pusić Republic of Croatia Dr. Igor Lukšić Montenegro Dr. Danilo Türk Slovenia Ms. Irina Bokova Bulgaria Ms. Natalia Gherman Republic of Moldova Mr. António Guterres Portugal Ms. Helen Clark New Zealand Mr. Vuk Jeremić Republic of Serbia Ms. Susana Malcorra Argentina Mr. Miroslav Lajčák Slovak Republic Ms. Christiana Figueres Costa Rica

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theguardian

Should you make your boss notice the mistake in the list of your department’s results? Should you speak on the phone with an external counterpart about claims of corruption within the organisation? Should you show up at the farewell party of someone your bosses dislike? Because you know that if you do, they will know; the people up there, the all-powerful, enshrined in their aura of success and might, those who hold your future in their hands. They can disapprove of you, they can start rumours about you, they can sideline you. Eventually, they can send you back where you came from – a fate you suddenly cannot face, whether … Continue reading

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Stéphane Dujarric

We would urge all of those who are making it more complicated to make it less complicated.

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United Nations Human Rights Council

Indian Council of South America was disappointed that the United States did not accept the recommendation to address the cases of Alaska, Hawaii and Dakota, and to address those through the United Nations decolonization process. The many human rights violations in Alaska, and the abuses to lands, resources and culture would continue to escalate as long as the United States was not held accountable. International Human Rights Association of American Minorities said that the United States had yet again dodged the issue of the decolonization process for Alaska, Hawaii and Dakota. It would continue to do so with impunity as long as the Human Rights Council allowed it to sidestep … Continue reading

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The Millennium Development Goals Report 2015 (PDF file)

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Two dots (..) indicate that the item is not applicable. Three dots (…) indicate that data are not available or are not separately reported. An em dash (—) indicates that the value is zero (magnitude zero). 0 or 0.0 indicates that the magnitude is not zero, but less than half of the unit employed.

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Hervé Ladsous

“As Conflicts Multiply, Peacekeeping Confronts an Identity Crisis” rightly points out that peacekeeping has grown remarkably since the founding of the United Nations 70 years ago. The challenges we face — in South Sudan, in the Central African Republic, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to name a few — are indeed immense, but this is not due to an “identity crisis.” We peacekeepers know exactly who we are: We are the blue helmets and blue berets from all over the world who go to forgotten conflicts to do what others can’t or won’t do and create a window for a sustainable peace to take hold. We are undeniably imperfect, … Continue reading

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Somini Sengupta

Seventy years after the founding of the United Nations, peacekeeping is bigger and costlier than ever — and confronting an identity crisis. Not since the soul-searching that followed Rwanda and Srebrenica 20 years ago, when the United Nations was unable to prevent two successive genocides, has peacekeeping come under such scrutiny. The organization’s top leaders and donors are asking: What is peacekeeping accomplishing today, and how can it be made to work in some of the world’s worst war zones, where there is often no peace to keep?

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Michelle Shephard

New threats from “stateless” terrorism dominate world order and global politics. No one wants to talk about peacekeeping in far away lands when politicians talk of war at home.

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草野和彦

2016〜18年の国連の通常予算で、日本の分担率が2桁を切って9.68%となる見通しであることが、国連総会の分担金委員会の試算で分かった。3年ごとに見直される分担率は、各国の「支払い能力」を反映しており、日本はかつて20%を突破していたが、相対的な経済力と共に低下。2桁を切れば1982年以来となる。 分担率は、国民総所得(GNI)の世界合計に対する各国の比率を基準に、1人当たりGNIが低い国の負担を減らす「低所得割引調整」などを踏まえて算定される。 日本の分担率は国連加盟(56年)後、経済成長に伴って増加。80〜82年に9.58%となり、83年以降は2桁を保ってきた。00年の20.57%がピークで、現在は10.83%。来年からは1.15ポイント減少することになり、下げ幅は加盟国中で最大となる。 対照的なのが中国だ。来年からの分担率は7.92%で、現在の5.15%から2.77ポイント上昇し、加盟国中で最大の上げ幅となる。 かつては日本の分担率だけで、米国を除く安全保障理事会常任理事国4カ国(英仏中露)の合計を上回っていたが、時代の流れを感じさせる結果となった。

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Ban Ki-moon

There’s some misperception that UN Secretary-General or United Nations organization is a neutral body. It can not be a neutral body in a sense, it is an impartial body.

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Morten Jerven

How do they even come up with these numbers? That was the question that I wanted to answer. It was 2007 and I went to Zambia to do the fieldwork for my doctoral thesis in economic history. I wanted to examine how national income estimates were made in African countries. I was struck by the derelict state of the Central Statistical Office in Lusaka. The planned agricultural crop survey was being delayed by the need for car repairs, most of the offices were dark, and the computers were either missing or very old. The national accounts division had three employees, of whom only one was regularly in the office while … Continue reading

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United Nations Dag Hammarskjold Library

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Several MDG targets have been met The world has reduced extreme poverty by half Efforts in the fight against malaria and tuberculosis have shown results Access to an improved drinking water source became a reality for 2.3 billion people Disparities in primary school enrolment between boys and girls are being eliminated in all developing regions The political participation of women has continued to increase Development assistance rebounded, the trading system stayed favourable for developing countries and their debt burden remained low

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World Health Organization

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World Health Organization

Sudden onset disasters (SOD) occur with little or no warning and often cause excessive injuries far surpassing the national response capacities. These challenges can arise in both developing and developed countries. The demand for rapid trauma care is particularly critical in the aftermath of earthquakes. Following SODs a large number of Foreign Medical Teams (FMTs) often arrive in-country to provide emergency care to patients with traumatic injuries and other life-threatening conditions. Experience has shown that in many cases the deployment of FMTs is not based on assessed needs and that there is wide variation in their capacities, competencies and adherence to professional ethics. Such teams are often unfamiliar with the … Continue reading

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Gillian Sorensen, Jean Krasno

Since the birth of the United Nations in 1945, eight men, from Norway, Sweden, Burma (or Myanmar), Austria, Peru, Egypt, Ghana and South Korea have held this important post. The next secretary-general should be a woman.

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Andreas Gross

The United Nations Organisation as we know it today is the result of a series of compromises which were negotiated primarily amongst the great powers during the second world war and its immediate aftermath. The UN is the result of a catastrophic conflict and is meant primarily to avoid that a catastrophic conflict happens again. In the minds of its founders, it should overcome the weaknesses and the failures of the Society of Nations to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war”. The UN is also the result of a number of reforms which have changed its structure and working methods over 64 years of existence. Reform is a … Continue reading

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A visitor enjoys photos during the exhibition on Maritime Silk Road at the UN headquarters.

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1 for 7 Billion

The Secretary-General of the United Nations has to confront the most difficult and complex problems we face. He or she has the power to prevent wars through mediation, speak truth to power and push governments to take action on issues like climate change and human rights. Seven billion people across the world are affected by his or her decisions. Yet the Secretary-General is chosen in secret, by just five countries, in an opaque and outdated process. There is no job description There is no public scrutiny of candidates The Security Council’s “shortlist” contains just one name Backroom deals can get you elected No woman has ever held the post The … Continue reading

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Eric Falt

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Ban Ki-moon

The United Nations is needed more than ever at this time of multiple crises. Poverty, disease, terrorism, discrimination and climate change are exacting a heavy toll. Millions of people continue to suffer deplorable exploitation through bonded labour, human trafficking, sexual slavery or unsafe conditions in factories, fields and mines. The global economy remains an uneven playing field. At this critical moment, let us reaffirm our commitment to empowering the marginalized and vulnerable. On United Nations Day, I call on Governments and individuals to work in common cause for the common good.

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高橋幸輝

伊勢桃代は、真に国際的な視野を持った知識人である。彼女はまさしく本物。哲学、国際政治などまさにリベラルアーツの宝庫だ。

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Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC)

The IASC Transformative Agenda is a series of concrete actions that will visibly transform the way in which the international humanitarian system responds to a crisis. It focuses on improving the timeliness and effectiveness of our collective response through:    (i) better leadership,   (ii) improved coordination structures, and  (iii) greater accountability to people we seek to serve.

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David Bosco

While Israeli officials have never admitted intentionally targeting the United Nations, many Israelis contest the notion that the United Nations is a benign and impartial actor in Gaza, devoted only to ensuring the well-being of refugees in the territory. The Israeli government and the U.N. refugee organization for Palestinians — the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) — regularly trade accusations: U.N. officials have criticized Israel’s economic blockade of the territory, while Israeli officials have routinely accused UNRWA of parroting Hamas’s arguments and even being complicit in some of its activities. The United Nations’ struggles in Gaza are an extreme version of a dilemma the global body faces in hot … Continue reading

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Greening the Blue

Moving Towards a Climate Neutral UN: The UN System’s Footprint and Efforts to Reduce It There is an urgent need to improve the UN’s on-the-ground performance in resource efficiency, energy consumption and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, both in headquarters and in country offices. This will be achieved by sharing knowledge and scaling up existing solutions.

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Ylvis

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Serge Schmemann

Statistics are not usually effective at depicting tragedy, which is why United Nations reports rarely generate passion. But the figures released this past week by the United Nations refugee agency offer perhaps the starkest reflection of the strife raking vast stretches of the globe. The number of people around the world forced by conflict to flee their homes, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reported, has soared past 51 million, the highest number since World War II. Half the refugees are children; a growing number of these are on their own, according to the report. More than half of the 6.3 million refugees under the refugee agency’s care have … Continue reading

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Lena Dissin

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Paulo Filgueiras

Ban Ki-moon (centre right) and Deborah Seward (centre left) meet with participants of the DPI annual programme for Palestinian journalists.

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Maher Nasser, Samantha Power, Mark Lyall Grant

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Australian Associated Press

One of the key architects of a UN initiative to end world poverty has accused the Abbott government of shirking its responsibilities by slashing aid spending. Jeffrey Sachs is the UN’s special adviser on the millennium development goals (MDGs), which comprise eight targets that aim to significantly improve living standards for the world’s poorest people by 2015. One of the commitments rich nations made as part of the MDGs was to lift aid spending to a percentage of gross national income – a pledge postponed by Labor and abandoned altogether by the Coalition. The government also confirmed $7.6bn worth of cuts to the aid program over five years, which is … Continue reading

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Jean-Michel Jakobowicz

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United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

In the history of Earth, the law of nature has led animals, plants and other forms of life to evolve into diversified species adapting themselves to unique environments and to become its integral part to form the ecosystems. Biological diversity represents this dynamic process spanning hundreds of millions of years, and has been the key to survival, sustainability and prosperity of those species and the ecosystems in which they flourish. Human society has evolved in a process of adapting itself to such a diversified natural environment. Nature and natural resources have been the foundation of defining peoples’ life, their society and civilizations. Various forms of cultures and institutions in human … Continue reading

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United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

At the dawn of this new millennium, humankind has a historic opportunity, not to say responsibility, to make a case that is stronger than ever for a “culture of sustainability”, because cultural diversity and biodiversity are both values of and for the very long term. By focusing on “sustainable diversity”, we assume that human beings belong to the biological universe while, at the same time, they are the only species on earth that has the privilege of creating diverse forms of culture in time and space. Accordingly, they determine the earth’s whole future. This places a special obligation on them to ensure a proper balance between environmental health (especially biodiversity) … Continue reading

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Julian Burger

It held its first session in 1995 with the request by the General Assembly that it should complete the adoption of the declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples before the end on the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People in December 2004. Ten years on and with only two of the 45 articles and 19 preambular paragraphs adopted at first reading, members of the Commission might consider this, even by UN standards, slow-going. Someone with an eye for figures will calculate that at the current rate of adoption a further 310 years will be necessary – a time-frame beyond the imagination of even the most stonewalling States. So … Continue reading

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International New York Times

The International Court of Justice in The Hague rightly ordered Japan to stop its current whaling program in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary around Antarctica, a large reserve established by the International Whaling Commission. The United Nations’ highest court came down clearly on the side of conservation and international opinion. The court ruled that Japan’s whaling is not scientific research and does not justify the number of whales killed. The suit, brought by Australia, showed that since 2005 there were only two peer-reviewed papers based on research of just nine killed whales. Meanwhile, some 3,600 minke whales have been killed since 2005. The court suggested that Japan’s whaling is commercial, … Continue reading

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Divorces and crude divorce rates by urban/rural residence Rank Country Rate (per 1,000 people) 1. Russian Federation 4.7 2. Belarus 4.1 3. Latvia 4.0 – United States 3.6 4. Lithuania 3.2 5. Republic of Moldova 3.1 6. Belgium 2.9 6. Cuba 2.9 8. Ukraine 2.8 9. Czech Republic 2.7 10. Denmark 2.6 10. Jordan 2.6

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United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)

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United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

For some, the global water crisis is about absolute shortages of physical supply. The Report rejects this view. It argues that the roots of the crisis in water can be traced to poverty, inequality and unequal power relationships, as well as flawed water management policies that exacerbate scarcity…. Faced with the threat of climate change and mounting pressure on the world’s freshwater resources, the 21st century water governance challenge may prove to be among the most daunting faced in human history.

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Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Initiative

A growing number of general partners (GPs) and their limited partner investors (LPs) are adopting a more structured approach to managing environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) risks and opportunities. One reason for this is a conviction that companies that address ESG issues can achieve better growth, cost savings, and profitability, while strengthening stakeholder relations and improving their brand and reputation. GPs, LPs, associations, and the private equity industry at large have an aligned interest in communicating how the management of ESG factors contributes positively to risk-adjusted returns.

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Joseph M Torsella

We welcome the major first step toward streamlining the organization represented by the 2% reduction in the staffing table, for the first time in many years. As we have said many times, staffing costs represent the primary driver of the vast expansion in the UN regular budget in previous biennia and this agreement is a recognition that the first step in addressing spiraling costs is to eliminate unnecessary, duplicative or outdated posts. Likewise, we applaud the action taken today to freeze UN pay for one year and UN allowances for two. At a time when the budgets and crucial services of many common system organizations have been squeezed, these measures … Continue reading

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OCHA

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Susan Strange

The international organisation is above all a tool of national government, an instrument for the pursuit of national interest by other means. This elementary perception of old-fashioned realists is obscured – probably unconsciously – by most of the rather extensive literature on international regimes. Too often, a regime is represented as merely the consequence of a harmonising process, through which governments have coordinated their common interests. The power element is underplayed. Yet in reality, many international regimes have not so much been the result of a coming-together of equals, but the end-result of a strategy developed by a dominant state, or sometimes by a small group of dominant states.

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Charles-Joseph de Ligne

Le congrès danse beaucoup, mais il ne marche pas. C’est une chose étrange qu’on voit ici, pour la première fois, le plaisir conquiert la paix. J’aime les gens distraits ; c’est une marque qu’ils ont des idées et qu’ils sont bons : car les méchants et les sots ont toujours de la présence d’esprit. Il y a deux espèces de sots : ceux qui ne doutent de rien et ceux qui doutent de tout.

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United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Under the Protocol, countries must meet their targets primarily through national measures. However, the Protocol also offers them an additional means to meet their targets by way of three market-based mechanisms. The Kyoto mechanisms are: International Emissions Trading Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Joint implementation (JI)

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C. Ellison, B. Frantz, B. Lampson, R. Rivest, B. Thomas, T. Ylonen

The original X.500 plan is unlikely ever to come to fruition. Collections of directory entries (such as employee lists, customer lists, contact lists, etc.) are considered valuable or even confidential by those owning the lists and are not likely to be released to the world in the form of an X.500 directory sub-tree. For an extreme example, imagine the CIA adding its directory of agents to a world-wide X.500 pool. The X.500 idea of a distinguished name (a single, globally unique name that everyone could use when referring to an entity) is also not likely to occur. That idea requires a single, global naming discipline and there are too many … Continue reading

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Wikipedia

X.400 is a suite of ITU-T Recommendations that define standards for Data Communication Networks for Message Handling Systems (MHS) — more commonly known as “email”. At one time X.400 was expected to be the predominant form of email, but this role has been taken by the SMTP-based Internet e-mail.

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Ian Williams

Almost the only party at the UN without an effective intelligence service is the UN Secretary General himself – remember that traditionally the head of the UN Security Service has, more often than not, often comes from the NY Police Department. It was never explained how, for example, Paul Volcker’s Oil For Food inquiry acquired details of personal phone calls fromUN staff and outsiders alike, and certainly one of their American team members regularly leaked documents from the investigation to hostile legislators in Washington. Of course, whoever does it, all this spying, is illegal and unethical. But it will continue as long as the UN has any relevance, and indeed … Continue reading

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USUN New York

1. (U) Summary.  The selection of the thirty-one members of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) Organizational Committee remains stalled over the regional breakdown of the ECOSOC seats (reftel).  USUN, however, has managed to facilitate a rotational agreement among the top ten financial contributors regarding their representation on the PBC over the first two-terms, which allows for participation by each of the top contributors.  The agreement will allow the financial contributors to name their representatives as soon as ECOSOC acts, in accordance with the process spelled out in the resolutions. 2. (C) The donors’ discussions were not without controversy as Germany, in particular, demanded a longer-term rotational scheme to ensure that Japan … Continue reading

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Dimitra

Dimitra is a participatory information and communication project which contributes to improving the visibility of rural populations, women in particular. The goal of Dimitra is to highlight the role of women and men as producers, so that their respective interests are better taken into consideration and they can fully participate in the rural development of their communities and countries. The project builds the capacities of rural populations, women in particular, through the dissemination of information and the exchange of experiences. Dimitra is part of the FAO-Belgium Knowledge Management and Gender Partnership Programme.

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WFP

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. In emergencies, we get food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After the cause of an emergency has passed, we use food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives. WFP is part of the United Nations system and is voluntarily funded. Born in 1961, WFP pursues a vision of the world in which every man, woman and child has access at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life. We work towards that vision with our sister UN agencies in Rome … Continue reading

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IFAD

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations, was established as an international financial institution in 1977 as one of the major outcomes of the 1974 World Food Conference. The conference was organized in response to the food crises of the early 1970s that primarily affected the Sahelian countries of Africa. It resolved that “an International Fund for Agricultural Development should be established immediately to finance agricultural development projects primarily for food production in the developing countries.” One of the most important insights emerging from the conference was that the causes of food insecurity and famine were not so much failures in food production … Continue reading

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Ruba Nadda

Juliette is a Canadian magazine editor who arrives in Cairo for a vacation with her long-time husband, a UN official working in Gaza. Delayed, her husband asks his friend—a handsome Egyptian named Tareq—to watch over Juliette. Juliette finds herself falling in love not only with the city but with Tareq. From the surprise of men-only cafes, to the aroma of a hookah pipe, to the expanse of the Nile, the film captures the seductive charm of Cairo.

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Правда.Ру

Эксперты ООН подтверждают применение в Сирии зарина. По итогам анализа химических данных окружающей среды и медицинского осмотра пострадавших сделан вывод, что газ доставлялся “в достаточно большом объеме” ракетами класса земля-земля. Химическая атака произошла 21 августа в пригороде Дамаска Гута. Пока не последовало заявлений о принадлежности ракет тем или иным военным формированиям. Доклад расследования передан генсеку ООН Пан Ги Муну. В связи с нарушением Женевской Конвенции США планируют нанести военный удар по Сирии и лишить правительство полномочий, но сейчас дата операции отложена на неопределенный срок. Президент РФ Владимир Путин предлагает не спешить с силовыми мерами и взять запасы сирийского химического оружия под международный контроль. Глава Сирии Башар Асад поддерживает эту идею.

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General Assembly of the United Nations

The General Assembly, … Reaffirming the Charter of the United Nations, including the principles and purposes contained therein, and recognizing that human rights, the rule of law and democracy are interlinked and mutually reinforcing and that they belong to the universal and indivisible core values and principles of the United Nations, Stressing that democracy, development and respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms are interdependent and mutually reinforcing, Reaffirming that democracy is a universal value based on the freely expressed will of people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems and their full participation in all aspects of their lives, Reaffirming also that, while democracies share … Continue reading

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Wiktionnaire

Singulier Pluriel Masculin onusien /o.ny.zjɛ̃/ onusiens /o.ny.zjɛ̃/ Féminin onusienne /o.ny.zjɛn/ onusiennes /o.ny.zjɛn/

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新渡戸稲造

過去の歴史を繙けば国際聯盟のようなものを案出したことは少くなかったのである。各国間の戦争を防止せんとする計画は百年前に学者がこれを説いたことあり、また前記ウィリアム・ペンの案の如きもその一である。しかし戦争防止を実行せんとした最も有名なものは前世紀の初頭に於ける神聖同盟である。各国の国王や総理大臣が出席して、列国の君主は互に同胞のように交り、永く相親睦して争わぬことを誓った。しかもその誓約は日本でいえば弓矢八幡、八百万の神々というが如く天に在します神の御名に於て厳格に約束したのである。然るに会議して帰国すれば直ちに軍備を修めて戦争の用意をしていた。従来列国の間に戦争を防止し平和を保つために相集まって議論を交え約束に調印しても、散会すれば忘れてしまう、記憶していても、進んで約束を履行しようとしない。列国会議の成功しなかったのはただ決議または約束するだけで、これを督促し実行せんとするものがなかったからである。再度集まることは面倒であるから、結局決議のしばなしということになった。故に国際聯盟が出来た時も、世人の多数は従来と同じく失敗するものと信じていたのであるが、しかし聯盟には事務局というものがある。総会でも理事会でも一定の時に開会するだけであるが、事務局は常置の局で、ある決議を総会が行ったとすれば、局からその実行を督促する。あの決議は何時から実行するか、あの仕事の成績はどうであったかと、局は常に各加盟国の政府に督促している。例えば国際司法裁判所を構成する時の如き批准の催促状を各国政府に出すことが局の重要な仕事であったことがある。局が催促するから加盟国政府も実行せざるを得なくなる。要するに事務局は国際聯盟を成立せしめ、その効果を発揮せしむる重要機関の一である。昔の国際会議はこれを欠いた故に失敗し、今の国際聯盟はこれを有するために成績を挙げている。事務局を常設したことは国際問題を解決する上に最も大なる発明の一である。

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Partners for Prevention

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Lilia MacGonigle

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United Nations

I solemnly declare and promise to exercise in all loyalty, discretion and conscience the functions entrusted to me as an international civil servant of the United Nations, to discharge these functions and regulate my conduct with the interests of the United Nations only in view, and not to seek or accept instructions in regard to the performance of my duties from any Government or other source external to the Organization. I also solemnly declare and promise to respect the obligations incumbent upon me as set out in the Staff Regulations and Rules.

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UNHCR

Thousands of Syrians fleeing the conflict in their homeland have streamed into northern Iraq in a sudden movement across a recently constructed bridge.

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International Maritime Organization

We, the participants to the IMO Regional Conference on the Development of a Global Strategy for Women Seafarers, 2013, having deliberated on the contribution of women seafarers to the maritime industry and the attendant challenges which confront them; Declare that we commit and agree to: Work towards enhancing greater awareness of the role of women as a valuable resource to the maritime industry and to the promotion of safe, secure and efficient shipping and the protection of the environment; Advocate, in our respective countries the promotion for the adoption of policies and regulations which support access for women to maritime education and the merchant marine professions; Participate in the development … Continue reading

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新渡戸稲造

国際聯盟事務局には一人の事務総長がいる。ジェームス・イーリック・ドラモンド卿がその人である。総長の下に三人の次長がある。仏、伊、日の三国から出ている。これらの人々はその本国を代表するものでなく、一種の国際人であって、本国の利害を離れて国際事務を処理している。従てまた本国より俸給その他の手当も受けないのである。各国人にしてジュネーブに来り、聯盟を研究する者さえこの点を諒解するに苦み、やはり事務局員を各国の代表者と思っている。 事務総長及び次長の下に十人の部長がある。経済財務、軍備縮少、社会問題、保健、交通、情報会計等の各部に部長があり、英、仏、伊、日、蘭、ポーランド、オランダ、カナダ、ノルーウェー、等の国人より成り、毎週一回二時間位の部長会議を開き、各種の問題を打合せまたは討議する。用語は総会と同じく英仏語であるが、いずれも英仏語に熟達しているので、前の人が英語で話せば、次の人もそれに釣られて英語で話すが、ちょっとつかえると自分の仏語に戻り、次の人もそれにつれて仏語で話し、つかえるとまた英語に戻るというような風である。 部長の下に事務官、書記があって、それぞれの事務を執っている。事務局の局員総数は四十ヶ国、四百七十人より成っている。従来国際会議の事務所というものが設けられてあるが、その事務員は少きは二、三人、多くも五十人に上らぬ少数で事務を処理しているが、国際聯盟の事務局はこれに比すれば堂々としたものである。この内英国人は六、七十人、仏人は五、六十人、瑞西人は本国であるだけに四、五十人もいる。日本人は我輩の外に三人あるのみである。

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Arabian Oryx Sanctuary (Oman) – delisted Dresden Elbe Valley (Germany) – delisted Others – listed

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Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation today awarded a grant to the United Nations Climate Change secretariat to launch Momentum for Change: Women for Results, an initiative to showcase the active role that women play in addressing climate change. The three-year grant will support activities to inform governments, media and the public at large about the role of women in solving climate change.

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United Nations

Recognizing the importance of a strong library to support the work of an international organization and to serve as “a centre of international research and an instrument of international understanding,” “Junior” (John D. Rockefeller, Jr.) donated USD 2 million in 1927 for the construction and endowment of the Library of the League of Nations, which became the Library of the UN Office at Geneva in 1946. Through negotiations by his son Nelson, in 1946 he bought for $8.5 million – from the major New York real estate developer William Zeckendorf – and then donated the land along the East River in Manhattan upon which the United Nations headquarters was built. … Continue reading

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PRI’s The World

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Cindy Folkers

To help ensure that the IAEA’s objective of promoting atomic energy does not interfere with the valuable work of WHO on Chernobyl and other radiation and health studies; and to bring this agreement in line with our current knowledge of radiation and health damage, we ask that WHA 12.40 be amended as follows: Remove the requirement that any WHO program on the health effects of nuclear energy must first be discussed with and agreed to by the IAEA. The provision safeguarding confidential information (article 3, para. 1) be amended to allow for nondisclosure of only such information which has no bearing on health or environmental risks of nuclear energy. It … Continue reading

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Associated Press

The United States thinks the United Nations has a drinking problem. Ambassador Joseph M. Torsella, who represents the U.S. on the U.N.’s budget committee, said Monday that the tense process of negotiating the world body’s annual budget is made more complicated by the number of diplomats who turn up drunk. The U.N. budget is finalized in December, when holiday parties apparently lead to some revelry spilling over into budget negotiations. The U.S. is making “the modest proposal that the negotiating rooms should in future be an inebriation-free zone,” Torsella said during a private meeting of the budget committee. The U.S. mission released a transcript of his remarks. Some tipsy negotiating … Continue reading

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Xenia Avezov

The Brazilian-proposed concept of responsibility while protecting (RWP) has polarized opinion on how the international community should respond when civilian populations are targeted. RWP’s supporters claim it would make civilian protection interventions, especially military ones, more accountable and proportionate and rein in perceived misuse of the internationally accepted responsibility to protect (R2P). Some of RWP’s opponents see it as a deliberate ploy by states aligned with China and Russia to impede intervention. In reality, this debate is a distraction from less comfortable truths about R2P.

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Alain Jourdan

Israël était appelé à rendre des comptes devant le Conseil des droits de l’homme dans le cadre de l’examen périodique universel (EPU). Son siège est resté vide. Depuis mars 2012, L’Etat hébreu boycotte cette instance. La rupture a été consommée lorsque le Conseil des droits de l’homme a lancé la première mission d’enquête internationale indépendante sur les conséquences de la colonisation en «territoire palestinien occupé, y compris Jérusalem-Est». S’estimant trop souvent pris pour cible et déplorant «la politisation» de cette enceinte, Israël s’en est éloigné.

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UN Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network

The United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network consists of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and a number of interrregional and regional institutes around the world, as well as specialized centres. The network has been developed to assist the international community in strengthening co-operation in the crucial area of crime prevention and criminal justice. Its components provide a variety of services, including exchange of information, research, training and public education. The UN Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network Institutes (PNI): UNICRI – United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institutes; Turin, Italy UNAFEI – United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention … Continue reading

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国連アジア極東犯罪防止研修所(アジ研; UNAFEI), 法務総合研究所国際連合研修協力部

アジ研は国際社会における正義の実現に貢献しています 国連アジア極東犯罪防止研修所(略称「アジ研」又は「UNAFEI(ユナフェイ)」)は,国連と日本国政府との協定 (PDF ファイル) に基づいて設立された国連の地域研修所です。アジ研は,国連の政策と取組に沿いつつ,アジア太平洋地域を始めとする各国の刑事司法の健全な発展と相互協力の強化に努めています。 The United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFEI) was established in 1962 with the aim of promoting the sound development of criminal justice systems and mutual cooperation mainly in the Asia and Pacific Region. 国際連合研修協力部はアジ研を運営するために法務総合研究所に設置されました 国際連合研修協力部は,日本国政府と国際連合との合意に基づいて日本国内に設置された国連アジア極東犯罪防止研修所(略称「UNAFEI=ユナフェイ」又は「アジ研」)を運営するために法務総合研究所の一組織として設置されたものです。このため,同研修協力部の部長がアジ研の所長に任命されています。また,同部に配属された検察,裁判,矯正,更生保護の各分野からの教官と,事務スタッフが国際研修・セミナーの実施を柱とするアジ研の各種事業の企画・運営に当たっています。

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United Nations

    Scale of assessments (Japan)     日本の国連分担率の推移 1998-2000 2001-2003 2004-2006 2007-2009 2010-2012 2013-2015                                                 20.573% 19.669% 19.468% 16.624% 12.530% 10.833%

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黒羽夏彦

人道的介入には、以下の要件が必要とされる。 極度の人権侵害状況が見られること。 他の平和的手段を尽くした上で、最後の手段としての武力行使であること。 人権抑圧の停止が目的で、国益追求など他の政治目的を含めないこと。 状況の深刻さに比例した手段を取り、期間も最小限にすること。 相応の結果が期待できること。 国連安全保障理事会の承認があること。 個別の国よりも地域的国際機関が、地域的国際機関よりも国連が主導するものを優先させること。 国連憲章では武力不行使が原則とされるが、例外が二つある。第一に自衛権。第二に、国連自身が強制執行する際に武力行使も含まれる。ただし、現時点において国連軍は存在しないため、加盟国に委任する形で人道的介入は行なわれることになる。 とはいえ、人道的介入の原則が確立しているわけではない。歴史的にみても他の政治目的が絡む場合が大半で、純粋な人道目的はまれである。それこそ、ヒトラーはズデーテン地方併合に際してドイツ人が迫害されているという口実をもとにしたように、人道目的・平和目的を建前としつつ国益追求の戦争をふっかける可能性は常にある。教条的な平和主義はもちろん論外であるが、他方で武力介入はじめにありきの議論も避けなければならない。

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最上敏樹

湾岸戦争この方、バブルのようにくり広げられてきた「正義」の横行を、一度見直すベき時が来たのではないか。肥大した正義は問題の解決にならない。しかもその正義が第三者の判定を受けないなら、多国間の秩序は一層不安定になるだろう。そこにおいて、国連平和体制の基本原理であったはずの多国間主義も、「帝国」の行動を掣肘するような原理として働くとは限らないことが明らかになりつつある。残された希望は、それでも多国間の枠組みを活用して無益な戦争を避けようとする国々と、公式の多国間枠組みの外で戦争反対を唱える人々である。国際社会の「多数意思」は、いまや公式の多国間枠組みを見ただけでは判断できなくなっているのだ。

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U Thant

Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves. — Wars begin in the minds of men, and in those minds, love and compassion would have built the defenses of peace.

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Dag Hammarskjöld

To be free, to be able to stand up and leave everything behind – without looking back. To say Yes. … To say Yes to life is at one and the same time to say Yes to oneself. Yes, even to that element in one which is most unwilling to let itself be transformed from a temptation into a strength. If only I may grow : firmer, simpler – quieter, warmer. The humility which comes from others having faith in you.

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League of Nations

Two young girls sold to a licensed house in Bagdad and delivered by the Committee. Camp of Greek Refugees in Athens. Map of “A” Mandates. Fall and Stabilisation of the Austrian Crown. The sudden turn came on the day the League took up the matter. Guaranteed Austrian Loan (Chart showing percentage contributed by the various States and the amount in dollars). Building of the League in Aleppo for the care of Refugees.

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Ireneo Namboka

A mother is the role model for all UN staff members. A mother is the one who stays up all night when her child is sick. A mother does anything unconditionally to protect her child. A mother doesn’t ask for overtime pay. A mother doesn’t ask for a promotion either. … And the UN staff members. Why can’t they do the same … for people worldwide who need their help? Why do they talk about their promotion all the time? Why can’t they just think about the people?

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United Nations

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Kofi Annan

Our people, as we often say, are our principal asset.  Yet we don’t invest in them or support them properly.  These are people from many lands, and from diverse cultures and traditions, who represent 80 per cent of the Organization’s resources; who give the world their remarkable skills; who are infused with the ideals of public service; and who are proud to live and breathe the global mission of this Organization.

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Ban Ki-moon

… the universality of music reminds us in a profound way of our common humanity. All civilizations since the dawn of history have embraced music and venerated musicians, for love of music is a love of life – and as Rubinstein said, “if you love life, life will love you back.” The United Nations is, ultimately, about love – love for one’s sisters and brothers, and an enduring commitment to reduce suffering and improve the well-being of the most vulnerable. Our organization may not be perfect, but its ideals are.

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International Civil Service Commission

1.A. Administrative specialists 1.B. Architects, engineers 1.C. Archivists, curators, information specialists and librarians 1.D. Artists 1.E. Economists
 1.F. Education specialists 1.G. Jurists 1.H. Life scientists
1. 1.I. Dental, nutrition, medical, nursing and veterinary specialists 1.J. Physical scientists 1.K. Sales and marketing specialists 1.L. Social scientists 1.M. Statisticians and mathematicians 1.N. Transportation specialists 1.O. Writers, translators, interpreters 1.P. Professional, managerial and technical specialists for which no job family exists 1.Q. Postal services specialists 1.R. Environmental specialists 1.S. Relief specialists 1.T. Electronic communications specialists 1.U. Cultural development specialists

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