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2012 Human Rights Council (HRC) 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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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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.