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Comment & Analysis - January 23, 2012

A Quiet Diplomat for Challenging Times

Francesco Mancini

Ban Ki-moon was appointed to a second five-year term as Secretary-General of the United Nations in his typical style: quietly. In a time of divisive power plays in the Security Council, all 15 members supported him and, a week later, the General Assembly gave its unanimous consent. No other candidate had been put forward and no fuss was raised among Member States.  

 

 

Comment & Analysis - February 22, 2011

Where the Security-Development Debate Falls Short

Francesco Mancini

The relationship between security and development has been a growing concern this decade at the UN, highlighted by current events in the Middle East and figuring in comments from Secretaries-General, a summit meeting of the full UN membership and, just this month, a thematic discussion at the Security Council under the presidency of Brazil.  

 

General Announcements - February 04, 2011

IPI's Hoge Addresses OIC Reconciliation Conference at UN

Warren Hoge, IPI's Vice President for External Relations, told an Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) meeting on interfaith development, reconciliation and peacebuilding initiatives at the UN that "religion can be a powerful tool for peace if it is used in a constructive manner." 

 

Comment & Analysis - January 25, 2010

What Next for the UN Peacebuilding Commission?

This year the General Assembly and the Security Council will review the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC)—a promising, but so far problematic, new UN organ. It is important that this opportunity is not squandered or the PBC could risk becoming yet another irrelevant UN body.