If you want to catch a glimpse of the issues that the United Nations is addressing in the social and economic field consider subscribing to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Newsletter VOICE There are a number of interesting articles in this edition to start the year. January will see the launch of two important reports (i) World Economic Situation and Prospects on January 16 and (ii) World Social Report on January 21. The international forum on Migration Statistics will be in Egypt from January 19 – 21. Read more at VOICE
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon will complete his second term in December 2016. The process for a new UN Secretary General is ongoing. Felix Dodd in his blog has accounts of two straw votes that have been taken in the UN Security Council. First Straw Vote and Second Straw Vote You can see here the dominant role of countries with veto vote in the Security Council!
There is a vibrant campaign to elect a woman UN Secretary General – Read more here with a reflection on the position from the women’s perspective.
For background and the list of candidates CLICK HERE
The 69th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations will commence today. The President Elect is His Excellency Mr. Sam Kutesa, from Uganda. The new President was elected on June 11. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon made some remarks following the election acknowledging the experiences that the new president bring to the position, outlining the skills required of a President of the General Assembly, noting some of the momentous agenda items for this session which will have great consequences for the well being of all people and the planet. The Secretary General concluded with the desire that all member states seek to work together to end extreme poverty and set the world on a path to peace, justice and sustainability through dialogue, decision and actions, to bring about the world we want and a life of dignity for all! Click here