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
International Day for the Eradication of Violence Against Women is on November 25th and commences the 16 days of activism against gender violence. Read about the history of the day at this website http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/vaw/v-inter-day.htm#16
Click on this link and get the 16 days tool kit in English, French and Spanish http://www.cwgl.rutgers.edu/16days/kit09/kit.html
This is a good resource for you as you engage in activities during the 16 days from November 25 to December 10, 2009
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The Secretary General message to you for today – http://www.un.org/en/events/unday/2009/
An event hosted by the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the United Nations in New York on Thursday October 22, 2009. “These people are more than victims and survivors, they are champions of truth and justice” words of the Secretary General Mr Ban Ki Moon. Having listened to the stories of these people, how would describe them? Why not share your thoughts with me by clicking on comment at the end of this post!
Click on the link. You may need to download Real Player SP to be able to view the webcast. Follow the links for the download. http://www.un.org/webcast/2009.html