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NZ Has Slashed Its Contributions To UN Peace Ops

Sunday, 26 August 2007, 11:21 am | Andreas von Warburg

Scoop Report: The number of military and civilian police personnel New Zealand contributes to United Nations-led peacekeeping operations has dropped since 2001. According to recent United Nations statistics, New Zealand Blue Helmets, including troops, military ... More >>

UN Appoints A New Zealander To New Mission In Iraq

Friday, 24 August 2007, 8:32 am | Andreas von Warburg

Scoop Exclusive: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of a New Zealander, David Shearer, as the new Deputy Special Representative for Iraq. He will be in charge of humanitarian, reconstruction and development and will act ... More >>

Fiji Ranks High In UN Peacekeeping Contributions

Sunday, 20 May 2007, 6:41 pm | Andreas von Warburg

Andreas von Warburg writes: UNITED NATIONS - While the United Nations fact-finding mission to Fiji is still drafting its report for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, it's still not clear whether the UN will ask Suva's government to withdraw its troops ... More >>

Cuba Tightens Ties As Suva's Standing Diminishes

Wednesday, 16 May 2007, 9:09 am | Andreas von Warburg

Andreas von Warburg writes: The Cuban government is tightening its ties with the Pacific Rim. After establishing closer diplomatic relations with the Solomon Islands earlier last month, Cuba has now offered to assist Fiji in developing new programs ... More >>

World Bank Split, Democrats Pressure Bush

Friday, 11 May 2007, 9:48 am | Andreas von Warburg

Wolfowitz Affair: The 24-nation Board of Directors of the World Bank has given Paul Wolfowitz more time to respond to a special panel report, which found him guilty of a conflict of interest in arranging for a pay raise and promotion for his girlfriend, ... More >>

Planning For The Post-Wolfowitz Era

Friday, 11 May 2007, 9:45 am | Andreas von Warburg

While the White House is still publicly supporting Paul Wolfowitz’ leadership at the World Bank, observers are speculating on possible successors for the bank top post. The selection process of the head of the Bretton Woods institutions, both the ... More >>

Wolfowitz Affair: Europeans Offer Bush Compromise

Wednesday, 9 May 2007, 12:11 am | Andreas von Warburg

European governments are offering the White House a compromise over the Wolfowitz affair. After a meeting in Brussels, European finance ministers have decided not to challenge the prerogative of the President of the United States to nominate the ... More >>

World Bank Finds Wolfowitz Guilty Now What?

Tuesday, 8 May 2007, 12:23 am | Andreas von Warburg

World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz, a former Bush’s Deputy Secretary of Defense, has been found guilty of a conflict of interest in arranging for a pay raise and promotion for Shaha Ali Riza, his girlfriend and a bank employee, in 2005. More >>

UN Secretary-General Plauds NZ’s Role In Fiji

Wednesday, 6 December 2006, 10:51 am | Andreas von Warburg

UNITED NATIONS – Secretary-General Kofi Annan has expressed gratitude for New Zealand’s role as an active member of the Pacific Island Forum in Fiji. “New Zealand is an important actor within the Pacific Island Forum,” said Stéphane Dujarric de la ... More >>

Bolton Leaves UN: Hated By Some, Admired By Others

Wednesday, 6 December 2006, 9:07 am | Andreas von Warburg

UNITED NATIONS – Ambassador John Bolton is one of President Bush’s most fiercely opposed appointments. Despised by many when he took office at the United Nations in 2005; praised somewhat like a star now that he’s resigning… so much so that ... More >>

Annan's Successor Moves To Pick His Top Management

Monday, 4 December 2006, 10:25 am | Andreas von Warburg

UNITED NATIONS - Two weeks into the transition period, all eyes at the United Nations are on Secretary-General-Designate Ban Ki-moon (pictured left) and his picks for the top management. South Korea’s former Foreign Minister will be swearing in in ... More >>

UN Indigenous Peoples Declaration VotePostponed

Friday, 1 December 2006, 8:45 am | Andreas von Warburg

UNITED NATIONS - It’s a sad day for indigenous peoples of all corners of the world. The Third Committee of the General Assembly has delayed a vote on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, a landmark text passed by the newly ... More >>

Security Council Worried About Looming Fiji Coup

Friday, 1 December 2006, 8:41 am | Andreas von Warburg

UNITED NATIONS - The alarming situation in Fiji has officially entered the agenda of the United Nations Security Council. The President of the Council for the month of November, Ambassador Jorge Voto-Bernales of Peru, has expressed the worries of ... More >>

UN Appoints New Chief Of Staff Of UNTSO

Wednesday, 15 November 2006, 3:58 pm | Andreas von Warburg

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has informed the Security Council of his intention to appoint Major-General Ian Campbell Gordon of Australia as Chief of Staff of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), Annan’s spokesman confirmed ... More >>

Is The UN Opening Its Doors To Women?

Tuesday, 14 November 2006, 2:29 pm | Andreas von Warburg

The UN is not the most hospitable place for women. Only a handful of Under-Secretaries-General are women, while UN female Ambassadors counts less than 18 – the New Zealand Ambassador, Rosemary Banks, being one of the few. But are things changing? More >>

New Zealand Ranks 20th As Best Place To Live

Tuesday, 14 November 2006, 2:26 pm | Andreas von Warburg

No matter how cold its winter, or inhospitable the north of the country, Norway is the best place to live according to a recently publish UN report. Iceland is second. The report, compiled by the United Nations Development Fund, the biggest UN entity ... More >>

Dominant Nations Press For Top UN Positions

Monday, 6 November 2006, 8:59 am | Andreas von Warburg

The Puzzle Of The Under-Secretaries-General - UNITED NATIONS - Ban Ki-moon has a tough job ahead. While keeping in close contact with Washington, the Secretary-General-designate of the United Nations is traveling to France and Britain to face pressures on the ... More >>