KoPoint: Statement on Syria

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By Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos

(Ankara/New York, 9 March 2012) I have just completed a two-day visit to Syria. My aim was to urge all parties to agree on arrangements for humanitarian organizations to reach people in areas…

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon On Oslo Attacks

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From the UN Media Center

22 July 2011 – 

 

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced his shock after a large bomb blast struck the centre of the Norwegian capital, Oslo, earlier today, killing at least seven people and injuring many more.

Media reports indicate that the explosion occurred mid-afternoon local time near a series of key Government buildings in downtown Oslo. A fatal shooting incident also took place outside Oslo this afternoon at a youth camp connected to a Norwegian political party.

Mr. Ban’s spokesperson Martin Nesirky told journalists at United Nations Headquarters in New York that the Secretary-General “is shocked by what’s happened in Oslo today.”

From the UN Media Center
22 July 2011 –   
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced his shock after a large bomb blast struck the centre of the Norwegian capital, Oslo, earlier today, killing at least seven people and injuring many more. Media reports indicate that the explosion occurred mid-afternoon local time near a series of key Government buildings in downtown Oslo. A fatal shooting incident also took place outside Oslo this afternoon at a youth camp connected to a Norwegian political party. Mr. Ban’s spokesperson Martin Nesirky told journalists at United Nations Headquarters in New York that the Secretary-General “is shocked by what’s happened in Oslo today.” 

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon On Oslo Attacks

United Nations Votes on Resolution for Global Gay Rights

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(GENEVA) — The United Nations Human Rights Council approved a historic resolution on Friday that recognizes and calls for gay rights around the world.

The measure was passed with 23 votes in favor, 19 against and three abstentions.  It was introduced by South Africa and met with opposition from Arab and African countries.

The Obama administration is touting this as evidence of its leadership on an international body that was known more for its blanket criticism of Israel before the U.S. joined in 2009.

The draft resolution, provided to ABC News by a State Department official ahead of the vote, does little more than recognize universal rights and express concern about reports of discrimination, but such a measure would have been unthinkable just a short time ago when countries like Iran used the council to pursue their agenda.

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(GENEVA) — The United Nations Human Rights Council approved a historic resolution on Friday that recognizes and calls for gay rights around the world.The measure was passed with 23 votes in favor, 19 against and three abstentions.  It was introduced by South Africa and met with opposition from Arab and African countries.The Obama administration is touting this as evidence of its leadership on an international body that was known more for its blanket criticism of Israel before the U.S. joined in 2009.The draft resolution, provided to ABC News by a State Department official ahead of the vote, does little more than recognize universal rights and express concern about reports of discrimination, but such a measure would have been unthinkable just a short time ago when countries like Iran used the council to pursue their agenda. More World News From ABC News Radio -»

United Nations Votes on Resolution for Global Gay Rights

Interviews From The 2011 United Nations Talk Radio Day

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The following interviews were conducted by ABC News Radio’s Dan Patterson during the 2011 UN Talk Radio Day. Hosted by the UN Foundation in a ‘radio row’ format (a rapid-fire series of interviews), Talk Radio Day pairs UN policy-makers and officials with talk radio hosts and journalists.

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The following interviews were conducted by ABC News Radio’s Dan Patterson during the 2011 UN Talk Radio Day. Hosted by the UN Foundation in a ‘radio row’ format (a rapid-fire series of interviews), Talk Radio Day pairs UN policy-makers and officials with talk radio hosts and journalists. Mark Lyal Grant – UK Ambassador to the UN Kazuo Kodama – Japanese Ambassador to the UN Janos Pasztor – Executive Secretary at UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability  Lakshmi Puri – UN Women Deputy Executive Director Tamara Kreinin – Executive Directory, Women and Population UN Foundation Radhika Coomaraswamy – Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Jocelyne Croes – Minister of Aruba 

Interviews From The 2011 United Nations Talk Radio Day

Interviews From The 2011 United Nations Talk Radio Day

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The following interviews were conducted by ABC News Radio’s Dan Patterson during the 2011 UN Talk Radio Day. Hosted by the UN Foundation in a ‘radio row’ format (a rapid-fire series of interviews), Talk Radio Day pairs UN policy-makers and officials with talk radio hosts and journalists.

 

More About Radio Row:

The radio row itself is preceded by days – and some times weeks – of preparation.  This involves coordination with the host organization and negotiation with various bureaucracies.  It also requires talking with Verizon to lay ISDN lines, producers at radio and TV stations, and managing personalities.

During the radio row itself the organizers quickly coordinate guests, hosts, talk shows, video shows, and other media outlets.  Most interviews are conducted with little-to-no-notice, requiring the host (in this casem, me) to think very quickly on very little sleep or food.