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Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan criticized world leaders on Thursday for failing to take bold action on climate change, which he said threatens to worsen the food crisis that has already left a billion people hungry.
The Basque militant group ETA issued a statement Thursday saying it is ending its 43-year armed campaign for independence and calling on Spain and France to open talks.
A high-level international panel criticized the war on drugs as a failure Thursday and called on governments to undertake experiments to decriminalize the use of drugs, especially marijuana, in order to undermine the power of organized crime.
Kenya risks a violent backlash worse than the political upheaval after the 2007 presidential election that left up to 1,500 dead, unless the East African nation adopts "significant reforms" that include ending the "culture of impunity" for top politicians like the president and prime minister, the U.S. ambassador in Nairobi warned in a confidential report earlier this year.
Many of us cheered loudly when President Bush announced the inspired choice of John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations in 2005. As one of the most hardnosed and down-to-earth policy-makers in Washington, Mr. Bolton seemed just the man for the job, an ambassador in the mold of Jeane Kirkpatrick who would not be possessed by clientitis. Meanwhile, Democrats and foreign media alike gasped at the choice.
Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan will head a new group intended to achieve a "green revolution" in African agriculture. The effort is largely bankrolled by Microsoft co-founder and chairman Bill Gates. If past performance is any indication, the only things likely to become greener are the numbered bank accounts of Mr. Annan and his cronies.
NEW YORK — A retired top U.N. adviser disparaged U.S. policy in the Middle East in a confidential report leaked yesterday, accusing Washington of skewing the work of international mediators in support of Israel.
Reminders of the need for far-reaching U.N. reform keep rolling in. The latest is the conviction of former U.N. commodity procurement chief Sanjaya Bahel, found guilty Thursday of bribery and fraud for helping an associate win $100 million in contracts in exchange for cheap Manhattan luxury apartments and cash. Each sorry tale strengthens the hand of Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, now serving his sixth month on the job and still vocal about his commitment to reform. Perhaps the stars have finally aligned.
NEW YORK -- The United Nations is perhaps the last public space in New York where one can light up a Camel over coffee, or even a Cuban cigar after lunch. And diplomats from a dozen foreign nations are working to keep it that way.