History UsefulNotes / UnitedNations

27th Sep '17 5:51:57 PM TheShweeb
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Ban is due to retire on December 31, 2016. A series of straw polls within the Security Council eventually had it recommend former Prime Minister of UsefulNotes/{{Portugal}} António Guterres as the next Secretary-General to the General Assembly on October 6; he was formally appointed by the General Assembly a week later and is scheduled to take office on January 1, 2017.

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\nBan is due to retire on December 31, 2016. A series of straw polls within the Security Council eventually had it recommend former # António Guterres (2017-present): Former Prime Minister of UsefulNotes/{{Portugal}} António Guterres as from 1995-2002, and in between that and his election to Secretary-General, the next Secretary-General UN High Commissioner for Refugees. While little can be definitively said about his time in office, since he's just getting started, he seems poised to the General Assembly on October 6; he was formally appointed by the General Assembly a week later continue his prior work of advocating for refugees and is scheduled to take office on January 1, 2017.
encouraging peace.
23rd Aug '17 9:51:41 AM GrammarNavi
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Thus you can see some of the problems. During the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, the SovietUnion (and later [[RedChina China]], when the vote was switched from the Republic of China to the People's Republic of China) would use the veto against the Western nations. Today, it is the United States which most often uses the veto, typically striking down resolutions it sees to be taking the Arab/Palestinian side in the UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict. The veto power sometimes gets wielded by China (and less regularly, Russia) to strike down resolutions regarding human rights, even if it doesn't affect human rights in that country.

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Thus you can see some of the problems. During the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, the SovietUnion [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]] (and later [[RedChina China]], when the vote was switched from the Republic of China to the People's Republic of China) would use the veto against the Western nations. Today, it is the United States which most often uses the veto, typically striking down resolutions it sees to be taking the Arab/Palestinian side in the UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict. The veto power sometimes gets wielded by China (and less regularly, Russia) to strike down resolutions regarding human rights, even if it doesn't affect human rights in that country.
16th Jun '17 9:59:40 PM JohnnyNevada
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* 1974's ''Limited Collector's Edition #C-31'' shows the United Nations honored Superman by granting him honorary citizenship in all member nations.
18th Mar '17 1:26:12 PM nombretomado
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* ''NationStates'' had a global organization called the United Nations, using the logo. The UN sent a cease-and-desist letter to Max Barry in 2008. Barry complied, changing the name to the World Assembly. He announced the change on 1 April 2008, in the process subverting the April Fools' Joke.

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* ''NationStates'' ''Website/NationStates'' had a global organization called the United Nations, using the logo. The UN sent a cease-and-desist letter to Max Barry in 2008. Barry complied, changing the name to the World Assembly. He announced the change on 1 April 2008, in the process subverting the April Fools' Joke.
5th Mar '17 11:00:55 AM Morgenthaler
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Thus you can see some of the problems. During the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, the SovietUnion (and later [[RedChina China]], when the vote was switched from the Republic of China to the People's Republic of China) would use the veto against the Western nations. Today, it is the United States which most often uses the veto, typically striking down resolutions it sees to be taking the Arab/Palestinian side in the ArabIsraeliConflict. The veto power sometimes gets wielded by China (and less regularly, Russia) to strike down resolutions regarding human rights, even if it doesn't affect human rights in that country.

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Thus you can see some of the problems. During the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, the SovietUnion (and later [[RedChina China]], when the vote was switched from the Republic of China to the People's Republic of China) would use the veto against the Western nations. Today, it is the United States which most often uses the veto, typically striking down resolutions it sees to be taking the Arab/Palestinian side in the ArabIsraeliConflict.UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict. The veto power sometimes gets wielded by China (and less regularly, Russia) to strike down resolutions regarding human rights, even if it doesn't affect human rights in that country.
3rd Mar '17 2:06:34 PM Jhonny
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# Ban Ki-moon (2007-present): Foreign Minister of UsefulNotes/{{South Korea}} prior to his election. More or less hand-picked by Annan, he is otherwise quite unlike his predecessor, being much less forceful and more of a mediator. However, he has such a sterling reputation for integrity and competence that nobody cares...except for the Japanese, who were "vehemently opposed" to his election[[note]]or the election of any Korean, really[[/note]] and abstained[[note]]what a very Japanese way to express displeasure...[[/note]] in the Security Council vote[[note]]They happened to be serving an elected term at the time[[/note]] on his first candidacy.

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# Ban Ki-moon (2007-present): (2007-2017): Foreign Minister of UsefulNotes/{{South Korea}} prior to his election. More or less hand-picked by Annan, he is otherwise quite unlike his predecessor, being much less forceful and more of a mediator. However, he has such a sterling reputation for integrity and competence that nobody cares...except for the Japanese, who were "vehemently opposed" to his election[[note]]or the election of any Korean, really[[/note]] and abstained[[note]]what a very Japanese way to express displeasure...[[/note]] in the Security Council vote[[note]]They happened to be serving an elected term at the time[[/note]] on his first candidacy.
3rd Mar '17 2:05:02 PM Jhonny
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Another criticism is the focus on the UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict as measured by the number of (proposed) UN Security Council Resolutions - other conflicts that have lasted longer, caused more harm in terms of lives lost or affect far more people (India-Pakistan to give one example) have gotten far less attention than this one conflict. What the reasons for that are and whose side the bias is on is best not discussed here, though.
7th Nov '16 11:55:01 AM megarockman
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Ban is due to retire on December 31, 2016. A series of straw polls within the Security Council eventually had it recommend former Prime Minister of UsefulNotes/{{Portugal}} António Guterres as the next Secretary-General to the General Assembly on October 6; he was formally appointed by the General Assembly a week later and is scheduled to take office on January 1, 2017.
28th Aug '16 11:58:42 AM Morgenthaler
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# Boutros Boutros-Ghali (1991-1996): Formerly [[UsefulNotes/{{Egypt}} Egyptian]] Foreign Minister. Noted for his funny name, love of French culture (he was later Secretary-General of ''La Francophonie'') and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick ignoring the Rwandan Genocide]]. Oops. A failure to do fix dysfunction in the UN anything even ''after'' the Genocide was over and everyone had taken their lumps earned him the ire of the United States, which led an effort to "do him in," in the unfortunate wording of one of the American diplomats responsible. Others claim that he was too critical of the US tendancy of wanting the UN to always agree with them [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney because they donate the most money]], who subsequently got rid of him. So far the only one-term Secretary-General. Noted in the UK for being suckered into a fake interview with Creator/SachaBaronCohen on ''DaAliGShow'', where Ali kept referring to him as Boutros Boutros Boutros Boutros-Ghali.

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# Boutros Boutros-Ghali (1991-1996): Formerly [[UsefulNotes/{{Egypt}} Egyptian]] Foreign Minister. Noted for his funny name, love of French culture (he was later Secretary-General of ''La Francophonie'') and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick ignoring the Rwandan Genocide]]. Oops. A failure to do fix dysfunction in the UN anything even ''after'' the Genocide was over and everyone had taken their lumps earned him the ire of the United States, which led an effort to "do him in," in the unfortunate wording of one of the American diplomats responsible. Others claim that he was too critical of the US tendancy of wanting the UN to always agree with them [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney because they donate the most money]], who subsequently got rid of him. So far the only one-term Secretary-General. Noted in the UK for being suckered into a fake interview with Creator/SachaBaronCohen on ''DaAliGShow'', ''Series/DaAliGShow'', where Ali kept referring to him as Boutros Boutros Boutros Boutros-Ghali.
28th Aug '16 11:58:33 AM Morgenthaler
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# Kurt Waldheim (1971-1981): An [[UsefulNotes/{{Austria}} Austrian]] diplomat, he campaigned for the position and got it despite initial Chinese and British reservations. Sought a third term, but the Chinese put the kibosh on that. Largely unremarked, but later accused of having committed war crimes while in [[NazisWithGnarlyWeapons the Wehrmacht]]. Went on to become the (ceremonial) President of Austria all the same.

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# Kurt Waldheim (1971-1981): An [[UsefulNotes/{{Austria}} Austrian]] diplomat, he campaigned for the position and got it despite initial Chinese and British reservations. Sought a third term, but the Chinese put the kibosh on that. Largely unremarked, but later accused of having committed war crimes while in [[NazisWithGnarlyWeapons [[UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons the Wehrmacht]]. Went on to become the (ceremonial) President of Austria all the same.
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