U.N. Chief... '2009 Was Challenging'... 2010 Will be a Time of 'Energizing' DISARMAMENT Agenda and 'Peace-Building'...

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Fri, 12/25/2009 - 6:52pm.

As the final days of 2009 count down, U.N. secretary-general Ban Ki-moon says the past year was "challenging"...  But he said he's looking forward to 2010 as a year for disarmament, peace-building, empowering women and reaching other goals.

In a year-end letter sent to U.N. staff, a copy of which was obtained by WND, Ban recalls the past year as one of multiple "crises:"

"U.N. staff were on the front-lines, often literally, from coping with economic insecurity and aiding victims of disaster to negotiating an agreement on climate change," he said.

"We also worked to ensure that certain things did not happen: that conflict did not erupt, that people did not starve, that children's potential was not wasted for want of an education of affordable medicine."

Ironically, just hours after Ban sent his letter, embattled UNICEF director Ann Veneman surprised the secretary-general saying she would not seek a second five-year term when her current one ends in 2010.

Veneman, a former Bush '43 administration secretary of agriculture, was said to have been experiencing repeated clashes with her staff on a variety of issues.

There were a series of attacks on U.N. personnel during 2009, the worst year since the August 2003 car bombing of the world organization's Baghdad headquarters. That left 22 killed and more than 150 wounded.

"Thirty colleagues were killed in the line of duty in 2009, including in terrorist attacks in Kabul and Islamabad. We mark their sacrifices with sorrow, but remember them with pride and deep gratitude," the statement said.

On October 5, the U.N.'s offices in Islamabad were the target of a suicide car bomber. Just three weeks later, on October 28, a guest house in Kabul, hosting numerous U.N. staffers, was the target of a terrorist attack.

The attacks prompted an internal review of the security provided to overseas U.N. staff. Ban later admitted to the U.N.'s Staff Union that more needed to be done to protect the lives of aid workers in conflict zones.

In addition, the U.N.'s much-touted Copenhagen global warning summit produced much discussion, but nothing in the way of tangible results except a voluntary plan to address the situation.

At least part of the disorganization could be attributed to a series of e-mails stolen from a United Kingdom research unit that appeared to indicate scientists were manipulating evidence to support their global "warming" agenda.

Still, the U.N. called the meeting a success.

The U.N. chief also outlined some of the issues facing the organization as 2010 quickly approaches:

"We must use the year ahead to focus on African development, energize the disarmament agenda, advance our work to empower women, speak out for human rights and strengthen our capabilities across the full spectrum of conflict prevention, peacekeeping and peace-building," he said.

Inside the U.N., the secretary-general admits that his work in attempting to reform a "resistant" bureaucracy will be a priority in the new year:

"Internally, I will continue to give my full attention to career development, training and work/life issues. We must build a modern, flexible global workforce that meets the evolving need of the organization around the world," he said.

Ban also announced that he is calling for a staff town hall to discuss the agenda for 2010 on January 11 at New York headquarters. The U.S./U.N. mission declined to comment on the Ban email to the staff.

Stewart Stogel - December 25, 2009 - source WorldNetDaily 

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Fri, 12/25/2009 - 6:52pm.