On September 29th, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the leader of the Hezb-e-Islami (Islamic Party) of Afghanistan, signed a peace agreement with the Afghan government, by prerecorded video, from an undisclosed location. In the nineteen-eighties, Hezb-e-Islami was the most extreme of the seven mujahideen parties recognized by Pakistan, and Hekmatyar’s unblinking black eyes were framed by a black turban and full black beard. Three decades later, Hekmatyar, now sixty-nine, has a different look.
The new Secretary General of the UN AntonioGuterres may choose more than one deputy, predicted in an interview for BNR Jim Della-Giacoma,Deputy Director of the Center on International Cooperation at New York University.
Under pressure from NGOs, the selection of the successor Ban Ki Moon, whose term ends in late 2016, was subjected to a transparent process. What conclusions can we gather after his 2 terms? Confronting a world of chaos, how can his successor meet the multiple challenges ahead?
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Germany, who wants to shoulder its responsibility of hard work towards peace and justice through international cooperation in an era riddled with crises is trying to return to the UN Security Council in 2019. Nonpermanent members of the council are elected for two years at a time. The lobbying has already begun. CIC Deputy Director, Jim Della-Giacoma, beleives Germany has good chance of winning the vote to become a UN Security Council permanent member.