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When the going gets tough, Glenn Beck turns to the United Nations for help

Among the many benefits the United Nations confers upon its members is something that international relations scholars call "lowering transaction costs." In other words, international institutions like the UN streamline international cooperation by offering standard procedures by which individuals and countries can interact.  For example, the fact that we have a World Health Organization makes it easier to coordinate a global response to the H1N1 outbreak than if the WHO did not exist.

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Tim Wirth on taking action on climate change during a recession

UN Foundation chief Tim Wirth cuts a video for the UK foreign office  100 Voices in a 100 days campaign.

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White House nominates new Ambassador for Geneva

The White House nominated former UNESCO ECOSOC Ambassador Betty King to head the United States UN office in Geneva.   Among other things, this office has oversight over the Human Rights Council, of which the United States is a recent member. 

 Betty E. King, Nominee for Representative of the United States to the Office of the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, with the rank of Ambassador

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Obama issues proclamation for UN Day

Hear ye, Hear ye! In all seriousness, this is yet another example of the new administration's commitment to working mulit-laterally in pursuit of American--and global--interests at the United Nations. 

 

THE WHITE HOUSE

 Office of the Press Secretary

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For Immediate Release October 19, 2009

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A chilling video from UN office on Drugs and Crime on opium and insurgency in Afghanistan

Here is a link to the full report  Addiction, Crime and Insurgency: The Transnational Threat of Afghan Opium
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Sec Clinton hits right notes on empowering IAEA

Secretary Clinton hit all the right notes about the International Atomic Energy Agency during her big non-proliferation speech yesterday.

Enhancing the IAEA’s capabilities to verify whether states are engaging in illicit nuclear activity is essential to strengthening the nonproliferation regime. The IAEA’s additional protocol, which allows for more aggressive, short-notice inspections should be made universal, through concerted efforts to persuade key holdout states to join.

 

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