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Interview with Patricia O’Brien, UN Legal Counsel

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon signed annual performance and accountability compacts with senior UN officials. Mr. Ban (seated left) is seen with Patricia O’Brien (right, signing pact), Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs. 15 February 2013 United Nations, New YorkIn August 2008, Patricia O’Brien was appointed the Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and UN Legal Counsel. She oversees the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) at UN Headquarters in New York, the 200 or so staff members of which provide unified legal services for the extremely varied needs of the Organization. Continue reading

Global forced displacement of people at 18 year high

Major refugee hosting countries, end 2012More people are refugees or internally displaced than at any time since 1994, with the crisis in Syria having emerged as a major new factor in global displacement. UNHCR’s annual Global Trends report, covers Continue reading