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2006-07-07 19:22:28

By Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. General Assembly approved limited U.N. management reforms on Friday as several delegates lamented that the U.N. membership had been unwilling to do more to modernize the world body. A more ambitious reform package put forward by Secretary-General Kofi Annan was defeated by the assembly in May in a bitter showdown between wealthy nations pushing for major changes and developing nations worried about losing their voice in U.N....

2006-07-01 01:59:30

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. General Assembly lifted the cap on United Nations spending but put off a resolution on management reform that U.S. Ambassador John Bolton rejected as not going far enough. The resolution, approved late on Friday, removes the freeze on the U.N. budget and averts a financial crisis by paying 14,000 staff over the next six months. But it represents a defeat for the United States because it was not made conditional on reforms. Japan...

2006-06-27 20:48:56

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Rich and poor nations moved closer on Tuesday toward ending an impasse over U.N. management reforms that threatened to leave the world body without a budget at the end of the month, diplomats said. The main U.N. bloc of developing nations and envoys from wealthy countries reached an agreement in principle on a long-stalled resolution on development strategy that diplomats said would help consolidate support for the reforms. The United States, Japan and...

2006-03-14 20:10:49

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - European and other countries mounted a last-ditch effort to persuade the United States to support a proposed U.N. human rights body when the U.N. General Assembly deals with the issue on Wednesday. But there has been no sign the Bush administration would end its opposition to the current proposal, which the 191-member assembly may approve. U.N. members want American support for the proposed Human Rights Council to bolster its...

2006-03-07 15:44:09

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan recommended on Tuesday a radical overhaul on the way the United Nations does business and suggested relocating U.N. translators out of New York as well as outsourcing other work. In a long-awaited report on management reform, Annan sought more financial oversight, simplifying hiring and reporting procedures, staff buyouts and a modern information system that could cost $500 million. "Just as this...

2006-02-03 19:14:32

By Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. delegates drafting a treaty to protect the rights of the world's 600 million disabled have resolved many of their differences and are on track to complete the document in August, the diplomat leading the negotiations said on Friday. "It should be possible to conclude drafting at our next meeting in August," New Zealand Ambassador Don MacKay told a news conference after a three-week drafting session. "We have made real progress and...

2006-02-02 17:14:54

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Proposals for a long-awaited U.N. Human Rights Council call for 45 members and beefed up standards for any nation wanting a seat on the new body, according to a draft resolution circulated on Thursday. World leaders agreed at a U.N. summit in September to create a new body to replace the 53-member Geneva-based Human Rights Commission, known for giving seats to countries such as Sudan and Zimbabwe and blocking criticism of rights abusers....

2005-12-23 12:42:21

By Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. delegates on Friday moved closer to a last-minute deal on a 2006 budget plan aimed at ending an impasse over U.N. management reforms, but many developing nations signaled they had not yet been won over. By the end of the latest round of talks, which went into the early morning hours, all wealthy nations and a number of poor countries had endorsed a compromise put forward by the United States, Japan, Canada, Australia and New Zealand --...

2005-11-29 18:48:43

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A senior U.N. official said on Tuesday the United Nations might have to delay paying salaries if the United States followed through on its threat to hold up the two-year $3.9 billion budget. U.S. Ambassador John Bolton has insisted the 191-member General Assembly focus on management reforms following the Iraq oil-for-food scandal before approving the 2006-2007 budget next month. To make his point, Bolton has suggested a three- or four-...

2005-10-14 11:38:30

LONDON (Reuters) - Reform of the United Nations will take longer than a year, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton said on Friday, expressing frustration with what he called the disappointing results of a recent summit of the world body. Bolton, who put forward a barrage of more than 500 amendments before modest U.N. reforms were agreed last month, also said he did not know if a new human rights council -- to replace the widely criticised U.N. Human Rights Commission -- could be...


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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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