Conversations with Ban Ki-moon: What The United Nations Is Really Like: The View From The Top (Conversations with Giants of Asia)
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Only eight people have been privileged to hold the job of Secretary General since the United Nations' founding in 1945. And only one of them has ever told the inside story of the UN while still holding that special office. That man is Ban Ki-moon, the veteran diplomat and former star foreign minister of South Korea now in his second term as “SG”. Because he understands that the UN is in crisis – and because he fears the reasons for this are not widely understood – he believes it is time to unveil the truth about the organization and explain why its failure would be a catastrophe. The result, via unprecedented conversations with American journalist Tom Plate, is a deeply revealing book about the kinds of issues and challenges whose resolutions (or lack thereof) will in fact determine the future of the world.
Zabolotnaya, a former UCLA student, university course assistant, current working actress (Anya Benton), and senior editor and column-editor at the Pacific Perspectives Media Center. To Andrea Darvi Plate, MSW, LCSW, who endured the not inconsiderable efforts and author’s isolation that produced this book with her customary knowing stares, stoic wails and quiet pain. She holds academic degrees from UC Berkeley, USC and UCLA, but her work with the severely challenged veteran
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observation and care, weed out the ones that just won’t grow no matter how hard you try, and over time give birth to a glorious garden-variety of all kinds of public policy ideas and programs, from the celestial to the mundane (citizens are bilingual, congestion pricing, no gum sticking, we-cane-your-butt-if-you-get-out-of-line, everyone-gets-good-health-proper-education-home-ownership, et cetera, et cetera). So how do we best describe or depict this Garden of Political Istana? We all know that