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United Nation Chief Ban Ki Moon appoints Indian to University Council United Nation

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Secretary-General – Ban Ki-Moon
Headquarters: New York

United Nations decided to include an Indian Academician in University Council to formulate its principles & policies, approve biennial Budget and work programme.

Tenure: Either three or six years

Total people appointed: 12 members including an Indian Academician named Radha Kumar.

About Radha Kumar:

  • Aged 63, the Director General of New Delhi based think tank Delhi Policy Group
  • Selected to the governing UN University CouncilRadha Kumar
  • Specialist in ethnic conflicts, peacemaking and peace-building

Former Positions:

  1. Director of the Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at Jamia Milla Islamia University
  2. Senior Fellow in Peace and Conflict Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in the city
  3. Three-member Group of Interlocutors appointed by the Government of India for Jammu and Kashmir

Functions of the UN University Council:

  • Formulate the principles and policies of the University
  • Governing the operations
  • Consider and approve its biennial budget
  • Work programme

Features of the Council:

Selected members of the council should serve with individual capacity and not as representatives of their country

  • They should aim of achieving a geographic and gender balance in the fields of Academic, scientific, educational and cultural trends

The other members appointed to the UN University Council

  • Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana Ernest Aryeetey
  • Dean of Faculty of Law at National University of Singapore
  • Simon Chesterman, lecturer at Harvard
  • MIT Isabel Guerrero Pulgar of Chile
  • Executive Director of Arab Reform Initiative Bassma Kodmani of Syria
  • Dean of School of Public Policy and Management at China’s Tsinghua University Lan Xue