In depth interviews

INTERVIEW: Advancing human rights, a ‘never ending process’ says new UN rights chief

In August, Michelle Bachelet, twice-elected President of Chile and the first head of UN Women, was confirmed as the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, replacing Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.

INTERVIEW: With ‘many good things’ accomplished, it’s still ‘a work in progress’, says UN Assembly President reflecting on his year in office

Last May, the United Nations General Assembly elected Miroslav Lajčák, the Foreign Minister of Slovakia, President of its 72nd annual session, and he formally took up the job on 12 September.

INTERVIEW: Cuts 'cannot go too far', says UN Peacekeeping chief, as risks grow and resources shrink

Amidst a diminishing budget and rising casualties among ‘blue helmets’, peacekeeping remains “a very important tool” in the promotion of peace and stability, according to the United Nations peacekeeping chief.

INTERVIEW: Development is the long-term solution to Sudan’s humanitarian crises, outlines top UN relief official

Even though conflict – the major driver of the crisis in Sudan – is subsiding and there is improved access for relief workers, humanitarian assistance “is not the answer” to the challenges plaguing the country, the United Nations top relief official has said.

INTERVIEW: Fighting must end in South Sudan or worsening humanitarian crisis cannot be tackled, says UN aid chief

The ongoing conflict in South Sudan must be brought to an end to ease the humanitarian suffering of a steadily growing number of people in the country, the United Nations top relief official underscored after a recent visit there.

INTERVIEW: Under ‘cloak of confidentiality,’ UN Ombudsman works to resolve internal conflicts

Sometimes sparks can fly in the crossroads between creativity and conflict. For this reason, the United Nations has an Ombudsman, who helps guide friction into productive solutions.

INTERVIEW: UN must stand by Central African Republic as long ‘as it needs support,’ says UN envoy

The international community should continue to assist the Central African Republic (CAR) to restore stability, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General, Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, has said, stressing that it is too early for the UN to withdraw its peacekeeping operation from the crisis-gripped country.

INTERVIEW: Hurricane-hit Caribbean nations can build back better, says UN development official

Mere mention of the Caribbean conjures up images of pristine waters, beautiful beaches and fun in the sun. However, the images emanating from the region over the past couple of months have painted a very different picture.

INTERVIEW: In fighting for girls’ education, UN advocate Malala Yousafzai finds her purpose

More than 260 million children, adolescents and youth are out of school around the world, according to the United Nations. Despite some progress in achieving gender equality in the world’s poorest countries, far more girls than boys still do not have access to a quality education,

INTERVIEW: ‘Our peacekeepers are saving lives every day’ – new UN peacekeeping chief

With United Nations peace operations being carried out in highly complex environments and facing multiple challenges, Secretary-General António Guterres recently stressed the need to adapt peacekeeping to “our changing world.”