United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed John Barkat, the new U.N. Ombudsman with the rank of assistant secretary-general. As head of a revamped Ombuds Office, Barkat will serve the U.N. Secretariat and all the U.N. funds and programs facilitating informal resolution of conflicts and mediate issues involving U.N. staff worldwide. Barkat has served as the Ombudsman for Pace University and as an instructor of conflict resolution and mediation at Columbia University's International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution. He has chaired the Ombuds committees for the American Bar Association and the Association for Conflict Resolution, and is a past president of the International Ombudsman Association. (UN News Center; AP via PR Inside; Pace U. Ombuds.
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