We now have two shows going on here at once, Sam Greenfield from Air America and Joe Madison, the “Black Eagle,” from WOL in Washington, D.C.
Greenfield is interviewing Stephan Dujarric, Deputy Communications Director of the UN. Dujarric is talking about the broad reach of the United Nations and its demonstrated competency solving challenges with which the public might not always know it’s engaged. Dujarric said, “What people need to realize is that UNICEF is the UN.” He went on to say that we all now face “problems that know no borders, and, unless they are dealt with in a collective matter,” they won’t be solved.
Dujarric, also a former Spokesman for former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, was then asked to compare the current and former SGs. The main difference, he said, is that Kofi Annan spent his life in the UN system (and was the first SG to do so). In contrast, Ban Ki-moon served as the foreign minister of South Korea, which has a “very specific history living under the threat of nuclear annihilation.” New perspectives, he says, are always good for a “dusty old bureaucracy” like the UN.