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Michael Møller

Director General of United Nations Office at Geneva

Michael Møller is Director General of United Nations Office at Geneva and Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament. He has served for over 30 years as an international civil servant in the United Nations. His work has led him to serve in numerous duty stations including Iran, Mexico, Haiti, New York and Geneva. From 2008 to 2011, he was Executive Director of the Kofi Annan Foundation and prior to this, he was the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Cyprus (2006-2008) and Director for Political, Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Affairs in the Office of the Secretary-General (2001-2006). Between 1997 and 2001 he was the Head of the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs at UN headquarters in New York. He started his career in Geneva with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 1979.

10 things to keep in mind about happiness

When was the last time you were bursting with joy? Can you think of moments when the entire world around you can stop right there and you wouldn't even notice because you were just so happy? Are these...
03/18/2015 04:15 EDT

Who are you going to Trust?

When we lose someone's trust, we realize we have taken it for granted. And once lost, it is close to impossible to regain. Trust binds our world together. From the trust between family members, the tr...
01/30/2015 01:51 EST

The Climate Change Movement is Finally Headed in the Right Direction

France and Germany generously pledged 1 billion dollars each. All in all, leaders agreed to mobilize more than US$200 billion worth of financial assets by the end of 2015. For the first time, indications of stronger strides in the right direction came from the U.S. and China, particularly in terms of their responsibility to lead on efforts to curb emissions.
09/26/2014 05:42 EDT

Why Are Human Rights So Easy to Violate and Hard to Protect in Times of Conflict?

The escalating conflict in the Middle East and North Africa is provoking shock and condemnation across the plant. But despite -- or maybe because of -- media coverage of crisis after crisis and of the relentless work of humanitarian partners in the field, I am concerned at the risk of growing general fatigue around these conflicts and in particular, around the human rights abuses that are taking place -- and a consequent "timidity" in our collective response to them.
09/12/2014 07:54 EDT
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Ebola Is a Controllable Threat

In the 14th century, the Black Death wiped out a third of Europe's population -- at the time nearly 100-million people. And then there is Ebola, which has infected over 2,400 and so far killed 1,229. True, this is the largest, most severe outbreak of the disease we have seen, but that doesn't mean this isn't controllable.
08/22/2014 05:10 EDT
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International Rules Aren't Made to Be Broken

The international rules that determine how we should be governing the affairs of the world don't seem to matter much these days. A well-organized society is based on agreed-upon rules of the game. Setting them aside and trampling on them only brings chaos that will affect us all sooner rather than later.
08/20/2014 12:48 EDT