Britain holds on to top UN post
Wednesday 29 January 1997
The appointment means that Sir Kieran, a former British ambassador to Turkey, and High Commissioner in Kenya, will take a key position in the constellation of officials surrounding Mr Annan. He will act as head of the important political affairs department and will be a voice close to the Secretary General's ear on security matters.
The political affairs post was occupied by another Briton, Marrack Goulding. Mr Goulding announced before Christmas that he planned to leave the UN to become warden at St Antony's College, at Oxford University.
While each permanent member of the Security Council is traditionally guaranteed an important under-secretary slot, there had been nervousness in Whitehall that the departure of Mr Goulding could threaten Britain's hold on political affairs. This was deepened by concerns that France could be rewarded for agreeing at the last moment in December to withdraw its support for a second term for Mr Boutros Boutros Ghali and support Mr Annan.
The new Secretary General has shied from any radical shake-up of the UN's top tiers, leaving many of Mr Boutros Ghali's old team in their places.
- 1 Rarest Beanie Baby bought for just £10 at car boot sale could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 3 Katie Hopkins has just written a piece so hateful that it might give Hitler pause – why was it published?
- 4 Australian student Tommy Connolly, 23, adopts his pregnant, homeless 17-year-old cousin to give her a chance at 'a better life'
- 5 Cancel Sky at your peril: man spends 96 minutes in chat but fails to get rid of service
Rarest Beanie Baby bought for just £10 at car boot sale could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
Katie Hopkins and The Sun editor are reported to police for incitement to racial hatred following migrant boat column
'Jihadi John': Isis executioner Mohammed Emwazi wanted to wage jihad in Somalia until his friends were betrayed and killed by al-Shabaab
Parma, Missouri: 80 per cent of town's police quit after first black mayor is elected
Australian student Tommy Connolly, 23, adopts his pregnant, homeless 17-year-old cousin to give her a chance at 'a better life'
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
£16000 - £38000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Due to continued expansion, an ...
£65000 - £70000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: A long-established, tech...
£60000 - £70000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: A highly successful, glo...
£55000 - £60000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: Experienced Software Dev...