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About Ourania S. Yancopoulos

Ms. Ourania S. Yancopoulos is the former Adviser to the United Nations Group of Friends for Gender Parity and Lead Researcher, Project Manager, and Curator of the Group’s initiative, HERstory: A Celebration of Leading Women in the United Nations. She is also a journalist with openDemocracy. Ms. Yancopoulos graduated magna cum laude from Columbia College/Columbia University in May 2016, with a dual-major in Political Science and Statistics, and a concentration in Modern Greek Studies. Follow her on Twitter @niayancopoulos.

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

How will António Guterres tackle the UN’s gender problem ?

Can António Guterres make good on his promises to advance gender equality as UN Secretary-General, or will “politics trump gender” once again in an organization that stands for us all?

Redressing the UN's gender gap: how do the SG contenders compare?

Following an informal vote held at the UN in New York today, the UN Security Council will vote by acclamation tomorrow to choose Portugal’s António Guterres as the next UN Secretary-General. 

A lone raised hand: who will become the next UN Secretary-General ?

Six women and six men are competing to become the next UN Secretary-General. As the drama unfolds, it’s still not clear who will make the Security Council’s shortlist when it votes this week.

The next UN Secretary-General: administrator, figurehead, or leader?

Public interviews for the job of the next UN Secretary-General are continuing in New York. Female candidates are speaking of leadership, while male candidates speak more of administration and management.

Choosing the next UN Secretary-General: real change ahead?

For the first time in the UN’s history, the global public is having the chance to hear about the individual agendas and the visions of all the nominees for next UN Secretary-General.

Is the UN really moving toward gender equality?

New research raises the question of whether the UN is burying statistics on gender representation in order to cover up lack of progress.

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