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At UN, China's DESA 2, Senegal for DGACM, US Moves on DPI, Split DM?

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive

UNITED NATIONS, May 1 -- The musical chairs game triggered UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's five year mobility rule has very few seats left to fill.

  China, it has reliably been confirmed to Inner City Press, has submitted two names to replace Sha Zukang as head of the Department of Economic and Society Affairs mid-year, after the Rio + 20 conference.

   Inner City Press can report that the Senegalese registrar at the International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda, Adama Dieng, is being eyed for the top position in the Department of General Assembly and Conference Management, a belated post for sub Saharan Africa.

  Dieng was previously passed over for Special Adviser on Africa, as exclusively reported by Inner City Press, given to Maged Abdelaziz who is still, even after the job  award by Ban Ki-moon, representing Egypt at the UN.

  The top position in the Department of Public Information, a major donor tells Inner City Press, might to an American, "so Ban can do better on Capitol Hill and with the US press."

  Other say what with the US in line for the Department of Political Affairs, probably with Jeffrey Feltman as first reported by Inner City Press, the best the US could get in DPI would be an Assistant Secretary General post which for now does not exist.

  Japan has been taken care of, with former Permanent Representative Yukio Takasu being put atop the Department of Management.

  Several sources had told Inner City Press that the US was opposed to this, and now predict that the Office of Human Rights Management and even the Controller will be moved out of DM and report directly to Ban Ki-moon. If so, it would be a loss of face for number two funder Japan.

  Ban's senior adviser and now "Change Management" czar Kim Won-soo was seen this week briefing the Group of 77, which passed a resolution to hold Ban's plan to account in the General Assembly. Kim in his previous incarnation as Deputy Chief of Staff often traveled with Ban, but this time did not go with him to Myanmar.

  Nor, apparently, did new Chief of Staff Susana Malcorra, seen Monday night at the US End of Security Council Presidency reception. Ban's Myanmar trip gave rise to very few updates to the press, as we've noted. What will happen with Ban comes back? Watch this site.

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