Secretary General Ban Ki-moon swore in the new Under-Secretary-Generals for Legal Affairs, Patricia O’Brien, and for Peacekeeping Operations, Alain Le Roy, at the ceremony, held at UN Headquarters in New York.Ms. O’Brien, who served as Legal Adviser to the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ireland since 2003, becomes the first woman in the world body’s history to hold the post of UN Legal Counsel. As the new head of peacekeeping, Mr. Le Roy is tasked with overseeing almost 110,000 personnel serving in 20 peace operations around the world. The Frenchman has extensive experience in international affairs, both at the political level and in the field, including senior positions with the European Union (EU), the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the UN. Three Assistant Secretary-Generals were also sworn in today: Warren Sach, for the Department of Management’s Central Support Services; Jun Yamazaki, as Controller and for the Office of Programme Planning, Budget and Accounts; and Jane Holl Lute, for Peacebuilding Support. 25 August 2008Five high-ranking United Nations officials took their oaths of office today at a swearing-in ceremony in New York before heading to Turin for a two-day retreat for senior managers at the end of the week.
The US Department of Interior has honoured Arch Coal subsidiary Coal-Mac with one of America’s top environmental awards of the year. Coal-Mac was recognised with a 2010 National Award for Excellence in Surface Mining for exhibiting exemplary environmental care for the construction of its Duty Branch overland conveyor belt line and adjacent slurry pumping project. The conveyor transports nearly 3 Mt/y of coal annually to the rail loadout, eliminating the need for trucking on public roads and reducing the use of diesel fuel. The newly constructed 11.3 km slurry pipe line includes multi-walled pipe and a fibre optic system that enables real-time monitoring and flow control to help ensure environmental protection.“Coal-Mac’s excellence has earned the respect of the Interior Department and our peers,” said Arch’s Chairman and CEO Steven F. Leer. “I applaud the employees of Coal-Mac for being recognised for their excellence in environmental stewardship again and again. The enduring results are a testament to their achievement.”Coal-Mac is located near Holden, West Virginia, and employs approximately 300 people. In the past five years, the employees of Coal-Mac have received 11 national and state awards for environmental stewardship, including the US Department of Interior’s National Good Neighbor Award.