Deputy SecretaryGeneral outlines changes at the world body remains upbeat

Mr. Malloch Brown, addressing the Belgian Royal Institute in Brussels, said the UN was built “on the ashes of 1945” but is now facing vastly different issues from what it was set up to deal with, including terrorism, bird flu, and massive levels of inequality and poverty where more than a billion people are still living on less than one euro a day.“To answer that, let me set out what Secretary-General Kofi Annan saw as the three pillars around which we need to reorganise today’s United Nations to give it focus, and to reconnect it and make it more relevant to its core constituents: the peoples of the world… development, security and human rights and democracy.”Citing progress made towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and other developments such as the setting up the UN’s Peace Building Commission, as illustrating reform efforts already underway, he further stressed the importance of structural change in the organization, as also outlined earlier this year in the report Investing in the United Nations.He acknowledged that many of these reform proposals, involving for example human resource management, governance and oversight, had been “largely blocked by the wider political tensions and splits between groups and individual Member States,” but expressed hope of progress in the months ahead, while noting that the next Secretary-General would have to do “much more in the area of management reform.”Despite such challenges, Mr. Malloch Brown was upbeat about the overall reform process, expressing his belief that it was creating a “genuinely new United Nations… that we hope will reconnect us with the people.”“And, while the broader crisis of legitimacy facing multilateral organizations is very much with us, in the case of the United Nations at least, I hope we have now got the plan in place to confront these challenges.” read more

Simon Mayo launches new classical radio station after joining BBC exodus

In a statement released after Evans left the Radio 2 studio, he said: “In many ways Virgin Radio is my spiritual home. I see nothing but exciting and groundbreaking opportunities ahead.”In a medium that is changing so quickly on a daily basis, the potential for growth is unprecedented.”Our plan is, to give it all we’ve got, see where we can get to and have the most possible fun along the way. It makes me smile every time I think about it.” Simon Mayo has announced the launch of a new classical radio station, becoming the latest presenter to defect from the BBC.Scala Radio is billing itself as “a brand-new classical entertainment radio station, offering classical music for modern life,” and has picked up Mayo after he left his Radio 2 drivetime show just before Christmas.The popular DJ joins Chris Evans in turning his back on the BBC, with the latter returning to his “spiritual home” of Virgin Radio.52-year-old Evans was the second highest-earning star at the BBC, taking home between £1.6 million and £1,669,999 for his Radio 2 Breakfast show. He previously hosted the Virgin Breakfast Show from 1997 to 2001, and had his first broadcast back at the station yesterday morning. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Chris Evans in his studio at the News building fo his first Virgin Radio breakfast show. Chris Evans rejoined Virgin radio and hosted their breakfast show on MondayCredit:Dan Charity / The Sun Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson described the appointment as a “major coup”.Commenting on the launch of Scala radio, Simon Mayo said: “There are hundreds of radio stations playing rock and pop, and only two classical music stations – until now. We’re different because we’re going all out to entertain, laugh with the listeners, and have a good time. Some of it will be familiar, some new and exciting but all timeless, beautiful and all absolutely relevant to today”.Drum and bass DJ Goldie will host ‘Goldie’s Classic Life,’ which will feature classical music mixes, alongside a narration of his own journey into classical music, explaining how it inspires him to write, perform and paint – as well as introducing listeners to exciting new classical artists.Launching on the 4th of March 2019, the station will also feature topical shows covering the influence of classical music in gaming, mindfulness and special guest weekly round ups. The sound of the station has been created with modern bespoke scores recorded by The City of Prague Philharmonic. read more