V.Muthuswami

Born 1937 in a remote south Indian village; with hard work and support from fellow beings, rose to the level of senior UN official and retired in 1997 to pursue life goal to serving fellow beings thru voluntary work - focus on vulnerable groups and senior citizens and harmony among diverse ethnic groups. Determined to spend no less than 5 per cent of income on worthy causes.

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Human Situation in Globalized World

Human Situation in Globalized World“Man is, at one and the same time, a solitary being and a social being. As a solitary being, he attempts to protect his own existence and that of those who are closest to him, to satisfy his personal desires, and to develop his innate abilities. As a social being, he seeks to gain the recognition and affection of his fellow human beings, to share in their pleasures, to comfort them in their sorrows, and to improve their conditions of life.”
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Leadership in Globalized World

Leadership in Globalized World

“Think globally, act locally” – David Brower (1912 – 2000) – Friends of earth.

“The clearest way to show what the rule of law means to us in everyday life, is to recall what has happened when there is no rule of law.” – Dwight David Eisenhower (1890-1969).

In a recent interview with Fareed Zakaria of the Time magazine (Asian edition of 18 Oct 2010), the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao described his country’s goals as:

  • To let everyone lead a happy life with dignity;
  • To let everyone feel safe and secure;
  • To let the society be one with equality and justice;
  • To let everyone have confidence in the future.

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Price of Peace – UN

Price of Peace - UNWe the Peoples of the United Nations Determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom..
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Judiciary Notebook – UN Style

Judiciary Notebook – UN StyleInjustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Code of Conduct for the UNDT/UNAT Judges:
(UN GA Document # A/65/86 of 15 June 2010).

Unsurprisingly, it has taken a year or so to write/publish Code of Conduct for the judges working for the reformed UN Internal Justice system since it came into being on 1 July 2009.…
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Democracy and Self-Development

Democracy and Self-DevelopmentDevelopment engineering is less about formulas and more about integrity. If an administrator is sensitive to the problems of the public, he can find innovative solutions within the given resources”. Rigzin Samphel, young Indian Administrator in one of the large federal states, with large poor communities.

Churchill’s famous dictum: “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time“.…
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Appeal to UN General Assembly

Appeal to UN General AssemblyWhen you mention a famous race horse, they always ask, “from which stable?”  The stable is important, as it establishes the ancestry, authenticity and the breed.

When you name a lawyer who has done well, people ask you, “from which chamber?”  The Chamber is important. It establishes the hierarchy and cultural tradition in which the lawyer was born and has been reared.…
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Transform Distress into De-Stress

Transform Distress into De-StressDon’t cry because it is over, think and smile because it happened.  World HR Trainer.

Throughout history new technologies have revolutionized communication and the spread of information. Cyberspace has become the fifth domain of warfare after Land, Sea, Air and Space. Thanks to technology, even the UN Internal Justice System has sought to employ cyberspace and has created an atmosphere of honesty, transparency and accountability, howsoever unreal that may turn out to be in the final test.…
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Judgment on UN Retirees Common Cause Appeal

Judgment on UN Retirees Common Cause AppealWhen a judgment and justice be the same?” – quote from ancient Eastern wisdom.

More than a year after the appeal was submitted, firstly (May 2009) with the Standing Committee of the UN Pension Fund and after nine months it was presented (August 2009) to the UN Appeals Tribunal, and after an uneventful 80 minute oral hearing session on 22 June 2010, the Tribunal President pronounced its judgement on Thursday, 1 July 2010: “the case was dismissed”.…
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