A senior Jamaican diplomat has been appointed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan as United Nations Ombudsman, a newly created position designed to help UN staff to raise matters of concern.Ambassador Patricia Durrant, who has been the Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the UN since 1995, will serve at the level of Assistant Secretary-General. Ambassador Durant, who has spent over three decades in diplomatic service, also served as Director-General in the Jamaican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. In establishing the post, the UN General Assembly decided that the Ombudsman would serve for a non-renewable five-year term, and would be ineligible for any other UN appointment after that. The Ombudsman will work independently of any UN organ or official and maintaining strict confidentiality concerning matters in her purview. As Ombudsman, Ambassador Durrant will have direct access to the Secretary-General and records concerning staff, except for records of an ongoing investigation and medical records that are not available without the express request of an individual. She may consider a conflict of any nature related to employment by the UN, including matters pertaining to the administration of benefits, conditions of employment, managerial practices, as well as professional and staff relations. She will facilitate conflict resolution, using conciliation, informal mediation and other means to settle conflicts.
GIA announces the release of a comprehensive global report on mining chemicals markets. The world market for mining chemicals is projected to exceed $10.5 billion by the year 2015. This is primarily driven by depleting ore qualities and increasing regulatory pressure to use environment friendly chemicals. Additionally increasing surface mining, especially coal, is driving the market for explosives.Mining chemicals play a key role in enhancing the productivity and efficiency of mining processes such as recovery and extraction of minerals and target materials from the ore. Mining chemicals include hydrocarbon collectors based on developmental and traditional sulphur, depressant chemistry, frothers, acid resistant coatings, proprietary extender oils and high purity solvent extraction diluents. Mining chemicals market also includes explosives, and explosive accessories such as detonators and fuses.The economic downturn adversely affected demand for mining chemicals worldwide, with the US, and Europe bearing the brunt of the declines. Developing regions such as Asia-Pacific also witnessed slower growth in 2009. The rollover effects of the economic downturn are expected to continue in 2010, with market recovery expected from 2011 onwards.Asia-Pacific and the US dominate the world mining chemicals market, as stated by the new market research report on mining chemicals. Explosives & drilling application represents the largest and fastest growing market for mining chemicals worldwide. Processing chemicals represents the second largest application for mining chemicals.The report titled “Mining Chemicals: A Global Strategic Business Report” provides a comprehensive review of market trends, and recent industry activity. The study analyses market data and analytics in terms of value sales for regions including the US, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South Africa and rest of the world by the following applications – processing chemicals, explosives & drilling, water & waste treatment, and other applications.