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Darfur: Secretary-General pledges to give resolution of crisis his 'highest attention'

Describing the Darfur crisis as one of his top priorities in office, the new Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced plans today to enter immediately into diplomatic efforts to end the bloodshed in the Sudanese region, holding a meeting with his senior envoy tomorrow and attending an African Union (AU) summit later this month.

More than 20 UN personnel killed in 2006, says staff union as it calls for action

Fatal attacks against United Nations personnel last year claimed the lives of at least 22 peacekeepers and civilian staff, mostly in southern Lebanon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Haiti, Sudan, and Afghanistan, the world body’s staff union said today, as it called for greater effort to bring those responsible to justice.

Secretary-General Ban reaffirms UN support for Burundi as new office takes over

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the people of Burundi on the successful completion of the United Nations peacekeeping operation in the country, as he pledged the world body’s continuing commitment to help the impoverished nation shake off the ravages of civil war and political instability.

Addressing staff, new Secretary-General renews commitment to UN management reform

Stressing his determination to follow through on the goal of management reform at the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon used his first address to staff as Secretary-General to call on them to work with him to help make the Organization more mobile, professional and capable of responding to the expectations of the international community.