UN Affairs

INTERVIEW: 'A surge in the diplomacy for peace would be my priority' – UN Secretary-General-designate

On 13 October 2016, the UN General Assembly appointed, by acclamation, the former Foreign Minister of Portugal, António Guterres, as the next United Nations Secretary-General, to succeed Ban Ki-moon when he steps down on 31 December.

INTERVIEW: Margaret Anstee – first woman to become UN Under-Secretary-General

A woman of firsts” is perhaps only a summary description of Dame Margaret Anstee, the first woman to serve as a United Nations Under-Secretary-General.

FEATURE: Curtain rises on world's busiest diplomatic arena at UN Headquarters

As world leaders gather in New York in the coming days, the curtain will soon rise on the busiest diplomatic season of the year at the United Nations Headquarters.

INTERVIEW: Selection of next UN Secretary-General has been game-changing process, says outgoing General Assembly President

On 15 June 2015, the United Nations General Assembly elected Mogens Lykketoft – a Danish national – to serve as the President of its seventieth session. At the time of his election, Mr. Lykketoft was the Speaker (President) of the Danish Parliament, a position he had held since 2011. Born on 9 January 1946, it was a fitting coincidence that he would turn 70 during his term as President of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly– a personal fact he highlighted during his acceptance speech to the world body upon his election.

UN mourns death of former Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali

Boutros Boutros-Ghali, veteran Egyptian diplomat and the first United Nations Secretary-General from Africa, passed away today at the age of 93. He is being praised for guiding the Organization through the tumultuous early 1990s and for helping shape the UN's response to post-Cold War realities, drafting a seminal report on preventive diplomacy, peacemaking and peacekeeping.

FEATURE: From misplaced emblem in London to iconic hall – the UN General Assembly across 70 years

Before there was a United Nations Secretary-General, a Security Council or an iconic Headquarters in New York, there was the General Assembly, the most representative body ever of world nations, meeting for the first time in a London hall facing Westminster Abbey, the 1,000-year-old coronation site of Britain’s kings and queens.

UN political official calls for ‘innovative and practical’ ways to implement decolonisation

As the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization began its 2015 session today, the acting assistant political chief, Jens Toyberg-Frandzen, underlined the importance of political will to the continued success of the body’s efforts.

Ten years after Hariri assassination, Ban reasserts UN support for Lebanon

On the tenth anniversary of the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 21 others who lost their lives on that day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon renewed his condolences to the families of the victims of this terrorist attack and pledged the Organization's commitment to the country and its people.

2014: A look back at some of the year's major developments

Conflict, disease, human rights abuses and food insecurity combined to make 2014 a year marked by untold human misery. From the rise of violent extremism to the spread of Ebola, from war in Gaza to unrest in Ukraine, UN peacekeeping, diplomacy and humanitarian capabilities were pushed to the limit

Countries must build on successes of decolonization, Ban tells Caribbean seminar

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged Caribbean countries to build on the successes of decolonization, in remarks to a United Nations-sponsored regional seminar in Quito, Ecuador.