UN Affairs

Ban stresses ‘people power’ and partnerships at start of second term as UN chief

Ban Ki-moon has begun his second term as UN Secretary-General by pledging to harness the “power of partnerships” to respond to the planet’s biggest challenges, such as climate change, poverty and women’s empowerment.

Secretary-General welcomes US pledge of renewed engagement with UN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the commitment to renewed United States engagement with the United Nations as stressed by US Ambassador Susan Rice, as well as the Government’s recent contributions to the world body’s budget.

UN General Assembly on verge of negotiating Security Council reform

On-going work on reshaping the size and membership of the Security Council and making the vital organ of the world body more democratic is finally heading for serious negotiations, the Ambassador to the United Nations for Afghanistan, Zahir Tanin, told the press today.

Starring role for UN in new documentary premiering in New York

A new film casting the work of the United Nations in the starring role has its world premiere today at the Organization’s Headquarters in New York.

Enlarging Security Council essential to defeating global crises, France tells UN

The membership of the Security Council and other key international institutions must be urgently broadened if the world is to overcome its most acute crises, French President Nicolas Sarkozy told the General Assembly’s high-level debate today.

At ceremony for Baghdad victims, Ban renews pledge to protect UN staff worldwide

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated his pledge to protect United Nations staff around the world, as he met in Geneva with the families of the victims and survivors of the deadly 2003 terrorist attack on the world body's headquarters in Iraq.

UN’s work in Iraq best tribute to colleagues killed five years ago, says top official

As the United Nations today remembers the colleagues killed and injured in the attack on its headquarters in Baghdad in 2003, the world body’s top political official said there is no better tribute to the fallen than continuing the vital work they began in Iraq.

Five years after Baghdad attack, UN remembers some of its ‘best and bravest’

The United Nations today honoured those killed and injured in the terrorist attack on the world body’s headquarters in Baghdad five years ago, at a solemn ceremony in New York that included a classical music piece composed in memory of the fallen.

Composer honours victims of bombing at UN headquarters in Baghdad

The writer of a classical work composed in honour of the United Nations staff members killed in the 2003 Baghdad bombing said the music is a gift to the UN family as officials, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, prepare to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the attack.

New UN office utilizing space information to mitigate disasters opens in Bonn

A new United Nations Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) office tasked with utilizing space technologies to respond to all stages of disasters globally has opened in Bonn, Germany.