UN Affairs

INTERVIEW: Making the 'most impossible job' a possible mission – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s last day in office is 31 December 2016. That day will be the culmination of a decade of service at the helm of the world body, during which his priorities have been to mobilize world leaders around a set of new global challenges, from climate change and economic upheaval to pandemics and increasing pressures involving food, energy and water. In addition, he has sought to be a bridge-builder, to give voice to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, and to strengthen the Organization itself.

Taking oath of office, António Guterres pledges to work for peace, development and a reformed United Nations

Sworn in today as the ninth and next United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres pledged to reposition development at the centre of the Organization’s work and ensure that the UN can change to effectively meet the myriad challenges facing the international community.

PHOTO FEATURE: António Guterres: An illustrious career serving others

Portugal's António Guterres will soon take the reigns as the UN Secretary-General, having been appointed by the United Nations General Assembly, on 13 October 2016. He will serve for a five-year period, ending 31 December 2021.

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.

Globalization is a ‘fact of life’ says Austrian Minister in UN General Assembly speech

Globalization has brought enormous benefits to humankind, such as reduced international poverty, new technologies and reduced distances between countries, the Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria told the United Nations this evenings, stressing that there needs to be a realization that the phenomenon also brings challenges.

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.

The next UN Secretary-General: Assembly President says ‘new standard of transparency’ established

Three days of informal briefings came to an end yesterday, after nine candidates for the position of the next United Nations Secretary-General answered all together some 800 questions from the UN membership and the public on how, if selected, they would lead the world body.

The next UN Secretary-General: last day of informal briefings

The third and final session of informal briefings to hear the views of three more candidates for the position of the next United Nations Secretary-General is taking place at UN Headquarters in New York today, focusing on how they would tackle some of the world’s most urgent issues should they be selected to replace current UN chief Ban Ki-moon in January 2017.