Panel on Algiers terrorist bombing cites dysfunctional UN security system

A dysfunctional United Nations security management system, a lack of adequate supervision and training, and significant lapses in judgement and performance all played a major role in the 2007 terrorist bombings of UN offices in Algiers, which killed 17 staff members, an independent panel reported today.

Citing major threats, Ban urges collective responsibility to protect UN staff

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for collective responsibility and closer collaboration between the United Nations and Member States to protect the Organization’s staff, who, along with humanitarian workers, are facing increasingly serious threats to their safety in many parts of the world.

UN security chief steps down over last year’s Algiers terrorist attack

The head of United Nations security has resigned, saying he will shoulder full responsibility for any security lapse that may have occurred concerning the deadly terrorist attack against UN facilities in Algiers last December.

Group to probe individual accountability for deadly attack on UN in Algiers

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today that he is setting up a group to examine whether any United Nations staff should be held individually accountable over last December’s deadly terrorist attack on the world body’s premises in Algiers.

Seventh member appointed to new UN security review panel

An Italian police colonel has been appointed as the seventh member of the independent panel tasked by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to assess the safety and security of United Nations staff worldwide, it was announced today.

Secretary-General pays tribute to fallen colleagues killed in Algiers

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today honoured the 17 United Nations staff members who lost their lives in last month’s terrorist attack in Algeria, telling a memorial ceremony in Geneva that their deaths were a “savage loss.”

Secretary-General to appoint independent panel to look into Algiers attack

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced his decision to appoint an independent panel to investigate last month’s deadly terrorist attack in Algeria which claimed the lives of 17 United Nations staff members.

Security evaluation of deadly Algiers bombing submitted to Secretary-General

The top United Nations security official today submitted to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon a report on last December’s deadly terrorist attack in Algiers which claimed the lives of 17 – and injured 40 – of the world body’s staff.

Deploring terror attacks on staff, Ban tells Al Jazeera UN stands for entire world

Expressing sadness that the United Nations and its staff have become targets of terrorist attacks, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has underscored that the world body stands for all the nations, people and faiths of the world.

Secretary-General lays out challenging UN agenda for 2008

Peacekeeping, pre-emptive diplomacy, climate change and improving the lot of poor countries, as well as internal reform, will be high on the United Nations agenda for 2008, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.