General Assembly chief hopes budget talks will be resolved tomorrow

The General Assembly could agree by as early as tomorrow on the United Nations’ budget for the next two years, the Assembly’s President Jan Eliasson said today, after weeks of contentious and often slow-moving talks on the issue.

Annan reports to General Assembly on proposed UN ethics office

Mandated by the September world summit, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has sent a report to the UN General Assembly on establishing a new ethics office with independent external oversight and auditing, as well as with expanded provisions governing whistle-blowing and staff financial disclosures.