UN-Arab League envoy watching for Syrian reactions to opposition offer on talks

Reaffirming the importance of negotiation to stop the carnage in Syria, the Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States reacted cautiously today to reports that an opposition leader was ready to hold talks with the Syrian Government.

Head of UN security probe stresses need for vigilance amid increasing threats

The head of the panel set up to review United Nations staff security worldwide in the wake of last year’s deadly Algiers bombing has underscored the need for vigilance amid growing threats to the Organization.

UN studying report submitted by staff security review panel

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has received the report of the independent panel tasked with assessing the safety and security of United Nations staff worldwide and said it will be “studied in detail before considering appropriate follow-up action,” his spokesperson said today.

Veteran UN envoy and adviser Lakhdar Brahimi to retire at end of year

Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Adviser, Lakhdar Brahimi, a veteran United Nations envoy whose most recent missions included helping the post-war transitions in Afghanistan and Iraq, is retiring at the end of this year, it was announced today.

Long-time UN envoy Brahimi honoured by Arab American group in US

Lakhdar Brahimi, the long-time United Nations envoy whose most recent assignment was to help Iraq during the period leading up to the restoration of sovereignty, has been awarded a major prize by an Arab American group in the United States for his commitment to conflict prevention and resolution.

Brahimi urges world to have realistic goals for peace processes

The world's expectations for peace-making processes in countries emerging from war or other crises are becoming more ambitious and less realistic, United Nations Special Adviser Lakhdar Brahimi said yesterday as he received the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal from the German UN Association.

Special Adviser Lakhdar Brahimi honoured by German UN Association

United Nations Special Adviser Lakhdar Brahimi - who was instrumental in Iraq's recent political transition and carried out a similar diplomatic assignment in Afghanistan - was today awarded the Dag Hammarskjold Honorary Medal from the German UN Association at a ceremony in Munich.

Annan appoints Lakhdar Brahimi to post of Special Adviser

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today announced the appointment of the outgoing senior UN envoy to Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, as his Special Adviser with the rank of Under-Secretary-General.

Afghanistan: UN envoy condemns attacks on aid workers, vows continued relief effort

The chief United Nations envoy in Afghanistan today deplored a recent "brutal and premeditated" deadly attack on aid workers, but affirmed that the relief drive will continue.

Top UN envoy in Afghanistan urges release of detained journalists

Lakhdar Brahimi, the senior United Nations official in Afghanistan, today called for the immediate release of two journalists arrested there last week.