UN chief appoints Jan Beagle of New Zealand as Under-Secretary-General for Management

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today appointed Jan Beagle of New Zealand as the new Under-Secretary-General for Management.

Four African nations agree to improve use of key water resource under UN-backed plan

Four African nations today agreed to a United Nations-backed plan that seeks to optimize the use of a key underground aquifer system and improve the management of water resources.

Mobile phone disposal discussed at UN hazardous waste meeting in Bali

The safe disposal of old mobile phones, computer equipment and ships are among the topics being discussed at a United Nations meeting on waste management that kicked off today in Bali, Indonesia.

General Assembly President notes progress in debate on UN management reform

United Nations Member States are heading towards a common understanding of what path to take on management reform of the world body, General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim said today after the Assembly wrapped up its first-ever thematic debate of the issue.

Ban Ki-moon seeks backing of Member States for UN management reform

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Member States to support proposals to further strengthen the United Nations, particularly in the areas of procurement, accountability and human resources, as the General Assembly began a two-day debate on management reform.

Secretary-General appoints first members of internal justice advisory unit for UN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today approved the appointment of the first members of a new body that will advise on the first overhaul of the United Nations’ internal justice system in 60 years, as outlined by the General Assembly.

Senior UN and EU officials hold talks on crisis management

Following up on an agreement reached last year between the United Nations and the European Union (EU), officials from both organizations today held a daylong meeting at UN Headquarters in New York on joint efforts to manage emerging crises.

UN, EU agree on crisis management roles

The United Nations and the European Union (EU) today signed off on a detailed plan on how to best coordinate their efforts in emergencies and crises.

Joseph E. Connor, UN’s top manager, retires

The United Nations’ top manager has retired after eight years of shepherding the world body through fiscal crises and instituting reforms initiated by Secretary-General Kofi Annan.