General Assembly president urges ‘realistic assessment’ of Security Council reform

Acknowledging that past efforts to expand the membership of the United Nations Security Council have not met with success, the President of the General Assembly today urged participants in its annual debate on the issue to take a realistic approach order to open the way for real progress.

Annan calls for ‘fundamental change’ in UN culture to recruit and retain good staff

Highlighting the staff of the United Nations as its “principal asset,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called for more resources from Member States to improve recruiting practices and streamline contracts so as to attract good candidates and keep them with the organization.

Deputy Secretary-General outlines changes at the world body; remains upbeat

Stressing the need for the United Nations to change to deal with the myriad new demands of the 21st century, Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch Brown today reiterated the importance of development, security, and human rights and democracy as the “three pillars” around which the world body is reorganizing.

Need for Security Council reform is greater than ever, says Annan as he urges action

As part of his further efforts to speed up the process of United Nations reform, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has said the 15-member Security Council must change to reflect the new reality of international relations, and called on all Member States to find a compromise solution to resolve the impasse.

UN issues first-ever performance report consolidating financial and programme data

In a move that advances Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s reform agenda for the United Nations, the world body has released a corporate-style budget and programme performance report, consolidating information that had previously been scattered in numerous different documents and packaging it in a user-friendly format accessible to the general public.

General Assembly lifts spending cap from UN budget, allowing operations to go on

The United Nations General Assembly has formally lifted a spending cap restricting budget allocations to the first half of this year, affirming a recommendation by its main administrative committee, which earlier this week achieved a breakthrough on the issue that had threatened financial crisis at the world body.

Encouraged by UN membership’s moves on reform, Annan sees no imminent budget crisis

As he enters the last six months of his tenure as United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan today expressed optimism that divisions between Member States on reform of the world organization were healing, allowing a feared budget crisis to be avoided and letting both the reform, and the myriad of ongoing operations, to continue.

Annan calls for ‘a new coalition’ on UN reform to bridge north-south divide

Warning that the United Nations is facing “a moment of truth,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan is urging all UN Member States to tone down their rhetoric over a proposed package of reform measures and join forces to reach a sensible compromise that will prevent a budget crisis and pave the way for more fundamental change later.

Annan backs deputy’s call for greater US engagement with UN

Secretary-General Kofi Annan supports a call by his Deputy for greater United States engagement with the United Nations, a spokesman for the world body said today.

Deputy Secretary-General calls for stepped-up US engagement with UN

The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General today called for greater United States engagement with the UN, warning that Washington cannot “go it alone” in approaching diverse problems ranging from the threat of bird flu to the situation in violence-wracked Darfur, Sudan, while the world body needs its host country’s leadership to tackle these pressing challenges.