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.

UN reform discussed in Ban Ki-moon’s meeting with US Congress members

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met yesterday with the foreign affairs committees of the United States Senate and House of Representatives in Washington, DC, discussing an array of issues from United Nations reform to the situation of Iraqi refugees.

Assembly President names two diplomats to guide Security Council reform talks

General Assembly President Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa has appointed the ambassadors of Chile and Liechtenstein to conduct consultations with United Nations Member States on how to move forward on reform of the 15-member Security Council.

Canadian legal expert takes top ethics post at UN

A Canadian lawyer with extensive experience in governmental ethics has been appointed Director of the United Nations Ethics Office, a key element of reform of the Organization mandated by the 2005 World Summit, a UN spokesperson announced today.

Streamlining the UN is a win-win step for rich and poor States – Secretary-General

Countries rich and poor will benefit if the United Nations can make its operations in the fields of development, humanitarian assistance and the environment more streamlined and efficient, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he unveiled his report on the recommendations contained in the recent High-Level Panel on system-wide coherence across the world body.

Calling UN’s internal justice system ‘ineffective,’ General Assembly approves overhaul

The General Assembly today responded to what it termed the “slow, cumbersome, ineffective and lacking in professionalism” United Nations system of internal justice, with its “flawed” administrative review, by mandating the first overhaul since its creation six decades ago with a pledge to redress these problems.

Secretary-General gives priority to streamlining UN with greater cohesion

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today pledged to better harmonize the United Nations diverse development, humanitarian and environmental activities to produce a more efficient and responsive organization.

General Assembly supports Ban Ki-moon’s reform proposals for stronger UN

The United Nations General Assembly today endorsed the major reform proposals put forward by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon upon taking office earlier this year, including the designation of a High Representative for Disarmament Affairs and the restructuring of peacekeeping functions to provide better planning, faster deployment and a more responsive process.

Streamlined UN system would be more effective at aiding development, says Migiro

The United Nations system would be far more effective at boosting development in poor countries if its operations were better streamlined and coordinated, the Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said today, calling for closer consultation with Member States to determine ways to achieve global anti-poverty targets.

Top UN management official outlines priorities, stresses highest standards of integrity

Describing the United Nations Department of Management as the “backbone” of the world body, the top UN management official today outlined her priorities for the coming year, namely implementing reforms to improve the organization’s efficiency and accountability, as she also stressed the need to maintain the highest standards of integrity.