Secretary-General heads to Washington next week for talks with President Bush

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan will head to Washington, D.C. next week for talks with United States President George W. Bush and other senior officials, a spokesman for the world body announced today.

UN honours late Secretary-General Hammarskjold at dialogue on civil service

As it strives to build a cadre of international civil servants able to meet the challenges of today's world, the United Nations must provide its secretary-general with the autonomy to run the Organization efficiently, Kofi Annan said today in a message marking the centenary of late UN leader Dag Hammarskjold's birth.

UN has created innovative responses to emerging global challenges, Fréchette says

Challenging a suggestion that the United Nations might be moribund, Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette today pointed out that the world body has created innovative responses to such post-Cold War issues as expanding peacekeeping and sanctions use, upholding human rights and battling international terrorism.

UN reform activities continue to gain momentum in new year

As the dust settles from negotiations on the interim United Nations budget passed before the holiday season in December, the General Assembly is picking up the pace of action on institutional reforms, according to a schedule released today by a UN spokesman.

Whistleblower protection will foster new UN culture, says top official

Outlining the United Nations new whistleblower protection policy, the Organization’s top management official today hailed it as an exceptional tool to root out misdeeds and mismanagement and ensure transparency by defending those who report misconduct against retaliation.

UN reform among top priorities for 2006, Annan tells year-end press conference

Outlining his top priorities for 2006, his last year as United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan said today that alongside efforts to promote peace and combat poverty and disease, he was determined to follow through on his wide-ranging agenda of reform and renewal of the world body.

UN establishes new body to prevent countries from sliding back into war

In an historic action that brings to fruition a central reform proposed by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the 2005 World Summit, the Security Council and the General Assembly today acted in concert to establish a new body that aims to prevent countries emerging from conflict from falling back into chaos.

To strengthen UN integrity, Annan signs new whistleblower protection policy

As part of his campaign to revamp the United Nations and root out misdeeds and mismanagement, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has signed a new whistleblower protection policy, to take effect on 1 January, aimed at ensuring that the world body functions in an open, transparent and fair manner.

UN has reformed and will continue improving with support of its members – Fréchette

The United Nations has demonstrated its flexibility in adapting to new challenges and will continue reforming with the support of its Member States, Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette said in Canada on Wednesday evening.

UN Assembly President accelerates work on development, management reform

Seeking to carry out decisions made at the September World Summit, the President of the United Nations General Assembly has accelerated work in the areas of development and management reform, his spokesman said today.