Annan meets with French President on peace, development and UN reform

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan met today in with French President Jacques Chirac in Paris, where he arrived yesterday at the start of two-week trip that will also take him to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Pakistan.

Secretary-General takes further steps to reform UN management

Pressing ahead with his campaign to improve United Nations management, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today named a leading business consultant as his special adviser, while his senior management chief laid out an immediate two-track policy of whistle-blower protection and financial disclosure, including the establishment of an ethics office.

In keynote speech, Annan urges action to implement World Summit’s decisions

Last month’s United Nations World Summit established a starting-point for a host of reforms, from human rights, terrorism and peacebuilding to economic development and management overhaul, and the challenge now is to implement its decisions and fill the gaps, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a keynote speech today.

Annan urges UN Member States to remain focused on Security Council reform

Even if reform of the United Nations Security Council is not accomplished at the September World Summit, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged momentum be maintained to make it happen before the end of the year.

Reform debate should not distract UN from helping to resolve conflicts – Annan

Even in the midst of a far-reaching debate on organizational reform, the United Nations would not be distracted from certain urgent tasks, particularly the need to resolve protracted conflicts and ensure that countries in difficult transitions received the support they needed, Secretary-General Kofi Annan told a world conference in Iran on UN renewal.

Annan meets foreign ministers of countries aspiring to permanent Security Council membership

Senior officials from Brazil, Germany, India and Japan – all countries that have expressed their desire to become permanent members of the Security Council – met today with Secretary-General Kofi Annan in New York ahead of key negotiations on the issue of United Nations reform.

Secretary-General expects successful end to debate on Security Council reform

With the General Assembly in the middle of its first round of open debate on Security Council reform and with views, so far, varying widely on how to bring the 15-nation body into the 21st century, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said he was confident that, realizing what is at stake, the Assembly would “pull together and ensure that we have a sensible agreement.”

Annan calls on G8 summit to rise to the challenge of fighting world’s many ills

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has sent a letter to the leaders of the G8 industrialized countries to rise to the challenge at their summit meeting next month and provide leadership on a full raft of issues, from improving the lot of Africa’s poor to combating terrorism and countering global warming.

September 2005 summit offers 'once-in-a generation' chance for UN reform – Annan

The United Nations' 60th anniversary summit of more than 170 heads of Government in September offers a "once-in-a generation" opportunity to make the world body more efficient at tackling global problems by adopting the reforms he has proposed, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan told a US research group on security issues.

UN human rights official says rights commission must reform

The top United Nations human rights official strongly advocated change in the international system for the enforcement of such rights, as the UN Commission on Human Rights held a day of informal consultations in Geneva on the reform recommendations recently made by Secretary-General Kofi Annan.