UN forum adopts strategy to aid victims of sexual abuse by Organization’s staff

In a major step forward in addressing sexual exploitation and abuse by United Nations personnel, a working group of the General Assembly today agreed on a strategy to assist victims, ranging from medical treatment and counselling to social support, legal services and material care.

General Assembly passes resolution aimed at boosting accountability for UN staff

The General Assembly today urged States to ensure that crimes committed by personnel taking part in United Nations operations do not go unpunished and that perpetrators are brought to justice.

Greater efforts needed to achieve gender balance within UN system – Migiro

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today called for greater efforts to achieve gender balance within the United Nations system, stating that statistics show an “unacceptable” lack of progress in this area despite the measures taken so far.

Top UN officials in Africa to be reshuffled

Three top United Nations officials in Africa will switch posts to allow the world body to address issues on the continent, especially in Somalia and the Central African Republic (CAR), it was announced today.

Ban Ki-moon appoints deputy envoys for Iraq, Liberia

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has selected David Shearer of New Zealand and Henrietta Joy Abean Nyarko Mensa-Bonsu of Ghana to serve as his deputy envoys in Iraq and Liberia, respectively, a United Nations spokesperson announced today.

Ban Ki-moon announces appointments of three top UN officials

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced his intention to appoint three new top officials, with two positions in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and one as head of the world body's Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).

‘Justice has been done’ says Ban Ki-moon after UN official found guilty in fraud case

Reacting to a guilty verdict against Sanjaya Bahel, a former senior United Nations procurement official, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed satisfaction that justice has been done and noted that evidence gathered by the UN had been used in the case.

UN’s second-in-command makes public her financial disclosure statement

Following the example of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, his deputy today released her financial disclosure statement for 2006-07 to the public after submitting it for review to an outside financial auditing company.

Secretary-General ‘profoundly moved’ by professionalism of UN staff: spokesperson

Marking his first three months in office, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today told staff at United Nations Headquarters in New York and around the world that he has been “profoundly moved” by their professionalism and commitment, his spokesperson said.

Veteran Japanese diplomat takes over as top UN communications official

Veteran Japanese diplomat Kiyotaka Akasaka of Japan, who has been closely involved throughout his career with the work of multilateral organizations, began his tenure today as the new chief of the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI).