UN General Assembly adopts new legal protections for humanitarian workers

With over 200 United Nations civilian staff killed by hostile acts, and many others kidnapped, hurt or abused in the line of duty since 1992, the General Assembly today expanded legal protection for post-conflict humanitarian workers, to the acclaim of Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Assembly President Jan Eliasson.

Alicia Bárcena Ibarra of Mexico named as new senior aide to Secretary-General

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today announced the appointment of Alicia Bárcena Ibarra of Mexico as his Deputy Chef de Cabinet, replacing Elizabeth Lindenmeyer, who resigned earlier this year.

Annan and other officials pay tribute to UN staff after a 'rollercoaster year'

Among a parade of ethnic costumes and other celebratory events marking Staff Day at United Nations Headquarters today, Secretary-General Kofi Annan praised the performance of personnel during "this rollercoaster year" at a staff assembly and, with other officials, paid tribute to all staff members at a wreath-laying for those 177 who died in service in the last 17 months.

Annan chooses two women for high-level posts in political affairs and human resources

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appointed two veteran United Nations female staff members to high-level positions – Angela Kane of Germany as Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, to replace Danilo Türk, and Jan Beagle of New Zealand as Assistant Secretary-General for Human Resources Management, replacing Rosemary McCreery.

Full service back in UN Secretariat after power outage

The United Nations Secretariat building in New York regained full power today, after a 4,000 amp fuse blew at around noon yesterday in the 52-year old landmark Headquarters building, causing a partial power outage and disrupting phone and computer services.

Meeting with staff, Annan vows to make UN more accountable and transparent

With the United Nations being "hammered" daily by attacks alleging fraud and mismanagement in some of its key programmes, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today vowed to make the UN more accountable and transparent, and told staff that he wanted "us all to be proud of the Organization we work for…and be determined to move ahead."

UN staff members draw attention to missing, detained and disappeared colleagues

Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on Member States today to impose greater accountability on those who commit crimes against United Nations and associated personnel carrying out their assignments, as staff members gathered to draw attention to the abduction, detention and disappearance of nearly 30 of their colleagues.

Scotland Yard counter-terrorism expert named new UN security chief

A veteran of Britain's famed Scotland Yard police department who calls himself "a practical counter-terrorist" was today named United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security at a time when the world body has seen itself become a direct target of terrorism with the 2003 attack on its headquarters in Iraq.