Annan puts in place ‘unprecedented’ employment restrictions for UN procurement staff

In an effort to avoid any repeat of scandals involving United Nations staff working in procurement, outgoing Secretary-General Kofi Annan today put in place restrictions on current and former employees working in its purchasing department, his spokesman announced, describing the measures as “unprecedented.”

Experts call for overhaul of UN’s internal justice system

Aiming to deal with a variety of problems plaguing the mechanisms at the United Nations for redressing staff grievances and dealing with misconduct, an independent panel of experts today issued a series of recommendations for overhauling the world body’s system of internal justice.

On Day of Solidarity with missing staff, UN calls for wide safety guarantees

With the number of its personnel arrested, under detention or missing increasing from 26 to 43, the United Nations today called on all countries where its peacekeepers are deployed and all parties to armed conflict to ensure the safety of every one of the world organization’s workers or associated staff.

Larry Johnson of United States named UN Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today named Larry D. Johnson of the United States, an official with extensive experience working for the world body, as Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, a position he will take up on 1 May when he succeeds Ralph Zacklin.

Malaysian anti-corruption leader appointed as UN ethics adviser

The co-founder of a Malaysian anti-corruption organization has been appointed to be the special adviser on the establishment of a United Nations Ethics Office, a critical part of current efforts to reform the world body, Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced today.

UN staff give blood for Kenya victims, carrying on emergency aid tradition

Responding to an emergency in Kenya’s capital that left at least 12 people dead, United Nations staff lined up today at Nairobi Hospital to donate blood to help those injured when a five-story building collapsed.

UN announces over 200 procurement investigations and puts 8 staff on leave

The United Nations is conducting some 200 investigations into its procurement activities and has placed eight officials on special leave with pay in that connection, the senior UN management official announced today, estimating that the funds involved could top the tens of millions of dollars.

Starting operations, new UN Ethics Office fields staff requests for advice

The new United Nations Ethics Office, hotly debated in the final hours of December’s prolonged budget negotiations, is already supporting the Organization’s new whistleblower protection and financial disclosure policies by answering questions from staff members about their responsibilities to comply.

Annan names Belgian UN official as new chief of protocol

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed Alice Hecht of Belgium, the former head of the Division of Administration of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), as his new Chief of Protocol.