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UN staff security summit told terrorists now view the organization as the enemy

Meeting under the theme of “After Baghdad: United Nations Workers Under The Gun,” the UN Staff Union’s annual summit on security has been warned by the Security Council President that the UN “is no longer seen by terrorists as a neutral force, but rather as an enemy.”

Summit on UN staff security to be held at Headquarters this week

The sixth annual summit on United Nations staff security will take place in New York on Thursday, working from a theme based on the devastating terrorist attack against UN headquarters in Baghdad on 19 August, which killed 22 people, including the top envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello.

Security guard found dead at UN Headquarters in New York

A United Nations security guard was found dead today, with a gunshot wound to the head, in an empty lounge at the world body's headquarters in New York, UN officials said.

Experts begin in-depth investigation into UN security before Baghdad bombing

An expert team launched an in-depth investigation today into what went wrong with United Nations security procedures prior to the devastating terrorist attack in August against UN headquarters in Baghdad after an international panel decried the current security management system as "dysfunctional."

Secretary-General mourns loss of two distinguished former UN officials

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has offered his condolences to the families of two distinguished former UN officials who have recently died.

Team appointed by Annan to look into security decisions before attack on UN in Iraq

Responding to a report that found - in the aftermath of the August terrorist bombing of the United Nations office in Baghdad - a "dysfunctional" security management system, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today named a team to investigate the responsibilities and decision-making of UN officials in the lead up to the deadly attack.

Security changes already made and more on the way, Annan says

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said that the United Nations was examining security reforms suggested in a recent independent study, had already made some changes and was going to take further measures worldwide.

In letter to staff, Annan outlines steps to improve security for UN worldwide

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced today that he was appointing an independent team of experts to “review the responsibilities of key individuals for the lack of preventive and mitigating actions before the attack on 19 August” which killed 22 persons in the UN headquarters in Baghdad and left scores wounded.

Secretary-General reports high number of attacks on UN staff overseas

United Nations civilian personnel at overseas duty stations have suffered an unprecedented number of physical attacks leading to hostage-taking, injuries and death, but the UN Security Coordinator's office has been strengthened for an ever widening range of missions, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a report on staff safety issued today.

'We must persevere,' Annan tells Geneva staff in first visit since Baghdad bombing

In his first opportunity to speak with United Nations staff in Geneva since the 19 August bombing of UN headquarters in Baghdad, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today offered words of comfort and exhorted them to continue their work.