‘Nothing is more powerful than the human spirit,’ Ban tells memorial honouring fallen UN staff

Joined by staff and families of the women and men of the United Nations who lost their lives between 1 January 2015 and 30 June 2016, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a memorial service at UN Headquarters today that “those who destroy may think bombs and bullets are the most powerful force […] but nothing is more powerful than the human spirit.”

On International Day, Ban calls to bring all perpetrators of heinous crimes to justice

On the International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged for intensified efforts to bring all perpetrators of heinous crimes to justice, and to end impunity.

UN welcomes safe return of two abducted staffers in Pakistan

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) confirmed today that two of its national staff who were abducted last Thursday in the Pakistani port city of Karachi are now safe and well.

International Day highlights need for urgent action to protect UN staff worldwide

The United Nations family today urged immediate action to secure the release of detained staff, to resolve the cases of those missing and to protect all the courageous individuals who carry out the life-saving work entrusted to the Organization and its partners.

True protection of UN staff demands collective action, says Secretary-General

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged all nations to join forces to protect the thousands of United Nations personnel who risk their lives to help people in need around the world.

Secretary-General welcomes release of UN staffer held in Pakistan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his happiness at the safe release of a United Nations staff member who was abducted in Pakistan two months ago, voicing his appreciation for the efforts of Government officials and others in securing his release.

Terrorism imperils UN staff, Ban Ki-moon says on Day of Solidarity

With 40 United Nations staff members under arrest, detained or missing worldwide, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the heightened risk to the world body posed by global terrorism.

UN flag now a target, warns head of staff security review panel

Although the United Nations flag used to provide protection, it is now becoming a target, the head of an independent panel tasked by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to assess the safety and security of the world body's staff worldwide cautioned today.

Austrian diplomat appointed to senior UN economic affairs post

An Austrian diplomat has been appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to a senior post in the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), it was announced today.

Veteran diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi to head UN staff security review

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has chosen veteran diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi to chair an independent panel on the safety and security of United Nations staff worldwide, set up in the wake of the December 2007 Algiers bombing which claimed the lives of 17 of the Organization’s staff.