Senior managers at the UN sign ‘compacts’ on priorities

United Nations senior managers signed individual compacts with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a ceremony in New York today, outlining their goals for reaching priorities set by Member States.

Secretary-General lays out challenging UN agenda for 2008

Peacekeeping, pre-emptive diplomacy, climate change and improving the lot of poor countries, as well as internal reform, will be high on the United Nations agenda for 2008, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Loss of over 40 colleagues makes 2007 one of UN’s deadliest years – Staff Union

At least 42 United Nations staff members – including 17 who died in the 11 December 2007 attack in Algiers – were killed on duty last year, making it one of the deadliest years for the Organization, according to its Staff Union.

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.