UN’s second-in-command makes public her financial disclosure statement

Following the example of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, his deputy today released her financial disclosure statement for 2006-07 to the public after submitting it for review to an outside financial auditing company.

Secretary-General ‘profoundly moved’ by professionalism of UN staff: spokesperson

Marking his first three months in office, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today told staff at United Nations Headquarters in New York and around the world that he has been “profoundly moved” by their professionalism and commitment, his spokesperson said.

Veteran Japanese diplomat takes over as top UN communications official

Veteran Japanese diplomat Kiyotaka Akasaka of Japan, who has been closely involved throughout his career with the work of multilateral organizations, began his tenure today as the new chief of the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI).

Honouring missing UN staff, Ban Ki-moon calls for heightened security for personnel

Increased security is crucial in allowing United Nations personnel – peacekeepers, civilian staff and others – to carry out their tasks without fear of harm, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in observance of the International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members.

UN to shift some $9 billion from its staff Pension Fund to ‘passive management’

The United Nations will move some $9 billion from its Pension Fund to “passive management,” a senior budget official said today, adding that more than a dozen bids for external management have been received and are under review.

UN staff can soon seek jobs in Ban Ki-moon’s office as part of push for more mobility

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced plans today to circulate advertisements within the United Nations system for a dozen positions in his own office as part of his broader campaign to encourage staff mobility.

Secretary-General Ban names Mexican sustainable development official as UN management chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed Alicia Bárcena Ibarra as head of the United Nations Department of Management, voicing confidence that the Mexican national, who has extensive experience both within and outside the world body, will contribute to his efforts to strengthen it.

More than 20 UN personnel killed in 2006, says staff union as it calls for action

Fatal attacks against United Nations personnel last year claimed the lives of at least 22 peacekeepers and civilian staff, mostly in southern Lebanon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Haiti, Sudan, and Afghanistan, the world body’s staff union said today, as it called for greater effort to bring those responsible to justice.

Addressing staff, new Secretary-General renews commitment to UN management reform

Stressing his determination to follow through on the goal of management reform at the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon used his first address to staff as Secretary-General to call on them to work with him to help make the Organization more mobile, professional and capable of responding to the expectations of the international community.

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.”