Annan and other officials pay tribute to UN staff after a 'rollercoaster year'

Among a parade of ethnic costumes and other celebratory events marking Staff Day at United Nations Headquarters today, Secretary-General Kofi Annan praised the performance of personnel during "this rollercoaster year" at a staff assembly and, with other officials, paid tribute to all staff members at a wreath-laying for those 177 who died in service in the last 17 months.

Annan chooses two women for high-level posts in political affairs and human resources

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appointed two veteran United Nations female staff members to high-level positions – Angela Kane of Germany as Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, to replace Danilo Türk, and Jan Beagle of New Zealand as Assistant Secretary-General for Human Resources Management, replacing Rosemary McCreery.

Full service back in UN Secretariat after power outage

The United Nations Secretariat building in New York regained full power today, after a 4,000 amp fuse blew at around noon yesterday in the 52-year old landmark Headquarters building, causing a partial power outage and disrupting phone and computer services.

Meeting with staff, Annan vows to make UN more accountable and transparent

With the United Nations being "hammered" daily by attacks alleging fraud and mismanagement in some of its key programmes, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today vowed to make the UN more accountable and transparent, and told staff that he wanted "us all to be proud of the Organization we work for…and be determined to move ahead."

UN staff members draw attention to missing, detained and disappeared colleagues

Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on Member States today to impose greater accountability on those who commit crimes against United Nations and associated personnel carrying out their assignments, as staff members gathered to draw attention to the abduction, detention and disappearance of nearly 30 of their colleagues.

Scotland Yard counter-terrorism expert named new UN security chief

A veteran of Britain's famed Scotland Yard police department who calls himself "a practical counter-terrorist" was today named United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security at a time when the world body has seen itself become a direct target of terrorism with the 2003 attack on its headquarters in Iraq.

More than 2,700 UN staff sign letter of support for Secretary-General

More than 2,700 staff members of the United Nations Secretariat have signed a letter expressing their support for Secretary-General Kofi Annan at a time when the organization has faced allegations about its integrity.

UN staff union leaders in Geneva voice 'full confidence' in Secretary-General

The leaders of the 4,000-strong United Nations staff union in Geneva today voiced their "full confidence" in Secretary-General Kofi Annan after counterparts in New York raised concerns over UN senior management.

UN management prepared to hold dialogue with Staff Union over concerns

United Nations management will meet next week with a body representing UN staff members to deal some of the concerns raised over the handling of a recent incident, a UN spokesman said today.

Annan asks UN budget committee to fund new security plan

Saying that the safety of United Nations workers “has to be my first priority,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan has presented his $97 million plan for new unified security measures to the General Assembly’s main budget committee.