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.

On Staff Day, Fréchette praises ‘unsung heroes’ who died working for the UN

Commemorating the annual United Nations Staff Day, Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette paid tribute today to the courage and contributions of the many “unsung heroes” who lost their lives while working for the world body.

Annan voices appreciation for UN staff's loyalty and devotion during 'trying times'

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today wrote to United Nations staff conveying his appreciation for the devotion and loyalty they continue to show during "trying times."

UN pays tribute to detained, abducted or missing staff

The United Nations paid homage to detained, abducted or missing colleagues today with a call from Secretary-General Kofi Annan to punish those responsible and the distribution to staff of lapel pins intended to highlight the importance of staff security and safety.

UN to observe day of solidarity with detained, missing staff members

United Nations staff members worldwide are set to honour their colleagues who have been detained, abducted or who have gone missing while in the service of the Organization.