Security guard found dead at UN Headquarters in New York

A United Nations security guard was found dead today, with a gunshot wound to the head, in an empty lounge at the world body's headquarters in New York, UN officials said.

Group of prominent public figures stresses need to strengthen UN role, credibility

New and novel threats to world peace and security make it imperative to reinforce the role, authority and credibility of the United Nations, according to a group of prominent statesmen, public figures, diplomats, businessmen and scholars, known as the International Ethical, Political and Scientific Collegium.

Turner's UN Foundation awards $104 million in grants this year

The United Nations Foundation (UNF) has announced that it has given $104 million worth of grants this year, focusing on reproductive health, children's health and environmental protection.

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.

Annan expresses sorrow over death of UN Volunteers chief

Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed sadness today over the death of Sharon Capeling-Alakija, the head of the United Nations Volunteers programme, which supports human development globally by promoting volunteerism and by mobilizing volunteers.

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.

Chiefs of UN's principal organs hold fifth annual meeting

The heads of the six principal organs of the United Nations held their fifth annual meeting in New York yesterday as part of a process to improve the efficiency of the world body.

Annan submits $3.05 billion budget for UN, representing 0.5 per cent growth

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today recommended a 0.5 per cent growth in the organization's budget for the 2004-2005 biennium, including small extra expenditures on programmes for Africa, crime prevention and human rights observance, after nearly a decade of no growth.

UN reform proceeding on many fronts, Fréchette tells General Assembly

Technical cooperation among United Nations members will be streamlined to avoid duplication and better joint agency programming will take place in developing countries, Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette told the General Assembly today as it began consideration of UN reform.