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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.

Reform tops agenda at meeting of six UN system chiefs

United Nations reform, major events in 2005 and the present challenges facing the world body were at the top of the agenda for the yearly meeting of the heads of the UN systems six major organs.

UN finances improved but still 'delicate'

The financial situation of the United Nations had improved this year but remained "delicate," as many countries still were not meeting their obligations in full, the top UN management official said today.

Annan pledges measures to improve UN

Marking United Nations Day, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today pledged to issue new proposals for improving the world body so that it can adapt to emerging global challenges.

Women still face obstacles in reaching senior staff positions at UN – report

The United Nations has given itself a mixed report card for its efforts to reach the General Assembly’s target of equality between the numbers of men and women in professional and managerial staffing.

2003 finances generally positive despite 'precarious' budget, UN official says

While the United Nations budget situation remains precarious, the prognosis for the world body's financial health was generally positive as more Member States are paying their debts and assessments on time and the cash flow for peacekeeping operations expected to settle at a "comfortable level," a senior UN manager said today.

Solemn ceremony at UN honours memory of staff killed in service of peace

The United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) held a solemn ceremony today at UN Headquarters in New York to mark the Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members.

Annan names two women to senior-level UN jobs

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today announced the appointment of two women to posts at the level of Assistant Secretary-General: Elisabeth Lindenmayer of France and Angela Kane of Germany.