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UN General Assembly adopts new legal protections for humanitarian workers

With over 200 United Nations civilian staff killed by hostile acts, and many others kidnapped, hurt or abused in the line of duty since 1992, the General Assembly today expanded legal protection for post-conflict humanitarian workers, to the acclaim of Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Assembly President Jan Eliasson.

Alicia Bárcena Ibarra of Mexico named as new senior aide to Secretary-General

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today announced the appointment of Alicia Bárcena Ibarra of Mexico as his Deputy Chef de Cabinet, replacing Elizabeth Lindenmeyer, who resigned earlier this year.

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.

UN reform must not stall long-term budget planning, Annan says

Secretary General Kofi Annan called on Member States of the United Nations to divorce the urgent consideration of reform of the Organization from the equally critical need to pass a biennium budget by the end of the year, without which ongoing operations would be straight-jacketed.

UN comptroller says partial budget approval scheme might hobble operations

Proposals to partially fund the United Nations to postpone battles over reform of the organization might leave it in serious financial straights in early 2006, the UN comptroller said, as he provided an update on budget negotiations in the General Assembly committee charged with the task.

Annan calls on Assembly to quickly approve $1.6 billion Headquarters renovation

With the United Nations landmark Headquarters on New York's East River failing fire code, security, environmental and hazardous materials standards, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on the General Assembly to approve without delay a nearly $1.6 billion plan to renovate the whole complex by late 2013.

UN has reformed and will continue improving with support of its members – Fréchette

The United Nations has demonstrated its flexibility in adapting to new challenges and will continue reforming with the support of its Member States, Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette said in Canada on Wednesday evening.

UN Assembly President accelerates work on development, management reform

Seeking to carry out decisions made at the September World Summit, the President of the United Nations General Assembly has accelerated work in the areas of development and management reform, his spokesman said today.

Annan meets with French President on peace, development and UN reform

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan met today in with French President Jacques Chirac in Paris, where he arrived yesterday at the start of two-week trip that will also take him to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Pakistan.

Secretary-General takes further steps to reform UN management

Pressing ahead with his campaign to improve United Nations management, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today named a leading business consultant as his special adviser, while his senior management chief laid out an immediate two-track policy of whistle-blower protection and financial disclosure, including the establishment of an ethics office.