Annan puts in place ‘unprecedented’ employment restrictions for UN procurement staff

In an effort to avoid any repeat of scandals involving United Nations staff working in procurement, outgoing Secretary-General Kofi Annan today put in place restrictions on current and former employees working in its purchasing department, his spokesman announced, describing the measures as “unprecedented.”

General Assembly president urges ‘realistic assessment’ of Security Council reform

Acknowledging that past efforts to expand the membership of the United Nations Security Council have not met with success, the President of the General Assembly today urged participants in its annual debate on the issue to take a realistic approach order to open the way for real progress.

Small band of rich controls majority of global wealth, UN study finds

The richest 2 per cent of people in the world own more than half of all household wealth, while the poorer half of the global population control just 1 per cent, according to a study released today by the United Nations University (UNU).

New initiatives make UN more transparent, accountable, ethical – top management chief

The departing top United Nations management official said today he leaves behind an organization that is more transparent, accountable and ethical than when he joined thanks to new initiatives that have been championed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and called for efforts to carry them forward.

Lech Walesa welcomes launch of International Human Solidarity Day at UN

Nobel laureate and co-founder of Poland’s Solidarnosc movement Lech Walesa welcomed the launch of International Human Solidarity Day at a ceremony at United Nations Headquarters today, calling for a global front to address today’s challenges.

Annan calls for ‘fundamental change’ in UN culture to recruit and retain good staff

Highlighting the staff of the United Nations as its “principal asset,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called for more resources from Member States to improve recruiting practices and streamline contracts so as to attract good candidates and keep them with the organization.

UN management chief Burnham resigns to return to private sector

United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Management Christopher Burnham, who played a key role in reforms, including a strengthened whistleblower protection policy, has resigned to return to the private sector, Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced today.

In final UN Day message, Annan warns that much still needs to be done

In his final message for United Nations Day as Secretary-General, Kofi Annan warned today that much still needs to be done in the common struggle for development, security and human rights, and he urged world leaders to work with his successor, Ban Ki-moon, to make the world body ever stronger and more effective.

UN Foundation passes $1 billion mark in funds donated to key causes

Eight years after its launch, the United Nations Foundation (UNF) has surpassed the $1 billion mark in delivering funds to the UN and its causes, and aims to leverage another $1 billion in support of the same goals, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has announced.<

Deputy Secretary-General outlines changes at the world body; remains upbeat

Stressing the need for the United Nations to change to deal with the myriad new demands of the 21st century, Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch Brown today reiterated the importance of development, security, and human rights and democracy as the “three pillars” around which the world body is reorganizing.