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UN forum adopts strategy to aid victims of sexual abuse by Organization’s staff

In a major step forward in addressing sexual exploitation and abuse by United Nations personnel, a working group of the General Assembly today agreed on a strategy to assist victims, ranging from medical treatment and counselling to social support, legal services and material care.

UN tour guides hold sick-day labour action

Nearly two dozen United Nations tour guides called in sick today in a labour action which added impetus to a previously planned meeting convened this afternoon by the world body’s top public information official to address their concerns.

General Assembly passes resolution aimed at boosting accountability for UN staff

The General Assembly today urged States to ensure that crimes committed by personnel taking part in United Nations operations do not go unpunished and that perpetrators are brought to justice.

Top UN officials hail vital, but often overlooked, role of volunteers worldwide

Marking International Volunteer Day, United Nations officials today paid tribute to the many millions of people around the world who contribute their time and efforts to help tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges, from reducing poverty to addressing climate change, and whose efforts often go unrecognized.

UN officials discuss accountability at public forum

Accountability for enhancing the effectiveness of the United Nations was discussed by key officials from across the system today at a forum in New York organized by the UN University (UNU).

Greater efforts needed to achieve gender balance within UN system – Migiro

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today called for greater efforts to achieve gender balance within the United Nations system, stating that statistics show an “unacceptable” lack of progress in this area despite the measures taken so far.

Ban Ki-moon heralds role of academia in promoting economic development

Academic and research institutions play a vital role in promoting development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he kicked off the inaugural symposium of the joint Africa Series initiative of the United Nations University (UNU) and Cornell University.

UN’s political department the focus of plans for stepped-up crisis diplomacy

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on United Nations Member States to endorse his proposals to strengthen and reorganize the world body’s Department of Political Affairs (DPA) so that the UN can respond faster and proactively to conflicts before they become bigger and costlier tragedies.

Ban Ki-moon to focus on better business practices at meeting of top UN officials

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will push for greater harmonization and realignment of business practices at the United Nations when he participates in the two-day meeting starting today of the Chief Executives Board (CEB) of top officials from across the UN system.

World turning towards multilateralism, Ban Ki-moon says in UN Day message

The world is moving in favour of the United Nations but the Organization must strengthen its ability to produce results in the areas of peace and security, development and human rights, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in his first message to mark UN Day.