News by topic: UN Affairs, Secretary-General


General Assembly confirms appointment of Achim Steiner as new UN development chief

19 April – The United Nations General Assembly today confirmed the appointment of Germany’s Achim Steiner as the head of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).


UN chief announces senior appointments; sets up independent panel on Human Settlements Programme

12 April – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of senior officials as his envoys dealing with prevention of sexual violence in conflict and for protection of children during such crisis, respectively.


David Beasley of United States appointed as head of UN emergency food agency

29 March – The United Nations today announced the appointment of David Beasley of the United States as the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), which delivers emergency food assistance around the world and works with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.


UN chief confirms the remains found in DRC those of the two missing experts

29 March – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has confirmed the deaths of Michael Sharp and Zaida Catalan, two members of the Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo who had been missing since 12 March, and vowed that the Organization would do “everything possible” to ensure that justice is done.


On International Day, UN chief Guterres calls on all to stand in solidarity with detained staff

25 March – On the International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted the challenges that UN staff face and urged everyone to ensure that they have the safety they need to help those most in need around the globe.


UN urges building more just, equal societies to increase people’s happiness and well-being

20 March – Speaking at an event today marking the International Day of Happiness, the deputy United Nations chief called for more inclusive, equitable and balanced approaches to development that promote sustainability, poverty eradication, happiness and well-being of all peoples.


Guterres grateful for US support as largest UN contributor; will work with Member States on reform

16 March – Secretary-General António Guterres is committed to reforming the United Nations and stands ready to discuss with the United States and any other Member State how best to create a more cost-effective Organization that can tackle the enormous challenges facing the international community, his spokesman said today.