Welcome to the United Nations. It's your world.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Report of the Secretary-General on the Work of the Organization

I. Introduction

UN Secretariat building in New York.

UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The eyes of the world are rightly fixed on 2015, when we hope to conclude several crucial agreements that will have a major impact on the life of every person on this planet... The past 12 months have seen specific progress towards those agreements… While we can take satisfaction that millions of people have been lifted out of extreme poverty, too many more continue to suffer from privation, insecurity and inequality. This is unacceptable in a world in which opportunities and wealth abound and in which technology has empowered us and shrunk the distances between us.

Full report PDF document | 2013 report | Past reports PDF document

A. Promotion of sustained economic growth and sustainable development

A member of an agricultural cooperative sells vegetables at a market in Guatemala.

Photo/IFAD/Santiago Albert Pons



The 2015 deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals is swiftly approaching… Overall, substantial progress has been made in meeting many of the targets… [But] much remains to be done to secure the well-being, dignity and rights of those still on the margins, in addition to those of future generations.

B. Maintenance of international peace and security

UN peacekeepers with a helicopter.

UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti

Although the environments for United Nations peacekeeping operations have always been challenging, we face today a heightened level and new types of security threat, requiring new approaches and strategies.

C. Development of Africa

Women and children attending a UN-backed English class in North Darfur, Sudan.

UN Photo/Albert González Farran

Africa continues to make steady development gains… [but] challenges remain with regard to redressing income and gender inequalities, the lack of infrastructure and underemployment, in particular for Africa’s burgeoning youth population.

D. Promotion and protection of human rights

Families who fled fighting in Mosul, Iraq.

UNHCR/S. Baldwin

Events across the globe in the past year testified to the need for human rights to be integral to all that the United Nations does.

E. Effective coordination of humanitarian assistance efforts

UN vehicles leading the evacuation from the Old City of Homs, Syria.

Photo/Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC)/B. AlHafez

The rising scale of needs, the persistence of protracted crises and the interplay of new risks have led to a continued global deficit in the capacity of Governments and humanitarian organizations to respond…

F. Promotion of justice and international law

The International Criminal Court in The Hague sentencing former militia leader Germain Katanga to 12 years in prison for war crimes in eastern DR Congo.

Photo/ICC-CPI

The United Nations has continued to promote accountability for serious crimes of international concern and advocate the universal ratification of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

G. Disarmament

Unexploded ordnance at the Malian Army camp in Timbuktu where the UN Mine Action Service is working to assess explosive threats.

UN Photo/Marco Dormino

The adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty in 2013 marked a turning point in the international community’s efforts to regulate the trade in conventional arms.

H. Drug control, crime prevention and combating international terrorism in all its forms and manifestations

An opium poppy field in Afghanistan.

UN Photo/UNODC/Zalma

Around the world, drug demand, supply, production and trafficking continue to have profound impacts on health and security, undermining respect for the rule of law and jeopardizing peace, development and stability.

I. Strengthening the Organization

The UN General Assembly Hall under construction.

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

My management reform efforts aim to strengthen the Organization and enable it to deliver its mandates more effectively while ensuring the proper stewardship of resources, by improving administrative support, resource management, accountability and transparency.

Conclusion

Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on sled in Greenland, witnessing first hand the impacts of climate change.

UN Photo/Mark Garten

The challenges ahead across all areas of the Organization’s work require a strong spirit of cooperation among Member States. I pledge to do my part and call upon all to join forces in this common endeavour.