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09-Apr-2018 Beijing

Ban Ki-moon named Boao Forum chair

Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday was elected chairman of the Boao Forum for Asia, which is currently underway in China's Hainan province.Ban replaced Japan's Yasuo Fukuda at the annual conference, known as the "Asian Davos", reports Efe news.Former...

01-Feb-2017 Seoul

Won't run for Presidency : Ban Ki-moon

Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on Wednesday he will not run for the South Korean Presidential elections this year, a media report said.Ban was second in the running to become the country's next President, according to polls, behind Moon Jae-in,...

21-Dec-2016 United Nations

UN chief calls for India, Pakistan dialogue

The outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has again called for India and Pakistan to resolve their differences through dialogue and has expressed concern over the tensions along the Line of Control.Ban, whose term ends this month, encourages the South...

17-Dec-2016 United Nations

No turning back on climate change pact : Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said the world needs to press ahead in the struggle against climate change.In his final press conference as Secretary-General, Ban on Friday said the UN must maintain the impetus that resulted in the signing of the Paris...

17-Nov-2016 United Nations

UN chief calls for respect for refugees

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the international community to promote tolerance, respect and dignity for refugees and migrants across the world.Marking the International Day of Tolerance, Ban said in a message on Wednesday the UN promotes tolerance...

15-Nov-2016 Marrakech

End fossil fuel subsidy: Ban Ki-moon

Reminding the world of its commitments to the climate change, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for ending the fossil fuel subsidy."The choices we make today may have a catastrophic effect on climate change for thousands of years. All countries must work...

15-Nov-2016 Marrakech

Paris agreement unstoppable, Trump will change mind: UN chief

United Nations Secretary General Ban ki-Moon on Tuesday said he is confident that US President-elect Donald Trump would distance himself from his election rhetoric against the Paris Climate Change Agreement, saying "now it has become unstoppable"."As you may...

18-Oct-2016 Washington

Barack Obama praises Renzi's leadership, reforms

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday paid tribute to Italian Premier Matteo Renzi, saying that his programme of reforms was transforming Italy."He looks to people's hopes not their fears, Italy is changing the status quo thanks to his courageous reforms,"...

14-Oct-2016 United Nations

UN chief names new representative for Central Africa

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Francois Lounceny Fall as his acting special representative for Central Africa and head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), a UN spokesman said."Fall succeeds Abdoulaye Bathily of Senegal,...

01-Oct-2016 New Delhi

India, Pakistan border firing escalates rift as UN offers mediation

India-Pakistan tension escalated afresh on Saturday as forces of the two countries exchanged fire along the border in Jammu and Kashmir, sparking international concerns with UN chief Ban-Ki Moon offering mediation to negotiate peace between the rival neighbours.The...

19-Sep-2016 United Nations

UN chief slams deadly Uri attack

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday condemned a deadly militant attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Uri town, and voiced his hope that "the perpetrators of this crime will be identified and brought to justice"....

16-Sep-2016 United Nations

Ban Ki-moon calls for more efforts to promote environmental protection

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday called on countries to strengthen climate protection by reducing the use of hydrofluorocarbons, saying that the international community should "do more to protect our atmosphere".The world has changed since we...

04-Sep-2016 Beijing (China)

UN Chief praises China-US commitment to Paris climate deal

UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon on Sunday spoke highly of the ratification of the Paris climate change agreement by China and the US, calling for accelerated efforts from other countries to join the ambitious accord."With China and the US making this historic...

02-Sep-2016 Colombo

Sri Lanka made progress in justice, human rights: UN chief

Sri Lanka has made progress in reconciliation, human rights and justice but more needs to be done, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday.Addressing a gathering in Colombo during his two-day visit, Ban said Sri Lanka is still in the early stages...

01-Sep-2016 Colombo

Ban Ki-moon holds talks with Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon held talks with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Colombo on Thursday.The Secretary General, who is on his second official visit to the country since the end of the civil war in 2009, was recieved by Sri...

30-Aug-2016 United Nations

UN chief calls for early CTBT entry

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on all countries to work to bring the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) as soon as possible.Open for signature in 1996, the legally binding CTBT is a multilateral treaty by which...

26-Aug-2016 United Nations

UN chief calls for peaceful presidential election in Gabon

On the eve of the presidential election in Gabon, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday called on Gabonese to exercise their civic duty and hold the poll in a peaceful and credible manner.Ban also called on all political stakeholders and the candidates...

19-Aug-2016 New Delhi

UN chief deplores Kashmir deaths, offers to help in dialogue

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has deplored the deaths in the current unrest in Jammu and Kashmir and also offered his good offices to facilitate dialogue between India and Pakistan to "achieve a negotiated settlement" on all outstanding issues, including...

03-Aug-2016 United Nations

UN chief to attend Rio Olympic Games opening

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will participate in the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city of Brazil.The ceremony will be held on Friday. Ban will participate in a relay in which the Olympic Torch is handed...

02-Aug-2016 United Nations

UN backtracks on role of its observers in Kashmir, says limited to LOC

The UN has backtracked on its assertion that it was monitoring the situation in Kashmir through the UN Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), clarifying that the observers' mission is limited to the line of control between Indian and Pakistani...

29-Jul-2016 United Nations

South Sudan on brink of an abyss: UN chief

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that South Sudan remains precariously poised on the brink of an abyss, and warned that the promises of the new state for peace, justice and opportunity have been squandered.Speaking at an open debate of the UN Security...

07-Jul-2016 Beijing

Ban Ki-moon urges China to create space for civil society

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged China to create a space for civil society so that environmental activists and human rights lawyers "can act as a catalyst for social progress and economic growth"."As China continues along the path...

10-Jun-2016 United Nations

Ban Ki-moon admits to yielding to Saudi pressure on Yemen report

In a startling public admission, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has acknowledged he caved in to financial pressure from Saudi Arabia and removed references to the coalition led by it in a UN report on children's sufferings in armed conflict as it threatened...

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