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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...

10-Jun-2016 Seoul (South Korea)

UN chief frontrunner in S Korean presidential hopefuls

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon ranked first in a survey of South Korean people to pick the country's next president. Ban's tenure as the UN chief ends later this year. According to a poll of 1,002 adults conducted for three days through Thursday, 26 per...

09-Jun-2016 United Nations

Ban Ki-moon welcomes India-US commitment to climate agreement

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the commitment of India and the United States to Paris Agreement on Climate Change and their mission to reduce greenhouse gases as a sign of the growing global momentum for implementing the pact.Ban has commended "the...

07-Jun-2016 United Nations

Global threat from Islamic States remains high: Ban Ki-moon

The global threat emanating from Islamic State (IS) remains high, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said in a report.The continued military pressure exerted in Iraq and Syria by international coalition forces has led to serious military setbacks for IS,...

23-May-2016 Istanbul (Turkey)

World humanitarian summit opens in Istanbul

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday opened the first world humanitarian summit here with a call for world leaders to be committed to improving the humanitarian responses to crises.In his opening remarks to the two-day summit, Ban called on world...

13-Apr-2016 United Nations

World needs new vision for urbanisation: Ban Ki-moon

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the world needs a new vision for urbanisation, a "New Urban Agenda," to help protect the environment and limit climate change.While meeting Ecuador President Rafael Correa Delgado here on Tuesday, Ban thanked...

09-Apr-2016 Geneva

Majority of extremism victims are Muslims: Ban Ki-moon

The vast majority of victims of violent extremism worldwide are Muslims and the objective of extremists "is for us to turn on each other [and] our unity is the ultimate rebuke for that bankrupt strategy," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday.He...

08-Apr-2016 United Nations

Ban Ki-moon reiterates offer of 'good offices' for India-Pakistan talks

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reiterated his offer of "good offices" to facilitate the resumption of dialogue between India and Pakistan that appears to have again hit a brick wall.Asked at his briefing on Friday about the stalled talks, Ban's spokesperson...

08-Apr-2016 Geneva

UN chief for holistic approach to tackle extremism

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday that a paradigm shift was needed to address violent extremism affecting communities across the globe."Violent extremism is a direct assault on the UN charter and the universal declaration of human rights,"...

07-Apr-2016 United Nations

Diabetes causes 1.5 mn deaths a year : Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday said diabetes now causes some 1.5 million deaths a year, and called for healthier lifestyles on this year's World Health Day.Diabetes is an ancient disease that is taking a growing toll on the modern world, Xinhua...

01-Apr-2016 United Nations

UN chief commends China, US pledge to sign climate agreement

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended a joint China-US presidential statement that the world's two major greenhouse gas emitters will sign the ambitious Paris climate agreement in April.The two countries will sign the Paris Agreement on April 22, months...

27-Mar-2016 Baghdad

UN to help Iraq overcome financial crisis, fight IS

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday paid an official visit here, aiming at showing the international community's support to the Iraqi government to confront economic crisis and fight against the Islamic State.The UN chief, who was accompanied by...

11-Mar-2016 United Nations

UN chief calls for restraint after Iran's missile tests

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged all concerned to act with restraint after Iran test-fired two ballistic missiles on Wednesday.In Ban's statement, he recalled the previous Security Council resolution in which the council "called...

05-Mar-2016 New York

UN chief calls for women empowerment as 'agents of change'

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for empowerment of women as "agents of change" in a message to mark the upcoming International Women's Day on March 8, the media reported on Saturday.In poor parts of the world, women still face the risk of dying...

27-Feb-2016 United Nations

Democracy finally arrives at UN for secretary general's election

After 70 years, democracy is finally arriving at the UN for the election of its next head. It will also be the first with women running for the top job.Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's successor is to be chosen in a process that will be "historic and game-changing"...

12-Feb-2016 United Nations

Indian women peacekeepers an inspiration : Ban Ki-moo

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon paid tributes on Friday to Indian women peacekeepers who are completing this weekend their mission in Liberia as the first ever all-female police unit deployed in UN operations.He thanked the 125-member Indian women police contingent...

10-Feb-2016 United Nations

UN chief welcomes cuts in aviation carbon emissions

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the International Civil Aviation Organisation's proposal for the first binding limits on emissions from the aviation industry, said a statement.The proposed rules, which would limit carbon emissions and strengthen...

06-Feb-2016 United Nations

34 militant groups pledged allegiance to IS: UN

Thirty-four militant groups worldwide had reportedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) extremist group as of mid-December, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.Militant groups from countries like the Philippines, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Libya...

04-Feb-2016 United Nations

Ban appoints Major General Menon head of UN Syria-Israel observer mission

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Major General Jai Shankar Menon to head the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), which monitors the Syria-Israel ceasefire in the Golan Heights.Menon succeeds Lieutenant General Purna Chandra Thapa of Nepal whose assignment...

26-Jan-2016 Rabat

Religion should be bridge between people : Ban Ki-moon

Religion should be a bridge between people, not a wedge, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told participants in conference on religious minorities in Muslim countries in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh."Inter-faith dialogue is necessary and urgent. Religious leaders...

17-Jan-2016 United Nations

UN chief welcomes prisoner swap between US, Iran

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the prisoner swap between the US and Iran, the UN chief's spokesman said in a statement.Iran freed four American prisoners on Saturday, including Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian. US officials also...

16-Jan-2016 United Nations

Ban offers support for resumption of India-Pakistan talks

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the resumption of India-Pakistan diplomacy and offered his support for holding talks.Asked by a reporter Friday about the on-again, off-again interactions between the two South Asian neighbors, Ban's spokesperson Stephane...

08-Jan-2016 United Nations

UN chief praises Sri Lanka's reform agenda

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he was encouraged by the Sri Lankan government's commitment to a broad reform agenda and its efforts to advance a nationwide dialogue.Ban on Thursday congratulated President Maithripala...

06-Jan-2016 United Nations

UN chief names adviser for UN summit on refugees, migrants

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of Karen AbuZayd as special adviser on the summit on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants, which will be held at the UN General Assembly in September.The special adviser will...

11-Nov-2015 United Nations

Ban Ki-moon calls for lifting 'obstructions' to supplying Nepal

With a harsh winter looming, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for lifting "obstructions" to essential supplies reaching Nepal.Ban's spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told reporters Tuesday, "The Secretary-General underlines Nepal's right of free transit,...

01-Nov-2015 Geneva

Syrians to decide on President Assad's future: Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said that "the future of Syria... should not be held up by the future of one man," adding that there is a need to rekindle political dialogue to find peace solutions in the war-torn country."I believe that it is up to...

01-Nov-2015 Geneva

Ban Ki-moon condemns alleged attack on Russian plane

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the alleged attack on a Russian plane in "the strongest terms" and voiced his deep sadness for the victims of the crash in Egypt's Sinai earlier on Saturday.Ban told a group of journalists here on Saturday...

21-Oct-2015 United Nations

India calls for transparency and choice in electing UN Secretary-General

India has called for drastic reforms in the election of the secretary-general to introduce transparency and choice in the process of picking a successor to Ban Ki-moon next year and said it should not be a prerogative of the five permanent members of the Security...

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