Ban Ki Moon

  • UN body talks tough on Badaun gangrape, says no justification or impunity for rapes 11-06-2014 11:00 AM

    A UN body has demanded justice for the families of the young girls raped and killed in Badaun, saying there can be no justification for such "unspeakable crimes" against girls and women and "certainly no impunity" for those who commit such acts. UNICEF "renews the call for justice: justice for...
  • Have internal self-correction mechanism in place: India 06-06-2014 08:26 PM

    New Delhi: Days after the United Nations condemned the brutal gangrape and murder of two teenaged girls in Badaun, India on Friday said that it never claimed to be a "perfect society" but the country has internal self-correction mechanism in place to deal with such acts. The Spokesperson in the...
  • UN chief appalled by Badaun rape case, demands action 04-06-2014 12:11 PM

    United Nations: Appalled by the brutal rape and murder of two teenaged girls in India, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has demanded action against sexual violence and appealed to the society to reject the destructive attitude of "boys will be boys". "In just the last two weeks, we have seen...
  • UN terms rape and murder of minor Dalit girls in UP 'horrendous' 31-05-2014 08:31 AM

    United Nations: The United Nations has strongly condemned the rape and murder of two Dalit girls in Uttar Pradesh, calling it a "horrendous crime" and stressed that all citizens should be protected by the law. "The rape and death of the two girls, who were hanged from a tree, is...
  • Rwanda commemorates 20 years since genocide 07-04-2014 04:22 PM

    Rwanda is commemorating the 20th anniversary of its devastating genocide in which machete and gunfire attacks killed more than 1 million people. President Paul Kagame and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon together lit a flame at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre on Monday in memory of those killed. Samantha Power, the...
  • 'Disappointed' UN chief Ban concerned about Ukraine unity 18-03-2014 07:02 AM

    United Nations: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday expressed deep disappointment at the crisis in Ukraine, saying that the Crimea referendum will exacerbate the situation and urged all parties concerned to intensify efforts and engage constructively toward a peaceful solution. "The Secretary-General continues to closely follow the situation in...
  • Chemical weapons watchdog discusses Syria mission 30-01-2014 05:28 PM

    The international chemical weapons watchdog will be meeting on Thursday to discuss slow progress in its mission to destroy Syria's poison gas and nerve agent program by the end of June. In a note prepared last week for the behind-closed-doors meeting of the executive council of the Organisation for the...
  • UN sends more peacekeepers to South Sudan as violence worsens 25-12-2013 01:09 PM

    The UN Security Council approved plans on Tuesday to almost double the number of peacekeepers in South Sudan in an effort to protect civilians as reports of mass graves fueled fears of a worsening of ethnic bloodletting in the world's newest state. The move came as the United Nations humanitarian...
  • World leaders pay homage to Nelson Mandela -'giant of history' 10-12-2013 07:09 PM

    Nearly 100 world leaders including President Pranab Mukherjee and US President Barack Obama came together in an unprecedented act of homage to Nelson Mandela describing him as a "giant of history". Sanskrit shlokas were read out from Hindu scriptures in a moving ceremony in the FNB stadium in Soweto, the...
  • Polls in Nepal fair, say Carter Centre, EU observer 21-11-2013 09:09 PM

    Two prominent international organisations, Carter Centre and European Union Election Observation Mission (EUEOM), keeping an eye on Nepal's Constituent Assembly polls said Thursday that the elections were held in a fair manner. Organising separate press conferences here, both Carter Centre and EUEOM said that the elections were conducted in a...
  • Take inspiration by the courage of Mahatma Gandhi, says Ban Ki-moon 02-10-2013 04:58 PM

    UN chief Ban Ki-moon,on Monday, called on people across the world to be inspired by the courage of Mahatma Gandhi and his resonant legacy of non-violence to peacefully oppose oppression, injustice and hatred. In his message for the International Day of Non-Violence, which is also the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi,...
  • Be inspired by Mahatma Gandhi: Ban Ki-moon 02-10-2013 03:14 PM

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged the world to be inspired by the courage shown by Mahatma Gandhi, the apostle of non-violence who was born on this day in 1869. "Today we celebrate the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi and his resonant legacy of non-violence," Ban said in a...
  • Turkish warplanes shoot down Syrian helicopter for entering its airspace 17-09-2013 08:48 AM

    Turkey said its warplanes shot down a Syrian helicopter on Monday after it crossed into Turkish airspace and the government warned it had taken all necessary measures to defend itself against any further such violations. Turkey scrambled two F-16 jets along the border between its southern Hatay province and Syria...
  • UN chemical weapons inspectors submit Syria report 16-09-2013 07:22 AM

    United Nations: The UN has said its chief chemical weapons inspector turned over his team's report on August's alleged poison gas attack in Syria to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said the report was transmitted on Sunday and the secretary-general will brief a closed session of the UN...
  • Syria welcomes Russia's proposal on chemical weapons 09-09-2013 10:52 PM

    Syria on Monday quickly welcomed a call from Russia, its close ally, to place Syrian chemical arsenals under international control, then destroy them to avert a US strike, but did not offer a time frame or any other specifics. The statement by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem appeared to mark...
  • India against US military strike on Syria without UN backing: PM 06-09-2013 12:59 PM

    In an implied rejection of US position on Syria, India says action on the West Asian country must not only be taken after conclusive proof from neutral inspectors on the use of chemicals weapons by the Bashar al-Assad regime, but should also be under the auspices of the United Nations....
  • Malala Yousafzai inaugrates Europe's biggest library in Birmingham 04-09-2013 08:18 AM

    Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head in a failed assassination attempt by the Taliban, on Tuesday inaugurated Europe's biggest public library in her newly adopted home of Birmingham. The 16-year-old, airlifted to the city last year for life-saving surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, now lives with...
  • Samples collected from Syria's chemical gas attack site to undergo meticulous scrutiny 31-08-2013 08:42 AM

    They've endured repeated delays, unrelenting scrutiny and even snipers' bullets in Damascus. Now UN inspectors, who have been gathering evidence of a possible chemical weapons attack in Syria, are poised to return to the Netherlands in coming days, setting in motion a meticulous process of analysing samples at specially accredited...
  • United Nations calls for global efforts to ban nuclear tests 31-08-2013 03:40 AM

    The UN has stressed on the importance of a global ban on nuclear tests, while calling for international efforts to achieve the goal of a safer and more secure world. Marking the International Day against Nuclear Tests, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the importance of Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) in...
  • US seeks coalition on Syria despite UK vote against action 30-08-2013 05:32 PM

    The US, on Friday, said it is seeking an "international coalition" for military strikes on Syria over alleged chemical attacks, even as it faced the prospect of unilateral action after the UK rejected involvement in a shock Parliament vote. A UK government motion calling for a strong humanitarian response which...
  • UN Council set for Syria clash as Western powers prepare to attack 28-08-2013 10:20 PM

    The United Nations Security Council was set for a showdown over Syria on Wednesday as Britain sought authorisation for Western military action that Russia called premature and seemed certain to block. UN chemical weapons experts investigating a gas attack that killed hundreds of civilians in rebel-held suburbs of Damascus made...
  • Peace Palace marks centenary, US plans to strike Syria 28-08-2013 03:02 PM

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is celebrating the centenary of the Peace Palace in Hague, even as major world powers appear to be moving toward punitive military strikes against Syria for what the US and its allies say was a deadly chemical weapons attack last week. The timing of today's...
  • UN completes first day of probe in Syria 27-08-2013 02:30 PM

    A team of UN chemical weapons inspectors in Syria carried out their first day of investigation despite a sniper attack on their convoy, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said. "What I am told at this time is that their vehicle was attacked by unknown snipers, but despite such very...
  • Pakistani Army general appointed as UN Military Advisor 27-08-2013 01:53 PM

    A Pakistani army general has been appointed as the Military Advisor for UN peacekeeping operations. Lt Gen Maqsood Ahmed was appointed to the post by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday and replaces Senegal's Lt Gen Babacar Gaye whose tour of duty ended on July 8. Ahmed recently completed...
  • UN experts to begin probe into chemical arms attack near Damascus 26-08-2013 10:06 AM

    The UN said its experts would on Monday launch a probe into the alleged use of chemical weapons near Damascus, where the opposition claims up to 1,300 people were killed in an attack last week. The UN announcement came shortly after Damascus gave the green light to the inspectors on...
  • UN insists Syria to allow gas attack inspection 23-08-2013 09:29 AM

    The United Nations demanded Syria give its chemical weapons experts immediate access on Thursday to rebel-held Damascus suburbs where poison gas appears to have killed hundreds just a few miles from the UN team's hotel. There was no sign, however, that scientists would soon be taking samples at the scene...
  • Syria gas 'kills hundreds', Security Council to meet 22-08-2013 01:10 AM

    Beirut/Amman: Syria's opposition accused government forces of gassing hundreds of people near Damascus on Wednesday after rockets released deadly fumes over rebel-held suburbs, killing men, women and children as they slept. What would be the world's most lethal chemical weapons attack since the 1980s prompted an emergency meeting of the...
  • Ban ki-Moon 'deeply disturbed' by Muslim Brotherhood deaths in Egypt 20-08-2013 11:31 AM

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday he was "deeply disturbed" by the deaths in custody of 37 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and condemned an ambush by Islamist militants that killed 25 Egyptian policemen. The Muslim Brotherhood supporters died on Sunday while being transferred to a prison....
  • Still negotiating with Syria on chemical weapons inquiry, says UN 14-08-2013 06:55 AM

    UN experts are ready to visit Syria to investigate claims of chemical weapons use during the country's two-year civil war, but a deal has not yet been reached with the Syrian government on safety assurances, the United Nations said on Tuesday. "The devil is in the details and the details...
  • Ban Ki-moon to attend Pakistan's independence day ceremony 12-08-2013 06:31 PM

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will begin a two-day official visit to Pakistan on August 13 during which he will interact with the country's top leadership. Ban will call on President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and meet the Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security...