Ban Ki Moon

  • UN chief, Leonardo join thousands at rally on climate change 21 hours 52 minutes ago

    New York: UN chief Ban Ki-moon and Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio joined thousands of people for a march through the city to shine the spotlight on the climate crisis with the UN Chief stressing that there is no 'Plan B' to halt advance of climate change as there is no...
  • World leaders to gather at UN in shadow of Islamic State, Ebola crises Yesterday

    United Nations: World leaders gather in New York this week to tackle a host of crises: the violence Islamic State militants are wreaking in Iraq and Syria, the exponential spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Africa and deadlocked negotiations on Iran's nuclear program. There is little hope the 193-nation UN...
  • Tens of thousands expected at New York climate march 3 days ago

    New York: Celebrities, activists and political leaders are expected to join more than 100,000 people in New York on Sunday for what could be the largest climate change protest in history, organizers said. Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio, former US vice president turned advocate Al Gore, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon...
  • UN names new envoy for West Africa September 13, 2014

    United Nations: UN Secretary General Ban Kimoon on Friday appointed Mohammed Ibn Chambas of Ghana as his special representative and head of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA). Chambas will succeed Said Djinnit of Algeria to whom the Secretary General is grateful for his dedication and effective leadership at...
  • UN to hold highlevel Ebola event on outbreak September 10, 2014

    United Nations: SecretaryGeneral Ban Kimoon will hold a highlevel event later this month to spur international efforts to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that the meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly's annual ministerial meeting, which starts on September 24,...
  • UN chief calls for more support to fight Ebola September 9, 2014

    United Nations: UN SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki moon has called leaders of some countries and organisations to urge more support in the fight against the deadly Ebola, a spokesman said on Monday. "He spoke to UK Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande, Cuban President Raul Castro and President of the...
  • UN chief hails new government in Iraq September 9, 2014

    United Nations: UN SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki moon on Monday welcomed the formation of a new government in Iraq, saying that it "is a positive step towards political stability and peace in the country". "The SecretaryGeneral welcomes the announcement of the formation of a new inclusive government in Iraq and congratulates Haider...
  • US snaps back at Egypt's criticism of Ferguson unrest August 20, 2014

    Ferguson: A US official on Tuesday snapped back at Egypt after criticism from Cairo over possible human rights violations in the racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. "We here in the United States will put our record for confronting our problems transparently and honestly and openly up against any other countries in...
  • UN chief urges restraint after protests over teen's killing in US August 19, 2014

    United Nations: As protests intensify over the killing of an American teenager in Missouri, UN chief Ban Kimoon on Tuesday urged all parties to exercise restraint and for authorities to respect the right to peaceful assembly. According to Ban's spokesperson, the UN chief is aware that US federal authorities have announced...
  • UN chief commends alMaliki's decision to quit as Iraq's PM August 15, 2014

    United Nations: UN Secretary General Ban Kimoon has commended the decision of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri alMaliki to give up his candidature and support Haider alAbadi to succeed him. "The secretary general commends the decision of Prime Minister Nuri alMaliki to withdraw his candidature and his pledge to support Haider alAbadi...
  • Ban Kimoon calls Israeli attack on UNrun school a 'criminal act' August 4, 2014

    United Nations: UN chief Ban Kimoon has strongly condemned an Israeli attack on a UNrun school in the Gaza Strip that killed 10 Palestinians, terming it as a "moral outrage and a criminal act" and demanding that those responsible for the act should be held accountable. "It is a moral outrage...
  • Ban urges Israel, Hamas to build on Gaza lull July 28, 2014

    United Nations: UN SecretaryGeneral Ban Kimoon on Monday urged Israel and Hamas to build on a lull in fighting in Gaza to lay the groundwork for talks on a lasting peace. The appeal came a few hours after the UN Security Council called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza during...
  • Iraq gets new president, UN chief urges more urgency July 24, 2014

    Baghdad: Kurdish politician Fuad Masum became the new president of Iraq on Thursday, in a step towards forming a new government that visiting UN chief Ban Kimoon said must be inclusive for the country to survive. A June onslaught on Sunni Arab areas north and west of of Baghdad led by...
  • UN chief arrives in Cairo for talks on Gaza July 21, 2014

    Cairo: UN Secretary General Ban Kimoon arrived in Cairo on Monday afternoon for talks with Egyptian officials on achieving a ceasefire in the warstricken Gaza Strip, media reported. Ban is currently on a regional tour that includes Egypt, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority for discussions on reaching a...
  • Scores dead in first major ground battle in Gaza July 21, 2014

    Gaza: The first major ground battle in two weeks of IsraelHamas fighting exacted a steep price on Sunday: It killed 65 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers and forced thousands of terrified Palestinian civilians to flee their neighborhood, reportedly used to launch rockets at Israel and now devastated by the fighting. Israeli...
  • Gaza toll crosses 300, UN chief heads to the region to bolster truce efforts July 19, 2014

    Gaza: Fresh Israeli air strikes killed 10 people in Gaza on Saturday, hiking the death toll above 300 as UN chief Ban Kimoon headed to the region to bolster truce efforts. The new peace push came as Israel's campaign against the besieged Palestinian territory entered day 12 in the bloodiest conflict...
  • Family of 8 killed in Gaza, as UN's Ban heads to region July 19, 2014

    Gaza: Israel's Gaza ground assault sent the Palestinian death toll soaring to 296 as UN chief Ban Kimoon headed to the region on Saturday to bolster efforts to clinch a truce. The new peace effort came as eight members of a single family were killed in Israeli tank fire in northern...
  • UN chief urges transparent probe of Malaysia jet crash July 18, 2014

    United Nations: United Nations chief Ban Kimoon has called for a full investigation into the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane in Ukraine as he expressed his condolences to the families of the 298 victims who died in the disaster. "I am closely monitoring the reports, along with the International Civil...
  • UN body talks tough on Badaun gangrape, says no justification or impunity for rapes June 11, 2014

    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 the...
  • Have internal selfcorrection mechanism in place: India June 6, 2014

    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 selfcorrection mechanism in place to deal with such acts. The Spokesperson in...
  • UN chief appalled by Badaun rape case, demands action June 4, 2014

    United Nations: Appalled by the brutal rape and murder of two teenaged girls in India, UN Secretary General Ban Kimoon 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 despicable...
  • UN terms rape and murder of minor Dalit girls in UP 'horrendous' May 31, 2014

    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 a...
  • Rwanda commemorates 20 years since genocide April 7, 2014

    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 US ambassador...
  • 'Disappointed' UN chief Ban concerned about Ukraine unity March 18, 2014

    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 Ukraine....
  • Chemical weapons watchdog discusses Syria mission January 30, 2014

    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 behindcloseddoors meeting of the executive council of the Organisation for the Prohibition...
  • UN sends more peacekeepers to South Sudan as violence worsens December 25, 2013

    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 coordinator...
  • World leaders pay homage to Nelson Mandela 'giant of history' December 10, 2013

    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 nerve...
  • Polls in Nepal fair, say Carter Centre, EU observer November 21, 2013

    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 peaceful...
  • Take inspiration by the courage of Mahatma Gandhi, says Ban Kimoon October 2, 2013

    UN chief Ban Kimoon,on Monday, called on people across the world to be inspired by the courage of Mahatma Gandhi and his resonant legacy of nonviolence to peacefully oppose oppression, injustice and hatred. In his message for the International Day of NonViolence, which is also the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, Ban...
  • Be inspired by Mahatma Gandhi: Ban Kimoon October 2, 2013

    UN Secretary General Ban Kimoon on Wednesday urged the world to be inspired by the courage shown by Mahatma Gandhi, the apostle of nonviolence who was born on this day in 1869. "Today we celebrate the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi and his resonant legacy of nonviolence," Ban said in a statement. "Gandhi...