Ban Ki-moon

Former UN chief Ban Ki-moon rules out presidential bid in South Korea

Former UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday ruled out a rumoured candidacy in South Korea's presidential election, dashing hopes that he might mend deep divisions in his home country amid a widening political scandal.

Ban Ki-moon stirs up president rumours upon return to South Korea

After 10 years as general secretary of the United Nations, South Korea's Ban Ki-mooon has returned home, stirring up rumours that he could seek to be the country's next president.

New South Korea party opens door to UN's Ban amid impeachment scandal

Twenty-nine lawmakers left South Korea's ruling Saenuri Party on Tuesday in the wake of the impeachment of President Park Geun Hye, local media reported, with one rebel lawmaker suggesting that outgoing UN boss Ban Ki-moon join their ranks.

Failures over Syria, South Sudan weigh on outgoing UN chief

The international community's failure to stop the bloodshed in Syria, the risk of genocide in South Sudan and the fear that the Paris climate agreement might not be implemented weighed on outgoing UN chief Ban Ki-moon as he considered his legacy on Friday.

UN Security Council drops reference to LGBT rights in tribute to Ban

The UN Security Council dropped a reference to outgoing UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's work on promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights after an objection by Russia.

Obama and Ban joke about retirement plans during UN luncheon

US President Barack Obama and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon saluted each other and shared retirement jokes Tuesday at a luncheon marking the last time both leaders would participate in the UN General Assembly in their current roles.

Obama, Ban appeal for compassion and action over walls and division

US President Barack Obama and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called Tuesday on the global community to do more to address international crises, from the war in Syria and the refugee crisis to North Korea's nuclear programme.

UN concerned world may not end AIDS by 2030 target

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called for faster action to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, while the head of the UN's AIDS agency warned that a lack of funding was making that target difficult to reach.

UN calls for "maximum restraint" in Kashmir as death toll hits 32

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday called for an end violence in India-administered Kashmir where 32 people have died in four days of protests.

Obama, Putin, Pope, Ban congratulate Croatia on Statehood Day

The US appreciates the strong cooperation with Croatia in Europe and globally, Obama said in his note, adding that Croatia was an example in the region of how hard work and reforms could lead to Euro-Atlantic integration.

UN chief to travel to Israel and Palestinian territories next week

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Israel and the Palestinian territories next week, Ban's spokesman said Tuesday.

UN chief Ban praises Greece's handling of refugee crisis

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday praised Greece for its handling of the refugee crisis, as well as the solidarity and generosity that it has shown towards migrants.

UN chief to visit migrants on Greek island of Lesbos next week

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will visit the Greek island of Lesbos next week where he will meet with refugees, migrants and asylum seekers, he told a press conference Thursday.

Turkish opposition warns UN summit about "totalitarianism" in Turkey

Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition was critical of the UN for holding Monday the first World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, charging that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was violating human rights and igniting "sectarian" violence in Syria.

Ban Ki Moon says "record number of people" need aid to survive

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon opens the World Humanitarian Summit, saying a "record number of people" are in need of aid and the global refugee crisis is the worst since World War II.

Croatian president to attend World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul

The Croatian president is due to address the summit and attend a closed meeting of heads of state or government who will discuss the challenges and possibilities of extending humanitarian aid.

UN chief urges "calm and dialogue" in Brazil

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urges peaceful dialogue in Brazil after the suspension of Dilma Rousseff as president and her pending impeachment trial.

UN chief "profoundly concerned" about escalating fighting in Syria

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is "profoundly concerned" about renewed fighting in Syria, calling on all sides to "recommit immediately" to the ceasefire and protect civilians, Ban's spokesman says.

UN chief: attack on Syrian hospital was inexcusable violation

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemns the airstrikes that hit a hospital in the Syrian city of Aleppo, Ban's spokesman says, calling for accountability for the attack.

UN chief speaks out against Europe's anti-refugee, xenophobic drift

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon denounced Thursday the spread of xenophobia and anti-migration policies in Europe while on a visit to Austria, one day after that country introduced tougher asylum laws.

UN chief concerned about Europe's shift towards xenophobia

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday he was concerned that European countries were closing their borders to refugees and that xenophobia was on the rise in the region.

UN chief Ban urges world powers to push ahead on nuclear test pact

The leaders of global powers should unite to finally bring the global nuclear test ban treaty into effect, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday in Vienna.

Ban Ki-moon: 171 countries to sign Paris agreement on opening day

A record 171 countries are set sign the Paris climate agreement on Friday marking the largest number of countries ever signing an international agreement in a single day, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says.

UN chief demands "exponential increase" in resettling Syrian refugees

Wealthy countries should resettle nearly half a million Syrians to ease the strain on Middle Eastern host countries, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday at a UN Syrian refugee conference in Geneva.

UN chief Ban demands "exponential increase" in resettling Syrians

Wealthy countries must show much greater hospitality to Syrians by offering nearly half a million places for long-term resettlement, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday at UN Syrian refugee conference in Geneva.

Morocco calls for reduction of UN mission after Ban's comments

Morocco has told the United Nations that it would reduce the presence of the UN mission to Western Sahara and even consider withdrawing its troops from all UN missions in response to recent comments made by UN chief Ban Ki-moon, the UN said Wednesday.

Merkel is "moral voice" in refugee crisis, UN's Ban Ki-moon says

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday praised German Chancellor Angela Merkel's role in the refugee crisis, describing her as the world's "true moral voice."

WikiLeaks: US intelligence snooped on Merkel's calls to UN chief

The leaders of Germany, France, Italy and the United Nations were all targets of spying by the US intelligence service, according to the latest revelations by whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.

Ban Ki-moon in Burundi for talks to end months of deadly violence

UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon arrived in Burundi Monday to step up efforts to end months of political violence in the east African nation.

UN chief's former aide endorses Angela Merkel for top UN post

German Chancellor Angela Merkel would make a strong candidate for the post of UN secretary general with a potential to unite world powers, a former speech-writer for current UN chief Ban Ki-moon told dpa Wednesday.

UN calls emergency meeting after North Korean missile launch

The UN Security Council called an emergency meeting after North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket, which Pyongyang said was carrying a satellite, but the US and its allies condemned as a missile test.

UN chief urges world to act to end "intolerable suffering" of Syrians

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged the international community to foster political dialogue to alleviate the "intolerable suffering" of Syrians, as some 70 nations gathered to pledge financial support to the war-torn country.

Escalation of bombing in Syria "deeply disturbing," UN chief says

A "sudden increase" of bombing and other military activities and a lack of humanitarian access in Syria have undermined peace talks, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says.

UN chief defends statement on Israel: "Don't shoot the messenger"

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday defended his statement last week on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which drew a firestorm of reactions from Israel.

Foreign minister: Burundi rejects African Union peacekeeper plan

Burundi will not allow African Union (AU) peacekeepers into the country, its Foreign Minister Alaine Nyamitwe told dpa on Sunday, defying regional attempts to quell political and ethnic violence there.

Ban Ki-moon applauds African Union's Burundi peacekeeping plan

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday applauded the African Union's plan to establish a "prevention and protection mission" against ethnic and political violence in Burundi, saying the organization was ready to support its efforts.

UN chief "horrified," "ashamed" at reports of peacekeeper sex abuse

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Saturday that the organization is "ashamed" and "horrified" that its peacekeepers have been implicated in the sexual abuse of vulnerable people.

UN calls for doubling clean energy investment by 2020

Investment in clean energy must at least double during the next five years for the world to keep on track with the Paris climate agreement, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told a global investor summit Wednesday.

UN chief calls Israeli settlement activities "provocative"

Israel's continued building of settlements and demolition of Palestinians' homes are "provocative acts," UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday, warning that such actions can fuel animosity and undermine a political solution.

More than 50 UN personnel killed in line of duty in 2015

At least 51 UN personnel died in the line of duty in 2015, the UN Staff Union said Thursday, calling on Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to establish a panel to assess the effectiveness of current security measures as threats and attacks have multiplied.

UN secretary general welcomes implementation day

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon welcomes the implementation of the Iran nuclear agreement.

UN chief calls for comprehensive national plans to prevent extremism

Countries need to develop comprehensive national action plans that not merely counter but prevent violent extremism, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Friday as he presented a set of recommendations.

"Scenes that haunt the soul:" Ban calls starvation in Syria war crime

The use of starvation in besieged areas of Syria is "utterly unconscionable" and constitutes a war crime, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday.

UN chief hails global effort on eve of Ebola outbreak declared over

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon praised efforts by the international community and local actors that helped eradicate the Ebola outbreak in West Africa Wednesday, on the eve of a declaration that the world's worst Ebola outbreak is over.

UN resolution endorses peace talks in Syria starting early January

The UN Security Council on Friday passed a resolution endorsing a plan for a peace process in Syria, calling for talks to begin in January and tasking the UN with aiding the implementation and monitoring of a nationwide ceasefire.

UN secretary-general condemns filtering of migrant flow on Balkan route

Profiling asylum seekers on the basis of their alleged nationality infringes the human right of all people to seek asylum, irrespective of their nationality ...