Ban Ki-moon

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.