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‘Climate change knows no national borders,’ Ban says, urging consensus-building ahead of Paris conference

04 November 2015 – With the “deadline” for concluding a universal climate agreement just four weeks away, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warned that despite months of talks and critical pledges on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, key issues still remain in play – on equity and differentiation, on finance and ambition – requiring world leaders to give clear guidance to their negotiators to seek compromise and reach a fair, universal deal at the upcoming UN climate conference in Paris

Experienced peacekeeping envoy Kobler tapped to head up UN Mission in Libya

04 November 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Martin Kobler of Germany as his Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

Western Sahara: as conflict nears fortieth year, UN chief reiterates call for 'true negotiations'

04 November 2015 – As the conflict over the future of Western Sahara nears its fortieth year, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on all concerned, within the region and the wider international community, to take advantage of the “intensified efforts” of his Personal Envoy to facilitate the launching of true negotiations in the coming months.

'We need greater transparency, accountability,' Member States told at debate on revitalizing UN Assembly

03 November 2015 – To advance the values, principles and purposes of the United Nations, the General Assembly's role, authority, effectiveness and efficiency must be continuously reviewed and enhanced, the 193-member body's President, Mogens Lykketoft, said today, stressing the need for transparency throughout the UN system.

Ban offers ‘deepest sympathies’ to Israel on 20th anniversary of assassination of Yitzhak Rabin

03 November 2015 – Marking the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has offered his deepest sympathies to the citizens of the State of Israel, and, noting current tensions in the region, urged all parties to be guided by the late Israeli leader’s realization “that the path to true security and strength is through dialogue and compromise.”

Ban welcomes restart of key trilateral meeting between Republic of Korea, Japan, China

02 November 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the Summit Meeting held between the Republic of Korea, Japan and China on 1 November in Seoul, and lauded the leaders for resuming the trilateral meetings.

Côte d’Ivoire: Ban welcomes results of presidential poll, congratulates President Ouattara

02 November 2015 – Welcoming the publication of the final results of the presidential election in Côte d’Ivoire by the Constitutional Council, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated President Alassane Ouattara on his re-election, as well as the people and Government of the West African nation on the successful conclusion of the electoral process.

Global fight against corruption crucial to achieving sustainable development, UN forum told

02 November 2015 – Ending corruption is vital to efforts to achieve sustainable development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the world’s largest anti-corruption forum, which began today in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Cycle of impunity must end, Ban declares on International Day, honouring journalists killed in line of duty

02 November 2015 – Marking the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is honouring journalists and media workers who were killed in the line of duty for merely ‘reporting the truth’ and is underscoring the importance of protecting their rights and ensuring they can report freely.

UN chief concerned by continuous exercise of hate speech ahead of Myanmar elections

01 November 2015 – The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed deep concern at the continuous resort to hate speech, provocation of communal hostilities and the abuse of religion for political purposes, incited by “extreme element among the majority community in Myanmar”.