News by topic: UN Affairs, Secretary-General


In Geneva, Ban welcomes first-ever Olympic refugee team to compete in Games

29 April – During a visit to Geneva today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the first-ever Olympic refugee team to compete in the international event, and received the Olympic Cup Award on behalf of the UN.


Secretary-General appoints 12 new members to UN University Council

28 April – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Director-General Irina Bokova of the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) appointed 12 new members to the governing UN University (UNU) Council.


In address to Austrian Parliament, Ban urges 'cooperative approach' to EU asylum policies

28 April – From its leadership on major United Nations bodies to its peacekeepers in the field, development aid and defence of human rights, Austria is a very important, vital member of the world community, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said during an address to the Parliament of Austria earlier today in Geneva.


In Vienna, Ban to discuss how UN can deliver on world’s expectations

26 April – While on a visit to the capital of Austria, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be leading discussions on how the UN system can work together in unity so that it can deliver on the expectations of the international community.


Ban hails rule of law as ‘foundation of progress’ as ‘World Court’ marks 70th anniversary

20 April – The collective jurisprudence of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has made an “enormous contribution” to international law, benefiting both nations and citizens around the world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today marking the 70th anniversary of the main judicial organ of the United Nations.


The next UN Secretary-General: Assembly President says ‘new standard of transparency’ established

15 April – Three days of informal briefings came to an end yesterday, after nine candidates for the position of the next United Nations Secretary-General answered all together some 800 questions from the UN membership and the public on how, if selected, they would lead the world body.


The next UN Secretary-General: last day of informal briefings

14 April – The third and final session of informal briefings to hear the views of three more candidates for the position of the next United Nations Secretary-General is taking place at UN Headquarters in New York today, focusing on how they would tackle some of the world’s most urgent issues should they be selected to replace current UN chief Ban Ki-moon in January 2017.


The next UN Secretary-General: informal briefings continue

13 April – Three more candidates for the position of the next United Nations Secretary-General will be heard today, answering questions on how they would promote sustainable development, improve efforts to create peace, protect human rights, and deal with huge humanitarian catastrophes should they be selected to lead the 193-member Organization.


UN marks 55th anniversary of first human flight into outer space

12 April – The United Nations today observed the International Day of Human Space Flight to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the first human space flight, which ushered in the beginning of the space era for mankind.


United Nations begins informal briefings to select next Secretary-General

12 April – Kicking off what he has called a “new and transparent process,” General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft today opened informal dialogues with candidates for the next United Nations Secretary-General, for the first time providing an opportunity for substantive and open engagement with the candidates – for the full UN membership and the public.