News by topic: UN Affairs, Secretary-General


UN chief appoints Malian national as deputy envoy for South Sudan

24 December – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Moustapha Soumaré of Mali as his Deputy Special Representative (Political) for the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS).


Ban visits Ebola-hit West Africa, says zero cases “must be everyone’s goal”

19 December – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that there is reason to be “cautiously optimistic” about defeating the Ebola crisis in West Africa, as he made a series of visits to countries most-affected by the unprecedented outbreak, which has sickened some 18,000 people and killed close to 7,000 others throughout the region.


Ebola: UN Secretary-General will visit West Africa to ‘show solidarity with those affected’

17 December – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced he will leave today for the countries hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak “to show my solidarity with those affected and urge even greater global action” to fight the epidemic, which two United Nations food agencies said could push the number of people facing food insecurity to more than one million by next spring.


UN capacities 'pushed to the limit' in 2014, Ban says in year-end wrap-up

17 December – After a year of “discord, disease and disruption” that saw peace operations, diplomacy and humanitarian capacities “pushed to the limit” responding to West Africa's Ebola outbreak, terrorist groups and ongoing conflicts in Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed reporters today at United Nations Headquarters, where he summed up the year and looked ahead to 2015.


Cooperation with Africa must occur at earliest signs of crisis, Ban tells Security Council

16 December – Cooperation between the African Union and the United Nations on peace and security is crucial and should occur systematically at the earliest signs of crisis said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon this morning as he uregd the Security Council to work more effectively to prevent, manage and resolve conflicts on the African continent.


In Peru, Ban commends development advances, says challenges remain

12 December – Addressing the Congress of Peru today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that despite impressive development achievements, big challenges remain – to address inequality and insecurity, deepen democracy, improve the quality of education, and protect the rights of all people regardless of gender, ethnicity, culture, religion or sexual orientation.


Spotlighting racism, stigma, UN launches International Decade of People of African Descent

10 December – People of African descent still face racism in every country, region and continent of the world, said United Nations General Assembly President Sam Kutesa as the word body today kicked off its International Decade of People of African Descent.


Ban ‘deeply saddened’ by death of Ziad Abu Ein, urges Israel to investigate

10 December – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that he is “deeply saddened” by the death of Palestinian Minister Ziad Abu Ein, which occurred after a demonstration near Ramallah that resulted in clashes with Israeli security forces.


Ban welcomes Lesotho elections, reaffirms commitment to peace in the Kingdom

10 December – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has noted the recent announcement of national elections in Lesotho to be held on 28 February next year.


In Chicago, Ban says aviation body’s work vital to UN efforts on health, security, climate change

8 December – The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) helps the United Nations address some of the most pressing issues on the global agenda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today during a ceremony in Chicago celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Chicago Convention.