News by topic: UN Affairs, Secretary-General


‘Urgent steps’ needed to revive two-state solution, Ban says on Day of Solidarity with Palestinian people

29 November – Marking the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the world to reaffirm commitment to upholding the rights of the Palestinian people and working to build a future of peace, justice, security and dignity for Palestinians and Israelis alike.


As Cuba mourns passing of former President Fidel Castro, Ban offers condolences, UN support

26 November – Speaking on behalf of the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon this morning extended condolences to the Cuban people and to the family of former President Fidel Castro Ruz, who passed away overnight at the age of 90.


Ban urges financing Africa's 'engines of development' to realize continent's potential

20 November – In his message on Africa Industrialization Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on African countries to adopt policies that encourage growth of the private sector and foster entrepreneurship in order to advance economic competitiveness and prosperity in the continent.


In Paris, Ban hails support of France during his tenure as UN chief

18 November – In a meeting with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of France, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed the leadership of the country in the adoption of the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, last December, as well as for its role in the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


Reflecting on his five-year term, UN deputy chief pins hopes on multilateralism

18 November – The United Nations deputy chief today stressed the critical importance of international cooperation in today’s world, arguing that “without it, Governments simply cannot deliver stable, prosperous societies at home.”


Ban commends Colombian Government and FARC-EP for concluding modified peace agreement

13 November – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended the efforts by the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia- People's Army (FARC-EP) to conclude a modified peace agreement that incorporates many of the proposals of the groups representing Colombians who voted “No” in the 2 October plebiscite, Mr. Ban's spokesperson said today.


In phone conversation, Ban welcomes US President-elect Trump's calls for unity

12 November – In a phone call this afternoon, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated Donald Trump on his election as the next President of the United States.


UN-brokered Cyprus talks to reconvene on 20 November; 'significant progress' achieved

12 November – Following five days of the United Nations-brokered reunification talks that generated “significant progress,” the leaders of the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot communities have decided to take a recess and reconvene on 20 November.


General Assembly President outlines strategy for stepped-up implementing UN 2030 Agenda

8 November – General Assembly President Peter Thomson briefed United Nations Member States today on the implementation strategy for implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the transformative 17-point framework for ensuring peace and prosperity for all on a healthy planet.


US abstains for first time in annual UN vote on ending embargo against Cuba

26 October – In a near unanimous action, the United Nations General Assembly today adopted a resolution underlining the need to end to the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba, while also welcoming progress in the relations between the two countries.