News by topic: UN Affairs, Secretary-General


UN cautions Syria against holding presidential election amidst ongoing ‘tragedy’

21 April – Urging Syrian authorities to reconsider plans to conduct a presidential election in early June, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Joint UN-League of Arab States Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi today pledged to continue to seek and build on any opportunity to resolve the country’s three-year civil war.


Ban returns to airwaves in Central African Republic to call for end to fighting

17 April – On the heels of his recent visit to the Central African Republic (CAR), where the deadly rift between Christians and Muslims continues to widen, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today in a radio message appealed to all Central Africans to build a unified country through peace.


Secretary-General welcomes initial talks in Geneva to defuse Ukraine crisis

17 April – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he was encouraged by the initial round of diplomatic negotiations on the crisis in Ukraine held in Geneva, but stressed that all sides need to follow up words with deeds as the situation remains ‘extremely volatile.’


South Sudan: Ban ‘strongly condemns’ attack on UN mission base in Jonglei state

17 April – Amid escalating violence in northern and central South Sudan, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned today’s attack on civilians and peacekeepers at the UN mission base in Bor, the war-torn capital of Jonglei state, by a mob of armed civilians who forced their way into the facility and opened fire on displaced persons sheltering inside.


World must help people of Central African Republic ‘not tomorrow – today,’ declares UN chief

14 April – More than 70,000 people are now living in horrendous conditions crammed into the Central African Republic (CAR) Bangui airport – the lucky ones under weather-beaten tarps just yards from the runway. Others are in the open.


UN chief saddened by passing of Trinidad and Tobago’s former President

11 April – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute to the Trinidad and Tobago's former President, A.N.R. (Ray) Robinson, who died on Wednesday at age 87.


UN chief teams up with global leaders, celebrities to get all children into school by 2015

10 April – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today joined a prominent roster of global leaders, campaigners and celebrities in Washington, D.C. to help launch a new worldwide campaign that aims to get 57 million children into school.


Ban saddened at death of UN envoy dealing with Guyana-Venezuela border controversy

10 April – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his deep sadness at the death of Norman Girvan of Jamaica, who had been his Personal Representative on the Border Controversy between Guyana and Venezuela since April 2010.


Syria: Ban condemns spiralling violence, urges warring parties to halt conflict ‘now’

8 April – Amid surging violence across Syria, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the killing of an elderly priest in Homs and the ongoing brutality against the civilian population, and urged all Syrians and their outside supporters to put a stop to this conflict, “now.”


El Salvador: Ban commends high turnout for presidential poll, looks forward to working with new Government

31 March – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has followed with keen interest the electoral process in El Salvador, whose outcome has been confirmed in the election of Mr. Salvador Sánchez Cerén as President.