News by topic: UN Affairs, Secretary-General


In Republic of Korea, Ban urges Asian nations to settle border disputes, historical issues

26 May – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all Asian countries to deepen dialogue, expand cooperation, and address border disputes, historical issues and threats to stability on the Korean Peninsula.


On Africa Day, Ban urges leveraging gains to ensure ‘no African is left behind’

25 May – Despite an uncertain global economic landscape, Africa’s prospects are positive, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging the continent’s leaders to use recent gains to address rising social and economic inequalities.


Ban urges UN system to bolster support for indigenous peoples, as annual forum concludes

20 May – Much has been achieved to improve the rights of indigenous peoples, but conflicts on their lands and territories, and the lack of inclusion of their voices in peace processes, remain a challenge, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today at the closing of a two-week forum.


Ban ‘saddened’ by EgyptAir flight crash

20 May – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is “deeply saddened” by the crash of EgyptAir’s flight MS804 yesterday, his spokesman said today in a statement.


Peacekeeping ‘flagship of the UN enterprise,’ Ban says ahead of Day honouring 'blue helmets'

19 May – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today led an inaugural ceremony to award the “Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage” as New York Headquarters observed the International Day of UN Peacekeepers.


Mauritania: Ban welcomes release of human rights activists

18 May – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the release of human rights activists Biram Dah Abeid and Brahim Ould Bilal on 17 May in Mauritania, following a Supreme Court decision.


Ban appoints Mexican diplomat to head UN climate change framework

18 May – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed Patricia Espinosa Cantellano of Mexico as Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).


‘We have an agenda before us’ – UN officials reiterate need for measures against sexual abuse

13 May – Briefing the General Assembly on the challenges being faced and progress being made to end the exploitation and abuse by United Nations peacekeepers, senior UN officials today indicated that immediate concerns have been focused on providing protection and support to the victims, and reiterated the need for collective efforts to put stronger measures in place to ensure prevention and greater accountability.


Wrapping up official visit to Portugal, Ban receives ‘Order of Liberty’ medal

13 May – On the final day of his visit to Portugal, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today received a medal in honour of his distinguished services to the cause of democracy and freedom.


In Portugal, Ban urges end of ‘horrible’ war in Syria in meeting with Syrian students

12 May – As part of his visit to Lisbon, Portugal, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today met with a group of Syrian students, commending them for their strength and resilience and stressing that the only sustainable solution to the education crisis in Syria is ending the “horrible” war.