News by topic: UN Affairs, Secretary-General


FEATURE: Ahead of Security Council elections, General Assembly President explains how a country can get a non-permanent seat

27 June – At the United Nations General Assembly tomorrow morning – and for the first time in June, as part of revitalization efforts in the Assembly – elections will be held to fill five non-permanent seats on the Security Council.


Ban names humanitarian coordinator in Syria as new Deputy Special Representative for Liberia

27 June – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Yacoub El Hillo of Sudan as his Deputy Special Representative in the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), succeeding Antonio Vigilante of Italy, who concluded his assignment on 15 June 2016.


At peacebuilding body, UN deputy chief underlines core obligation to prevent conflict and sustain peace

23 June – Marking the tenth anniversary of the first meeting of the Peacebuilding Commission –which has become known as ‘Peacekeeping Day’ – United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today urged Member States, particularly those with membership in the Security Council, to make full use of the Commission and its role in preventing violent conflict.


Ban marks UN Public Service Day with call for shared drive to achieve sustainability agenda

23 June – The efforts of women and men engaged in public service are crucial to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, paying tribute to public servants on the day set aside by the General Assembly to spotlight their invaluable contributions.


UN mourns death of former General Assembly President John Ashe

23 June – United Nations General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft expressed sincere condolences today to the widow, friends and colleagues of former Assembly President John Ashe, who died on Wednesday.


General Assembly elects Permanent Representative of Fiji as President of 71st session

13 June – In a rare secret ballot vote, the United Nations General Assembly today elected Peter Thomson, Permanent Representative of Fiji, as President of its upcoming 71st session.


Spotlighting Global Goals, Ban kicks off 100-day countdown to International Day of Peace

13 June – In a kick-off for the 100-day countdown to the International Day of Peace, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the international community to work together in recognizing that development and peace are interdependent and mutually reinforcing in order to help build a future of peace and prosperity for all.


Content of report on conflict-affected children 'will not change,' asserts Ban

9 June – Standing by his decision to remove the Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen from his latest report on conflict-affected children, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said it was one of the most “painful and difficult decisions” he has ever had to make, and that it is “unacceptable” for Member States to exert undue pressure as scrutiny is necessary part of the work of the UN.


Ban urges 'sharp focus,' shared responsibility for continued momentum on UN peace agenda

9 June – With the continuing rise in interlinked political crises and challenges around the world, United Nations Member States must draw on shared expertise supported by a multilateral peace and security architecture to attain a more peaceful future for all, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today.


Ban calls for calm, commitment to rule of law amid reported clashes in Papua New Guinea

8 June – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed concern about reports of violent clashes between students and police in Port Moresby, the capital city of Papua New Guinea.