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Honouring victims of World War II, Ban reaffirms UN's founding goals to ensure peace and dignity for all

05 May 2015 – Seventy years ago, in 1945, from the ashes of one of humanity's darkest moments, the United Nations was founded to lead the world “out of horror and into peace,” declared Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today at a tree planting and ceremony to remember the countless victims who lost their lives in the Second World War.

UN chief appoints new Deputy Special Coordinator for Middle East peace

04 May 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Robert Piper of Australia as his new Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, a United Nations spokesperson confirmed today.

In Paris, Ban discusses Mediterranean crisis and climate change with President Hollande

29 April 2015 – During his visit to Paris, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday met with French President François Hollande, to discuss, among other issues the crisis in the Mediterranean, climate change and sustainable development.

UN chief expresses ‘deep regret’ about executions of eight people in Indonesia

29 April 2015 – The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon today expressed his deep regret over executions carried out in Indonesia on April 29 despite numerous calls in the country and abroad for a reprieve.

World has learned ‘too little’ from past, says Ban on Day of Remembrance for chemical warfare victims

29 April 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has marked the Day of Remembrance for All Victims of Chemical Warfare with a strong appeal for a new future without such weapons, saying ‘the world has learned too little from the past – at the expense of innocent people whose lives have been destroyed by chemical attacks.”

Global tide of nuclear abolition has ebbed causing tensions among nations, Ban warns

28 April 2015 – Achieving a world free of nuclear weapons is “one of the most crucial debates of our time,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, emphasizing that the international tide of nuclear abolition – so strong in 2010 – has ebbed and mounting tensions between nuclear-armed States have produced a return to Cold War mind sets.

Burundi: Ban condemns election-related violence after President nominated as candidate

28 April 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has today condemned the outbreak of violence in Burundi following the nomination of President Pierre Nkurunziza as the presidential candidate of the country’s ruling party, and appealed to all Burundians to “safeguard the hard won gains” made in peace and democracy.

At Vatican meeting, UN chief and Pope Francis discuss climate change, Mediterranean migration

28 April 2015 – During a meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he very much looked forward to the Pontiff's encyclical on climate change, which he said he believed would act as a moral voice on the issue.

Aboard Italian navy ship, Ban urges collective action to ease plight of migrants crossing Mediterranean

27 April 2015 – The Mediterranean Sea has sadly become “a sea of tears, a sea of misery,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today aboard an Italian naval ship, where he called on the global community to unite and take action to address the root causes of the migrant crisis.

At meeting on nuclear disarmament, UN chief warns of ‘dangerous return’ to Cold War mentalities

27 April 2015 – Progress in working towards global nuclear non-proliferation has stalled and the trend towards “nuclear zero” is reversing, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today as he called on Member States to urgently ramp up efforts in tackling nuclear disarmament.

Welcoming peaceful presidential election in Togo, Ban calls for continued calm atmosphere

27 April 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the peaceful conduct of the presidential election in Togo, which took place on Saturday.

Marking anniversary of Chernobyl disaster, Secretary-General reiterates UN's commitment to those affected

26 April 2015 – In a message to mark the 29th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today remembered the hundreds of emergency workers who responded to the accident and the more than 330,000 people uprooted from their homes in its aftermath.

Secretary-General appoints new acting Special Representative for UN Mission against Ebola

25 April 2015 – The United Nations Secretary-General today announced the appointment of Peter Jan Graaff of the Netherlands as the Secretary-General's Acting Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER).

UN chief urges Indonesia not to execute 10 people on death row for drug crimes

25 April 2015 – The Secretary-General appealed today to the Government of Indonesia to refrain from carrying out the execution, as announced, of ten prisoners on death row for alleged drug-related crimes.

Secretary-General appoints Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed as new special envoy for Yemen

25 April 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed of Mauritania as his Special Envoy for Yemen after Jamal Benomar of the United Kingdom stepped down from the role.