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Ban Ki-moon urges UN staff to be voice for voiceless

Ban Ki-moon urges UN staff to be voice for voiceless

New York [United States], Dec. 31 : UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon bid goodbye to staff and Permanent Representatives at United Nations Headquarters in New York and urged them to be a voice for the voiceless.

He said that though he had delivered many speeches over his decade in office, he had but two important words for those gathered to wish him well: "thank you."

Thanking staff and delegations for their hard work and leadership for humanity, Ban said that he had been motivated by their commitment and that he was "proud to call you my colleagues".


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Ban Ki-moon condemns assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey

Ban Ki-moon condemns assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey

New York [United States], Dec. 20 : Strongly condemning the assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov in Ankara, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Security Council emphasized that there is no justification for targeting diplomatic personnel and civilians.

"The Secretary-General is appalled by this senseless act of terror," according to a statement issued by Mr. Ban's spokesperson, which added that he also expressed his deepest condolences to the family of Ambassador Karlov and to the Government and people of the Russia.


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Israelis and Palestinians must 'rebuild trust in each other': Ban Ki-moon

Israelis and Palestinians must 'rebuild trust in each other': Ban Ki-moon

New York [United States], Dec. 17 : Calling on the international community to spare no effort in revive the waning support for the long-sought two-state solution for Middle East peace, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the United Nations Security Council that "ultimately, it is up to the Israelis and the Palestinians to make peace," and called on the two sides to "rebuild trust in each other."


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Aleppo now synonym for hell, we have failed Syria: UN Chief Ban Ki-moon

Aleppo now synonym for hell, we have failed Syria: UN Chief Ban Ki-moon

New York [United States], Dec. 17 : In his last press conference as United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon delivered stark warnings at the forefront of international concern that "the carnage in Syria remains a gaping hole in the global conscience."

" Aleppo is now a synonym for hell," Ban said at UN Headquarters in New York, bidding farewell to the UN press corps.

"We have collectively failed the people of Syria. Peace will only prevail when it is accompanied by compassion, justice and accountability for the abominable crimes we have seen," he added.


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Security Council 'strongest when united,' says Ban Ki-moon as he bids farewell

Security Council 'strongest when united,' says Ban Ki-moon as he bids farewell

New York [United States], Dec. 15 : In its farewell to the outgoing United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Security Council acknowledged his contribution to international peace, security and development, in particular his exceptional efforts to solve international problems in economic, social, environmental and cultural fields.

Adopting a resolution by acclamation, the Council also acknowledged his endeavours to meet humanitarian needs and to promote and encourage respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for all.


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Gambia: UN chief 'dismayed' at military takeover of electoral commission

Gambia: UN chief 'dismayed' at military takeover of electoral commission

New York [United States], Dec. 15 : Expressing dismay at the takeover of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) premises by the military in Gambia, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the security forces to immediately vacate the Commission and to refrain from any further acts that could jeopardise efforts towards peaceful transfer of power.


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Past time for you to act to end Aleppo carnage: UN Chief tells emergency Security Council session

Past time for you to act to end Aleppo carnage: UN Chief tells emergency Security Council session

New York [United States], Dec. 14 : Aleppo should represent the end of the quest for military victory, not the start of a broader military campaign in a country already ravaged beyond all recognition by five years of war, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told an emergency meeting of the Security Council on Tuesday, calling on the 15-member body to "do all we can to stop the carnage" and ensure that all the parties in the "wretched" conflict seek an inclusive political resolution.


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UN pays tribute to Ban Ki-moon's 'never-tiring service to humanity'

UN pays tribute to Ban Ki-moon's 'never-tiring service to humanity'

New York [United States], Dec. 13 : The General Assembly paid a tribute to outgoing United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his "never-tiring service to humanity" over the past decade, while also swearing in his successor Antonio Guterres, who will assume his duties on January 1, 2017.


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Amid soaring LoC tensions, UN calls on India, Pak to find "common ground"

Amid soaring LoC tensions, UN calls on India, Pak to find "common ground"

New York [U.S], Nov. 25 : Following the recent spree of ceasefire violations and cross-border firings between India and Pakistan along the Line of Control, the United Nations has expressed concern and has called for restoration of stability in the region to prevent any further escalation.

A statement attributed to UN chief Ban Ki-moon's spokesman said that the former is deeply concerned about the deterioration of the situation along the Line of Control in Kashmir in recent days.


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UN Chief urges India, Pak to resolve issues through dialogue

UN Chief urges India, Pak to resolve issues through dialogue

New York [United States], Nov. 8 : Expressing his concerns over heightened Pakistan-India tensions at the Line of Control (LoC), United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged the two nuclear-armed neighbours to resolve all their outstanding issues through dialogue.

The Dawn quoted UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric as saying in a media briefing, "United Nations is keeping vigil eye on escalation in tensions at LoC."

" Ban Ki-moon has appealed Pakistan and India to resolve their all outstanding issues through dialogues," the spokesman added.


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Sharif presents dossier on rights violations in Kashmir

Sharif presents dossier on rights violations in Kashmir

New York: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has presented a dossier containing details of violations in Kashmir to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

The Prime Minister on Wednesday night apprised Ban of the plight of the Kashmiri people who he said were victims of Indian brutality in the region which have continued unabated since the July 8 killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani which sparked violent protests and clashes, Dawn online reported.

The indiscriminate use of pellet guns which have blinded hundreds, including women and children, was reflective of the barbaric mindset of Indian security forces, Nawaz told Ban.


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International Democracy Day being observed today

International Democracy Day being observed today

New York [US], Sept. 15 : International Democracy Day is being observed today across the globe to raise public awareness about the democratic system.

The theme for this year is "Democracy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development".

United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon on the occasion urged the people to rededicate themselves to democracy and dignity for all.

"The implementation of the goals must be underpinned by a strong and active civil society that includes the weak and the marginalized. We must defend civil society's freedom to operate and do this essential job. On this International Day of Democracy, let us rededicate ourselves to democracy and dignity for all," Ban Ki-moon said.


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UN Secretary General meets Sushma Swaraj, thanks India for Yoga Day

UN Secretary General meets Sushma Swaraj, thanks India for Yoga Day

New York, June 21 - United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has thanked India for the 'unprecedented' International Yoga Day event.

The UN secretary General expressed his thanks to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is New York to participate in the occasion.

"I heard that there is great enthusiasm in India. We were thinking how we could do programmes... it is unprecedented that two million people are participating. I would like to thank India for this," the UN Secretary General told Swaraj during their meeting.

The Yoga Day event in New York has been organised by the Indian Mission at the United Nations.

The United Nations declared June 21 as International Day of Yoga after adopting a measure proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


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UN chief calls on Sri Lanka to cooperate in human rights abuse probe

UN chief calls on Sri Lanka to cooperate in human rights abuse probeNew York, Dec 25 : United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reiterated his call to Sri Lanka to cooperate with the on-going UN investigation of alleged human right abuses.

Responding to a media query on Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa reiterating that he will not participate with outside investigations, Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General, was quoted by the Lanka Page web site, as saying that the secretary general has always encouraged the Government of Sri Lanka to comprehensively address the post-war agenda.


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Peaceful protests achieve more than military aggression: UN

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moonNew York - As the world grapples with "increased sectarian violence" and conflict, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged the international community to follow Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy of non-violence, saying the Indian leader proved that peaceful protests accomplished much more than military aggression.


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