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.
New 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.
New 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.
New York, Sept. 26 - Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif raised the issue of Kashmir in his meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.
Sharif, who met with the UN Secretary General on September 25, apprised him of his government's current efforts to flush out terrorists and dismantle their networks.
"The ongoing military operation against terrorists had disrupted their command and control system. The Government had zero tolerance for terrorism and was determined to root out terrorist forces once and for all," he said.
New York, July 19 : United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki moon is expected to visit Israel and the Gaza Strip sometime today in an effort to bolster truce efforts between the two sides.
Ban would help Israelis and Palestinians "in coordination with regional and international actors, end the violence and find a way forward," Under Secretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman was quoted by the Express Tribune, as telling during emergency talks at the Security Council.
Ban Ki Moon's visit comes even as fresh Israeli air strikes killed 11 people in Gaza on Saturday, hiking the death toll above 300.
Washington, Feb 28 : United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said the international community has failed to prevent genocide in Syria 20 years after the Rwanda situation.
Ban said failing to prevent atrocities in Syria is 'a shameful indictment'.
According to Fox News, he also pointed to 'grave and blatant' human rights violations in the Central African Republic.
Ban also expressed gave concern over civilians threatened in many regions, and worrying trends such as rising bias against migrants, Muslims, Roma and other minorities in Europe and elsewhere.
Washington, May 21 : The World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will make a joint visit to Africa's Great Lakes region, a World Bank statement said Monday.
The visit is to be undertaken in support of a landmark peace agreement and to push for economic development in the troubled region.
"The visit will draw attention to the plight of fragile and conflict-affected countries struggling to meet the Millennium Development Goals.
Washington, April 27 - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he was "saddened by the loss of life" in the collapse of a building housing several garment factories in Bangladesh, which killed at least 304 workers.
"The secretary-general is deeply saddened by the loss of life and injuries caused by the collapse of a garment factory on the outskirts of the capital, Dhaka, earlier this week," Xinhua quoted a statement by Ban's spokesperson Martin Nesirky as saying.
The UN chief extended his condolences to the government and people of Bangladesh.
Washington, April 20 - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and leaders of six global financial institutions announced that inter-agency data sharing and collaboration would be strengthened to better guide development programmes, reported Xinhua Saturday.
The initiative, announced Friday, will provide the global community with better statistical tools to measure progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and post-2015 development agenda and improve the life of people in the developing world, the World Bank Group (WBG) said in a statement.
New York, Jan 8 - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is disappointed with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's new peace initiative that was rejected by the opposition and the West, his spokesman said.
Assad gave a speech Sunday proposing a plan to resolve the country's crisis which includes a national reconciliation conference, new constitution, the formation of a new government and an amnesty.
"The secretary-general was disappointed that the speech by President Bashar al-Assad on January 6 does not contribute to a solution that could end the terrible suffering of the Syrian people," Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky said in a statement.
New York, Dec 21 : United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon showed his comedy chops in a video of him doing his best "Rocky" impersonation during the UN Correspondents Association Dinner Wednesday at Cipriani 42.
"No one has ever seen him make a joke," the New York Post quoted an attendee as saying.
In the video he is in sweatpants, running around the UN and hitting a punching bag to the theme song for `Rocky.'
In another part, the narrator says in James Bond fashion, "We have lost two BMWs in the UN garage, someone will have to pay for this."
New York, Nov 15 : United Nations Secretary-General Ban ki Moon’s internal review on UN action in Sri Lanka should lead to specific and concrete measures to ensure the UN takes all needed measures to prevent mass atrocities in future conflicts, the New York-based Human Rights Watch has said.
Washington, October 25 : UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and "Gangnam Style" rapper Psy - two of South Korea's most internationally renowned figures, met in New York and bantered about the fame they had garnered for their homeland.
"I'm a bit jealous. Until two days ago someone told me I am the most famous Korean in the world. Now I have to relinquish. I have no regrets," the Washington Post quoted Ban Ki-moon as saying.
Psy, underscoring the mutual admiration, shot back.
"So now you have first and second famous Korean in the same building," PSY said.
New York, Oct. 11 : United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the shooting of a 14-year-old Pakistani peace activist by the Taliban, saying he was "deeply moved" by her campaign for education rights.
Ban "calls for the perpetrators of this heinous and cowardly act to be swiftly brought to justice", The News quoted Ban''s spokesman Martin Nesirky, as saying.
"The Secretary General has been deeply moved by Malala Yousafzai''s courageous efforts to promote the fundamental right to education -- enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights," Nesirky said.
New York, Sep 22 - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has praised Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi for her work towards establishing peace and democracy in her country.
Ban Friday lauded Suu Kyi's "commitment to peace, security and human rights" and called the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner a "global symbol of human rights", Xinhua reported.
"We have great expectations and hope that she will lead this path of reconciliation and greater participatory democracy and development of her country, together with (Myanmar) President Thein Sein," Ban said.
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