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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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Sharif urges UN Secretary General for peaceful settlement of Kashmir dispute

Sharif urges UN Secretary General for peaceful settlement of Kashmir disputeNew 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.


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UN Secretary General to visit Israel, Gaza to bolster truce efforts

UN Secretary General to visit Israel, Gaza to bolster truce effortsNew 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.


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Failure to prevent atrocities in Syria 20 years after Rwanda genocide shameful: UN chief

Failure to prevent atrocities in Syria 20 years after Rwanda genocide shameful: UN chief 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.


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World Bank, UN chiefs to visit African Great Lakes region

World Bank, UN chiefs to visit African Great Lakes regionWashington, 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.


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Bangladesh building collapse: UN chief saddened by loss of life

Bangladesh building collapse: UN chief saddened by loss of lifeWashington, 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.


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Lenders vow to cooperate over global development

Lenders vow to cooperate over global developmentWashington, 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.


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UN chief disappointed with Assad's peace plan

UN chief disappointed with Assad's peace planNew 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.


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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon impersonates ‘Rocky’ in new video

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon impersonates ‘Rocky’ in new videoNew 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."


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