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.
New York, Aug 17 : United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said that he was "appalled" by the sectarian killing of 20 Shia Muslims, who were dragged off a bus and shot in northern Pakistan on Thursday.
"The secretary general expresses his outrage over such deliberate attacks on people due to their religious beliefs in Pakistan," The Dawn quoted UN spokesman Martin Nesirky, as saying in a statement.
Gunmen dragged the Shia travellers off a bus in the northwestern district of Mansehra and killed them at point blank range, officials said.
It was the third attack of its kind in six months. (ANI)
New York, May 15 - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon suffered a fracture in his left hand while playing in the UN diplomats' spring soccer tournament and now has his arm in a sling, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said.
The 67-year-old Ban "has to wear a cast for the next six weeks", Xinhua quoted Nesirky as saying at a daily news briefing.
"He's otherwise absolutely fine and in great spirits," the spokesman said.
The secretary-general fell to the ground Saturday in the tournament at the Bel Aire Farm estate in New York. He was back in office at the UN Headquarters Monday.
United Nations, June 24 : UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the world community to respect widows' rights, Xinhua reported Friday.
Speaking on occasion of the first-ever International Widows' Day, the UN chief said: "Death is inevitable, but we can reduce the suffering that widows endure by raising their status and helping them in their hour of need.
"This will contribute to promoting the full and equal participation of all women in society. And that will bring us closer to ending poverty and promoting peace around the world."
United Nations, June 24 : UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced deep concern about the sentencing of Bahrainis who were involved in anti-government protests earlier this year, Xinhua reported Friday.
UN chief's spokesman Martin Nesirky in a statement released here Thursday said: "The secretary-general notes with deep concern the harsh sentences, including life imprisonment, handed down in Bahrain" against 21 Bahrainis."
The sentences were handed down Wednesday at a military court in Bahrain. Eight activists accused of plotting a coup against the state during protests earlier this year have been sentenced to life in prison.
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