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Secretary-General 'shocked' by deadly raid on Gaza aid flotilla

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his shock at the deadly military interception on boats loaded with relief supplies headed for Gaza, calling on Israel to fully explain its actions.

Nothing stylish or beautiful about smoking tobacco, Ban tells women

Describing tobacco as “ugly and deadly,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged women around the world to refrain from the substance even as they were increasingly targeted by advertisers who used gimmicks to associate smoking with beauty and gender liberation.

New nature reserves to be added to UN list

New nature reserves such as lakes and wetlands will be added to a United Nations network that was created in an attempt to halt the loss of biodiversity and promote sustainable development, during a meeting that began today at the headquarters of the UN agency tasked with preserving the world's heritage.

At ICC review conference, Ban declares end to 'era of impunity'

More than one decade after the International Criminal Court (ICC) was set up, a new “age of accountability” is replacing the “old era of impunity,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined today.

Sierra Leonean judge re-elected head of UN-backed war crimes tribunal

Justice Jon Kamanda of Sierra Leone has been re-elected to serve as President of the United Nations-backed war crimes tribunal set up to deal with the worst acts committed during the long and brutal civil war in the West African nation.

Latest round of UN climate change talks kicks off

Representatives from 182 governments have gathered in Bonn, Germany, today for a fresh round of United Nations talks on climate change, aiming to pick up on issues left unresolved after December's gathering in Copenhagen.

IAEA chief welcomes outcome of nuclear treaty review conference

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today welcomed the unanimous adoption at the end of the latest review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) of a document which, among other things, contains steps towards achieving a nuclear-free Middle East.

Disaster risk reduction key in countering climate change, boosting development – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the importance of disaster risk reduction in countering the challenges of climate change and attaining the ambitious goals of moving developing states out of poverty.

UN chief takes to soccer pitch to pay tribute to war crimes survivors

Taking part in a soccer match today in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, honouring the victims of war, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon celebrated the dignity of survivors of war crimes and other atrocities.

Sudan: resolving humanitarian crisis requires funding, peace pact, says UN official

Funding in Southern Sudan and a peace agreement in Darfur are key ingredients for resolving the humanitarian crisis in the two regions, a senior United Nations official said today, wrapping up a four-day visit to Sudan.