Ban presses for end to issue over name of former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for a speedy, effective and mutually acceptable resolution of the long-running dispute between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia over the latter country’s name, saying he was encouraged by recent steps taken by the two sides.

General Assembly President meets with senior Government officials in Austria

The ongoing tensions in North Africa and the Middle East and the continuing debate over Security Council reform topped the agenda during a two-day visit by the General Assembly President to Austria, which wrapped up today.

UN honours victims of Chernobyl nuclear accident, stresses need to help region

The United Nations marked the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl today by honouring the victims of the worst nuclear accident in history and stressing the need to do more to help communities in the affected areas of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.

Ban urges greater cooperation between UN and Russia on global governance

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised the strong partnership between Russia and the United Nations at a meeting with the country's President Dmitry Medvedev and called for even greater cooperation on global governance issues, including climate change and sustainable development.

Ban urges closer ties between UN and regional security body to fight global crime

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for the deepening of ties between the United Nations and the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) to combat transnational crime, including the trafficking of drugs and human beings, as well as terrorism.

Ban lauds Ukraine’s contributions to global peace and security

From its vital support in protecting civilians during the Côte d’Ivoire crisis to its role in combating poverty, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today lauded Ukraine’s contributions to peace and security, while adding that its experiences offer useful lessons for emerging democracies in the Arab world.

As measles cases rise across Europe, UN agency calls for greater cooperation

The United Nations health agency is urging European countries to work more closely together to combat measles – which is entirely preventable – after a surge in the number of cases across the continent since the start of the year.

UN Goodwill Ambassador Maria Sharapova voices hope on Chernobyl anniversary

Twenty-five years after the deadly accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the region around it is moving forward and residents are rebuilding their lives, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador and tennis star Maria Sharapova said today.

At Chernobyl disaster site, Ban stresses need for ‘new chapter’ for affected region

Making the first visit by a United Nations Secretary-General to Chernobyl, the site of the April 1986 nuclear accident, Ban Ki-moon today paid tribute to the many victims of the disaster and called for a “new chapter” to begin in the areas still affected.

Ban encourages Hungary to address concerns over constitution and media laws

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today commended Hungary on its ‘remarkable’ transformation from communism to democracy over the past 20 years, while also voicing hope that the Government will address concerns raised about its new constitution and media laws.