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Ban Ki-moon welcomes election of new President of Republic of Korea

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated Lee Myung-bak on becoming elected as the next President of the Republic of Korea.

Secretary-General hails Jewish feast, Muslim fast at Sukkot celebration

The convergence of the Jewish festival of Sukkot and the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan with the United Nations General Assembly’s 62nd session is a “particularly auspicious” symbol of how people of different cultures and religions can be brought together, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at a Sukkot celebration.

Ban Ki-moon holds talks in Barbados with top officials

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held talks with senior officials in Barbados today on regional hotspots and environmental concerns, a spokesperson for the world body announced.

Ban Ki-moon to pay official visit to Austria next week

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will pay a three-day official visit to Vienna next week at an invitation of the Austrian Government, during which he will meet with President Heinz Fischer and Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer.

Sudan and Somalia focus of talks between Ban Ki-moon and Kenyan leader

The situation in Sudan, the problems involving Somali refugees and the challenges facing Africa’s Great Lakes region topped the agenda today during talks between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki in Nairobi.

Secretary-General makes public his financial disclosure statement

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today released his financial disclosure statement for 2006 to the public, honouring a promise he made on taking office, after submitting it for review to an outside financial and auditing company.

Ban Ki-moon meets heads of UN funds and programmes to push for more staff mobility

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today met with the heads of UN funds and programmes to discuss how to ensure staff mobility between those bodies and the UN Secretariat, as part of his efforts to make the world body’s personnel far more mobile and multi-functional.

Secretary-General’s system-wide probe of UN field activities to start with DPR Korea

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon moved quickly today on his promise of an external, system-wide probe of United Nations activities in the field, announcing that it would target as a first priority countries where hard currency transactions, independence of staff hiring and access to review local projects are an issue, beginning with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Lebanon donor conference, Darfur conflict to feature in Ban Ki-moon’s first overseas trip

The reconstruction of Lebanon, the conflict in Darfur and the situation in Somalia will be on the agenda when Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon heads to Europe and Africa next week for his first overseas visit since taking the reins at the United Nations on 1 January.

Ban Ki-moon and US President stress joint partnership during talks

In his first meeting with United States President George W. Bush since assuming office as Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon said the two leaders mutually pledged to work together to try to achieve the goals of peace and increased global prosperity.