World leaders make progress on climate change and disarmament, Ban says

The meetings of world leaders at the General Assembly over the past week have made progress on major issues including climate change, nuclear disarmament and the global financial crisis with the United Nations playing a pivotal role, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Ban signs performance pacts with UN chiefs, boosting transparency, accountability

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted efforts to spread transparency and accountability throughout the United Nations system, signing compacts with his senior managers for performance goals and results that will be published on the Organization’s intranet site, iSeek.

Ban briefs Council on recent trip to Iraq, Afghanistan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today briefed the United Nations Security Council in a closed session on his recent trip to Africa, Asia and Europe, providing a detailed report on his contacts on a range of conflicts and issues from Somalia and Zimbabwe to Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Iraq and Gaza.

Zimbabwe: Ban calls on Mugabe to release prisoners following power-sharing deal

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to release all prisoners arrested over the past few months, following the agreement between the governing and opposition parties to form a government.

Ban urges leaders at Davos to forge ‘Green New Deal’ to fight world recession

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the world’s business and other leaders to use the current economic crisis to launch a new Global Compact entailing a “Green New Deal” that creates jobs and fights climate change by investing in renewable energy and technological development.

Ban readies Middle East visit to help promote Gaza ceasefire

On the eve of his departure for wide-ranging, high-level talks in the Middle East to personally help broker a permanent ceasefire in the Gaza conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Israel and Hamas to immediately stop fighting.

Security Council meets on Gaza fighting, Ban renews ceasefire call

The Security Council convened on the Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza this evening, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warning that today’s deadly Israeli shelling of United Nations schools where hundreds of Gazans had sought refuge made a ceasefire more urgent than ever.