UN chief appoints Zimbabwe national as Assistant Secretary-General for Safety and Security

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Fadzai Gwaradzimba of Zimbabwe as the Assistant Secretary-General for Safety and Security.

Celebrating first International Day, UN says Yoga can boost public health and promote peaceful relations

The first International Day of Yoga is being celebrated around the world today following recognition by the United Nations General Assembly that the holistic benefits of the ancient Indian practice and its inherent compatibility with the principles and values of the UN.

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.

Ban calls on Hamas to immediately end rocket attacks on Israel

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Hamas to ensure an immediate end to rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel and urged all parties to work urgently to ease humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip, including the continuous flow of needed supplies.