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.

Ban condemns killing of former Lesotho military commander

United Nations Secretary-General today condemned the killing of Lt. Gen. Maaparankoe Mahao, former Commander of the Lesotho Defence Force, on 25 June, near Maseru.

At Vatican meeting, UN chief and Pope Francis discuss climate change, Mediterranean migration

During a meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he very much looked forward to the Pontiff's encyclical on climate change, which he said he believed would act as a moral voice on the issue.

UN officials condemn deadly attack on Tunisia’s Bardo Museum

Senior United Nations officials have condemned today’s attack against the Bardo Museum in the Tunisian capital which resulted in a number of deaths, and voiced solidarity with the Government and people of the North African nation.

UN chief scores goal for peace in football game to mark 'Christmas Truce' of 1914

As part of commemorations of the centenary of the First World War, the United Nations Secretary-General today addressed an event at Headquarters dedicated to the 'Christmas Truce' of 1914, when a series of spontaneous ceasefires briefly held, during which soldiers on opposing sides exchanged gifts, sang carols and played an iconic game of football.

At Harvard, UN chief urges global community to confront world’s existential threats

The world today faces an increasing array of threats to peaceful coexistence – from climate change and conflict to poverty and disease – all of which loom over the future of the planet’s physical survival, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today in a lecture delivered at Harvard University.

Ban appoints new UN envoy for West Africa

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Mohammed Ibn Chambas as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA).

Ban calls on world for more resources to end conflicts, spur development, counter climate change

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the international community to provide “more political attention, more resources, more support” for the United Nations as it faces “an overflowing inbox of conflicts and disasters of growing severity, frequency and complexity.”

Ban calls on world leaders to emulate Mandela’s example to bring peace in 2014

With 2013 marked by a deterioration “beyond all imagination” in the Syrian conflict and the “imminent danger of mass atrocities” looming in the Central African Republic (CAR), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on world leaders to follow the example of the late South African President Nelson Mandela in making 2014 the year of protecting people.

UN Chief saddened by crash landing of plane in San Francisco airport

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed sadness over Saturday’s crash landing of an Asiana aircraft in San Francisco, California, sending condolences to those affected by the accident that reportedly killed two teenagers and injured scores of others.