After a decade, U.N. chief disappointed in many world leaders

World Sep 14, 2016

After a decade, U.N. chief disappointed in many world leaders

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he's disappointed by many world leaders who care more about retaining power than improving the lives of their people — and can't understand why Syria is being held hostage to "the destiny" of one man, President Bashar Assad. Nearing the ...

Asia Pacific Jul 7, 2016

Ban urges China to respect civil society, free media

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told China's leaders on Thursday that a flourishing civil society and free media are key to China's development, on one of his last visits to Beijing as U.N. leader. Ban spoke while standing next to Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who last ...

Ban rues G-7 no-shows from landmark Istanbul humanitarian summit

World / Politics May 25, 2016

Ban rues G-7 no-shows from landmark Istanbul humanitarian summit

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday criticized the leaders of the world's wealthiest countries for failing to attend a pivotal humanitarian summit in Turkey that culminated with a long list of commitments and question marks over their implementation. At the closing of the World Humanitarian ...

Rights groups urge next U.N. chief to tackle refugee problem

Asia Pacific Apr 11, 2016

Rights groups urge next U.N. chief to tackle refugee problem

The next United Nations secretary-general must commit to a new global deal for refugees and to end the death penalty during his or her tenure, the world's leading human rights groups said Monday. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and four other groups also said the ...

Former New Zealand leader Clark announces bid for top U.N. post

World Apr 5, 2016

Former New Zealand leader Clark announces bid for top U.N. post

Helen Clark, a former New Zealand prime minister who is now a senior U.N. official, announced Tuesday she is running for the top position at the United Nations, saying she would bring nearly 30 years of leadership skills to the job of secretary-general. Clark is ...

U.N. says Ban won't visit North Korea on upcoming trip

Asia Pacific Nov 18, 2015

U.N. says Ban won't visit North Korea on upcoming trip

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's upcoming schedule does not include a trip to North Korea, according to an itinerary released by his spokesman after Chinese media reported that Ban would visit the North on Monday. A statement released to Reuters said Ban will be in ...