Ban Ki-moon

Current Secretary General of the United Nations. Born in South Korea in 1944, Ban has served both as president’s foreign policy and national security adviser. Ban took up his current role with UN on 1 January 2007 before unanimously re-elected in 2011. His major initiatives at the UN include chairing the 2007 Climate Change Summit; advocating for women’s rights and gender equality; setting up a disarmament agenda to maintain nuclear safety security; and seeking new measures to ensure United Nations’ operations are more transparent.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon calls on world leaders to act now on global warming

UN chief Ban Ki-moon calls on world leaders to act now on global warming

The largest gathering of world leaders on climate change opened at the United Nations, facing calls for action to put the planet on course towards reversing global warming.

Wednesday, 24 September, 2014, 7:33am 1 comment

World in an 'era of crises': Ban Ki-moon downbeat ahead of UN summit

DiCaprio is designated a "messenger for peace" by Ban. Photo: AFP

The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, summed up the mood of foreboding hanging over the UN headquarters as it prepares to welcome more than 140 heads of state for the annual UN General Assembly this week.

23 Sep 2014 - 2:36am 1 comment

World 'must welcome disabled', says UN chief Ban Ki-moon

UN chiefs Ban Ki-moon and John Ashe call for a greater focus on the disabled. Photo: AP

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon opened a historic UN meeting of world leaders "to break barriers and open doors" for the more than one billion disabled people around the world.

24 Sep 2013 - 10:30pm

President Xi hints at more assertive foreign policy

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon talks to the media after visiting a 'low-carbon' exhibition in Beijing. Photo: AFP

When President Xi Jinping held talks with UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon in Beijing on Wednesday he urged the United Nations to be "fair and just", indicating that Beijing would like to play a more prominent role in international affairs.

21 Jun 2013 - 4:38am 1 comment

Mali militants still a threat to West Africa, says UN chief

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Photo: AFP

AUN force is to take over security duties from French forces who entered Mali in January to halt an Islamist advance and help the government re-establish its authority over the vast country.

9 Jun 2013 - 4:33pm

Russia plays down uproar over Syria arms sales

ecretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet ain Blach Sea resourt of Sochi. Photo: AFP

Russia’s foreign minister said on Friday he did not understand the international uproar created by Moscow’s continuing weapons co-operation with regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

18 May 2013 - 4:26am

UN's Ban Ki-moon urges North Korea to consider South’s dialogue offer

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon vowed to advance “meaningful dialogue” between the two Koreas. Photo: Xinhua

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged North Korea on Wednesday to “seriously” consider an offer of dialogue from the South concerning the future of the closed Kaesong industrial zone.

North Korea has blocked access to Kaesong – which lies 10 kilometres inside its border – since April 3 amid soaring military tensions on the Korean peninsula.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

South Korea raises alert level as North readies missile test

A South Korean soldier directs traffic at a checkpoint on the Grand Unification Bridge. Photo: Reuters

South Korea raised its military watch alert to “vital threat” on Wednesday ahead of an expected North Korean missile launch, as UN chief Ban Ki-moon warned the Korean Peninsula may be slipping out of control.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

North Korea crisis ‘has already gone too far’, says UN’s Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaks during a news conference in Andorra, on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday that tensions had already soared too high on the Korean Peninsula and warned Pyongyang against making nuclear threats.

3 Apr 2013 - 8:41am 1 comment

West calls for UN inquiry into Syria chemical attack reports

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Photo: Xinhua

Britain, France and the United States called on Wednesday for a United Nations inquiry into accusations by the Syrian government and the opposition of chemical weapons attacks.

But Russia, President Bashar al-Assad’s last major ally, insisted at a UN Security Council meeting that only the government’s allegations should be investigated.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

UN chief Ban Ki-moon makes a rare intervention in South China Sea row

UN chief Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon made a rare intervention yesterday in the deepening South China Sea sovereignty dispute, urging an "amicable" settlement but offering assistance if need be.

24 Jan 2013 - 5:46am

UN chief urges ‘amicable’ end to Philippines, China sea dispute

UN leader Ban Ki-moon urged peaceful resolution to South China Sea disputes through dialogue. Photo: Xinhua

UN leader Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday called for an “amicable” settlement to a mounting South China Sea territorial dispute between China and other Asian nations.

Asked about the Philippines decision to refer the case to a UN tribunal, Ban told reporters he has been following the dispute “carefully”.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Assad won’t stop Syria’s ‘terrible suffering’, says Ban

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Photo: AP

UN leader Ban Ki-moon said on Monday that President Bashar al-Assad’s speech setting out his terms for peace would not help end “the terrible suffering” of the Syrian people.

8 Jan 2013 - 10:01am

UN chief appalled by escalating terrorist violence in Pakistan

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he was "appalled by the escalating terrorist violence in Pakistan", after 19 Shiite pilgrims died in a car bomb and 21 kidnapped soldiers were killed.

1 Jan 2013 - 6:15am

Analysis of UN climate deal in Doha finds more questions than answers

Steam and smoke rise from a power plant in Germany. The Doha deal sets the EU and 10 other nations targets to cut emissions. Photo: AP

The fractious debate at the UN climate talks in Doha point to a rocky road ahead to a new, global 2020 deal on saving the earth from calamitous global warming.

Negotiators applauded as conference chairman Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah of Qatar rushed through a package of deals he called the Doha Climate Gateway on Saturday evening.

10 Dec 2012 - 4:12am