Ban Ki-moon

Ban Ki-moon urges world leaders to end Syria conflict

Outgoing UN secretary-general tells world leaders at the General Assembly to end war, poverty and persecution.

Human Rights

UN chief slams Netanyahu over 'ethnic cleansing' remark

Ban says Benjamin Netanyahu's claim about opposition to illegal Israeli settlements in West Bank is "outrageous".


People should have a say in electing the new UN head

The current system, one that privileges states and often corporations over people, can no longer be acceptable.

by Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah


New UN secretary-general must commit to accountability

The candidates should not hesitate to commit to modelling the accountability the UN expects from its member states.

by Lauren Carasik

Ban Ki-moon

My replacement should be a woman: UN's Ban

The secretary-general says it's "high time" for female leadership at the United Nations.


UN debate showcases new leadership - and its woes

A new secretary-general will replace Ban Ki-moon in 2017 and those vying for the job face many challenges ahead.


Focus on reform takes centre stage at UN debate

Candidates for UN secretary-general post make calls for UN reform and unity, while also addressing controversies

War & Conflict

Yemen peace talks set to begin in Kuwait after delay

Houthis agree to take part in UN-brokered talks after assurances that pro-government forces will respect truce.

War & Conflict

Nine candidates audition for UN chief's job

Men and women hoping to succeed Ban Ki-moon explain how they will represent interests of planet's seven billion people.

Inside Story

A Secretary or General?

For the first time in its history, the United Nations is conducting open interviews for the job of Secretary General.

Humanitarian crises

'Today, they are refugees. Tomorrow, professors'

Ban Ki-moon says governments must "act with solidarity" to alleviate Syria refugee crisis and "counter fear-mongering".

War & Conflict

UN passes first resolution against abuse by its troops

First-of-its-kind decree comes after UN pressed to tackle rising problem of sexual abuse by peacekeepers.


UN chief and Israeli PM trade barbs over settlements

PM Netanyahu accuses UN's Ban of "encouraging terror" after he criticises illegal settlements in occupied West Bank.


Pope takes aim at global economic order in UN speech

Pontiff tells world leaders gathered at UN that greed is destroying the Earth's resources and aggravating poverty.

War & Conflict

Mali hotel siege leaves a dozen people dead

UN chief Ban Ki-moon condemns attack which killed 12 people including one UN contractor.