Global Warming

Climate change action 'unstoppable' despite Trump: Ban

UN chief warns new US leader Donald Trump any move to pull out of historic climate deal would be unacceptable.

UN's Ban Ki-moon: Climate change action 'unstoppable'

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.

Syrian conflict tops UN chief's list of final appeals

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".

UN chief slams Netanyahu over 'ethnic cleansing' remark

Opinion

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.

Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah

by Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah

Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah

Opinion

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.

Lauren Carasik

by Lauren Carasik

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.

Ban Ki-moon: 'My replacement should be a woman'

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.

UN debate showcases new leadership - and its woes

Poverty & Development

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

Middle East

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.

Yemen peace talks set to begin in Kuwait after delay

United Nations

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.

Nine candidates audition for UN chief's job

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".

Syria war: UN urges leaders to accept more refugees

Central African Republic

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 adopts resolution against sex abuse by peacekeepers

Palestine

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.

UN chief and Israeli PM trade barbs over settlements

Qatar

UN chief presses Iraq on abducted Qataris

Ban Ki-moon phones PM Abadi to urge prompt action for the safe return of more than two dozen Qataris taken by gunmen.

UN chief presses Iraq on abducted Qataris