In his last press conference as UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon delivered stark warnings on two issues at the forefront of international concern: that “the carnage in Syria remains a gaping hole in the global conscience;” and that South Sudan faces a risk of genocide as the country leaders have “squandered a peace agreement.”
The extent to which violence is embedded in society means that uprooting it is everyone’s job, senior UN officials said yesterday (21 , lamenting that violence against women and girls continue to be a low priority on the international development agenda and urging more action and more funding to end the pandemic of such violence now, once and for all.
Visiting Paris on 25 June 2016, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the countries of Europe, as well as the international community at large, to work towards a compassionate and humane solution to the problem of refugees and migrants
On the second day of his visit to Brussels the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the opening ceremony of the European Development Days forum and participated in a commemoration for the victims of the March airport bombing attacks in the city.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for the adoption of a global compact on responsibility-sharing that collectively ensures the human rights, safety and dignity of all refugees and migrants.
During a visit to Geneva on 29 April 2016, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the first-ever Olympic refugee team to compete in the international event, and received the Olympic Cup Award on behalf of the UN.
With their signatures of the landmark Paris climate accord, “governments made a covenant with the future,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the end of a United Nations ceremony which puts the world on a path towards low-carbon growth and a more sustainable future.
As the global community gathered to commemorate the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi extermination camp 71 years ago, the UN Secretary General emphasised that the most effective way to prevent new genocides is by educating new generations about the horrors of the Holocaust.
The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the launch of a new report on finding solutions to the growing gap between the increasing numbers of people in need of assistance and sufficient resources to provide relief.