UN condemns Israel approval of new settler homes

UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday condemned Israel`s approval of 300 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank and called on the government to reverse its decision.

UN sports adviser says non-European should lead FIFA reform
UN sports adviser says non-European should lead FIFA reform

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon`s sports adviser said on Wednesday he felt the person charged with chairing the reform of FIFA should come from outside Europe, while it would be "fantastic" if the successor of President Sepp Blatter, stepping down amid a graft scandal at world soccer`s governing body, was a woman.

UN chief urges calm in Burundi vote

 UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday pressed Burundian authorities to pull out all the stops to see that elections are carried out peacefully.

UN condemns terrorist attacks in Nigeria

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday condemned the terrorist attacks which killed more than 60 people across Nigeria during the past week.

UN chief slams deadly attacks in Afghanistan

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the recent attacks in Afghanistan in which 59 people, including women and children, were killed and more than 40 others injured, an official statement here said.

AIDS epidemic can end by 2030: UNAIDS

The AIDS epidemic can end by 2030, the UN said today, highlighting the global response that has averted 30 million new HIV infections worldwide in the last 15 years including in India, which ranks among the top five worst affected countries.

UN calls on Palestinians for information on missing Israelis

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on Palestinians in Gaza with knowledge of two missing Israeli civilians to provide information about their possible whereabouts and conditions.

Ban Ki-Moon condemns Cameroon suicide bombings

UN chief Ban Ki-moon condemned twin suicide bombings in Cameroon -- the first by Boko Haram in the country -- and called for better cooperation to fight the militants.

At least 11 people were killed when two women blew themselves up in the border town of Fotokol in northern Cameroon.

UN envoy to present new Syria peace proposals

The UN peace envoy for Syria plans to present new proposals at the end of July on the next steps needed in efforts to end the war, the UN spokesman said Friday.

UN humanitarian pause in Yemen to begin Friday

The United Nations on Thursday announced a six-day humanitarian pause in fighting in Yemen to bring in urgently needed supplies for millions of desperate people on the brink of famine.

UN chief welcomes direct talks between Afghan govt, Taliban

 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his Special Representative in Afghanistan Nicholas Haysom have welcomed direct talks between Afghan government and the Taliban representatives in Pakistan, urging both parties to move towards reconciliation and peace.

Protecting planet not a choice but a duty, says Pope

Pope Francis on Tuesday appealed to the world not to turn its back on the "reality" of environmental decay and its effects on the poor, saying protecting the planet was no longer a choice but a duty.

UN declines comment on Amnesty report over Kashmir

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declined comment over an Amnesty International report that blames India of not taking action against troops accused of atrocities in Jammu and Kashmir state.

Climate negotiations moving at a 'snail's pace': Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that negotiations on a new climate pact to keep global warming from reaching dangerous levels are moving at a "snail's pace" and must be speeded up.

Burundi defies violence and condemnation to hold elections
Burundi defies violence and condemnation to hold elections

Burundi goes to the polls Monday with the president defiant in his controversial bid for a third term in power, despite weeks of unrest that forced thousand to flee and prompted international calls for a delay.

Burundi election material torched ahead of polls

Attackers in Burundi set fire to a building storing election material on Saturday, two days ahead of key polls and following weeks of violence over President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid to stay in power.

UN condemns France, Kuwait, Tunisia terror attacks
UN condemns France, Kuwait, Tunisia terror attacks


United Nations: United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the terror attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France, an official statement said.

Ban welcomes growing engagement of China, India
Ban welcomes growing engagement of China, India

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he welcomes the "growing global prominence and engagement" of the UN's "close partners" China and India, as the Asia-Pacific region rises as a centre of dynamism and influence.

Ban Ki-moon hails US gay marriage ruling as 'great step forward'
Ban Ki-moon hails US gay marriage ruling as 'great step forward'

 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the historic ruling by the US Supreme Court recognizing gay marriage across the country, saying the decision marks a "great step forward" for human rights in America.

Burundi rejects UN call for election delay

Burundi`s ambassador to the United Nations told the Security Council on Friday that elections will go ahead as planned on Monday despite a call from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for a postponement.