UN chief appeals to Indonesia not to carry out executions

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to Indonesia on Saturday not to execute 10 prisoners, including two Australians, for drug-related crimes.

Indonesia defiant as UN leads condemnation of looming executions
Indonesia defiant as UN leads condemnation of looming executions

Indonesia on Sunday signalled it was determined to push ahead with the execution of eight foreign drug convicts, despite a growing wave of global condemnation led by United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon.

UN chief condoles deaths in Nepal quake

 UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday condoled the deaths in Nepal after a major quake hit the Kathmandu Valley causing wide-scale destruction.

UN chief, Italy PM and EU's Mogherini in Mediterranean sea trip

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini will board a vessel in the Mediterranean Sea to show their "solidarity" after a series of boat migrant tragedies, the EU said.

UN chief appoints new Yemen special envoy

The UN chief appointed a new special envoy to Yemen as pressure grows to return to peace talks while fighting continues in the Arab world's poorest country.

UN chief urges Myanmar to address Muslims' status ahead of vote

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday urged Myanmar to address the citizenship status of Rohingya Muslims in the country`s western Rakhine state ahead of a general election scheduled to be held later this year.

UN chief concerned about attacks on peacekeepers in Mali

 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday recent attacks on the UN mission in Mali highlighted the urgent need for a political settlement with rebels in the country`s north.

UN chief nominates new special envoy to Yemen amid chaos

The UN chief has nominated a new special envoy to Yemen, who will be tasked with guiding talks meant to end the violent chaos in the Arab world's poorest country, the Security Council president said on Thursday.

Campaign launches to elect first female UN Secretary-General

Since its founding 70 years ago, the United Nations has been led by men, a tradition that some women`s rights advocates are determined to break when the global body elects a new secretary-general next year.

UN chief urges quick end to Yemen fighting and peace talks

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for a quick end to fighting in Yemen and the resumption of UN-led peace talks to end the conflict.

Gulf countries reject UN call for urgent Yemen ceasefire

 Gulf envoys told UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Monday that there would be no immediate ceasefire in Yemen unless Huthi rebels withdraw from seized territory.

Nuclear deal could open door to regional cooperation: Iran

Iran on Monday pushed its call for peace talks to end the fighting in Yemen, and offered assurances that a nuclear deal would pave the way for greater cooperation with its neighbors.

UN chief urges international action to end Saudi air strikes in Yemen
UN chief urges international action to end Saudi air strikes in Yemen

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for international action to end the Saudi-led air campaign on Huthi rebels as intense bombing hit Yemen again Friday and Al-Qaeda seized more ground in the chaos.

Iran presents Yemen peace plan to UN

Iran presented a four-point peace plan for Yemen to UN chief Ban Ki-moon, demanding international action to end the "senseless" Saudi-led air campaign against rebels backed by Tehran.

Gulf states unhappy about UN chief's ceasefire appeal: Sources

Several Gulf Arab states are unhappy about U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon`s call for an immediate ceasefire by all sides in Yemen and are expected to raise the issue in a meeting with him early next week, U.N. diplomatic sources said on Friday.

Iran calls for immediate Yemen peace talks

Iran has called for immediate peace talks between Yemen`s warring parties, official media said Friday, as rebels backed by Tehran battle loyalist forces supported by Saudi-led air strikes.

UN chief calls for Yemen ceasefire while seeking new envoy

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon called Thursday for an immediate halt to the fighting in Yemen, as he began the hunt for a new UN envoy who can broker a political end to the conflict.

UN Yemen envoy to step down, may be replaced by Mauritanian : Source

UN special adviser to Yemen Jamal Benomar is planning on stepping down from his job and U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon is considering appointing a Mauritanian diplomat to the post as the civil war escalates, a U.N. diplomatic source said on Wednesday.

UN gives 007 star Daniel Craig 'license to save' landmines
UN gives 007 star Daniel Craig 'license to save' landmines

UN has named 'James Bond' star Daniel Craig the first global advocate for the elimination of mines and explosive hazards.

2014 saw extremists use of rape, sexual slavery: UN report

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said 2014 was marked by harrowing accounts of rape, sexual slavery and forced marriage being used by extremists including the Islamic State group and Boko Haram.