Archive for June, 2014

UN chief voices ‘grave concern’ at deepening crisis in Iraq

30th June 2014 News and Media

New York, 29 June 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his grave concern at the deepening crisis in Iraq and the rising number of civilian deaths and injuries, with over one million Iraqis having fled their homes due to the fighting. (more…)

In final meeting with Israeli President Peres, Ban decries global terrorism

30th June 2014 News and Media

New York, 29 June 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stood again in solidarity with Israelis after the recent abduction of three students, and decried the use of terrorism in countries in the Middle East and around the world. (more…)

Ban urges focus on adolescent girls to reduce maternal mortality

30th June 2014 News and Media

Nairobi, 28 June 2014 – To triumph over maternal mortality, initiatives must focus on adolescent girls, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said, ones that allow them to go to school, marry whom they choose, shield them from harmful traditional practices and provide them with appropriate family planning services. (more…)

UN chief ‘adopts’ lion cub to support efforts against wildlife trafficking

30th June 2014 News and Media

Nairobi, 28 June 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today adopted a lion cub in Nairobi National Park as a sign of support for efforts against the trafficking of animals around the world, following a week of high-level United Nations discussions on the environment. (more…)

Deeply concerned about eastern Ukraine, Ban welcomes extension of cease-fire

30th June 2014 News and Media

New York, 28 June 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the extension of a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine and, with continued deep concern about the situation there, urged all sides to honour their commitments and work within a political process. (more…)