Ban Ki Moon

Celebrating UN Peacekeepers

Baroness Anelay | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Anelay

There may be obstacles on the way to reaching our peacekeeping goals, but we are more committed and determined than ever to overcome them in order to ensure peacekeeping delivers for the UK and the wider world.

The Race for the Next UN Secretary General - First Round

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK
Dr Ion Jinga

The World needs a UN Secretary General able to lead the organization through an extraordinary array of global challenges, in a time when there is no substitute for the United Nations legitimacy. The race has just had its first round.

Ban Ki-moon in London: Inspiring Youth

Alex Ratcliffe | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK
Alex Ratcliffe

Copyright UNA-UK/Ed Thompson London's Central Hall Westminster was filled to its 2,000 seat capacity on last Friday, 5 February, to welcome Ban Ki-m...

Rethinking Social Development in the Contemporary World

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK
Dr Ion Jinga

In January 1977, the UN Commission for Social Development (CSocD) met in Geneva for its 25th session, under the chairmanship of Romania. It was an imp...

UN Approves Syria Roadmap, But Fails To Mention President Assad

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Paul Vale | Posted 19.12.2015 | UK Politics

Member of the UN Security Council approved a resolution on Friday outlining a peace process for Syria involving talks by representatives of the Damasc...

Romania at the United Nations: 60 Years of Engagement

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 11.12.2015 | UK
Dr Ion Jinga

Motto: "The United Nations was created not to lead mankind to heaven but to save humanity from hell". Dag Hammarskjold, UN Secretary General (1953-196...

Can Volunteering Tip the Balance in Favour of Better Global Compassion?

Philip Goodwin | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK
Philip Goodwin

In a world of increased polarisation between cultures, anything that lowers barriers is important. I joined VSO as chief executive in March of this year and in that time I have seen enough to convince me that there has never been a more important time to encourage people to volunteer internationally.

About Irregular Migration, Refugees, Terrorism and Sustainable Development

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Ion Jinga

On 19 November, the President of the UN General Assembly convened an informal meeting to consider ways for a comprehensive response to the global huma...

Can UN Leadership Fix Broken Drug Policies? A Call for Ban Ki Moon in Advance of the 2016 UNGASS

Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK
Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch

Saving lives of his people dying of AIDS is Kofi Annan's legacy. Ban Ki Moon's legacy could be ushering us into a new era of drug policy. The world is ready.

Fighting the Impunity of Terrorism with the United Nations Tools

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Ion Jinga

Motto: "There are many causes that I am prepared to die for but no causes that I am prepared to kill for". Mahatma Gandhi Friday October 2nd, in New ...

Great Expectations: The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Ion Jinga

With 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) and 169 targets set for the period 2016-2030, the 2030 Agenda could become a triumph for multilateralism, if it will be followed by concrete implementation. Great expectations reclaim great responsibilities. It is up to our political leaders to move towards that vision, through a spirit of global solidarity.

How Young People Are Saving the World

Philip Goodwin | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK
Philip Goodwin

Last Saturday I had the privilege of attending the first ever Youth Summit in London, organised by the UK government's Department for International De...

Stranger in New York

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK
Dr Ion Jinga

I have landed to New York City on August 4th at 12.55, coming from London and bringing in my suitcase many dear memories from the seven and a half years spent as Ambassador of Romania to the United Kingdom.

Stop Taking 'Selfies'. This Guy Has Ended The Game...

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale & Tahira Mirza | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK

Stop taking selfies. There’s no point. The game has been ended by an Ohio man who recently snapped himself on the rim of a volcano, silhouetted agai...

Blair Steps Aside as 'We Are Many' Gains Momentum

Katy Gregory | Posted 04.06.2016 | UK Politics
Katy Gregory

It was Percy Bysshe Shelley who penned the line "Ye are many -- they are few." On February 15, 2003, armed with this notion, the world marched agains...

Syria After Four Years: Back to the Dark Ages

Neil Durkin | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK
Neil Durkin

It's worth remembering that the vast majority of horror-show videos from Syria in the last four years have shown atrocities coming from the government side. It seems we need a jolt to remind us of this. A "killer stat" (literally) like Ghadbian's. A sort of lightbulb moment. We need to shine a light on Syria.

Why the Next UN Aid Chief Is Simply No Job for an Amateur

Sam Barratt | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK Politics
Sam Barratt

It is surprising that the Conservative MP Andrew Lansley, who was removed from his role as health secretary in Britain after such a disastrous tenure, is David Cameron's top choice for a role will be dealing with such an intimidating to-do list.

Why Sri Lanka's Detention of Mrs Balenderan Jayakumari Is So Sinister

Callum Macrae | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK
Callum Macrae

Mrs Jeyakumari and her daughter were well known activists who had been among the crowds which mobbed British prime minister David Cameron when he visited the former war zone in Jaffna in November last year. Three months later Mrs Jeyakumari sent me a video address in which she warned that she was being followed and harassed as a result of her campaign.

Campaign Has Pushed Education to the Top of the World Agenda

Dr Patrick Roach | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK
Dr Patrick Roach

Today is the culmination of a year-long campaign which has brought the messages of millions of teachers from across the world all the way to the UN General Assembly.

The Climate Has Changed: How Business is Turning Risk into Opportunity

Sandrine Dixson-Declève | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK
Sandrine Dixson-Declève

Today marks a significant moment for society at large. The message from more and more companies, citizens and governments is clear: building a low carbon economy globally, nationally and locally can make us more prosperous.

It's Make or Break on Climate Change for Ban Ki-moon, "Secretary-General of the People"

Paul Cohen | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Cohen

Sunday saw the largest mobilisation of climate activists and the general public calling for urgent action on climate change in history. The numbers were truly astounding, with over 2,000 events across the globe. More than 40,000 people took part in London and 100,000 in New York, including United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

A Global Public Referendum on Cutting Climate Change - a Simple Yes or No?

Asher Minns | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Politics
Asher Minns

Scotland's majority voted no to becoming a country independent of the UK, yet 45% of people voted yes. With nearly half of the 85% wanting to separate, there is a nevertheless a public mandate for political change. A global referendum on climate change, whether yes or no, could change the landscape of negotiations before climate physics forces politicians to act.

Ban Ki-Moon Says 'Cycle Of Suffering' In Gaza 'Shames The World'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has lambasted the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying that the “cycle of suffering” has “shocked and shamed the w...

Those Who Kill UN Staff in Gaza Must Be Held Accountable

Ian Richards | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Richards

Over the past four weeks the world has watched a humanitarian tragedy unfold in Gaza. For UN staff like me it has been particularly tough. Nine of our schools have been attacked, 11 of my colleagues have been killed. They include Ahmed Mohamed Mohamed Ahmed, a school principal, Inas Shaban Derbas, a 30 year-old teacher and the youngest, Abdallah Naser Khalil Fahajan, who at 21 was a school attendant. UN chief, secretary-general Ban Ki-moon called the most recent attack on Sunday, which took place next to a boys' prep school in Rafah and led to nine deaths including that of a colleague: "a moral outrage and a criminal act."

George Osborne Lambasts Warsi's 'Disappointing' Decision To Quit Over UK Policy Towards Israel

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK

George Osborne has questioned Baroness Warsi's decision to quit after the Foreign Office Minister dramatically stormed out of government on Monday, sa...