U.N. calls for Myanmar dialogue

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Myanmar should encourage a climate for dialogue to settle ongoing issues stemming from violence in Kachin and Rakhine states, a U.N. adviser said.

Aleppo raid may be a war crime, U.N. says

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- An attack earlier this week on Aleppo University in Syria, which left more than 80 people dead, may constitute a war crime, the U.N. secretary-general said.

U.N.'s Ban stresses import of CAR truce

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- All parties to the conflict in the Central African Republic are called on to honor the terms of a peace deal reached in Gabon, the U.N. secretary-general said.

U.N.'s Ban discusses African role in Mali

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The U.N. secretary-general said he discussed an African troop deployment to Mali with the chairman of the Economic Community of West African States.

Israeli settlements irk U.N.'s Ban

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Israeli settlements in the West Bank are considered illegal under the terms of international law, the U.N. secretary-general said.

U.N. sees global role for renewable energy

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Access to sustainable energy resources is vital to sustainable development, which is a fundamental concern for the United Nations, the secretary-general said.

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Haiti marks third anniversary of quake

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Haiti Saturday observed the third anniversary of a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people and left more than a million homeless.

Mideast winter storm hard on refugees

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The U.N. Children's Fund says a winter storm that brought rain, snow and freezing temperatures to Jordan is hurting Syrian refugees, especially children.

U.N.'s Ban regrets Bahraini sentences

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- A national dialogue is the only way the government of Bahrain can address the legitimate aspirations of its people, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

U.N. envoy wants peaceful protests in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Both Sunni protesters and Iraqi government security forces should exercise restraint, the U.N. envoy to the country said Tuesday.

China anxious over Myanmar fighting

BEIJING, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- The government in Myanmar is called on to take steps to ensure fighting in northern Kachin state doesn't spill over the border, a Chinese official said.

U.N.'s Ban concerned by Myanmar fighting

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- The government of Myanmar is reminded of its obligation to ensure the safety of civilians living in rebel territory in Kachin state, the U.N. chief said.

Fernandez: Britain seized Falklands

LONDON, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Britain "forcibly stripped" Argentina of the Falkland Islands, expelling the inhabitants, 180 years ago, Argentina's president said Wednesday.

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Ban Ki
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon participates in an international donor conference for Afghanistan in Paris on June 12, 2008. The conference hopes to raise $50 billion to aid in the rebuilding of Afghanistan. (UPI Photo/ David Silpa)

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Ban Ki-moon (Hangul: 반기문; born 13 June 1944) is the current Secretary-General of the United Nations succeeding Kofi Annan in 2007. Before becoming Secretary-General, Ban was a career diplomat in South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the United Nations. He entered diplomatic service the year he graduated from college, accepting his first post in New Delhi, India. In the foreign ministry he established a reputation for modesty and competence.

Ban was the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea from January 2004 to November 2006. In February 2006 he began to campaign for the office of Secretary-General. Ban was initially considered to be a long shot for the office. As foreign minister of Korea, however, he was able to travel to all of the countries that were members of the United Nations Security Council, a maneuver that turned him into the front runner.

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