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UN secretary-general observes Earth Day by promoting climate treaty initiative

UN secretary-general observes Earth Day by promoting climate treaty initiative

NEW YORK, April 22 (UPI) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recognized Earth Day on Tuesday by promoting a Climate Summit scheduled for September 23 at UN headquarters in New York.
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UN secretary-general: Attack on UN Mission in South Sudan 'constitutes a war crime'

UN secretary-general: Attack on UN Mission in South Sudan 'constitutes a war crime'

NEW YORK, April 18 (UPI) -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the deadly attack on a UN compound in South Sudan on Thursday and called it "a serious escalation."
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Palestinian protesters and Israeli police clash at Jerusalem holy site

Palestinian protesters and Israeli police clash at Jerusalem holy site

JERUSALEM, April 17 (UPI) -- A riot broke out in Jerusalem on Wednesday -- the middle of Passover -- as Palestinians clashed with Israeli police near a revered holy site.
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Nigerian military announces rescue of abducted Nigerian school girls

Nigerian military announces rescue of abducted Nigerian school girls

ABUJA, Nigeria, April 16 (UPI) -- The Nigerian military announced Wednesday that 121 Nigerian girls abducted from their school in northeastern Nigeria earlier in the week "have been freed."
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U.N., U.S. applaud Guinea-Bissau on presidential and parliamentary elections

U.N., U.S. applaud Guinea-Bissau on presidential and parliamentary elections

NEW YORK, April 15 (UPI) -- The UN and the U.S. congratulated Guinea-Bissau on its timely and orderly presidential and parliamentary elections.
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Vacuuming carbon from the atmosphere may be most realistic solution to climate change

Vacuuming carbon from the atmosphere may be most realistic solution to climate change

BERLIN, April 14 (UPI) -- UN says the world's nations must find a way to reduce carbon emissions by 40 to 70 percent by 2050 in order to prevent the worst of global warming.
Brooks Hays
UN condemns Nigerian bus bombing

UN condemns Nigerian bus bombing

NEW YORK, April 14 (UPI) -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the bus bombing that killed at least 71 in Abuja, Nigeria on Monday morning.
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Ukrainian president proposes joint UN peacekeeping operation

Ukrainian president proposes joint UN peacekeeping operation

KIEV, Ukraine, April 14 (UPI) -- Ukrainian acting President Oleksandr Turchynov spoke by phone with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon regarding the crisis in eastern Ukraine.
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UN Security Council calls emergency session on Ukraine

UN Security Council calls emergency session on Ukraine

NEW YORK, April 13 (UPI) -- The United Nations Security Council announced Sunday it would hold an open emergency meeting to discuss the situation in Ukraine.
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UN Security Council authorizes new peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic

UN Security Council authorizes new peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic

NEW YORK, April 10 (UPI) -- The United Nations Security Council voted Thursday to authorize a new peacekeeping mission for the Central African Republic.
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International community condemns 'cold-blooded murder' of U.N. staff in Somalia

International community condemns 'cold-blooded murder' of U.N. staff in Somalia

NEW YORK, April 8 (UPI) -- The murder of two United Nations personnel on Monday in Somalia was met by outrage from the international community.
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Rwanda observes 20th anniversary of genocide amid new tensions

Rwanda observes 20th anniversary of genocide amid new tensions

KIGALI, Rwanda, April 6 (UPI) -- Rwanda observes the 20th anniversary of the genocide that left 800,000 dead as they continue to face tensions.
Aileen Graef
International Mine Awareness Day observed on April 4

International Mine Awareness Day observed on April 4

NEW YORK, April 4 (UPI) -- In 2005, the United Nations declared that on April 4 each year, member states would observe International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.
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Harassment of U.N. staff in South Sudan impacting mission, U.N. says

Harassment of U.N. staff in South Sudan impacting mission, U.N. says

April 2 (UPI) -- The United Nations reported Tuesday that continued harassment of its staff in South Sudan is interfering with its ability to fulfill its mission.
JC Finley
Global warming to hit Asia hardest, U.N. says

Global warming to hit Asia hardest, U.N. says

March 24 (UPI) -- The millions of people living in Asia's major coastal cities will be some of the most vulnerable to global warming's expected consequences.
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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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