Ban Ki-Moon

Open Letter in Support of the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

As the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons approaches its entry into force, with only six nations now required to ratify it in order to reach the trigger point of 50 states parties, ICAN today stepped up its…

Former UN Chief and Bill Gates on Board as the Netherlands Accelerates Climate Adaptation

By Reinhard Jacobsen AMSTERDAM (IDN) – Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon will oversee the Global Commission on Adaptation to climate change, which the Government of the Netherlands and the Global Center on Adaptation have decided to set up. It will be formally…

Ban Ki-moon Leaves Behind a Mixed Legacy

By Rodney Reynolds UNITED NATIONS (IDN) – When former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stepped down on December 31 after a 10-year tenure at the United Nations, he said his “deepest regret” was to leave office with “the continuing nightmare in Syria”…

Seeking Nuclear Disarmament in Dangerous Times

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has championed efforts for nations to make good on their pledges to abolish nuclear weapons. In 2009 he published a five-point proposal for nuclear disarmament, urging nuclear weapons states in particular to fulfill their promises under the…

World Congress in Berlin Demands Demilitarization of Minds

By Ramesh Jaura BERLIN (IDN) – “Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed,” declares the Preamble to the Constitution of UNESCO. This is also…

Kazakhstan Leads the Way to a Nuclear-Weapon Free World

By Ramesh Jaura and Katsuhiro Asagiri ASTANA (IDN) – As divisions between States on how to achieve nuclear disarmament grow, countries like Kazakhstan must lead the way to common ground and inclusive dialogue. Such leadership is urgently needed to make…

Why Is Global Community Ignoring Slaughter of Yemeni Children?

Human Wrongs Watch By Catherine Shakdam* 14 August 2016 (RT) – Following 18 months of violence, engineered starvation and a blatant media blackout, Yemen’s suffering has risen to the surface – one hot bubbling shame, the one conflict few have dared…

Time for a Woman to Lead the UN

Human Wrongs Watch By Lyndal Rowlands* UNITED NATIONS, Aug 17 2016 (IPS) – Judging by the latest polls it now seems more likely that the United States will have a female President in 2016, than the United Nations will have…

‘Youth Directly Affected by the Tragic Contradictions Prevailing Today’

Human Wrongs Watch 12 August 2016 – The world’s young people – who make up the largest generation of youth in history – can lead a global drive to break the patterns of the past and set the world on…

‘No More Hiroshimas. No More Nagasakis. Never Again’

Human Wrongs Watch With global tensions rising and progress on nuclear disarmament hard to find, “the world needs the Hibakusha spirit more than ever,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 6 August 2016 said, citing the determination and perseverance of…

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