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20 Jan 2016 description


Press Release

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General condemns the terrorist attack by armed militants at Bacha Khan University in the city of Charsadda, Pakistan, today, which killed at least 19 people and wounded dozens more. He is appalled by such acts of violence and calls for the perpetrators to be swiftly brought to justice.

18 Aug 2015 description


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General expresses serious concern about the recent escalation of violence along the Line of Control between India and Pakistan, which reportedly resulted in a number of casualties on both sides, including civilians. He conveys his condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives.

13 May 2015 description


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attack today on a bus in Karachi, Pakistan, reportedly killing at least 45 members of the Ismaili community and injuring several others.

The Secretary-General calls on the Government of Pakistan to take all necessary measures to bring to justice the perpetrators of this despicable act.

04 Nov 2014 description



The following statement was issued by the spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today:

The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attack that took place yesterday on the Pakistani side of the Wagah border crossing with India. He expresses his condolences to the families of those killed in the attack and to the people and Government of Pakistan and wishes those wounded a quick recovery.

14 Aug 2013 description

Assalam Alaikum.

Thank you very much for your warm welcome.

I am very grateful to Minister Rehman and Principal Peerzada for organizing this special event at Islamabad College for Girls.

This is a holiday period. Schools are usually closed in August. But I am thrilled that the doors of the Islamabad College for Girls are open today to the United Nations.

The students here are sending a powerful and inspiring message: when it comes to education, there is no time to rest.

You and I have the same passion for education.

16 Feb 2013 description

New York, 17 February 2013 - The Secretary-General strongly condemns the terrorist attack carried out yesterday in Quetta, Pakistan, targeting the Shi’a Hazara community which resulted in more than 80 persons killed and nearly 200 wounded, many of them women and children.

20 Jun 2012 description

More than 42 million people around the world have been forcibly displaced from their homes and communities. More than a million fled their countries in the last eighteen months alone due to a wave of conflicts, in Cote d’Ivoire, Libya, Mali, Somalia, Sudan and Syria. These numbers represent far more than statistics; they are individuals and families whose lives have been upended, whose communities have been destroyed, and whose future remains uncertain.

World Refugee Day is a moment to remember all those affected, and a time to intensify our support.

19 Jun 2012 description


Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for World Refugee Day, observed 20 June:

16 Dec 2011 description


Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks at the High-level Conference on the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) in New York on 16 December:

Five years ago, the United Nations General Assembly launched a new kind of fund: a fund to ensure that when crisis struck, aid workers could start saving lives without delay; a fund that would reach everyone, even in emergencies that have been ignored or forgotten by much of the world; a fund that is fast, fair and efficient.

16 Sep 2011 description


« Alors que nous sommes confrontés à une palette extraordinaire de défis géopolitiques et humanitaires, à des turbulences sans précédent et à une grande angoisse liée à la crise économique et financière, l’ONU est plus que jamais nécessaire pour répondre aux besoins des populations. »

04 Aug 2010 description


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

In response to the tragic flood disaster in Pakistan, the Secretary-General has asked his Special Envoy for Assistance to Pakistan, Jean-Maurice Ripert, to travel to the country as soon as possible. Mr. Ripert will arrive in Pakistan tomorrow. He will join the United Nations country team already engaged in the relief operations and jointly assess the situation with the United Nations team and Pakistani agencies on the ground.

02 Aug 2010 description


The following statement was issued yesterday by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the significant loss of lives, livelihoods, and infrastructure in Pakistan, following the recent heavy monsoon rains that have caused the worst floods in the last 80 years, affecting more than 1 million people.

The Secretary-General offers his deepest condolences to the people and Government of Pakistan and reiterates the United Nations full commitment to supporting the national and provincial authorities in meeting the …

02 Jul 2010 description


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the suicide attack at the Data Ganj Baksh shrine in Lahore, Pakistan, which has reportedly claimed the lives of several dozen people and left many more injured. The deliberate targeting of a crowded place of worship makes this particularly vicious.

28 Oct 2009 description


The following statement by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was issued today:

I condemn, in the strongest possible terms, today's bomb attack at a market in Peshawar, Pakistan, which reportedly killed over 80 people, many of them women, and injured over 160 people. No cause can justify such inhuman and indiscriminate violence. I wish to extend my sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and the Government of Pakistan, and wish those injured a full recovery.

For information media - not an official record

14 Oct 2009 description


Daily press briefing by the offices of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General and the Spokesperson for the General Assembly President, 14 Oct 2009

Questions and Answers

Question: The Pakistani army has started its operation in Waziristan. Already there is a report that 90,000 people have been displaced, and that is not even the beginning of the operation. It hasn't even started. It seems like there is going to be another IDP [internally displaced persons] calamity at hand for the UN.

13 Oct 2009 description


This is the text of a message from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to a memorial ceremony in Islamabad, Pakistan, today in honour of the United Nations staff killed and injured in the bombing of the World Food Programme office in Islamabad:

Dear colleagues and friends,

I thank you for gathering on this sombre occasion to honour our fallen heroes.