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23 Oct 2017 description

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, continue to closely monitor developments in Kenya, in the light of the forthcoming presidential election.

12 Aug 2017 description

Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General congratulates the people of Kenya for their peaceful participation in the presidential elections.

08 Aug 2017 description


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General has been closely following developments pertaining to the electoral process in Kenya, and he has remained in regular contact with the relevant political leaders and other key stakeholders.

09 Mar 2017 description

Ladies and gentlemen of the media, thank you very much for your presence.

As you know, I went yesterday to Somalia and I came out of Somalia with a double feeling, a feeling of sorrow, but also a feeling of hope.

21 Dec 2016 description

The United Nations Peacebuilding Fund has approved $3 million for a pilot project that will provide peacebuilding and vocational skills to Somali refugees volunteering to return from Kenya to Somalia, where they will then be helped to settle down and contribute to a community dialogue and reintegration process, UN Peacebuilding announced Tuesday.

25 Feb 2016 description

Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s address to the Great Lakes Private Sector Investment Conference, in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, today:

Je tiens tout d’abord à remercier le Président Kabila, ainsi que le Gouvernement et le peuple de la République démocratique du Congo, de leur accueil très chaleureux.

30 Jun 2014 description


Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks at an event on ending maternal mortality, in Nairobi today:

I am pleased to be here in Nairobi to speak on a subject so close to my heart.

Maternal mortality has been one of the Millennium Development Goals where we have seen the slowest progress. The objective of Millennium Development Goal 5 is to reduce maternal mortality by three quarters and provide universal access to reproductive health by 2015.

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.

11 Oct 2011 description


Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for World Food Day, commemorated on 16 October:

Today, in the Horn of Africa, more than 13 million people are affected by one of the region’s worst droughts in 60 years. Famine grips swathes of southern Somalia. Yet, drought does not need to become famine — nor should it ever be allowed to, either through system failure or through the kind of deliberate deprivation we are seeing in areas controlled by Al-Shabaab.

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. »

10 Sep 2011 description


Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message, delivered by Sahle-Work Zewde, Under-Secretary-General and Director-General of the United Nations Office in Nairobi, to the Horn of Africa Summit being held there today, 9 September:

I commend the Government of Kenya for convening this Summit at this critical time. The drought in the Horn of Africa is arguably the worst in recent history. More than 13 million people are in need of emergency assistance, as well as agriculture and livelihood interventions.

18 Aug 2011 description


Following is the text of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message to the Emergency Ministerial Meeting on the Horn of Africa, as delivered by Gwi-Yeop Son, Director of Corporate Programmes Division, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, in Rome, 18 August:

Thank you for coming together for this Emergency Ministerial Meeting on the Horn of Africa. The crisis across the region continues to take a heavy toll on millions of people — especially women and children — and the situation shows little sign of abating.

22 Jul 2011 description

By Ban Ki-moon

Across the Horn of Africa, people are starving. A catastrophic combination of conflict, high food prices and drought has left more than 11 million people in desperate need. The United Nations has been sounding the alert for months. We have resisted using the “f-word”—famine —but on Wednesday we officially recognized the fast-evolving reality. There is famine in parts of Somalia. And it is spreading.

02 Feb 2011 description


Following is the 2011 Cyril Foster Lecture, on "Human Protection and the Twenty-First Century United Nations", delivered by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's at Oxford University on 2 February:

Thank you, Mr. Vice-Chancellor, for your very kind introduction and for this invitation. I am honoured to have this opportunity after my distinguished predecessors, as the fourth United Nations Secretary-General to speak before you in this very esteemed and one of the oldest universities.

17 Jun 2009 description

New York, 17 June 2009

Desertification and land degradation affect one third of the Earth's surface, threatening the livelihoods, well-being and development of as many as 1 billion people. Faced with long periods of drought, famine and deepening poverty, many have only one option: flight from the land. There are already an estimated 24 million environmentally induced migrants.