UN chief Guterres marks start of a new era

UN chief Guterres marks start of a new era

The United Nations is marking the new year with a change in leadership and five new Security Council members. But is it really the start of a new era? At midnight Saturday, Ban Ki Moon relinquished his role as UN secretary general to Antonio Guterres, who then made a global appeal for peace, urging all […]

France awards UN chief Ban with Légion d’Honneur

France awards UN chief Ban with Légion d’Honneur

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon received the Legion of Honour from French President Francois Hollande on Thursday for his contributions to tackling climate change. The South Korean diplomat helped push through the 2015 Paris Agreement, a deal aimed at moving away from fossil fuels to cleaner energies that was signed by almost 200 countries […]

UN chief fires South Sudan peacekeeping commander

UN chief fires South Sudan peacekeeping commander

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday sacked the commander of the peacekeeping force in South Sudan following a damning report showing failure to protect civilians during recent violence in Juba. The report from a UN special investigation found that a lack of leadership in the UN mission culminated in a “chaotic and ineffective response” during […]

Portugal’s ex-prime minister Guterres officially nominated as new UN chief

Portugal’s ex-prime minister Guterres officially nominated as new UN chief

Portugal’s former prime minister Antonio Guterres was officially nominated by the UN Security Council on Thursday to be the next United Nations secretary-general. Guterres will take up the new post to succeed Ban Ki-moon in January 2017. The 15-member council unanimously adopted a resolution formally presenting Guterres as their choice during a closed-door session. The […]

Worrying ‘climate of xenophobia’ in Europe, says UN chief

Worrying ‘climate of xenophobia’ in Europe, says UN chief

The UN’s refugee chief says a worrying “climate of xenophobia” has taken hold in Europe as the continent struggles with the biggest influx of migrants since World War II. The number of refugees and displaced people rose to a record 65.3 milion at the end of 2015, compared with 59.5 million in 2014. According to […]