UN agency fears 30 Somali boat people dead in tragedy off the coast of Yemen

People wading out to a smuggler's boat on the coast of Somalia ahead of the Gulf of Aden crossing

7 April 2009 – Some 30 Somalis escaping across the Gulf of Aden are feared dead after one boat capsized and another hit rough seas this weekend in two separate smuggling incidents, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today.


UN officials condemn Baghdad bomb attacks

Baghdad police station bombed in 20076 April 2009 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his top envoy in Iraq have strongly condemned the string of bombings that struck a marketplace and other locations in Baghdad today, killing a large number of civilians and injuring many others.


Secretary-General welcomes Russia-US nuclear commitments

3 April 2009 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the commitments made by the leaders of Russia and the United States to accomplish nuclear disarmament and intensify nuclear non-proliferation efforts.


Ban welcomes G-20 leaders’ $1 trillion pledge to rescue the world’s poorest

2 April 2009 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the $1.1 trillion package committed by leaders of the Group of 20 (G-20) nations in London, stressing that developing nations must receive the funds needed to stem the onset of a human development crisis.


Terrorism, drugs and crime thwarting Afghan development, warns Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) speaks at the Moscow Special Conference on Afghanistan


27 March 2009 – Terrorism, illicit drug trafficking and organized crime are seriously impeding progress in Afghanistan, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today, calling for greater international cooperation to help the country tackle these challenges.