Security Council condemns DPR Korea’s recent launch

Ambassador Claude Heller of Mexico

13 April 2009 – The Security Council today spoke out against the recent rocket launch by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), stressing the importance of preserving peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and in North-East Asia.


Ban laments shutdown of summit for Asian leaders in Thailand

11 April 2009 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced deep regret on Saturday at the postponement of a gathering of Asian leaders in Thailand amid security concerns over mass protests in the area.

“I understand the circumstances that led the Thai Government to take this difficult decision,” Mr. Ban said following the cancellation of the summit of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the resort town of Pattaya.


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.