Ban Ki-moon Watch


Can António Guterres Finally Break the U.N.’s Glass Ceiling?

The U.N. struggles to practice what it preaches on women's empowerment. Can the new secretary-general break the institution's glass ceiling?


The United Nations Just Fired Wonder Woman

The U.N. caught itself in a not very wonderful PR battle as it slips on institutional gender parity.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 20: U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addresses the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, September 20, 2016 in New York City. According to the UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon, the most pressing matter to be discussed at the General Assembly is the world's refugee crisis. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

U.N. Chief Blasts World Leaders in Farewell Address

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon delivered a full-throated, and thinly veiled, broadside against a host of world leaders from Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad to South Sudan’s Salva Kiir Mayardit during his tenth and final speech at the U.N. General Assembly.

Saudi Defence Minister Mohamed bin Salman (L) talks with Crown Prince and Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef during the 136th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit, in the Saudi capital Riyadh, on December 9, 2015. Gulf monarchs began arriving in Saudi Arabia for an annual summit, facing challenges including plunging oil revenues, the war in Yemen, pressure for peace in Syria and signs of regional divisions. 
 / AFP / FAYEZ NURELDINE        (Photo credit should read FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

U.N. Chief Says He Went Soft on Saudi Arabia and Allies to Avoid Aid Cut

Ban Ki-moon says aid for millions of children from South Sudan to Yemen was put at risk by countries shielding Saudi Arabia and its military allies from human rights criticism.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24:  U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the 69th United Nations General Assembly at United Nations Headquarters on September 24, 2014 in New York City. The annual event brings political leaders from around the globe together to report on issues meet and look for solutions. This year's General Assembly has highlighted the problem of global warming and how countries need to strive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Auditioning for the Job of U.N. Secretary-General

For the first time in 70 years, candidates for the world's top diplomatic job have to explain why they deserve it.

US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power talks with her Russian counterpart Vitaly Churkin prior to a vote on a resolution on Ukraine during a UN Security Council emergency meeting at United Nations headquarters in New York on March 15, 2014. Russia vetoed a Western-backed resolution condemning the Crimea referendum at a UN Security Council emergency vote but China abstained, isolating Moscow further on the Ukraine crisis. The draft resolution, which says Sunday's referendum would have no validity, got 13 votes in the 15-member Council. But it was rejected when permanent member Russia exercised its veto.   AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand        (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Russian Accused of Silencing Activists Is Considered for Top U.N. Post Dealing with NGOs

The U.S. and its allies move to block a Russian diplomat from a senior U.N. job overseeing the organization’s relations with human rights champions and other advocacy groups.

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - APRIL 24:  Director of Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Anders Kompass gives a speech on the meeting about Palestine problem in Geneva, Switzerland on 24 April, 2014. Legislative framework of Palestine problem is discussed on the meeting that will continue for 2 days in United Nations office in Geneva. (Photo by Fatih Erel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Exclusive: U.N. Drops Leak Investigation Into Human Rights Official in CAR Sex Scandal

Senior U.N. human rights official cleared of wrongdoing following lengthy probe into allegations that he improperly leaked sensitive U.N. documents to French government.

The damaged interior of the hospital in which the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) medical charity operated is seen on October 13, 2015 following an air strike in the northern city of Kunduz. Thirty-three people are still missing days after a US air strike on an Afghan hospital, the medical charity has warned, sparking fears the death toll could rise significantly. AFP PHOTO        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

U.N. Chief Strafes U.S. and Saudi Arabia Over Airstrikes on Medical Facilities

Ban Ki-moon delivers a grim take on the state of the world to the U.N. General Assembly as starvation stalks besieged Syrians.

Syrian mourners wave the pre-Baath Syrian flag, now used by the Free Syrian Army, over the bodies of civilians, who were executed and dumped in the Quweiq river, during their burial at a park now renamed "Martyrs of the River" park in the Bustan al-Qasr district of the northern city of Aleppo on January 31, 2013. The bodies of dozens of young men, all executed with a single gunshot, were found in the river this week, adding to the grim list of massacres committed during Syria's 22-month conflict. AFP PHOTO/JM LOPEZ        (Photo credit should read JM LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

The War Over Syria’s War Dead

Assad is routinely accused of murdering 250,000 of his own people. The only problem is that there’s no proof he did.

United Nations envoy Bernardino Leon speaks during a press conference on October 21, 2015 in Tunis. Leon insisted that efforts to clinch a political deal to end rampant insecurity in Libya will carry on although several parties have rejected his proposals. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID        (Photo credit should read FETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images)

Gulf Money Makes U.N. Revolving Door Spin

The world body has been hit with a series of damaging revelations about the enrichment of top officials by foreign businessmen and governments. What’s the U.N. doing about it? Not much.

CIUDAD DE GUATEMALA, GUATEMALA:  Anders Kompass, representante del Alto Comisiondado de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos en Guatemala, responde preguntas de la prensa en Ciudad de Guatemala, el 13 de Febrero de 2006. Para la ONU la complejidad del fenomeno de la violencia en Guatemala se agudiza por la debilidad en los sistemas de informacion y analisis y por escasa capacidad de la Policia Nacional Civil (PNC) y del Ministerio Publico (MP) para investigar y esclarecer los delitos. El 2005, segun la ONU, fue el mas violento de los ultimos anos en lo que se refiere al derecho de la vida en Guatemala, al registrarse 5.338 homicidios.  AFP   PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA.  (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)

U.N. Tightens Noose on U.N. Rights Official Who Exposed Abuses

U.N. investigators expand investigation into veteran U.N. human rights official who disclosed abuses against children in the Central African Republic.


Israel’s Shield

The Obama administration is seen as no great friend of Bibi's government. But behind the scenes at the U.N., the United States is working hard to protect it.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: South Korean singer Psy (R), whose real name is Park Jae-sang, visits UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations on October 23, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

President Ban Ki-moon? U.N. Secretary-General Pivots Back to Asia.

Ban Ki-moon says he is not interested in running for the South Korean presidency. The polls say he is the front-runner.

Rescuers help people in the sea after a boat carring some 250 migrants crashed into rocks as they tried to enter the port of Pantelleria, an island off the southern coast of Italy, on April 13, 2011. A fishing boat which had sailed across the Medittarenean from Libya ran aground today on rocks on the tiny Italian island of Pantelleria, killing two women, the ANSA news agency reported.  Italy is struggling to cope with a mass influx of immigrants from north Africa, many of whom risk their lives by sailing across the often stormy Medittaranean in makeshift vessels.   AFP PHOTO/ Francesco Malavolta    ==ITALY OUT== (Photo credit should read FRANCESCO MALAVOLTA/AFP/Getty Images)

Libya to Europe: Please Don’t Come to Our Rescue

Libya's U.N. envoy expresses skepticism over European plans to fight migrant smugglers in Libyan territory, saying it will cause more trouble than it's worth.