The world needs to work in partnership to develop the post-2015 agenda, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the first high-level meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation in Mexico City. "As we shape an inspiring post-2015 development agenda, the international community must be committed to supporting the future goals and targets through a renewed global partnership. Critically, we must ensure the financing to match our ambitions," Ban said.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Iraq on Monday, urging the Iraqi prime minister to address the causes of the violence and encouraging "political dialogue, inclusive dialogue." Ban also said the violence in Anbar province is a "grave concern."
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged member states to condemn leaders who use the world body as a forum to undermine the issues of racism and intolerance with "inflammatory rhetoric, baseless assertions and hateful speech." Ban's remarks came at a high-level UN commemoration of the 2001 anti-racism conference in Durban, South Africa, which ended in acrimony.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon led a high-level delegation to Hollywood this week to encourage the entertainment industry to produce work related to issues high on the UN agenda. "The creative community, through [TV] and movies, can reach millions and millions of people at once, repeatedly, and then 10 and 20 years after a film's been made, the messages can be constant," Ban said.
As President Michelle Bachelet prepares to leave office, Chile's first female leader is reportedly in talks to take up a position with the United Nations. Bachelet's name has surfaced recently in talks about positions including special representative to Haiti and a high-level post as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's envoy on women's issue.