Recent gains in eradicating hunger and poverty endangered by economic and food crises, says UN report

Eight Millennium Development GoalsThe Millennium Development Goals Report 2009

UN Secretary-General calls on rich and poor countries to boost efforts and meet aid commitments


Myanmar's human rights record matter of 'grave concern,' says Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon4 July 2009 – Myanmar's future must be rooted in respect for human rights, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, voicing his deep disappointment that the South-East Asian nation's Government refused his request to meet with Nobel laureate and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.


Secretary-General: cooperatives can help pull world out of recession

4 July 2009 – Cooperatives, based on the principles of self-help and reciprocity, have the potential to help address the global economic crisis, especially among the world's most vulnerable, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Cooperatives' economic model is not based on charity, he said, noting that in countries affected by the turmoil, cooperative banks and credit unions have expanded lending when other financial institutions have scaled back.


Driving Global Recovery Through Cooperatives

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moonMessage of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the International Day of Cooperatives, 4 July 2009


Honduras: Ban voices concern over reported coup

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with President José Manuel Zelaya Rosales in September 2008

29 June 2009 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his deep concern over the reported coup in Honduras, voicing his strong support for the nation’s democratic institutions and speaking out against the arrest of its constitutional President.