Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

BUSINESS DAILY

Paris Saint-Germain football club opens new hub in Shanghai

Read more

PERSPECTIVE

'Europe has become the world’s largest exporter of ivory'

Read more

IN THE PRESS

A reflection of our times: More women, more young people in Time 100 list for 2018

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Commonwealth summit: African members seek to grow trade value to $2 trillion

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Macron makes Time 100 list as France revolts

Read more

THE DEBATE

Turkey's rush to the polls: Erdogan calls snap election to cement his power

Read more

THE POLITICAL BRIEF

France's Macron likens divisions within EU to 'civil war'

Read more

ENCORE!

Sting and Shaggy on making musical magic together

Read more

FOCUS

The citizens finding solutions to Lebanon's chronic waste crisis

Read more

France

Hollande awards France's Légion d'Honneur to Ban Ki-moon

© Bertrand Guay / Pool / AFP | French President François Hollande awards the Legion of Honour to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the Elysee Presidential Palace in Paris on November 17, 2016.

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2016-11-18

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon received the Legion of Honour from French President Francois Hollande on Thursday for his contributions to tackling climate change.

The South Korean diplomat helped push through the 2015 Paris Agreement, a deal aimed at moving away from fossil fuels to cleaner energies that was signed by almost 200 countries after nearly two decades of negotiations.

"It was largely because of your contribution, because many years ago you started putting this topic on all the agendas," Holland said at the ceremony of Ban's efforts.

The Legion of Honour was established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte and is considered to be one of France's highest civilian awards.

"By doing this you are rewarding our honourable organisation and I feel deeply honoured and proud," said Ban, who will step down as head of the 193-member world organisation after 10 years on Jan. 1. He will be replaced by Antonio Guterres of Portugal.

(REUTERS)
 

Date created : 2016-11-18

  • HAITI

    Ban promises more aid as desperate Haitians loot UN trucks

    Read more

  • UNITED NATIONS

    Syria is top priority, new UN Secretary-General Guterres tells FRANCE 24

    Read more

  • UNITED NATIONS

    Portugal’s ex-prime minister Guterres officially nominated as new UN chief

    Read more

COMMENT(S)