Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Global Competitiveness report releases 2018 Africa performance

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Brexit: 'The end isn't nigh'

Read more

THE DEBATE

Where do you draw the line? Brexit deadline summit stumbles over Irish border

Read more

ACCESS ASIA

Uighurs and Kazakhs held in re-education camps in China

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Salim Saab: Showcasing the women of the Arab art world

Read more

FOCUS

Irish border remains stumbling block in Brexit talks

Read more

ENCORE!

Film show: Capernaum - powerful social drama or poverty porn?

Read more

IN THE PRESS

Nature under threat: Arresting pictures from Wildlife Photography Awards

Read more

PERSPECTIVE

Protecting heritage land against mining companies

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

  • UNITED NATIONS

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

    Read more

  • UNITED NATIONS

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

    Read more

  • HAITI

    Ban promises more aid as desperate Haitians loot UN trucks

    Read more

COMMENT(S)