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Deputy UN chief calls for ‘hydro-diplomacy’ as world faces growing water shortages

30 March 2015 – The international community must gear up for a new era of “hydro-diplomacy” as the threat of water scarcity risks plunging the world into a period of geopolitical tension and stunted development, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told delegates gathered at the General Assembly today.


On eve of pledging conference, senior UN officials urge donors to stand by Syrian people

30 March 2015 – The crisis in Syria is getting much worse, characterized by shocking “levels of savagery,” the top United Nations relief official has warned, urging countries to pledge as generously as possible ahead of the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference kicking off tomorrow in Kuwait City.


In Iraq, UN chief pledges support as Government tackles ongoing threat from ISIL

30 March 2015 – Despite recent military gains against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), “vast challenges” remain ahead as the Government of Iraq fights to consolidate its territorial integrity against the terrorist threat, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today during an unannounced visit to Baghdad.


Vanuatu: UN relief official warns ‘secondary emergency’ looming, urges long-term aid

30 March 2015 – Two weeks after Tropical Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the archipelago on a tour through one of the most severely affected provinces Saturday, warned of a “secondary emergency” and urged a scale-up in efforts to provide the essentials to people in need.


At Egypt Summit, UN’s Ban, Arab League Secretary-General discuss cooperation on regional, global challenges

29 March 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Nabil El-Araby Secretary General of the League of Arab States pledged today continued cooperation between the two organizations and discussed strengthening international efforts on a range of issues as the League's Summit continued in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.


Welcoming peaceful Nigerian elections, Ban encourages patience as polls wrap up

29 March 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the people and Government of Nigeria on the largely peaceful and orderly conduct of yesterday's presidential and parliamentary elections.


‘We must respond,’ declares UNESCO chief, launching #Unite4Heritage campaign in Baghdad

28 March 2015 – Taking an innovative step to support Iraqi youth and to mobilize young people worldwide for the protection of cultural heritage, Irina Bokova, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched today at Baghdad University #Unite4Heritage, a social media campaign to counter the propaganda of cultural cleansing.


Earth Hour 2015: UN dims lights to focus attention on climate action, sustainability

28 March 2015 – The United Nations will go dark later this evening as the Organization shuts off the lights at its iconic Headquarters complex in New York and other facilities around the world in observance of 'Earth Hour,' an annual global event raising awareness about the need to take action on climate change and promoting sustainable energy consumption.


UN strongly condemns deadly terrorist attack on Mogadishu hotel

28 March 2015 – The top United Nations official in Somalia along with the members of the UN Security Council have strongly condemned yesterday's terrorist attack on a hotel in Mogadishu city that resulted in the death of many civilians, including the Somali Federal Government's Permanent Representative to the UN Office in Geneva, Ambassador Yusuf Bari-Bari.


In Egypt, Ban calls on Arab leaders to strengthen bonds for region's people, global security

28 March 2015 – With a raft of ills plaguing the Arab world – from the “shameful” conflict in Syria to the “tinderbox” that is Gaza and the steadily unraveling situation in Yemen – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called upon leaders gathered in Egypt to work with each other and the United Nations to “strengthen our bonds for the people of this region and the security of our world.”