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In Kuwait, Ban urges Yemeni delegations in peace talks to find lasting solution to end conflict

26 June 2016 – In Kuwait today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern over the situation in Yemen, urging the delegations involved in the UN-supported Yemeni peace talks to prevent a further deterioration of the situation and arrive at a comprehensive agreement ending the conflict.


On Day Against Drug Abuse, Ban calls for 'effective, compassionate' global response

26 June 2016 – Marking the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, United Nations Secretary-General today called for “a global response that is simultaneously effective, compassionate and humane,” to the challenges posed by the world drug problem.


On International Day, UN chief urges end to 'dehumanizing' practice for victims of torture

26 June 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has today expressed support for and solidarity with the victims of torture and their families throughout the world, and underscored that torture must never be used under any circumstances, including during conflict or when national security is under threat.


South Sudan: Ban concerned over escalation of violence

25 June 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he is deeply concerned about the current escalation of violence between the Sudan's People Liberation Army (SPLA) and armed groups, in Wau town and surrounding areas, in South Sudan.


In Paris, Ban calls for 'humane solution' for refugees and migrants

25 June 2016 – In Paris today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the countries of Europe as well as the international community at large to work towards a compassionate and humane solution to the problem of refugees and migrants, emphasizing that he counts on the European Union and Britain to continue as strong partners of the UN on development and humanitarian issues.


On World Day, Ban spotlights role of seafarers in meeting sustainable agenda targets

25 June 2016 – Marking the Day of the Seafarer, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the role of the shipping industry in moving forward the international agenda on sustainable development and climate change.


Libya: Senior UN humanitarian official strongly condemns attacks on medical facilities

24 June 2016 – The acting United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Libya, Dr. Syed Jaffar Hussain expressed deep concerns at recent attacks in Benghazi that put medical facilities at risk and urged all parties to take all feasible precautions to prevent casualties among patients and medical personnel.


Economic and Social Council President urges closer ties with UN peacebuilding body

24 June 2016 – Closer collaboration between the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the UN Peacebuilding Commission is imperative in order to move forward on commitments in the sustainable development agenda and effectively address the specific challenges and needs of countries emerging from conflict, the President of ECOSOC said today.


UN experts urge Israeli lawmakers to halt proposed legislation targeting civil society groups

24 June 2016 – Three United Nations human rights experts today urged Israeli lawmakers not to approve the bill that would, in effect, target non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are critical of Government policy.


Detention, heavy fines for artistic expression in Iran ‘unacceptable,’ say UN rights experts

24 June 2016 – UN human rights experts on cultural rights and on freedom of expression have expressed concern at the imprisonment and imposition of heavy fines against three artists in the Islamic Republic of Iran earlier this month and have called for their immediate release.