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‘Hidden epidemic’ of HIV hitting adolescents in Asia-Pacific region, UN agencies warn

30 November 2015 – The Asia-Pacific region is facing a ‘hidden epidemic’ of HIV among adolescents, with an estimated 50,000 new infections in 2014 among those aged 15 to 19, United Nations agencies reported today, calling on Governments to develop specifically targeted prevention strategies.

Nepal: millions of children at risk this winter due to severe shortage of essential supplies, UNICEF warns

30 November 2015 – Due to severe shortages of fuel, food, medicines and vaccines, more than three million children under the age of 5 are at risk of death or disease during the harsh winter months in Nepal, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today.

More than a million children need urgent assistance in conflict-torn Central African Republic – UNICEF

30 November 2015 – Nearly three years after the “devastating” conflict began in the Central African Republic (CAR), an estimated 1.2 million children are now in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, said the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

COP21: Ban tells world leaders ‘a political moment like this may not come again’

30 November 2015 – Speaking at the opening of the United Nations climate change conference (COP21) which seeks to reach a new universal agreement to protect people and planet, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said a political moment like this may not come again.

COP21: on eve of UN climate conference, Ban says 'time for action is now'

29 November 2015 – On the eve of the opening in Paris of the United Nations climate change conference, widely known as COP21, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging all countries and all sectors of society to act now to reach a new universal climate agreement.

Burkina Faso: with elections under way, Ban calls on all parties to ensure peaceful polls

29 November 2015 – With presidential and legislative elections under way in Burkina Faso, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all national stakeholders to uphold their commitments throughout the process and urged them to ensure the polls are conducted peacefully.

UN strongly condemns attack on base in northern Mali that kills two 'blue helmets' and a civilian contractor

28 November 2015 – The United Nations has strongly condemned a mortar attack on a UN camp in restive northern Mali earlier today, which left two peacekeepers and a civilian contractor dead, and 20 others injured, with the Security Council calling on the Malian Government to swiftly investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.

In Malta, Ban urges Commonwealth leaders to join UN in 'final push' to wipe out polio

28 November 2015 – A world that may have once seemed unimaginable is within reach – a polio-free world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging leaders gathered in Malta for the Commonwealth Summit to build on the momentum that has been generated in recent years and join the United Nations in making “the final push to wipe out polio forever.”

West Africa cannot recover from Ebola epidemic on its own – senior UN health official

27 November 2015 – Following the flare-up of Ebola in Liberia 77 days after the outbreak was declared over, the region's top coordinator of the United Nations response to the epidemic said the three West African countries most affected by the deadly disease cannot recover from its ravages on their own.

Ban appoints senior UN officials as Chef de Cabinet and Deputy Chef de Cabinet ad interim

27 November 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Edmond Mulet of Guatemala as his Chef de Cabinet, and Patrick Carey of Ireland as his Deputy Chef de Cabinet ad interim.