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Unprecedented food crisis looms over strife-torn South Sudan, UN agencies warn

08 February 2016 – South Sudan faces unprecedented levels of food insecurity, with 2.8 million people, nearly 25 per cent of the population, in urgent need of aid, at least 40,000 of them on the brink of catastrophe, at a time when the war-torn country is traditionally most food secure, United Nations agencies warned today.


Ban condemns arson attack on West Ban synagogue, urges respect for sanctity of all holy sites

08 February 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the arson attack on 6 February against a synagogue in the West Bank and called for a thorough investigation to quickly bring the perpetrators to justice.


This must be 'year of traction' to propel 2030 development Agenda, says UN chief

08 February 2016 – Just as 2015 was a year of “global action” with the adoption of the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, so 2016 must be a year of “global traction” to ensure that 3.1 billion people worldwide are not left behind in the race to end poverty, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.


In Somalia, food security and malnutrition situation is 'alarming' – UN report

08 February 2016 – According to a new United Nations food security and nutrition assessment, the situation in Somalia is alarming and could get worse, especially in parts of Puntland and Somaliland, which have been hard hit by drought exacerbated by El Niño.


All sides in Syria killing thousands of detainees in crimes against humanity, UN reports

08 February 2016 – Thousands of detainees have been killed while in the custody of the warring parties in Syria over the past four and a half years, with thousands held by the Government beaten to death or dying from torture and anti-Government groups brutalizing and executing prisoners in war crimes and crimes against humanity, a United Nations commission reported today.


Haiti: Ban welcomes agreement reached towards 'swift' conclusion of ongoing electoral cycle

07 February 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the agreement reached by Haitian stakeholders, noting that it provides for immediate arrangements to preserve the institutional continuity of the country as well as a roadmap for the swift conclusion of the ongoing electoral cycle.


Condemning DPR Korea's missile launch, Security Council to pursue 'significant measures' in response

07 February 2016 – Following emergency consultations today, the United Nations Security Council strongly condemned the missile launched by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), and announced that it will “expeditiously” adopt a new resolution in response to “these dangerous and serious violations.”


UN chief calls on DPR Korea to halt 'provocative actions' following missile launch

07 February 2016 – Following a missile launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on the country's Government “to halt its provocative actions and return to compliance with its international obligations.”


Ban honours memory of Holocaust victims at New York synagogue

06 February 2016 – Visiting Park East Synagogue in New York City to honour the memory of the victims of the Holocaust, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on people to work together “to build bridges and end anti-Semitism, bigotry against Muslims, and all other forms of hatred.”


Migration and multilateralism will be hallmarks of 2016, says senior UN official

05 February 2016 – The world is facing a political, economic, moral and social crisis as governments and communities struggle to provide effective solutions for the unprecedented numbers of people fleeing war, instability or persecution, the top United Nations migration official said today, calling for deceive multilateral action to tackle “the global issues lurking behind today’s vast movement of people.”