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Ban appoints Senegalese General as UN Force Commander for Central African Republic

11 February 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Lieutenant General Balla Keïta of Senegal as the Force Commander of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).


Ban deplores twin suicide bomb attack on camp for displaced persons in northeast Nigeria

11 February 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the recent double suicide attack carried out by suspected Boko Haram elements in the Dikwa Camp in Borno State in restive northeastern Nigeria.


In Canada, Ban applauds country's commitment to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees

11 February 2016 – During his fifth visit to Canada as United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon today applauded the country's commitment to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees, stressing that they “deserve opportunity, human rights protection and peace.”


'They are our strongest allies,' UN political chief says, urging efforts to engage terrorism victims

11 February 2016 – At a Headquarters conference on the human rights of terrorism victims, the top United Nations political official today urged Member States to engage with victims of terrorism and violent extremism, especially the young and the vulnerable, to build on previous commitments and ensure that their human rights are fully respected.


INTERVIEW: UN information technology chief believes all girls should aspire to be ‘geeks’

10 February 2016 – Atefah “Atti” Riazi, the Chief Information Technology Officer of the United Nations, carries the following items in her handbag at all times – a screwdriver set, a Swiss Army knife and an iPhone.


As budget advisory panel turns 70, Ban lauds 'strong collaboration' on reaching UN's goals

10 February 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised the UN's advisory committee on budgetary matters for its help in carrying out the world body's lifesaving work around the world, as the 16-member body marked the 70th anniversary of its establishment.


Ban warns illicit drugs impede sustainable development, calls for every solution to be weighed

10 February 2016 – Illicit drugs promote violence, impede sustainable development, endanger communities and undermine people's health, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today, calling on the global community to weigh every option available to confront the issue.


Ban welcomes proposal for first binding limits on airlines' carbon emissions

09 February 2016 – Welcoming a proposal by the United Nation's International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on the first binding limits on carbon dioxide emissions from the aviation industry, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called today for further strengthening of emissions standards as quickly as possible.


UN officials call for strengthened global partnerships to combat human trafficking

09 February 2016 – While the world clearly has the political will and legal tools to take on human traffickers and their criminal networks, what are needed is more meaningful international cooperation and adequate funding to take effective action, senior United Nations officials said today, warning that the scourge now has victims spread across 152 different citizenships in 124 countries.


World Humanitarian Summit must be 'turning point' in cooperation to tackle crises – UN chief

09 February 2016 – World leaders must come together in 2016 to renew their commitments to humanity and unite to prevent and end crisis and reduce vulnerability, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, telling UN Member States that the World Humanitarian Summit will provide an opportunity for “concrete steps towards ending the suffering experienced by billions of people today.”