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UN chief welcomes municipal elections in Lebanon

24 May 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the holding of municipal elections in Lebanon, which are expected to conclude on 29 May, urging all Lebanese leaders to act responsibly to elect the country’s President, a post vacant for two years, without a further delay, his spokesperson said today in a statement.


WHS: Humanitarian summit has ‘set new course,’ says Ban, calling for action on commitments

24 May 2016 – Hailing the global community’s achievements at the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for commitments made to be taken forward for transformative change from the top down and from the ground up.


WHS: New charter for persons with disabilities endorsed at UN humanitarian summit

24 May 2016 – A new charter to significantly improve living conditions of persons with disabilities during emergencies has been endorsed at the United Nations World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey.


WHS: ‘We need to solve humanitarian crises together,’ says UNESCO envoy Forest Whitaker

23 May 2016 – On the opening day of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, the Special Envoy of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Forest Whitaker, called on individuals, governments and international organizations to act collectively to improve humanitarian action and invest more in development aid.


Yemen: UN-mediated peace talks continue following trilateral meeting with Ban in Qatar

23 May 2016 – The delegation of the Government of Yemen returned to the negotiating table in Kuwait in the latest round of peace talks today, with the United Nations envoy for the conflict-torn country holding a plenary this morning with both delegations, a UN spokesperson said.


Ban condemns terrorist attacks killing dozens of civilians in two coastal Syrian cities

23 May 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the terrorist attacks today that claimed the lives of dozens of civilians in the Syrian coastal cities of Jableh and Tartous.


On International Day, UN urges end of obstetric fistula ‘within a generation’

23 May 2016 – Obstetric fistula is a preventable and treatable condition causing added suffering and isolation to at least two million poor and marginalized women and girls worldwide, the United Nations spotlighted on the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula.


WHS: UN humanitarian summit to 'shape a different future,' Ban tells thousands at opening ceremony

23 May 2016 – At the opening of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon joined the President of Turkey, relief activists and international celebrities to urge the global community to shape a different future for the world.


WHS: At screening of new Sean Penn film, Ban says movie industry can spotlight humanitarian work

22 May 2016 – Spotlighting a new film by director Sean Penn, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underlined the importance of the entertainment industry to help raise awareness about the state of humanitarian affairs worldwide.


WHS: World Humanitarian Summit will be 'wake-up call' for action and 'launch pad' for new initiatives

22 May 2016 – Just hours away from the opening of the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), United Nations senior officials today highlighted that the global event is to serve as a wake-up call for action in the service of common humanity, providing a launch pad for new initiatives.