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On World Press Freedom Day, UN says free expression vital for global sustainability

03 May 2015 – Freedom of expression and press freedom are critical to the successful implementation of good governance and human rights around the world, top United Nations officials declared today as they inaugurated the 2015 edition of World Press Freedom Day with a reminder that both freedoms were “essential” for the shaping of a new global sustainable development agenda.


Amid reports of new attack on Yarmouk camp, UN agency urges Syria to halt military operations in civilian areas

02 May 2015 – After a reported overnight attack on Yarmouk refugee camp, the United Nations relief agency assisting Palestinians across the Middle East has called on the Syrian Government to refrain from using explosive weapons in populated areas, “including airborne weapons, whose indiscriminate effects expose civilians to imminent danger and suffering.”


UN event addresses gender equality and safety of journalists ahead of World Press Freedom Day

01 May 2015 – The United Nations today commemorated World Press Freedom Day 2015 with a moment of silence for journalists killed in the line of duty, and drew attention to the need for greater gender equality in the media and the safety of journalists in the digital age, where protection from surveillance will become increasingly important.


UN-backed Expo in Milan spotlights need to ensure healthy, safe and sufficient food for all

01 May 2015 – The world produces more than enough food to “feed every member of the human family,” yet one in nine people still go hungry, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored today in a message for the opening ceremony of a six-month long expo in Milan, Italy, in which the UN is participating to demonstrate that ending hunger in our lifetime is possible.


Ban calls for civilian protection in Yemen, urges ceasefire as fuel shortages hamper relief efforts

30 April 2015 – The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, said today that he is gravely concerned about continued ground fighting and aerial bombardment in Yemen and the impact it has on innocent civilians.


Ban calls for immediate end to hostilities in northern Mali amid surge in violence

29 April 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for an immediate end to hostilities in northern Mali and expressed concern over ceasefire violations that have occurred in the country in recent days at a “critical moment” in the peace process to bring all parties to sign the draft peace agreement.


In Paris, Ban discusses Mediterranean crisis and climate change with President Hollande

29 April 2015 – During his visit to Paris, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday met with French President François Hollande, to discuss, among other issues the crisis in the Mediterranean, climate change and sustainable development.


UN chief expresses ‘deep regret’ about executions of eight people in Indonesia

29 April 2015 – The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon today expressed his deep regret over executions carried out in Indonesia on April 29 despite numerous calls in the country and abroad for a reprieve.


World has learned ‘too little’ from past, says Ban on Day of Remembrance for chemical warfare victims

29 April 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has marked the Day of Remembrance for All Victims of Chemical Warfare with a strong appeal for a new future without such weapons, saying ‘the world has learned too little from the past – at the expense of innocent people whose lives have been destroyed by chemical attacks.”


Ban condemns attack on Yarmouk, as UN agency delivers 'critical' relief to displaced in camp

29 April 2015 – The Secretary-General has today strongly condemned the shelling and aerial bombardment of the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, which occurred despite assurances from the Syrian Government that the camp would not be targeted while civilians remained inside.