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Ban appoints Malian national as Special Representative for UN Guinea-Bissau office

05 May 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Modibo Touré of Mali as his new Special Representative for Guinea-Bissau and Head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS).


At climate summit in Washington, UN officials call to take action ‘to the next level’

05 May 2016 – Recalling that just two weeks ago, 175 countries came to the United Nations to sign the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said it is time to take climate action to the next level.


UN’s financial situation ‘sound and positive,’ top management official reports, noting concern over reserves

04 May 2016 – The top United Nations management official reported today that the Organization’s financial situation is “sound and positive,” noting, however, that there is “some worry” regarding the areas of regular budget and reserves.


Budget woes ‘costly distraction,’ Ban says, urging reliable funding for UN Palestine refugee agency

04 May 2016 – A consequence of failing to fund the activities of the United Nations agency tasked with ensuring the wellbeing of Palestinian refugees across the Middle East would be an increased risk of extremism, more poverty, and a region even more riven by conflict, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today, urging donors to step up their financial support.


Ban announces intention to appoint seasoned Mexican diplomat to head UN climate framework

03 May 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has started the process of consultation with the Conference of Parties through its Bureau, and has informed of his intention to appoint Patricia Espinosa Cantellano of Mexico as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).


Ban announces intention to appoint experienced Norwegian official to head up UN environment office

03 May 2016 – Following consultations with the chairpersons of the regional groups of Member States, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has informed the General Assembly of his intention to appoint Erik Solheim of Norway as the new Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).


Security Council demands protection for hospitals and health workers in conflict zones

03 May 2016 – With increasing wartime assaults on and patterns of systematic destruction of health facilities in countries affected by conflict, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution today to strengthen protection for health care workers, the sick and wounded, hospitals and clinics, in war zones.


UN envoy ‘cautiously hopeful’ for re-launch of truce in Syria

03 May 2016 – Following discussions in Moscow on the intra-Syria talks, the United Nations envoy facilitating the process has said that he is cautiously hopeful that the cessation of hostilities pact will be re-launched, “perhaps even later today.”


At high-level forum, UN spotlights power of information technology in advancing development

03 May 2016 – Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have the power to help people around the world bridge the digital divide and accelerate innovation as world leaders continue to work towards implementing the United Nations development agenda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined today at the opening of a high-level forum of the ICT for development community.


On World Day, UN highlights link between press freedom and development

03 May 2016 – Top United Nations officials today highlighted the dependency of human rights, democratic societies and sustainable development on the free flow of information and press freedom, stressing that these fundamental rights are vital in providing information to citizens around the world and for progress itself.