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UN chief submits report related to use of chemical weapons in Syria to the Security Council

24 August 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today submitted a joint UN-Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) report to the Security Council outlining in-depth investigation into, as well as the findings, assessments and conclusions of, nine selected cases related to incidents involving the use of chemicals weapons in Syria.


Ban releases follow-up to report on the death of former UN chief Dag Hammarskjöld

24 August 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today released a follow-up note to the 2015 report of an Independent Panel of Experts that was established to examine and assess new information regarding the death of former UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld.


UN relief wing monitoring situations in Italy and Myanmar after strong earthquakes

24 August 2016 – In the wake of powerful earthquakes today in Italy and Myanmar, the United Nations relief wing is monitoring the situations, and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's spokesperson said the UN and its partners stand ready to support both countries and local actors should any humanitarian support be needed.


UN will support Colombia's 'drive to build a future in peace,' says Ban as historic talks end

24 August 2016 – Congratulating the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People's Army (FARC-EP) on reaching a deal to end more than 50 years of conflict, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today pledged the ongoing support of the United Nations system to the two sides as they muster the “equally determined and exemplary effort” that will be required to implement the agreements.


Ban names retired Dutch general to lead probe into South Sudan violence

23 August 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed Major General (retired) Patrick Cammaert of the Netherlands to lead an independent special investigation into the violence in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, in July 2016, and the response of the UN mission in the country (UNMISS).


DR Congo: UN chief notes holding of preparatory meeting towards national dialogue

23 August 2016 – Noting today’s meeting of the national dialogue preparatory committee in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated a call for an inclusive political dialogue to overcome an impasse in the electoral process.


At Security Council, Ban calls for eradicating weapons of mass destruction ‘once and for all’

23 August 2016 – Recalling that eliminating weapons of mass destruction was one of the founding principles of the United Nations and was in fact the subject of the first resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need to seriously refocus attention on nuclear disarmament.


PODCAST: Preventing the young terrorist of tomorrow – former Taliban supporter says UN has key voice in global debate

23 August 2016 – When he was 19, Mubin Shaikh, believed that “you could change the world overnight, and you could do it through violence.”


UN chief urges all to build on sustainable development effects of 2016 Olympic Games

22 August 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated Brazil, the city of Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian people, the Rio 2016 Local Organizing Committee and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for having successfully concluded the 2016 Olympic Games.


As ICC trial opens, Malian extremist admits guilt to destroying historic sites in Timbuktu

22 August 2016 – An alleged Malian Islamist accused of destroying historical and religious monuments in the fabled city of Timbuktu pleaded guilty in the first-ever international war crimes trial focusing on destruction of cultural heritage, the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced on the opening day of the landmark case, which was welcomed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.