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As Colombians bid farewell to ‘decades of flames,’ Ban pledges UN support to historic peace deal

26 September 2016 – Colombians are “bidding farewell to decades of flames and sending up a bright flare of hope that illuminates the world,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in Cartagena, welcoming the signing by the Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People's Army (FARC-EP) of a peace deal ending more than 50 years of conflict.


Palau has already made the choice for a better future, Permanent Representative tells UN debate

26 September 2016 – Addressing the General Assembly, Palau’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations underlined today the urgency of addressing challenges such as threats from climate change, global conflict, issues of migrants and refugees, violent extremism, antimicrobial resistance and nuclear weapons.


On International Day, UN renews call for global elimination of nuclear weapons

26 September 2016 – The world faces growing nuclear dangers and tensions, yet progress in multilateral nuclear disarmament has come to a “standstill,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today, reiterating a call for complete global nuclear disarmament as the international community marks the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.


As Gabon high court upholds results in presidential poll, Ban says UN will support democratic process

25 September 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has taken note of the ruling of the Constitutional Court of Gabon on the appeals lodged against the preliminary results of the 27 August 2016 presidential poll, as well as its confirmation of Ali Bongo Ondimba as President-elect, according to a statement issued by a UN spokesperson today, which adds that the Organization will continue to support the democratic process in the West African country.


UN chief commends Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders on 'remarkable progress'

25 September 2016 – Following a “productive” meeting today with Mustafa Akýncý, Turkish Cypriot leader, and Nicos Anastasiades, Greek Cypriot leader, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed their joint commitment to intensify efforts even further, in line with their stated desire to achieve a comprehensive settlement in 2016.


Ban laments 'dark day' for civilian protection as bombing of Aleppo intensifies

24 September 2016 – Amid reports of raging battles in and around war-torn Aleppo, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called this a “dark day” for the global commitment to protect civilians, and stressed that the use of 'bunker buster' bombs and other indiscriminate weapons in densely populated areas may amount to war crimes.


At UN Assembly, Uzbekistan cites links between 2030 Agenda, climate action

23 September 2016 – Recalling the progress made by Uzbekistan over the past 25 years, its Minister for Foreign Affairs said today that the country will remain firmly committed to the fundamental principles of the United Nations Charter, as well as the country’s national constitution.


Citing vulnerability of small islands, Pacific leaders urge early entry into force of Paris climate accord

23 September 2016 – Addressing the annual debate of world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly, leaders from Pacific Small Island Developing States underlined today the urgency of strong and committed action on the global pledges made for the planet and its people.


Senior UN officials seek accountability for human trafficking crimes in forced migration

23 September 2016 – Senior United Nations officials today called for those responsible for human rights violations and crimes associated with human trafficking and forced migration to be held accountable, noting that some of the crimes committed in this respect may amount to atrocity crimes.


UN unveils data partnership with Twitter in support of Global Goals

23 September 2016 – The United Nations Global Pulse initiative today announced a partnership with Twitter that will provide the UN with access to the platform's data tools to support efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by world leaders last year.