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UN concerned at ‘troubling’ political developments in Burundi

10 April 2014 – The United Nations today called on the Government of Burundi to address ongoing political violence and restrictions on human rights, saying it is receiving “troubling” information about recent developments in the country.

UN chief teams up with global leaders, celebrities to get all children into school by 2015

10 April 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today joined a prominent roster of global leaders, campaigners and celebrities in Washington, D.C. to help launch a new worldwide campaign that aims to get 57 million children into school.

Security Council establishes UN peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic

10 April 2014 – Deeply concerned about the deteriorating security situation and ongoing human rights abuses in the Central African Republic (CAR), the Security Council today approved the establishment of a nearly 12,000-strong United Nations peacekeeping operation to protect civilians and facilitate humanitarian access in the war-torn country.

Ban saddened at death of UN envoy dealing with Guyana-Venezuela border controversy

10 April 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his deep sadness at the death of Norman Girvan of Jamaica, who had been his Personal Representative on the Border Controversy between Guyana and Venezuela since April 2010.

Ban deplores recent deadly terrorist attacks in Pakistan

09 April 2014 – United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned today the two recent deadly bomb blasts in Pakistan, in the capital Islamabad and in the Baluchistan province.

UN launches decade-long initiative to promote sustainable energy for all

09 April 2014 – The United Nations launched to the business community today the Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (2014-2024), an initiative aimed at promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency worldwide, with a forum to take place annually, starting this coming June.

UN Assembly, Economic and Social Council launch joint talks on development partnerships

09 April 2014 – The United Nations took a major step on the road towards crafting a new, sustainability-focused agenda, as two of the Organization’s main bodies – the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) – brought Member States together to weigh action-oriented solutions for mobilizing new and existing development partnerships.

Challenges facing world population take centre stage at annual UN forum

07 April 2014 – Member States today kicked off a week-long assessment at United Nations Headquarters of action taken over the past 20 years to improve people’s lives and address population issues amid changes in ageing, fertility, mortality, migration and urbanization.

Afghanistan: Ban welcomes polls as important step forward in first democratic transition of power

07 April 2014 – United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the Afghan people for Saturday’s historic presidential and provincial elections, which marked “an important step forward” in the country’s path to democracy.

In Kigali, Ban marks 20th anniversary of Rwandan genocide urging vigilance to prevent future atrocities

07 April 2014 – Commemorating “one of the darkest chapters in human history,” United Nations officials paid tribute this morning to the 800,000 men, women and children – overwhelmingly Tutsi, moderate Hutu and Twa – that were systematically killed 20 years ago in Rwanda, and urged the international community to work together and remain vigilant to prevent such atrocities from ever happening again.