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Celebrating vital role of seafarers, UN officials encourage young people to consider life of 'real adventure'

25 June 2015 – On the Day of the Seafarer, the United Nations is issuing a strong call to young people to consider seafaring as a career, including with the UN maritime agency, which could offer them a chance to experience “real adventure” in a workplace that might be a hundred thousand-ton oil tanker or a cargo ship navigating the world's oceans with beautiful landscapes and also a stimulating job in a truly hi-tech environment.


Ban hails creation of International Day against Sexual Violence in Conflict

23 June 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the United Nations General Assembly’s decision to establish 19 June as the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, a spokesperson for the Organization announced today.


On International Day, UN reminds world of invisible plight of millions of widows and their children

23 June 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging the world on the fifth International Widows’ Day “to assert the rights of those whose bereavement is followed by exclusion, abuse or the loss of homes, livelihoods and social standing.”


Europe must uphold values of human rights, democracy, UN chief says in Strasbourg visit

23 June 2015 – As global challenges proliferate from Yemen to South Sudan and beyond, the United Nations and Europe must unite in the fight to defend democracy and international solidarity, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today in a sweeping address that touched on issues ranging from the rise of violent extremism to the threat of climate change.


In pivotal year, public servants must rise to the moment – UN chief

23 June 2015 – In a world of enormous social, economic and environmental challenges, public services must be accountable and our public servants fully able to rise to the moment, today said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.


In the face of growing insecurity, Afghanistan still needs support, Security Council told

22 June 2015 – It is absolutely clear that Afghanistan continues to need the support of the international community, as well as the sustained attention of the Security Council, Nicholas Haysom, the head of the UN mission in the country said today, warning the Security Council that there is no room for “complacency.”


In Europe, UN chief praises Luxemburg’s commitment on development issues

22 June 2015 – Currently in Europe, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made an official visit to Luxembourg, where he met with a number of Government officials, including the Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel.


As Burundi elections draw near, Ban sends Special Envoy in support of regional efforts

21 June 2015 – Concerned by the political crisis in Burundi, “which threatens to undo more than a decade of work to consolidate peace and reconciliation in the country”, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the arrival in Bujumbura of his Special Representative and Head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa, Abdoulaye Bathily.


Celebrating first International Day, UN says Yoga can boost public health and promote peaceful relations

21 June 2015 – The first International Day of Yoga is being celebrated around the world today following recognition by the United Nations General Assembly that the holistic benefits of the ancient Indian practice and its inherent compatibility with the principles and values of the UN.