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‘Still time to step back from brink,’ says Ban, returning from Israel, Palestine and Jordan

23 October 2015 – Upon his return from an emergency visit to the crisis-torn Middle East where he reported having “long and detailed” discussions with Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian leaders, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said “there is still time to step back from the brink,” despite anger and polarization in the region.

United Nations remains 'beacon for all humanity,' says Ban ahead of 70th anniversary

23 October 2015 – Marking the 70th anniversary of the Organization ahead of UN Day on 24 October, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said there is only one flag that belongs to everyone – the blue flag of the United Nations.

Ban condemns terrorist attacks in Pakistan on religious holiday

23 October 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned today's bombing of a procession of worshippers marking the Shia religious holiday of Ashura in Jacobabad, and the recent terrorist attacks in the Pakistani provinces of Balochistan and Sindh.

Moments and Milestones: Photo exhibit provides snapshot of UN’s 70-year history

22 October 2015 – In the wake of catastrophic war, and following months of intense negotiations, representatives of 51 countries laboured in 1945 to overcome differences and founded an enduring global institution for peace, security and human progress. They called it the United Nations. A new photo exhibit opening at UN Headquarters in November takes a look back at the Organization’s 70-year journey and some of the formative events that shaped its history.

World lights up in UN blue to mark Organization's milestone anniversary

22 October 2015 – From Australia to Azerbaijan, Indonesia to Iraq, Saudi Arabia to South Sudan, some 300 sites around the world will be lit in 'UN blue' beginning on Friday as part of the global celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.

Political failures, lack of hope, at root of latest Israeli-Palestinian violence – UN deputy chief

22 October 2015 – The Israel-Palestine conflict has “once again entered a dangerous phase,” United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told the Security Council today, warning that the latest eruption of violence, rising tensions at holy sites in Jerusalem and the alarmingly vitriolic nature of public discourse in the region is rooted in the lack of hope on both sides that peace is possible and the absence of a genuine political horizon.

Ban urges dialogue to ease tensions ahead of constitutional referendum in Republic of Congo

22 October 2015 – Concerned about tensions between opposition parties and the Government of the Republic of the Congo ahead of the referendum on a new draft constitution in the country, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has encouraged all stakeholders to choose the path of dialogue and to peacefully resolve any disputes that might arise.

In Jordan, Ban stresses responsibility of Arab leaders to ensure Middle East ‘crisis doesn’t get out control’

22 October 2015 – Continuing his visit to Middle Eastern countries to help ease current tensions between Israel and Palestine, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met today with King Abdullah II of Jordan in Amman, and stressed the responsibility of Arab leaders “to encourage calm and to ensure that this crisis does not get out of control.”

‘Endless cycle of suffering’ must stop, Ban says in Ramallah, urging end to wave of violence in region

21 October 2015 – On the second day of his visit to Israel and Palestine to ease the current tensions in the region, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for an immediate end to violence, which “will only push back the day…both sides will live in peace and security,” and pledged the support of the United Nations to all efforts to create the conditions to make meaningful negotiations possible.

Ban welcomes Korean family reunions, looks forward to more dialogue, exchanges

21 October 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the holding of reunions of separated families of Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the Republic of Korea (ROK), and stressed that humanitarian measures such as this should be regularized and not subject to political security and considerations.