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UN urges immediate halt to hostilities in Yemen, calls on all sides to abide by commitments

20 January 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Security Council today expressed grave concern about the deteriorating situation in Yemen, calling for an immediate ceasefire and the restoration of full authority to legitimate Government institutions.

‘No room for complacency’ UN says, urging vigilance in Ebola fight as West Africa marks progress

20 January 2015 – One year has passed since Ebola began spreading in West Africa, ravaging villages and local economies, and yet, amid dramatic improvements in the three most affected countries, the United Nations can now report progress in the fight against the deadly virus, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today as he urged the global community to help the region regain its footing following the unprecedented outbreak. Updated: 3.29 p.m.

Security Council condemns escalating Boko Haram attacks, warns of 'crimes against humanity'

19 January 2015 – The United Nations Security Council today condemned in the 'strongest terms' the recent escalation in attacks conducted by Boko Haram, and expressed its deep concern that the activities of the Islamist extremist group, including a spate of shocking suicide bombings across northern Nigeria, are undermining peace and stability in the West and Central African region.

Top UN officials welcome negotiations as Member States discuss new sustainability agenda

19 January 2015 – Senior United Nations officials underlined the importance of the intergovernmental negotiations that got under way at UN Headquarters in New York today aimed at finalizing the post-2015 development agenda, as they addressed the General Assembly this afternoon.

Marking international year, UN chief celebrates role of light in boosting sustainable growth

19 January 2015 – The role light-based technologies play in spurring sustainable development can help the international community tackle the challenges of the 21st century, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today as he unveiled the International Year of Light – the United Nations effort showcasing light’s vital contribution to issues related to energy, education, agriculture and health.

UN must boost links among development, security, human rights, Ban tells Security Council

19 January 2015 – Stressing that the United Nations is built around the three pillars of peace and security, development and human rights, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, today underlined the need to pay attention to their interdependence, during an address to the Security Council.