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Venezuelan Government and opposition should address challenges through dialogue – Ban

21 May 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continues to follow events in Venezuela and is encouraged by the ongoing initiatives by former Heads of State and Government to promote dialogue between the Government of Venezuela and the opposition, under the auspices of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR).


VIDEO: Afghan cyclists bring message of peace to UN Headquarters

20 May 2016 – On a round-the-world trip to promote peace that included cycling 7,000 miles from Istanbul, an Afghan father and son arrived Friday morning at United Nations Headquarters in New York, the final destination of the first leg of this epic journey.


Ban urges UN system to bolster support for indigenous peoples, as annual forum concludes

20 May 2016 – Much has been achieved to improve the rights of indigenous peoples, but conflicts on their lands and territories, and the lack of inclusion of their voices in peace processes, remain a challenge, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today at the closing of a two-week forum.


On Day of Vesak, UN chief says Buddhism can help enlighten world about pressing issues

20 May 2016 – Observing the Day of Vesak, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted how the teachings of Buddhism can help the international community tackle pressing challenges, including mass population movements, violent conflicts, atrocious human rights abuses and hateful rhetoric aimed at dividing communities.


UN conference spotlights role of tourism in fighting poverty and building peace

20 May 2016 – Tourism plays a crucial role in lifting people out of poverty and building peace, participants from more than 100 countries gathered at a United Nations conference in Beijing, China, this week have said, calling for greater efforts to step up international cooperation in that regard.


Ban appoints Special Envoys to help UN 'sound the alarm' on El Niño and Climate

20 May 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointments today of Mary Robinson of Ireland and Macharia Kamau of Kenya as his Special Envoys on El Niño and Climate.


FEATURE: Family of UN peacekeeper who saved hundreds of lives in Rwanda shares memories of their father, husband

19 May 2016 – On 31 May 1994, as Rwanda was descending into chaos, Captain Mbaye Diagne, a military observer at the United Nations Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMIR), was in the capital, Kigali, driving back to the base when a mortar fell near his vehicle. Just 12 days from finishing up his service, he died instantly.


FEATURE: UN aid chief calls on leaders to ‘make commitments for the future’ at World Humanitarian Summit

19 May 2016 – Commitments to strengthening the humanitarian system so that preparedness and resilience are taken more seriously, with local response at the heart of the efforts, are the focus of next week’s World Humanitarian Summit according to the United Nations aid chief.


FEATURE: UN uses virtual reality to inspire humanitarian empathy

19 May 2016 – It is one thing to say that you understand someone's pain and worries, but quite another to experience them. From living in a refugee tent to facing the Ebola epidemic, the United Nations is using virtual reality to create awareness of humanitarian crises around the world in hopes of changing how a person acts towards others.


Mali: Ban condemns attack on UN convoy that killed five peacekeepers

19 May 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned yesterday's deadly attack that killed five peacekeepers and injured three others of the UN mission in Mali, his spokesman said in a statement.