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First-ever UN Nelson Mandela Prize winners honoured by General Assembly

24 July 2015 – The United Nations General Assembly today marked Nelson Mandela International Day – which is observed on 18 July – by awarding the first-ever UN Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize, recognizing the South African leader’s contributions to democracy, justice and reconciliation and his dedication to the service of humanity.

Ban condemns deadly twin suicide bombings in northern Cameroon

24 July 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the twin suicide bombings that targeted the city of Maroua, the capital of Cameroon’s Extreme North province, on 22 July.

In Damascus, UN special envoy meets senior Syrian officials on political solution to crisis

23 July 2015 – Wrapping up his tour of the region, the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura visited Damascus today, where he met with senior Government officials on ways to maintain momentum towards a political solution to the crisis in the country, which is entering its fifth year.

Burundi: after ‘broadly peaceful’ polls Ban urges parties to resume inclusive political dialogue

23 July 2015 – Taking note of the “broadly peaceful” conduct of polling in the Burundian presidential elections on 21 July, the top United Nations official today called on all parties to continue to remain calm and immediately resume an inclusive political dialogue.

Middle East: Arthur David Gawn of New Zealand appointed Head of Truce Supervision Organisation

21 July 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Major General Arthur David Gawn, of New Zealand, as Head of Mission and Chief of Staff of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO).

Ban urges parties in Burundi to refrain from violence during elections

21 July 2015 – In a “worrisome context,” and following the decision of the government of Burundi to hold the presidential election on 21 July, the United Nations chief called yesterday on the authorities to do all in their power to ensure security and a peaceful atmosphere during the polls.

Ban condemns deadly terrorist attack in Turkey

20 July 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the deadly terrorist attack that took place in the Turkish town of Suruc, which has reportedly claimed the lives of at least 28 people and injured more than a hundred.

Security Council adopts resolution endorsing Iran nuclear deal

20 July 2015 – The United Nations Security Council today unanimously adopted a resolution establishing a monitoring system for Iran’s nuclear programme and considering the “eventual removal” of all nuclear-related sanctions against the country.