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UN chief calls on Iran, Saudi Arabia to avoid further exacerbating tensions after executions

04 January 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has phoned the Foreign Ministers of Saudi Arabia and Iran to urge both countries to avoid actions that could further exacerbate tensions after the recent Saudi executions, the attack on the Saudi embassy in Iran, and the rupture in diplomatic ties.


UN officials 'deeply dismayed' by Saudi executions, urge commuting all death sentences

03 January 2016 – Top United Nations officials have expressed deep dismay and regret over yesterday's executions by Saudi Arabia of 47 people, including the cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, and called on the country's authorities to commute all death sentences.


Burundi: UN chief calls on all sides to avert crisis by engaging in inclusive political dialogue

31 December 2015 – Hailing the resumption of talks between the Burundian parties in Entebbe, Uganda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged all sides to engage in constructive dialogue as renewed violence prompts fears of a relapse into the decades of civil war that killed tens of thousands of people.


Sustainable Development Goals to kick in with start of new year

30 December 2015 – As 2015 comes to an end, and with it the 15-year cycle of the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the United Nations officially will usher in – on 1 January 2016 – an even more ambitious set of goals to banish a whole host of social ills by 2030.


Burkina Faso’s new government a significant achievement for whole Sahel region, says UN chief

30 December 2015 – The inauguration of Burkina Faso’s new president marks a significant development for the whole sub-Saharan Sahel region on the path away from tension and disputed elections, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said, also commending the opposition for their prompt acceptance of the election results.


UN peacekeepers help provide security as Central African Republic holds elections

30 December 2015 – United Nations peacekeepers were out in force at polling stations throughout the Central African Republic (CAR) today as the country voted in presidential and legislative elections, a major step on the path to stability after two years of conflict between Muslims and Christians.