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Ban appoints new Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan; new leadership at UN Afghan mission

18 March 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Nicholas Haysom of South Africa as his Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan.

UN chief concerned that political will to end racial discrimination ‘is under threat’

18 March 2016 – Fifteen years after a landmark document to combat racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia was adopted in Durban, South Africa, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he is concerned that the political will that existed then is under threat.

INTERVIEW: A fate shaped by injustice – one man’s mission to help the women of DR Congo

18 March 2016 – Dubbed by the press as “the man who mends women,” Dr. Mukwege has gained international recognition for his work and earned many prestigious distinctions, including the United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights in 2008 and the Sakharov prize in 2014. At 59, he has also been shortlisted several times for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Ban says he holds all senior UN officials responsible for addressing sexual exploitation or abuse

18 March 2016 – Speaking with senior United Nations officials who are preparing to be deployed to field missions, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he holds them all responsible for helping to address sexual exploitation or abuse, and for helping to create a 'zero-tolerance' culture.

FEATURE: A conversation with female ambassadors about the UN Security Council

17 March 2016 – While the gender ratio between female and male diplomats at the United Nations is becoming more balanced overall, the number of women ambassadors in the Security Council has fallen from its peak of six women in 2014 to four in 2015 to just one this year. How has this influenced the top collective decision-making body on peace and security, and what, if anything, does this say about the future of UN diplomacy and peacebuilding?

‘Raise your voices’ to create a better world, Ban urges students at New York’s Lehman College

17 March 2016 – Delivering a lecture at Lehman College in New York, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged students to join the global fight against conflicts, poverty, inequality, migration crisis, diseases, and climate change.

Addressing violent extremism ‘urgent human rights priority,’ warns UN chief

17 March 2016 – Top United Nations officials today urged the international community to develop effective, rights-based responses to violent extremism by examining its drivers and shifting away from the “security only” approach to dealing with the scourge.

UN chief condemns double suicide bombing in north-east Nigeria

17 March 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned yesterday’s double suicide attacks in Maiduguri in Nigeria’s restive Borno state by suspected Boko Haram elements, which left 20 people dead and many injured.

UN Women chief, Canadian Prime Minister spotlight need to build global movement for gender equality

16 March 2016 – During a conversation on how to achieve gender equality on the sidelines of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the Prime Minister of Canada and the head of UN Women – the United Nations entity tasked with promoting gender rights – highlighted that the movement needs to involve everyone in society, not just women.

Myanmar: UN chief welcomes election of first civilian President in more than 50 years

16 March 2016 – Following the historic national polls last 8 November, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated Htin Kyaw, who was elected today by the Myanmar Parliament as the first civilian President in more than five decades.