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2015 pivotal for finalizing universal climate change agreement, Ban tells Member States

23 February 2015 – This year is pivotal for global action on climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in New York, emphasising that all the major advances of 2014 have set the stage for success in 2015.


Following election delay, Ban calls on Nigerian government to uphold new date for polls

20 February 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly urged the Government of Nigeria to ensure that the new dates set for the country’s general elections are maintained following the vote’s recent postponement, according to the United Nations spokesperson’s office.


UN condemns 'cruel and despicable' Al-Shabaab attack on Mogadishu hotel

20 February 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Security Council have joined the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) in strongly condemning today's deadly terrorist attack on the Central Hotel in Mogadishu, which was claimed by Al-Shabaab.


Libya: UN condemns latest ‘cowardly’ terror attack, urges political unity

20 February 2015 – The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has strongly deplored a string of suicide car bombings that struck the eastern city of Al-Qubbah in the latest terror attack to afflict the war-torn country.


In call with senior Ukrainian official, Ban expresses hope that ceasefire takes hold

20 February 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today spoke by telephone with Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, Pavlo Klimkin, voicing his concern at the “still dangerous” situation on the ground and expressing hope that the ceasefire agreed to on 12 February in Minsk firmly takes hold across the region.


On Social Justice Day, UN spotlights human trafficking, modern slavery

20 February 2015 – The United Nations Secretary-General said today that the World Day for Social Justice comes at a pivotal moment for people and the planet, adding that this year's commemoration focuses on the scourge of human trafficking and the plight of approximately 21 million women, men and children in various forms of modern slavery.


Ebola: UN envoy likens final phase of response to ‘looking for needles in haystacks’

18 February 2015 – The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Ebola, Dr. David Nabarro, told the United Nations General Assembly today that the final phase of “getting to zero” cases may well be the hardest, saying the hunt to track down the virus is “like looking for needles in haystacks.”


New UN initiative to boost access to science, technology for world’s least developed countries

18 February 2015 – The world’s poorest nations are one step closer to gaining access to critical science, technology and innovation (STI) that is vital to their sustainable development, poverty eradication, and changing the lives of millions of people who live in some of the poorest segments of the global community, the United Nations has announced.


In Lebanon, UN official urges ‘calm, restraint’ along Blue Line

17 February 2015 – All parties straddling the demarcation line between Israel and Lebanon must work to maintain the region’s delicate peace, the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Sigrid Kaag, said today as she made her first official visit to south Lebanon since assuming her current role.


Ebola: UN development chief begins last leg of West Africa mission

17 February 2015 – The top United Nations development official today began the last leg of her Ebola-recovery focused visit to West Africa a day after she witnessed the reopening of schools in Liberia and urged the international community to support “recovery from this terrible crisis” beyond the emergency phase.