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This must be 'year of traction' to propel 2030 development Agenda, says UN chief

08 February 2016 – Just as 2015 was a year of “global action” with the adoption of the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, so 2016 must be a year of “global traction” to ensure that 3.1 billion people worldwide are not left behind in the race to end poverty, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.


Haiti: Ban welcomes agreement reached towards 'swift' conclusion of ongoing electoral cycle

07 February 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the agreement reached by Haitian stakeholders, noting that it provides for immediate arrangements to preserve the institutional continuity of the country as well as a roadmap for the swift conclusion of the ongoing electoral cycle.


UN chief calls on DPR Korea to halt 'provocative actions' following missile launch

07 February 2016 – Following a missile launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on the country's Government “to halt its provocative actions and return to compliance with its international obligations.”


Ban honours memory of Holocaust victims at New York synagogue

06 February 2016 – Visiting Park East Synagogue in New York City to honour the memory of the victims of the Holocaust, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on people to work together “to build bridges and end anti-Semitism, bigotry against Muslims, and all other forms of hatred.”


Senior UN officials urge elimination of ‘violent practice’ of female genital mutilation by 2030

05 February 2016 – The most senior United Nations officials are urging the world to eliminate female genital mutilation (FGM) by 2030, calling it a “violent practice” that scars girls for life, endangering their health, depriving them of their rights, and denying them the chance to reach their full potential.


Somalia: UN political chief visits top leaders in show of support for electoral process

04 February 2016 – A senior United Nations official has held talks with Somali leaders in Mogadishu, the capital, in a show of support for last month's “breakthrough” political achievement in selecting an electoral model to be used later this year in efforts to lead the Horn of Africa country out of decades of factional war.


Record $10 billion pledged in humanitarian aid for Syria at UN co-hosted conference in London

04 February 2016 – Heads of State and Government met in London today at an international conference on Syria, with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon laying out three main objectives: raising $7 billion in immediate humanitarian aid, mustering long-term support, and protecting civilians.


With focus on cervical cancer, Ban says where people live should not determine chances of survival

04 February 2016 – Marking World Cancer Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that where a person lives should not determine if they develop a cancer or die from it, as he called to eliminate cervical cancer as a public health issue while also reducing the burden that millions face from all cancers.


UN emergency fund allocates $8 million to assist vulnerable women and children in DPR Korea

03 February 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has released eight million dollars from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for severely underfunded aid operations in the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK), to enable life-saving assistance for more than 2.2 million people most vulnerable and at risk of malnutrition.


Citing 'new agenda for humanity,' UN deputy chief urges bold action on humanitarian funding

03 February 2016 – Maintaining the United Nations momentum towards the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit – set for 23 and 24 May in Istanbul, Turkey – Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson today urged bold action to alleviate the suffering of 125 million people who depend on the international community to survive.