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At Security Council, UN envoy says Yemen on 'rapid downward spiral' as tensions rise

22 March 2015 – Yemen stands on the brink of civil war amid deepening political tensions and an uptick in sectarian violence, United Nations Special Adviser Jamal Benomar warned today as he explained that only through dialogue could the country achieve a peaceful political transition.


World Water Day 2015: UN calls for global unity in pursuit of better water access for all

22 March 2015 – As the perils of climate change increasingly threaten the planet, the international community must unite in “a spirit of urgent cooperation” to address the many water-related challenges facing humanity, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today.


UN chief welcomes key meeting between foreign ministers of China, Japan, Republic of Korea

21 March 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the opening of the seventh Trilateral Foreign Ministers' Meeting which brings together the foreign ministers of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea to discuss key regional issues, the United Nations spokesperson said today.


UN's Ban welcomes Tonga ratification of key gender equality convention

21 March 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended the Government of Tonga for its decision to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, otherwise known as CEDAW.


Ban, on World Down Syndrome Day, applauds all who champion rights of disabled

21 March 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged everyone to “make every effort” to ensure that the new sustainable development goals address equality and help build a life of dignity for all, including people with Down syndrome and other persons with disabilities.


Syria: UN chief deplores deadly attacks on Nowruz celebrations

21 March 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned a series of targeted attacks against Nowruz celebrations in Syria which left scores of people dead and wounded, the United Nations spokesperson's office has announced.


On International Day, UN says learning lessons of intolerance critical to eliminating racism

21 March 2015 – Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the United Nations today urged Member States to boost efforts towards ending discrimination around the world and ratify a critical international convention aimed at abolishing racism in all its forms.


In turbulent times, Nowruz carries forward message of peace, harmony: UN

21 March 2015 – Nowruz takes place this year as the United Nations works to shape a new vision for a sustainable future and adopt a meaningful universal climate agreement, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, calling the ancient celebration of spring “a moment of unity and solidarity, within and among societies, that is all the more important at times of strife and division.”


‘We have to move from climate change to climate action,’ Pharrell Williams says at UN event

20 March 2015 – Singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams and environmental advocates Philippe Cousteau and Sylvia Earle joined local students at an event held at United Nations Headquarters today to celebrate the International Day of Happiness and highlight the importance of tackling climate change.


UN officials stress investment, smart policies for sustainable future of world’s forests

20 March 2015 – The sustainable management and conservation of forests must be included in the sustainable development goals and climate change agreement to be adopted later this year, United Nations officials stressed ahead of the International Day of Forests, observed worldwide on 21 March.