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World must ‘act with collective humanity’ to address growing humanitarian needs – Ban

30 September 2015 – As preparations continue for next year’s World Humanitarian Summit, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need for all actors to work together to address the growing needs around the globe which are due to a number of factors but mainly driven by armed conflict.

At event on abolishing death penalty, Ban stresses need to respect rights of victims’ families

29 September 2015 – As momentum continues to build towards abolishing the death penalty, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need to ensure that the rights of victims and their families are respected as part of efforts to ensure a life of dignity for all.

UNICEF advocate Orlando Bloom urges protection of refugee and migrant children

29 September 2015 – Actor and Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Orlando Bloom called for greater protection for tens of thousands of refugee and migrant children on the move in Europe.

Breakthrough needed to ensure nuclear-test-ban treaty enters into force – UN chief

29 September 2015 – Lamenting the fact that nearly two decades after its negotiation the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) has still not entered into force, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged world leaders gathered at the United Nations to demonstrate the necessary political will to usher in a nuclear-weapon-free world.

Growing threat of violent extremism demands unified response, UN chief tells summit

29 September 2015 – Addressing the growing threat posed by violent extremist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as Da’esh, goes to the heart of the mission of the United Nations and requires a unified response, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today at a high-level event held in New York.

UN stresses need for access to thousands affected by Central African Republic violence

29 September 2015 – United Nations officials continued to voice their concern today over the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) – where more than 30 people have been killed, over 100 have been wounded and thousands are seeking shelter amid the recent upsurge in violence – and stressed the need for free movement for aid workers to reach those in need.

With South Sudan at crossroads, Ban urges parties to reaffirm commitment to peace

29 September 2015 – Citing a new window of opportunity for peace in South Sudan, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all parties to demonstrate a genuine commitment to the peace agreement signed last month, including by immediately halting military operations and forming the Transitional Government of National Unity.

Renewed attacks in Central African Republic prompt UN call for end to violence

28 September 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Security Council today called for an immediate end to the sudden eruption of violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) which has led to more than 30 deaths and left over 100 wounded.

Yemen: Ban condemns airstrikes that reportedly struck wedding party and killed over 100

28 September 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the airstrikes that reportedly struck a wedding party in Wahijah village, outside of the Red Sea port city of Mokha in Yemen, killing as many as 135 people.

Ban calls on all actors in Burkina Faso to act responsibly, exercise restraint

28 September 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urgently called on all national stakeholders in Burkina Faso to act responsibly, exercise restraint and work in the best interests of the country.