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Ban welcomes start of Guinea-Bissau talks as ‘first step’ in region-led effort to end political crisis

11 October 2016 – Welcoming the start of an inclusive dialogue among political leaders, civil society and religious communities of Guinea-Bissau today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon encouraged all the parties to engage in constructive discussions and “seize this opportunity for a favourable outcome” in the interest of the country’s people.”

Hurricane's impact on political process in Haiti reaffirms need to extend peackeeping mission – UN envoy

11 October 2016 – With Haiti facing the dual challenges of addressing the impact of Hurricane Matthew and restarting preparations for the holding of the much-anticipated elections, the United Nations envoy for the Caribbean country today expressed support for the recommended extension of the UN mission there by six months until mid-April 2017.

‘All girls count,’ says UN, calling for reliable data to uncover and tackle inequalities holding them back

11 October 2016 – Girls are the sometimes-hidden change-makers of the present and future, and to make sure their voices are heard, the United Nations is marking the International Day of the Girl Child by calling on governments, civil society groups, and communities to provide more and better gender data to so that in the sustainable development era, no girls are left behind.

On World Mental Health Day, Ban cites need of immediate support for post-crisis psychological distress

10 October 2016 – Marking World Mental Health Day 2016, the United Nations has highlighted the importance of making mental healthcare available to everyone who needs it – with a focus this year on providing immediate support to those in psychological distress after a crisis.

In phone call, UN chief encourages Colombian leaders to stay the course of the peace process

10 October 2016 – Speaking by phone with the leaders of the Colombian peace process, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged both Juan Manuel Santos, the President of Colombia, and Timoleon Jimenez, Commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP), to stay the course for peace in spite of the outcome of the recent referendum.

Opening ‘Africa Week’ at UN, Ban highlights importance of partnerships with and for the continent

10 October 2016 – Noting the socio-economic progress made by African countries and their centrality in major sustainable development discourses, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for continued support to the continent, particularly for strengthening good governance and for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Latest horrific incident in Yemen demands ‘a full inquiry,’ Ban says, urging probe into funeral bombing

10 October 2016 – Outraged by Saturday’s bombing of a funeral in Yemen, top United Nations officials are strengthening their calls for the establishment of an independent body to probe alleged violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws in the war-ravaged country.

UN appeals for $120 million to launch ‘massive response’ in storm-ravaged Haiti

10 October 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the launch of a near $120 million appeal to fund United Nations aid activities in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, where the rising death toll coupled with the start of the rainy season has prompted the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to sound the alarm on the threat of waterborne diseases to children living in the worst-affected areas.

On World Day against Death Penalty, Ban says practice 'has no place in the 21st century'

10 October 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called the death penalty a cruel and inhumane practice – one that 65 countries globally retain for terrorism-related offenses – which is the focus of this year's World Day against the Death Penalty.

Ban announces launch of new partnership platform to support financing for Sustainable Development Goals

10 October 2016 – Announcing the launch today of a new platform for scaling up innovative finance solutions to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the initiative can help in identifying and piloting innovative finance instruments that can drive investment and support well thought-out SDG interventions.