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UN marks International Day with call for harnessing power of sport to build better world

06 April 2014 – The United Nations is calling on global citizens to become part of its team to harness the power of sport to build a better world for all as it marks the first ever International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.


UN chief uses Central African Republic visit to spotlight ongoing crisis, urge end to violence

05 April 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid a visit to the Central African Republic (CAR) on Saturday to focus the world's attention on a crisis that has been marked by widespread atrocities and suffering, and to call on the country's citizens to heed the lessons of neighbouring Rwanda and stop the violence.


Ban applauds Prague’s climate change preparedness

04 April 2014 – During his official visit in the Czech Republic’s capital, United Nations Secretary-General congratulated the city of Prague for its new protection system against floods, which involves mobile barriers to prevent the Vltava River from inundating the streets.


FEATURE: 'The ballot is the best weapon Afghan women have,' says UN

04 April 2014 – When you click on the official website of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) of Afghanistan, the clock is literally ticking down to Saturday, 5 April – the day millions of Afghans will vote in landmark elections whose credibility rests on the full participation of women.


Central African Republic: UN says Chadian soldiers responsible for deadly Bangui attack

04 April 2014 – A preliminary investigation by the United Nations human rights office into the deadly events that took place on 29 March in a suburb of Bangui, the crisis-riven capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), has found that Chadian soldiers killed some 30 civilians and seriously wounded more than 300 in an indiscriminate attack on a crowded market.


In Prague address, Ban highlights ‘crossroads moment’ in shaping better future for all

04 April 2014 – From reducing poverty and hunger to addressing climate change, the world faces big challenges that cannot be tackled alone, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, highlighting the importance of shared global responsibility in an address to students in the Czech Republic.


On International Day, UN hails vital role of women in achieving world free of landmines

04 April 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for greater measures to involve more women at higher levels in mine action, stressing their vital role in advancing the vision of a world free of landmines.


UN chief, in Brussels, urges scaled-up investment in fight against malaria

03 April 2014 – Highlighting the critical importance of keeping investments in health high on the international development agenda, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon encouraged African decision-makers today to fund programmes for the eradication of malaria.


Darfur: Security Council adjusts priorities of African Union-UN peacekeeping force

03 April 2014 – Deeply concerned at the “considerable deterioration” of the security situation in Darfur over the past year, marked by ongoing clashes between the Sudanese Government and rebels, and an upsurge in inter-communal violence, the United Nations Security Council today endorsed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s revised strategic priorities for the joint African Union-UN mission in the long-restive western region of Sudan.


In Brussels, Ban says ‘much heavy lifting’ required by all to curb impacts of climate change

03 April 2014 – From the tropics to the poles, from small islands to large continents, and from the poorest countries to the wealthiest, the ominous signs of climate change are profoundly visible, said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today, calling for transformative collective action to tackle the phenomenon now – on all fronts– before it is too late.