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FEATURE: ‘Respect Rules of War’– leaders urged to recommit to protecting civilians at UN World Humanitarian Summit

17 May 2016 – As the United Nations reports that the world is witnessing an erosion of international humanitarian law, what can be done to ensure that States are committed to upholding the rules that protect humanity?


Partnerships, fresh policy ideas needed to ensure ‘no one is left behind,’ UN Asia-Pacific forum told

17 May 2016 – Strong political commitment, action and well-functioning coordination mechanisms, fully supported by the countries of Asia and the Pacific, will be critical to ensure that “no one is left behind,” were spotlighted at the opening of the2016 session of the main United Nations policy forum in the region.


On World Telecommunication Day, UN hails role of IT in sustainable development

17 May 2016 – The global sustainable development agenda recognizes the great potential of information and communication technology to accelerate human progress, bridge the digital divide and advance knowledge, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, marking World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.


FEATURE: In Ukraine, a ‘Living Library’ helps ease tensions between displaced persons and hosts

16 May 2016 – Experiencing the story of a person displaced in Ukraine – the suffering, joys, feelings of alienation and social exclusion, but also the sense of belonging – is possible for communities hosting the displaced persons due to a United Nations project that has turned testimonies into “books” in a so-called Living Library.


Ban and African Union Commission welcome partial re-run of elections in Comoros

15 May 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the African Union Commission today welcomed the peaceful conduct of the partial re-run for the elections of President of Comoros and Governor of Anjouan.


Marking 'Day of Families,' Ban urges support during 'heavy toll' of crisis situations

15 May 2016 – The rise of violent extremism, the effects of forced displacement, extreme weather events and other challenges are taking a heavy toll on the health and integrity of families in crisis situations, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, marking the International Day of Families with a call for Governments to support the crucial role of families in all their diverse forms.


Security Council 'deeply disappointed' over failed election deadlines in Haiti

14 May 2016 – The United Nations Security Council has expressed its deep disappointment that Haitian actors failed to meet the election and inauguration deadlines agreed upon in the February political accord, calling on all actors to ensure the prompt return to constitutional order.


Wrapping up official visit to Portugal, Ban receives ‘Order of Liberty’ medal

13 May 2016 – On the final day of his visit to Portugal, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today received a medal in honour of his distinguished services to the cause of democracy and freedom.


‘Paramount importance’ for Lebanon to elect a president – UN envoy

13 May 2016 – A United Nations envoy for Lebanon reported to the Security Council today on how the current political paralysis, including the two-year presidential vacuum, is negatively impacting the country’s ability to make vital decisions.


In Portugal, Ban urges end of ‘horrible’ war in Syria in meeting with Syrian students

12 May 2016 – As part of his visit to Lisbon, Portugal, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today met with a group of Syrian students, commending them for their strength and resilience and stressing that the only sustainable solution to the education crisis in Syria is ending the “horrible” war.