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On International Day, UN chief urges concrete support for victims of torture

26 June 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has renewed his call for Member States to repudiate the use of torture amid the international community’s ongoing fight against terrorism and provide victims of the inhumane practice with support critical in helping them rebuild their lives.


On UN Charter Day, Ban calls for 'deeper cooperation' amid growing global challenges

26 June 2015 – On June 26th, 1945, the United Nations was born from the ashes and rubble of the Second World War as delegates from fifty nations came together to sign the UN Charter – the Organization's founding document and the bedrock of global peace and development.


Ban appeals to Burundian authorities to consider postponing elections

26 June 2015 – Closely following political and security developments in Burundi, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged the country’s authorities to consider the postponing of the elections scheduled for July 15.


Security Council welcomes ‘extraordinary’ efforts by UN to convene Yemen consultations

25 June 2015 – The Security Council today recognized and welcomed the extraordinary efforts of the United Nations to convene the UN-brokered political consultations on Yemen, strongly encouraging the parties to consider the UN Special Envoy’s proposals to advance the process.


‘Business can be a global force for good,’ Bans says as General Assembly honours UN Global Compact

25 June 2015 – The business community and the private sector can make a difference as United Nations Member States are in the process of formulating a new sustainability agenda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said at the General Assembly, which was meeting to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the UN Global Compact.


Massive damage to Nepal's healthcare services has put millions of quake survivors at risk, UN warns

25 June 2015 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today warned the health of the people who survived Nepal's twin earthquakes could be at risk if regular services are not urgently rebuilt and restored in a country where 80 per cent of health facilities in the 14 most affected districts are damaged.


Celebrating vital role of seafarers, UN officials encourage young people to consider life of 'real adventure'

25 June 2015 – On the Day of the Seafarer, the United Nations is issuing a strong call to young people to consider seafaring as a career, including with the UN maritime agency, which could offer them a chance to experience “real adventure” in a workplace that might be a hundred thousand-ton oil tanker or a cargo ship navigating the world's oceans with beautiful landscapes and also a stimulating job in a truly hi-tech environment.


Ban hails creation of International Day against Sexual Violence in Conflict

23 June 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the United Nations General Assembly’s decision to establish 19 June as the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, a spokesperson for the Organization announced today.


On International Day, UN reminds world of invisible plight of millions of widows and their children

23 June 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging the world on the fifth International Widows’ Day “to assert the rights of those whose bereavement is followed by exclusion, abuse or the loss of homes, livelihoods and social standing.”


Europe must uphold values of human rights, democracy, UN chief says in Strasbourg visit

23 June 2015 – As global challenges proliferate from Yemen to South Sudan and beyond, the United Nations and Europe must unite in the fight to defend democracy and international solidarity, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today in a sweeping address that touched on issues ranging from the rise of violent extremism to the threat of climate change.