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Ban deplores Israel's advancement of settlement activities in occupied Palestinian territories

15 May 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly deplored the advancement of settlement activities on three occasions over the past three consecutive weeks by the Israeli authorities in the occupied West Bank, including in East Jerusalem, a spokesman for the UN said today.


Ban hails Mali peace agreement as ‘important step’ towards stability

15 May 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the signature of a peace agreement between the Government of Mali and members of the Plateforme coalition of armed groups in a key step towards bringing stability and security back to the beleaguered country.


‘Emergency relief is never enough,’ says Ban, urging UN to help Nepal build back better

15 May 2015 – Over the past three weeks, the lives of eight million Nepalese people has been “changed beyond recognition,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the United Nations General Assembly today, as he called on the international community to rally in support of the country and invest for the long haul so that it can sustain itself as it recovers and rebuilds from a devastating earthquake.


UN chief applauds resumption of ‘full-fledged’ talks on Cyprus

15 May 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the resumption of full-fledged negotiations between Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot Leader Mustafa Akinci, the United Nations spokesperson has confirmed.


Amid ‘extremely tense situation’ in Burundi, UN rights chief warns against reprisals in wake of failed coup

15 May 2015 – The United Nations human rights chief has voiced concern over the developments in Burundi over the past two days following a reportedly failed coup d’état in the country’s capital and urged all armed forces and non-state actors to refrain from actions that may endanger civilians.


On International Day of Families, Ban spotlights need for gender equality, children's rights

15 May 2015 – It is time to change social norms that support male control over women and reinforce discrimination against vulnerable family members, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today on International Day of Families.


Ban kicks off meeting to boost commitment to ‘Every Woman, Every Child’ initiative

14 May 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has gathered senior leaders from around the world for a meeting that began today in New York on ways to step-up commitments to improve the health of women, children and adolescents globally under a United Nations initiative.


Ban urges borders and ports be kept open to thousands stranded at sea in Southeast Asia

14 May 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed alarm that some Southeast Asian countries may be refusing entry to several thousand people believed to be stranded on smugglers’ boats in the Andaman Sea and Straits of Malacca, and urged leaders in the region to keep their borders and ports open.


Burundi: UN chief urges restraint, condemns all attempts to oust elected governments by military force

14 May 2015 – Calling urgently for calm and restraint in Burundi, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned all attempts to oust elected governments by military force and appealed to the country’s political and security leaders to “clearly and openly reject the use of violence, refrain from acts of revenge, and rein in their militants.”


UN ‘Free & Equal’ campaign launches video spotlighting LGBT diversity, fight against homophobia

14 May 2015 – A new United Nations ‘Free & Equal’ campaign video highlighting the diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community is being shown today on the massive screens in New York’s Times Square ahead of International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia.