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Gabon: UN envoy continues meeting with political leaders, calls for use of legal channels to settle electoral disputes

08 September 2016 – A United Nations envoy continued today his consultations with Gabon’s political parties and diplomatic community as part of efforts to ease tensions which have arisen since the announcement of results of the country’s presidential election held on 27 August.


Top UN officials highlight how Paralympic Games show that ability, not disability, defines a person’s accomplishments

08 September 2016 – Welcoming the start of the 2016 summer Paralympic Games, which got underway in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro yesterday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that the Games not only showcase the extraordinary abilities of athletes living with a disability, they also promote the rights of all persons with disabilities.


Colombia: UN official welcomes start of reintegration of children from FARC-EP on Saturday

08 September 2016 – A senior United Nations official today welcomed the announcement by the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) that they will begin the separation and reintegration of all children under the age of 18 associated with the FARC-EP on Saturday.


At East Asia Summit, Ban expresses concern over tensions on Korean Peninsula and in South China Sea

08 September 2016 – Wrapping up an 11-day trip to Asia, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed the region’s economic growth and progress on development, but expressed concerns about some challenges facing the countries there, including the tensions on the Korean Peninsula and in the South China Sea.


UN Secretary-General pays tribute to veteran official and gender pioneer Margaret Anstee

08 September 2016 – The United Nations chief today paid tribute to Margaret Anstee, a long-serving official who was the first woman to be appointed to the highest ranks of the world body, and who passed away recently.


Nigerien peacekeeper presented with inaugural UN Military Gender Advocate Award for her work in Mali

07 September 2016 – A former United Nations peacekeeper from Niger has been presented with the inaugural UN Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award for her work in integrating gender perspectives into peacekeeping activities while serving in Mali.


Reject bigotry, build bridges across communities – UN chief to high-level forum on anti-Semitism

07 September 2016 – Describing religious intolerance as one of the greatest global threats, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the world to join together for peaceful coexistence and a life of dignity for all.


At ASEAN-UN Summit, Ban highlights complementarity between world and regional bodies on sustainable development

07 September 2016 – Speaking at a gathering of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United Nations today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the focus of cooperation between the two organizations on a range of sectors, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and gender equality and women’s empowerment.


State Parties to UN-backed treaty agree to aim for clearance of cluster bombs by 2030

07 September 2016 – An annual meeting of State Parties to the United Nations-backed pact banning cluster bombs ended today in Geneva, with an agreement on a target to complete by 2030 clearance of these explosive remnants of war that kill large numbers of civilians.


On eve of Literacy Day, UN Secretary-General highlights literacy's role in 2030 Agenda

07 September 2016 – On the eve of International Literacy Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on governments and their partners, including in the private sector, to join forces for universal literacy and build peaceful, just, inclusive and sustainable societies – a vision set out in the new global development agenda.