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FEATURE: UN poster contest paints picture of hope for a nuclear-free world

10 May 2016 – The winning artists in an international competition to commemorate the very first United Nations General Assembly resolution, which established the goal of eliminating nuclear weapons and all weapons of mass destruction, are advocating for a world free of nuclear weapons. The first and last time these weapons were used was decades before the artists were born


UN must 'champion change' to become more relevant and better able to tackle today's challenges

10 May 2016 – To respond to both current and future threats to world peace and security, the United Nations must become more relevant, credible, legitimate and capable, by taking concrete steps that include finding political solutions to sustain peace, fostering partnerships for building prosperous and stable societies, and tackling terrorism and preventing violent extremism, the President of the UN General Assembly said today.


Warning skies may 'fall silent,' UN calls for end to illegal poaching and trade of migratory birds

10 May 2016 – Millions of migratory birds are being lost each year as a result of illegal killing, taking and trade, United Nations officials warned on World Migratory Bird Day, calling for concerted action to end the threats to migratory birds and urging everyone to step outside and “listen to the birds chirping,” to appreciate how important they are to our planet.


Ban condemns deadly terrorist attack against police officers in Egypt

09 May 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the deadly terrorist attack in Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday, which reportedly killed eight police officers, his spokesperson said.


Syria: UN adviser on preventing genocide expresses outrage at ongoing civilian attacks

09 May 2016 – The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, expressed his outrage today at the ongoing “indiscriminate and seemingly calculated” attacks against civilians and civilian objects in Syria.


'Risks of inaction are considerable', says Ban, urging new compact on refugees and migrants

09 May 2016 – Despite bold efforts, responses to the large movements of refugees and migrants – which will continue or possibly increase due to such issues as conflict, poverty and disasters – have been largely inadequate, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in a new report, calling for the adoption of a global compact on responsibility-sharing that collectively ensures the human rights, safety and dignity of all refugees and migrants.


UN forum on indigenous issues opens 2016 session with focus on conflict, peace and resolution

09 May 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the launch of a plan to realize the full rights of indigenous peoples who are increasingly being drawn into conflicts over their lands and resources.


In Mauritius, Ban urges focus on small States in realizing development targets

09 May 2016 – Small island developing States magnify the issues of sustainable development due to their unique vulnerabilities, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling for extra attention to be paid to the experiences and needs of nations such as Mauritius as leaders continue to work on implementing development targets.


In Seychelles, Ban calls for global action on climate change and easing humanitarian suffering

08 May 2016 – Small States like Seychelles have served as a “magnifying lens” for many issues that all nations must face, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the National Assembly today, calling for the archipelago's continued support as the UN tackles three critical challenges: climate change, global sustainability and easing humanitarian suffering.


'Small islands have big ideas,' Ban tells Seychelles, citing leadership on environment, climate action

07 May 2016 – The problems facing our planet – climate change, poverty and insecurity – will only be solved through a global, multilateral response, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he began an official visit to the Seychelles, a small island nation with “big ideas,” having shown leadership on climate action, environmental protection and the fight against maritime crime.