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UN launches 2016 International Year of Pulses, celebrating benefits of legumes

10 November 2015 – Under the slogan ‘nutritious seeds for a sustainable future,’ the United Nations, led by its Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), today launched the 2016 International Year of Pulses to raise awareness about the protein power and health benefits of all kinds of dried beans and peas, boost their production and trade, and encourage new and smarter uses throughout the food chain.

Ban condemns killing of UN 'blue helmet' in Central African Republic

10 November 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the killing today of a peacekeeper from the United Nations mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) following a confrontation with armed elements in the town of Batangafo, amid ongoing violence in the strife-torn country where elections are set to take place before the end of the year.

Syria: envoy says UN 'ready to support' Vienna talks; build momentum for political solution to conflict

10 November 2015 – Seeking to maintain momentum for renewed diplomacy towards a political settlement of the conflict in Syria, the United Nations Special Envoy on the crisis said today that the UN is ready to support any decision taken at the next round of international talks in Vienna this weekend and that he hopes the discussions yield some deliverables for the long-suffering Syrian people – namely, a lessoning of the violence.

Burundi experiencing 'deep political crisis' with hundreds dead since April, Security Council told

09 November 2015 – Senior United Nations officials today warned the UN Security Council that Burundi is at a critical juncture, experiencing a deep political crisis and rapidly escalating violence with serious implications for the country's stability and ethnic harmony, as bodies are regularly dumped in the streets of the capital, Bujumbura, and thousands of people flee the bloodshed.

Ban appoints ‘veteran UN senior leader’ Benomar as his Special Adviser

09 November 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Jamal Benomar of the United Kingdom as his Special Adviser, at the level of Under-Secretary-General.

DR Congo: Security Council calls for total neutralization of foreign, local armed groups in east

09 November 2015 – The United Nations Security Council today called for the elimination of local and foreign armed groups which have for decades devastated the eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and urged the immediate resumption of joint operations between the UN peacekeeping force’s Intervention Brigade and the national army.

UN chief congratulates people of Myanmar on participating in ‘momentous’ polls

09 November 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the people of Myanmar for “their patience, dignity and enthusiasm” in historic elections and has encouraged all stakeholders “to maintain the dignified spirit, calm and respect throughout the completion of the electoral process.”

Security Council enhances role of UN support office in Somalia

09 November 2015 – The Security Council today approved a successor operation to the six-year-old United Nations Support Office for the African Union Mission to Somalia, known as UNSOA, underlining the role of the new entity to close gaps in UNSOA’s ability to deliver and to “consolidate and prioritize its efforts in line with the [Council’s] strategic objectives in the country.”

Burundi: amid rising violence, top UN officials call for end to killings, start of inclusive national dialogue

06 November 2015 – Alarmed that bodies of dead civilians are turning up on a “regular” basis in the Burundian capital, Bujumbura, and in the wake of the killing of the son of a prominent human rights defender, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein today called for an end to the killings and widespread impunity that has characterized the recent violence.

Ban welcomes decision by Turkey to provide access to burial sites in north of Cyprus

05 November 2015 – Following a confirmation from the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, Mr. Mustafa Akinci, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the decision by Turkey to allow access to the Committee on Missing Persons excavation teams, to 30 suspected burial sites in the military areas in the north of Cyprus.