UN News stories


122 stories found over the past 45 days
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.


Despite high hopes, ‘responsibility to protect’ not yet fully operationalized – UN deputy chief

06 September 2016 – The United Nations deputy chief said today that collective global action is needed to overcome barriers to implementation of States’ legal commitments to protect populations from atrocity crimes – the principle known as “responsibility to protect” or R2P.


Saudi Arabia: Ban, Deputy Crown Prince discuss Palestine refugees, Yemen and climate pact

05 September 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today met with Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince, who is also Second Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister, discussing the country's financial support for the UN Palestine refugees agency, the conflict in Yemen, protection of children, as well as the Paris Agreement on climate change.


On World Day, UN chief says 'charity is one of best investments for common future'

05 September 2016 – “Charity is one of the best investments we can make in our common future,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, the International Day of Charity, noting that the world is now seeing the dramatic rise of philanthropy in developing countries.


Calling for G20 support, Ban stresses importance of funding for 2030 Goals and climate action

05 September 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the importance of financing and other support mechanisms to implement the global goals for sustainable development and climate action, urging further efforts by G20 countries to fulfill their commitments.


South Sudan accepts deployment of 4,000-strong UN protection force

04 September 2016 – South Sudan's government has accepted the deployment of a 4,000-strong regional protection force recently mandated by the United Nations Security Council, in addition to the roughly 12,000 UN peacekeepers already serving in the African nation.


Gabon: Ban speaks with President and opposition leader; calls for end to violence

04 September 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of Gabon, and Jean Ping, presidential candidate of the Démocratie Nouvelle party, to help end violence that ensued the recent, closely-contested presidential election in the African country.


UN condemns bomb attack on night market in Philippines

04 September 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned Friday's bomb attack on a night market in Davao City in the Philippines that killed at least 12 people and injured dozens, his spokesman said today.


Ahead of G20 opening, Ban stresses 'far-reaching' impacts of early climate action, urges unity on Global Goals

04 September 2016 – At a G20 summit in the southeastern city of Hangzhou in China, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the conference's focus on sustainable development and climate change, urging all countries to take early action on these.