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Funding shortfall for UN emergency response fund could have 'devastating impact'

02 November 2016 – The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund has warned that an imminent funding shortfall could severely impact its response to sudden onset or rapidly deteriorating emergencies as well as forgotten crises during the end of 2016 and early 2017 and ultimately have a devastating impact on the lives of people in need.


UN chief appoints Izumi Nakamitsu of Japan as special adviser for refugee summit follow-up

01 November 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Izumi Nakamitsu of Japan as Special Adviser on Follow-up to the UN Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants, which was held on 19 September 2016.


Lebanon: Welcoming new president, UN chief encourages formation of government without delay

31 October 2016 – Welcoming the election of Michel Aoun as the new President of Lebanon, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed hope that all parties in the country will continue to work in a spirit of unity and in the national interest, according to his spokesperson.


“To transform our world, we must transform its cities” says UN chief on World Cities Day

31 October 2016 – With more than half of the global population now living in cities and human settlements, greater attention needs to be placed on the role of urbanization as a source of global development and social inclusion, according to the United Nations on World Cities Day.


In phone call with South African President, Ban expresses hope country will 'reconsider' decision on ICC withdrawal

30 October 2016 – In a telephone conversation with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon regretted the country's decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court and expressed hope that it would reconsider the decision before the withdrawal takes effect.


UN envoy on Syria 'shocked' and 'appalled' by indiscriminate rocket attack on western Aleppo

30 October 2016 – The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has said that he is “appalled and shocked” by the high number of rockets indiscriminately launched by armed opposition groups on civilian suburbs of Syria's western Aleppo in the past 48 hours.


UN chief set to open next month ‘crucial phase’ of negotiations on Cyprus

28 October 2016 – The Turkish Cypriot leader and the Greek Cypriot leader will head to Switzerland early next month for a meeting that will be opened by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and will kick-off an intensive week of negotiations of the Cyprus talks, a senior UN envoy announced today.


Ban urges all parties in Venezuela to reduce polarization and engage sincerely in dialogue process

28 October 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the Vatican’s joining of the ongoing initiative by former Heads of State and Government to promote dialogue between the Government of Venezuela and the country’s political opposition, under the auspices of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR).


Achieving Global Goals hinges on 'determined pursuit' of sustainable transport – UN expert report

28 October 2016 – Greater investment in greener, more efficient and sustainable transport can save trillions of dollars and help achieve the global sustainability goals, according to a United Nations report launched today that provides 10 recommendations on how resources can be redirected to the transport sector.


Withdrawal from International Criminal Court could send 'wrong message' – UN chief

28 October 2016 – Expressing regret over the intention of three African countries to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for strengthening the Court from within its processes.