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106 stories found over the past 45 days
International community ‘will not tolerate’ obstacles to Burkina Faso transition, says UN political chief

04 February 2015 – The United Nations’ top political official said today that Burkina Faso’s transitional institutions must continue to respect the aspirations of the Burkinabe people and ensure full respect for human rights and the physical integrity of all citizens.


Security Council condemns death of Spanish peacekeeper in Lebanon

04 February 2015 – The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the death of Lance Corporal Francisco Javier Soria Toledo of Spain, killed last week while deployed at a UN position in Lebanon along the border with Israel on the “Blue Line.”


UN Visitors' Centre reopens to public following 18-month renovation

04 February 2015 – Browse the shelves at the United Nations bookstore. Mail a postcard with a UN stamp. Take a guided tour in one of twelve languages. Today, with the official inauguration by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the UN's public space reopened for business with a newly renovated Visitors' Centre in the basement of the iconic General Assembly Building.


UN chief, Security Council denounce ‘appalling’ murder of Jordanian pilot by ISIL

03 February 2015 – For the second time in as many days, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Security Council have jointly condemned the brutal killing of a civilian by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) – this time deploring the group’s murder of Jordanian Royal Air Force pilot Lt. Muath Al-Kasasbeh.


‘Power-sharing formula’ vital to sustain peace in South Sudan, UN chief urges political rivals

03 February 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and his former Vice-President, Riek Machar to put the interests of their people ahead of their own in order for peace to flourish in the war-torn country.


Egypt: UN chief welcomes release of detained journalist, urges Government to release others

02 February 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has applauded the decision by the Egyptian authorities to release the detained Al Jazeera journalist, Peter Greste, ending his 400-day imprisonment.


'2015 is a chance to change history,' Ban tells UN Youth Forum

02 February 2015 – This generation of young people – the largest the world has ever seen – has a historic opportunity to end poverty, combat climate change, create jobs and fight injustice, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a Youth Forum at UN Headquarters in New York this morning as he called on the participants to get involved in shaping a future sustainable development agenda.


UN deplores ISIL's 'barbaric' murder of Japanese journalist

01 February 2015 – The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Security Council have deplored the apparent murder of a Japanese journalist Kenji Goto by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), despite the Council's demand for his immediate release.


UN chief welcomes African Union's decision to combat Boko Haram

31 January 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the decision of the African Union to join forces to stop the advancement of the “murderous campaigns” waged by Boko Haram, as he stressed the importance of the continent's collaboration with the UN, emphasizing that “lives depend on preventive-diplomacy and peacekeeping.”


UN chief condemns deadly bomb attack on Shia mosque in southern Pakistan

30 January 2015 – Condemning the deadly bombing today of a Shia mosque in Sindh province in Pakistan, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon deplored this “vicious targeting of people on account of their religious affiliation,” and called on the Pakistan authorities to step up their efforts to protect religious minorities and combat terrorism.