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Burundi: Security Council calls for political talks to resolve crisis peacefully

12 November 2015 – The United Nations Security Council today called on all parties in Burundi to engage in peace talks, warning of further action against those who incite more violence in the Central African country, where a recent upsurge has threatened hard-won stability after decades of ethnic strife and could lead to “potentially devastating consequences” for the entire region if it persists.

Woman’s risk of dying from pregnancy-related causes nearly halved over 25 years – UN report

12 November 2015 – Maternal mortality has fallen by 44 per cent since 1990, United Nations agencies and the World Bank reported today, giving fresh impetus to efforts to reach by 2030 the virtual elimination of women’s chances of dying from pregnancy-related causes as part of the new UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Ban warns against cuts in development aid to finance response to refugee crisis

11 November 2015 – Reducing development assistance to finance the cost of refugee flows is counter-productive, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today, declaring that “helping people in need should not be a zero-sum game.”

On fifth anniversary of UN Academic Impact, Ban stresses empowering youth to lead global progress

10 November 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today commemorated the fifth anniversary of the UN Academic Impact and lauded the contributions made by the initiative in providing the world with ideas for some of its most pressing problems.

In Saudi Arabia, UN chief calls fighting terrorism with heavy-handed tactics counter-productive

10 November 2015 – Speaking in a region that has been torn apart by violent extremism, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Arab and South America leaders in Saudi Arabia today that heavy-handed tactics in fighting terrorism only add fuel to the fire.

‘Turn digital divides into digital opportunities,’ Ban tells annual UN forum on Internet governance

10 November 2015 – To cover the “breadth and depth” of the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals, the potential of the data revolution must be explored through the use of new and non-traditional sources of data, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed at the 10th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which opened today in João Pessoa, Brazil.

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.