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Overnight aid deliveries reach four Syrian towns while situation in east ‘extremely grave’ – UN

19 January 2016 – Overnight aid deliveries reached the Syrian towns of Madaya, Zabadani, Kefraya and Foah, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which today announced it is planning on delivering more assistance.


UN congratulates Libyans and Presidency Council on naming unity government

19 January 2016 – Senior United Nations officials today welcomed the nomination of the Government of National Accord in Libya by the Presidency Council as a significant step forward in the quest to end the country's political divisions and armed conflict.


"The moment we do not support the human rights agenda we see it rolling back in many parts of the world" – Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein

18 January 2016 – In September 2002, Zeid was elected the first President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. At that time, the Court was only a plan on paper, and over the next three years he oversaw the election of the first 18 judges, mediated selection of the Court’s first president, and led efforts to name the Court’s first prosecutor – laying out a functioning institution, despite considerable budgetary pressures and criticism of the Court from several leading nations.


Yemen: Ban urges all sides to commit to ceasefire and resume UN-brokered talks to end fighting

18 January 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the Government and all parties in Yemen as well as States in the region to commit to a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire to enable the rapid resumption of already delayed peace talks which the United Nations is facilitating.


Sustainable energy can ‘save millions of lives,’ Ban tells summit in Abu Dhabi

18 January 2016 – Millions of lives can be saved by ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed at the World Future Energy Summit taking place in the United Arab Emirates.


'Renewable energy is limitless and will last forever,' says Ban at global debate

17 January 2016 – Everyone involved in energy—governments, the private sector, investors and financial institutions, cities, and people everywhere–has understood that we can no longer burn our way to global prosperity, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today at a debate hosted by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Financial Times.


Despite age of 'mega-crises,' UN chief says humanitarian finance gap is a 'solvable problem'

17 January 2016 – Highlighting that people around the world are living at an age of “mega-crises,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the launch of a new report on finding solutions to the growing gap between the increasing numbers of people in need of assistance and sufficient resources to provide relief.


In phone call, Ban discusses challenges to regional peace and security with Foreign Minister of Bahrain

16 January 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today held a phone conversation with Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, to discuss the situation in the Persian Gulf region, including challenges to regional peace and security.


UN welcomes report on Iran completing required nuclear measures, calling it 'significant milestone'

16 January 2016 – Following the release of a report confirming that Iran has completed necessary preparatory steps to start the implementation of a plan of action aiming to resolve the nuclear issue, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the achievement of having reached “Implementation Day.”


UN chief condemns 'heinous terrorist attacks' in Burkina Faso's capital

16 January 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the “heinous terrorist attacks” carried out yesterday in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso's capital, which resulted in more than 29 deaths and many other people wounded.