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On International Day, Ban calls to bring all perpetrators of heinous crimes to justice

25 March 2016 – On the International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged for intensified efforts to bring all perpetrators of heinous crimes to justice, and to end impunity.


On slavery remembrance day, UN chief shines a light on African diaspora's legacy

25 March 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the African diaspora's contributions to society, including culture, medicine, science and spirituality, as the global community gathered to honour the millions of Africans forcibly exploited by slavery.


In Lebanon, UN chief and World Bank President show commitment to leaving 'no one behind'

25 March 2016 – While in Lebanon today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim underlined the UN system's commitment to the country, calling for additional funds for a refugee camp, inaugurating a new social development centre, and announcing a new financing plan for Lebanese schools.


Fight against tuberculosis only 'half-won,' UN chief says on World Day

24 March 2016 – Observing World Tuberculosis Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for united global efforts to end the deadly disease by 2030 as it would claim the lives of 1.5 million people this year alone.


On World Day, UN chief urges States to promote right to truth and justice

24 March 2016 – Observing International Day for the right to the truth, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged States to adopt measures to promote truth, justice and reparations for victims, which is so crucial to ensuring that gross human rights violations are not repeated.


Time 'to ring the alarm bell' on waning prospects for Middle East peace, UN envoy tells Security Council

24 March 2016 – The United Nations envoy for the peace process in the Middle East today warned the Security Council that the prospects for an independent Palestinian state are disappearing, and questioned the political will of the Israeli and Palestinian actors to address the main challenges blocking peace efforts.


In Lebanon, Ban prasies country's generosity towards Syrian refugees

24 March 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived this morning in Lebanon, starting with a visit to the Headquarters of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, UNIFIL, in Naqoura and then holding a joint press conference where he praised the generosity the country and Lebanese people have shown towards Syrian refugees.


UN welcomes 'historic' guilty verdict against Radovan Karadžić

24 March 2016 – Calling today “historic” for the people of former Yugoslavia and for international criminal justice, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed support for the victims who suffered under former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić, following his guilty verdict by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).


World Meteorological Day: as extreme weather becomes 'the new normal,' UN urges bold climate action

23 March 2016 – Observing the World Meteorological Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today that extreme weather events are becoming “the new normal” and bold climate action is needed to “face the future now.”


DR Congo at 'critical juncture,' amid rising political tensions – UN envoy tells Security Council

23 March 2016 – The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is at a critical juncture, with rising political tensions ahead of elections which could lead to violence if left unaddressed, the top United Nations official in the country warned the Security Council today, while highlighting key issues for consideration as it renews the UN's mandate there.