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Ban ‘shocked’ at scale of grave violations against children detailed in latest report

03 June 2016 – In his annual report on children and armed conflict covering the year 2015, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his shock at the scale of grave violations against children in countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen.


At first-ever summit, speakers stress central role of police in UN peace operations

03 June 2016 – United Nations Police (UNPOL) has become a central pillar of the Organization’s peace operations and therefore must be “fit for purpose” to meet the security threats in today’s volatile world, senior UN officials told the first-ever gathering of national police leaders today.


In Paris, Ban calls for ‘courage and legitimacy’ to achieve peace in Middle East

03 June 2016 – Terror, violence and the incitement that fuel them, along with the ongoing settlement enterprise and the lack of unity between Gaza and the West Bank are all obstacles that must be overcome on the path towards achieving peace in the Middle East, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today, calling on the international community to exercise its influence to help reach this goal.


‘Justice may be delayed, but not denied,’ Security Council told at debate on sexual violence in conflict

02 June 2016 – At a Security Council debate today on sexual violence in conflict, senior United Nations officials stressed that in the past decade, the world has witnessed a fundamental shift in the way the issue is understood and addressed as a peace and security concern.


UN chief: Haiti can 'ill afford' prolonged period of transitional governance

02 June 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, taking note of the release of the report on the verification of the electoral process in Haiti, has underlined that Haiti can “ill afford” a prolonged period of transitional governance.


External panel calls for ‘paradigm shift’ in UN Police operating model

01 June 2016 – As the United Nations’ role in countries affected by complex conflicts has grown in scale and scope throughout the years, UN Police (UNPOL) have increasingly become the central pillar of the Organization’s peace operations, working both to reinforce the provision of security and also to build or re-build a basic system of policing in countries, and as such, require a new operating model with enhanced capacities, an external review team has found.


Mali: Ban ‘outraged’ by latest attack on UN mission; urges authorities to investigate

01 June 2016 – In two separate incidents that took place yesterday in the Gao area of Mali’s restive north, terrorists attacked an outpost of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSMA), as well as the services of a local provider for the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS), the most recent in a string of deadly attacks against the UN in the country.


On World No Tobacco Day, UN urges plain packaging of tobacco products to save lives

31 May 2016 – As the global community marks World No Tobacco Day, the United Nations is advocating for the use of plain packaging of tobacco products in an effort to save lives by reducing demand for such products, which kill nearly 6 million people every year.


As Mediterranean death toll soars, Ban urges collective response to large refugee and migrant movements

31 May 2016 – At least 880 people appear to have died over the past week as their vessels capsized in the Mediterranean, bringing the total fatalities along the dangerous crossing route to 2,510 so far this year, the United Nations refugee agency said today, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for a comprehensive and collective response to large movements of refugees and migrants.


UN rights office concerned over denial of participation for journalist's group, LGBT organizations

31 May 2016 – The United Nations human rights office today added its voice to the concerns raised over a decision this past week by the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to deny the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) consultative status.