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UN observes International Day of Peace with call for global ceasefire

21 September 2015 – The United Nations today observed the International Day of Peace with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealing to all warring parties to lay down their weapons and observe a global ceasefire and “stop the killings and the destruction, and create space for lasting peace.”

UN chief condemns rocket attacks on Israel from Gaza

20 September 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday condemned the recent rocket attacks by extremist Palestinian militants on Israel from Gaza.

Global partnership needs ‘rejuvenation’ to achieve new sustainable development agenda – UN report

18 September 2015 – The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) achieved significant progress over the past 15 years, but persistent gaps in official development assistance and insufficient access to markets, affordable medicines and new technologies have highlighted the need for a rejuvenation of the global partnership for development, according to a new United Nations report launched today.

Ahead of International Day of Peace, UN chief appeals for cease-fire on 21 September

18 September 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for the laying down of arms and a 24-hour cease-fire on 21 September, which is observed around the world each year as the International Day of Peace.

UN officials outraged at accounts of Sri Lanka war crimes, stress need for accountability

17 September 2015 – Senior United Nations officials today expressed outrage at the very serious accounts of war crimes and crimes against humanity that were allegedly committed between 2002 and 2011 by all parties to the conflict in Sri Lanka, including Government security forces, affiliated paramilitary groups and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

With eye on security transition, Security Council extends UN mission in Liberia for another year

17 September 2015 – The Security Council today extended the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) until 30 September 2016, and authorized a reduction in the number of its personnel, as preparations continue for the security transition to the country’s authorities next year.

Countries urged to submit climate action plans ahead of UN conference in Paris

17 September 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is eager to get countries to submit as soon as possible their action plans that will form the basis of the new universal climate change agreement to be adopted in December in Paris, a senior United Nations official dealing with the issue said today.

Ban seeks support from Member States to end sexual misconduct by UN personnel

17 September 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted specific actions aimed at ending sexual exploitation and abuse by United Nations personnel that require “urgent” support from countries that provide troops and police to peacekeeping operations.

Condemning coup, UN officials call for immediate release of Burkina Faso’s leaders

17 September 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations human rights chief today spoke out against the coup d’état in Burkina Faso and called for the immediate release of the country’s transitional leaders.

Voicing outrage, Ban calls for immediate release of detained leaders of Burkina Faso

16 September 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced his outrage at reports that President Michel Kafando of Burkina Faso, Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida and several Government ministers have been detained by soldiers from the presidential guard.