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Syria: UN education envoy urges International Criminal Court probe into Idlib school attack

27 October 2016 – The United Nations envoy for education today called for an immediate investigation by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) into what he called a war crime in Syria – the latest attacks on a school compound in the western province of Idlib that left at least 20 pupils and teachers dead.


‘Nothing is more powerful than the human spirit,’ Ban tells memorial honouring fallen UN staff

26 October 2016 – Joined by staff and families of the women and men of the United Nations who lost their lives between 1 January 2015 and 30 June 2016, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a memorial service at UN Headquarters today that “those who destroy may think bombs and bullets are the most powerful force […] but nothing is more powerful than the human spirit.”


Ban condemns outbreak of violence and attacks on UN mission in Central African Republic

26 October 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the outbreak of violence, on 24 October, in the Central African Republic's capital, Bangui, that killed at least four civilians and injured nine others.


UN chief ‘condemns’ terrorist attack in Pakistan’s restive Baluchistan province

25 October 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned a terrorist attack on a police academy in Quetta, Pakistan earlier today that claimed the lives of at-least 60 people and injured more than 100.


‘We have to do the right thing,’ deputy UN chief says on intensified response to cholera outbreak in Haiti

25 October 2016 – Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today urged the international community to show solidarity with the Haitian people as they struggle to cope with the impact of Hurricane Matthew and an ongoing cholera epidemic, particularly through financial support for the new United Nations system-wide approach to tackle the spread of the disease.


Women must have their ‘rightful place’ at the heart of building peace and security – UN chief

25 October 2016 – The urgent drive to bring women into their rightful place at the heart of building peace and security “must never stop,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council today, calling for key steps towards that goal, including holding all UN peace operations accountable for putting women and girls at the centre of their work.


El Niño drives concentration of CO2 in atmosphere to new high – UN weather agency

24 October 2016 – Globally averaged concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere surged again to new records in 2016, and, based on readings of the longest-established greenhouse gas monitoring station at Mauna Loa, Hawaii, the United Nations weather agency predicts that carbon dioxide concentrations will not dip below pre-2015 levels for many generations.


UN statistics forum addresses efforts to support Global Goal on gender equality

24 October 2016 – Today marks the start of the 6th Global Forum on Gender Statistics, a two day event in Helsinki, Finland, that will highlight ways to improve data on gender in order to support better policies for women and girls and Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Ban hopes South Africa will ‘reconsider’ decision to withdraw from International Criminal Court

24 October 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has regretted the decision of the South African Government to withdraw from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and expressed hope that the country will reconsider its decision before the withdrawal takes effect.


UN aid chief voices ‘deep frustration’ as medical evacuation plan for Aleppo scrapped

24 October 2016 – The United Nations humanitarian chief said today he is “deeply frustrated and saddened” that the UN and its partners have been forced to abort current plans to evacuate critically injured and sick people from eastern Aleppo, Syria’s iconic city being razed by war.