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UN chief introduces new action plan to prevent violent extremism

15 January 2016 – Violent extremism is a direct assault on the United Nations Charter and a grave threat to international peace and security, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today while presenting a new plan of action to prevent violence stemming from “poisonous ideologies.”


Terrorism remains major threat in West Africa despite electoral progress – senior UN official

14 January 2016 – While peaceful and credible elections were held in several countries in West Africa in the past six months, violent extremism continues to pose a serious threat throughout the area, the top United Nations official for the region warned today.


Starvation ‘as a weapon’ is a war crime, UN chief warns parties to conflict in Syria

14 January 2016 – With United Nations humanitarian teams witnessing scenes in Syria that “haunt the soul,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said the situation is “utterly unconscionable,” and warned that the use of starvation as a weapon during conflict is a war crime.


UN must get ‘priorities right’ in 2016, Ban tells Member States, calling for ‘more and better work’

14 January 2016 – Sharing his thoughts on the direction of the United Nations’ work in 2016, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said the global community begins the year needing to get its “priorities right,” while underlining that more and better work needs to be done.


‘Very real risk of violence’ looms over DR Congo elections, senior UN official warns

14 January 2016 – The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) faces “very real risks of unrest and violence” over elections later this year while confronting a “significant deterioration” of security in its war-torn eastern provinces, the top United Nations official in the country warned today.


West Africa declared free of Ebola transmission, but UN health agency warns new flare-ups possible

14 January 2016 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today declared the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Liberia, announcing that all known chains of transmission have been stopped in West Africa, but the job is not yet over.


With West Africa set to be declared free of Ebola virus transmission, UN chief calls for vigilance

13 January 2016 – On the eve of West Africa being declared free of Ebola virus transmission, top United Nations officials today highlighted the “extraordinary” global cooperation mustered to tackle an epidemic that killed over 11,300 people, at the same time calling for vigilance against future flare-ups.


Pakistan: Ban condemns suicide bombing near polio eradication centre in Quetta

13 January 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned today’s suicide bombing close to the premises of a polio eradication centre in Quetta, Pakistan, reportedly killing at least 15 people, and wounding 25 others.


UN condemns ‘despicable’ terrorist bombing in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet District

12 January 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the terrorist bombing in Sultanahmet Square in Istanbul, Turkey, calling it a “despicable crime targeting the heart of Istanbul’s tourist district.”


Iraq: UN envoy calls on all sides to shun cycle of reprisals following mosque attacks

12 January 2016 – The top United Nations official in Iraq today appealed to all parties in the strife torn-country to avoid being drawn into a vicious cycle or reprisal attacks following the “outrageous” bombing of six mosques in Muqdadiya in Diyala Province.