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UN marks International Day by stressing vital role of civil society for true democracy

15 September 2015 – A strong and freely operating civil society is crucial for successful and stable democracies and must be given the space to carry out their vital functions, the United Nations emphasized today, as it marked the International Day of Democracy.

President highlights ‘historic opportunity’ to change the world, as 69th UN General Assembly concludes

14 September 2015 – The 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly presented countries with a “historic opportunity” to change the world for the better and was guided by the overarching principles of cooperation, compromise and solidarity, its President said today.

UN chief voices concern at latest escalation at Jerusalem’s holy sites

14 September 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today echoed the concerns expressed by the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process about the latest escalation at the holy sites in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Ban highlights vital role of South-South cooperation in attaining Sustainable Development Goals

12 September 2015 – Marking the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the acceleration of the development momentum across the global South, while the UN labour chief highlighted the great potential for developing countries working together to help improve the working lives of millions.

Senior UN official outlines steps taken in response to Central African Republic abuse allegations

11 September 2015 – The United Nations peacekeeping chief today announced that following reports of alleged sexual exploitation and abuse, seven peacekeepers serving with the UN mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) have been repatriated, while nine have had their payments suspended.

In new report, Ban outlines measures to strengthen UN peace operations, tackle abuse

11 September 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today presented his agenda to strengthen United Nations peacekeeping, including setting out three “fundamental” changes urgently required to adapt operations to new realities, as well as measures to root out sexual exploitation and abuse.

Syria: UN chief promises ‘speedy’ establishment of chemical weapons accountability probe

10 September 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the United Nations Security Council’s authorization to set up an investigative mechanism to identify who is responsible for the use of chemical weapons in Syria, promising its “speedy establishment” and urging full cooperation by all parties in Syria.

Flags of non-member observer States to fly at UN offices

10 September 2015 – The United Nations General Assembly today decided that the flags of non-member observer States shall be raised at the world body’s headquarters and offices following the flags of its 193 Member States.

Global nuclear-test ban urgently needed for safer, more secure world – UN officials

10 September 2015 – Top United Nations officials today highlighted the existential threat posed by nuclear testing, and called for all States that have not yet done so to sign and ratify the international treaty that seeks to achieve a ban on such testing.

Secretary-General discusses refugee, migrant crisis with UK Prime Minister

09 September 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today discussed the refugee and migrant crisis with Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom, as he continued to confer with European leaders on what has become the biggest influx of people into the continent in decades.