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Syria: UN and partners get relief convoy into besieged town of Madaya

11 January 2016 – A humanitarian convoy has finally reached the besieged Syrian town of Madaya with life-saving health and food supplies from the United Nations and its partners for the 42,000 desperate residents after reports of people starving to death under encirclement by pro-Government forces.


UN General Assembly – ‘Parliament for all people’ – celebrates 70th anniversary

11 January 2016 – Marking the 70th anniversary of the first meeting of the United Nations General Assembly Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said the body has truly become the “Parliament for all people.”


FEATURE: From misplaced emblem in London to iconic hall – the UN General Assembly across 70 years

11 January 2016 – Before there was a United Nations Secretary-General, a Security Council or an iconic Headquarters in New York, there was the General Assembly, the most representative body ever of world nations, meeting for the first time in a London hall facing Westminster Abbey, the 1,000-year-old coronation site of Britain’s kings and queens.


UN chief condemns attack on Yemeni hospital supported by Médecins Sans Frontières

11 January 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned yesterday’s attack on a hospital supported by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Sa’ada province, Yemen, which killed at least four people and injured many others.


Saudi-Iran tensions will not hamper efforts to resolve Syria conflict – UN special envoy

10 January 2016 – The United Nations Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, concluded today his regional consultations with meetings in Tehran, where he received assurances from his interlocutors that regional current tensions would not affect Iran's engagement in facilitating the holding of upcoming Geneva talks on ending the crisis in Syria.


Nepal: UN political chief encourages dialogue among leaders to overcome differences on constitution

09 January 2016 – Expressing deep concern about current developments adversely affecting Nepal's humanitarian situation, economic performance and reconstruction efforts, the top United Nations political official today encouraged the country's leaders to overcome their differences on constitutional arrangements through inclusive dialogue and parliamentary process.


UN special envoy continues regional meetings ahead of 25 January intra-Syrian talks

09 January 2016 – Continuing his regional consultations ahead of United Nations-facilitated talks on resolving the crisis in Syria, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura had a useful meeting today in Damascus with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Syrian Arab Republic, Walid Mouallem.


UN chief ‘deeply concerned’ about intensification of airstrikes and ground fighting in Yemen

08 January 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he is “deeply concerned” about the intensification of Saudi-led coalition airstrikes and ground fighting and shelling in Yemen, despite repeated calls for a renewed cessation of hostilities.


Australian national takes the helm as new UN disaster risk reduction chief

08 January 2016 – Following his appointment by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Robert Glasser, an experienced leader and thinker on development issues, took up his new role this week as head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).


Ban congratulates Sri Lanka on first anniversary of political transition

08 January 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the President of Sri Lanka, the Government and its citizens on the first year of the country's political transition.