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UN strongly condemns terrorist bombings in Brussels as 'an attack on us all'

22 March 2016 – Senior United Nations officials have strongly condemned today's terrorist bombings in Brussels, extending condolences to the victims and their families while expressing solidarity with the people and Government of Belgium.


‘Investing in forests is an insurance policy for the planet,’ says UN chief

21 March 2016 – On the International Day of Forests, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on governments, businesses, civil society and other partners to adopt holistic policies and practices to protect, restore and sustain healthy forests for our common future.


Nowruz is an opportunity to bolster UN goal to 'leave no one behind' on road to sustainable future – Ban

21 March 2016 – On the first year of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the United Nations celebrates Nowruz, “an ancient tradition with modern relevance,” as an occasion to strengthen the international community's resolve to leave no one behind in the collective journey to a better future.


Ban spotlights need for human, economic development in Africa's Great Lakes region

21 March 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the importance of human and economic development in addressing peace and security challenges in Africa's Great Lakes region, calling for the use of natural resources there as a powerful driver of growth.


Marking the World Day, Ban celebrates potential of people with Down syndrome

21 March 2016 – The autonomy and independence of people with Down syndrome and other disabilities should be supported, so that they can be empowered to contribute to our common future, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said marking World Down Syndrome Day.


'Assault on one minority community is attack on all,' Ban says on Day to eliminate racism

21 March 2016 – Observing the world's day set aside to bolster efforts on eliminating racial discrimination, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged increased global efforts towards that aim and declared that “an assault on one minority community is an attack on all.”


UN chief condemns deadly Istanbul attack as 'appalling violence'

19 March 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned today's bombing in the Turkish city of Istanbul and called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice, consistent with human rights obligations.


Earth Hour 2016: UN goes dark to spotlight climate change

19 March 2016 – The United Nations this evening dimmed the lights at its iconic Headquarters complex in New York and other facilities around the world in observance of 'Earth Hour,' an annual global event to put the spotlight on the issues facing the planet and to inspire millions across the world to live more sustainably.


‘No alternative to political settlement of the Burundian crisis,’ Ban tells Security Council

18 March 2016 – Briefing the Security Council, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United Nations High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein today voiced concern about spiralling violence and rights violations in Burundi, and called for an inclusive political dialogue to peacefully resolve the 11-month crisis.


UN appoints Red from the 'Angry Birds' as Honorary Ambassador for International Day of Happiness

18 March 2016 – The United Nations today appointed Red, the leader of the “Angry Birds” mobile game characters, as an envoy to inspire climate action toward a sustainable and happier future for all.