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Iraq: UN sending extra food rations to provide for thousands displaced from Fallujah

27 June 2016 – Expressing concern about the extremely dire conditions for more than 85,000 people who have fled the besieged Iraqi city of Fallujah and its surroundings over the last month, the United Nations food relief agency today said it is sending additional rations to provide immediate aid to the growing number of displaced.


In Kuwait, Ban urges Yemeni delegations in peace talks to find lasting solution to end conflict

26 June 2016 – In Kuwait today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern over the situation in Yemen, urging the delegations involved in the UN-supported Yemeni peace talks to prevent a further deterioration of the situation and arrive at a comprehensive agreement ending the conflict.


On Day Against Drug Abuse, Ban calls for 'effective, compassionate' global response

26 June 2016 – Marking the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, United Nations Secretary-General today called for “a global response that is simultaneously effective, compassionate and humane,” to the challenges posed by the world drug problem.


On World Day, Ban spotlights role of seafarers in meeting sustainable agenda targets

25 June 2016 – Marking the Day of the Seafarer, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the role of the shipping industry in moving forward the international agenda on sustainable development and climate change.


Libya: Senior UN humanitarian official strongly condemns attacks on medical facilities

24 June 2016 – The acting United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Libya, Dr. Syed Jaffar Hussain expressed deep concerns at recent attacks in Benghazi that put medical facilities at risk and urged all parties to take all feasible precautions to prevent casualties among patients and medical personnel.


Economic and Social Council President urges closer ties with UN peacebuilding body

24 June 2016 – Closer collaboration between the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the UN Peacebuilding Commission is imperative in order to move forward on commitments in the sustainable development agenda and effectively address the specific challenges and needs of countries emerging from conflict, the President of ECOSOC said today.


In Cannes, Ban pitches ad agencies on Global Goals, announces ‘Common Ground’ partnership

24 June 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on advertising and creative communication professionals to wage “the biggest-ever campaign for humanity” by supporting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a 15-year anti-poverty, pro-planet action plan, adopted by 193 Member States last year.


At peacebuilding body, UN deputy chief underlines core obligation to prevent conflict and sustain peace

23 June 2016 – Marking the tenth anniversary of the first meeting of the Peacebuilding Commission –which has become known as ‘Peacekeeping Day’ – United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today urged Member States, particularly those with membership in the Security Council, to make full use of the Commission and its role in preventing violent conflict.


In Havana, Ban hails Colombia ceasefire pact as example of peace with dignity

23 June 2016 – In Havana, Cuba, today to witness the signing of a bilateral ceasefire agreement and laying down of weapons between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored the importance of the historic event as an exemplary implementation of peace.


FEATURE: From Joseph Kony’s ‘wife’ to peace advocate – a courageous young woman’s journey to reclaim her life

23 June 2016 – Evelyn Amony was abducted at age 11 from her village in northern Uganda and then forced to become the “wife” of Joseph Kony – one Africa’s most feared warlords, infamous for his casual brutality, and leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, the violent rebel group better known as the LRA.