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In New York’s Central Park, Ban unveils sculpture depicting ‘great hope all of us have invested in the UN’

24 October 2015 – As worldwide celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations kicked into high gear, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and a host of senior UN officials gathered this evening in New York's Central Park to unveil a new sculpture, Enlightened Universe, comprised of a sphere surrounded by a spiral of 70 human figures – one for each of the 70 years since the UN was created, which Mr. Ban said, “depicts the great hope that all of us have invested in the [Organization].”

Smugglers will adapt as long as there is a market to exploit, warn UN experts on migrant rights

23 October 2015 – Two United Nations experts on the human rights of migrants today called on the European Union to open regular and safe channels for migrants, saying “attempting to seal borders and the over-emphasis on the securitisation of borders is not going to reduce irregular migration in the long run.”

UN refugee agency appeals for protection against sexual abuse of women and children on move in Europe

23 October 2015 – The United Nations refugee agency today expressed concern over the reported abuse of refugee and migrant women and children on the move in Europe, including “instances of children engaging in survival sex to pay smugglers to continue their journey,” appealing to all concerned to take measures to ensure their protection.

United Nations remains 'beacon for all humanity,' says Ban ahead of 70th anniversary

23 October 2015 – Marking the 70th anniversary of the Organization ahead of UN Day on 24 October, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said there is only one flag that belongs to everyone – the blue flag of the United Nations.

Ban condemns terrorist attacks in Pakistan on religious holiday

23 October 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned today's bombing of a procession of worshippers marking the Shia religious holiday of Ashura in Jacobabad, and the recent terrorist attacks in the Pakistani provinces of Balochistan and Sindh.

Moments and Milestones: Photo exhibit provides snapshot of UN’s 70-year history

22 October 2015 – In the wake of catastrophic war, and following months of intense negotiations, representatives of 51 countries laboured in 1945 to overcome differences and founded an enduring global institution for peace, security and human progress. They called it the United Nations. A new photo exhibit opening at UN Headquarters in November takes a look back at the Organization’s 70-year journey and some of the formative events that shaped its history.

World lights up in UN blue to mark Organization's milestone anniversary

22 October 2015 – From Australia to Azerbaijan, Indonesia to Iraq, Saudi Arabia to South Sudan, some 300 sites around the world will be lit in 'UN blue' beginning on Friday as part of the global celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.

As Central African Republic crisis deepens, UN relief chief urges greater efforts to protect civilians

22 October 2015 – The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today called for greater and more sustained international commitment to the Central African Republic (CAR), where a worsening humanitarian crisis is impacting half the country's population.

New UN health agency report cites measures to reduce risks from climate pollutants

22 October 2015 – The World Health Organization (WHO) today spotlighted the need to reduce short-lived climate pollutants like black carbon, ozone, methane and carbon dioxide that contribute to climate change and lead to more than 7 million deaths linked to air pollution each year.

Senior UN official warns funding shortages could be disastrous for chronically food-insecure Mauritania

22 October 2015 – On her two-day visit to Mauritania, Ertharin Cousin, the Executive Director of the World Food Program (WFP), saw at first hand the challenges faced by nearly 1 million food insecure people amid rising malnutrition in the country.