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More than 28 million children 'uprooted' by conflict and face further dangers – UNICEF report

06 September 2016 – Millions of children driven from their homes due to violence and conflict or in the hopes of finding a better and safer future face further dangers along the way – including the risk of drowning on sea crossings, malnourishment and dehydration, trafficking, kidnapping, rape and even murder – according to the new report from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).


Gabon: Ban speaks with President and opposition leader; calls for end to violence

04 September 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of Gabon, and Jean Ping, presidential candidate of the Démocratie Nouvelle party, to help end violence that ensued the recent, closely-contested presidential election in the African country.


Ahead of G20 opening, Ban stresses 'far-reaching' impacts of early climate action, urges unity on Global Goals

04 September 2016 – At a G20 summit in the southeastern city of Hangzhou in China, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the conference's focus on sustainable development and climate change, urging all countries to take early action on these.


In historic ceremony, UN chief hails China, US for formally joining Paris climate agreement

03 September 2016 – Visiting the southeastern city of Hangzhou in China, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended the leaders of that country and the United States for formally joining the Paris Agreement on climate change today.


UN humanitarian chief sees first-hand harrowing conditions of refugees at Syria-Jordan border's berm

02 September 2016 – On a visit to northern Jordan today, the top United Nations humanitarian official saw first-hand the conditions that more than 70,000 Syrian refugees, mostly women and children, are having to stay in along the border with Syria – in the middle of the desert, under a blazing sun and with no food or water – amid talks with Jordanian authorities aimed at resolving their plight.


Millions vaccinated against yellow fever in Africa in record time – UN health agency

02 September 2016 – Together with its partners, the United Nations health agency has vaccinated more than 7.7 million people in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), in less than two weeks.


Citing geographic spread, UN emergency committee says Zika remains 'international public health emergency'

02 September 2016 – Following a meeting of its Emergency Committee on Zika yesterday, the United Nations health agency said today that the infectious disease, and its associated congenital and other neurological disorders, continues to be an international public health emergency due to continuing geographic expansion and considerable gaps in understanding of the virus and its consequences.


In first visit to Sri Lanka since end of war, Ban flags role of human rights and sustainable development on path to stability

02 September 2016 – In his first visit to Sri Lanka since the end of its civil war seven years ago, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised the country’s steps towards peace and reconciliation, while also highlighting the importance of and need for more progress with human rights and sustainable development for that progress.


UN Security Council arrives in South Sudan, aims to 'move the ball' on country's stability

02 September 2016 – A delegation from the United Nations Security Council today arrived in South Sudan, where it will reinforce recent messages made to the authorities as well as discuss how the UN peacekeeping mission there can help them improve the security and humanitarian situation in the wake of recent violence.


UN refugee agency: 2016 is deadliest year for refugees crossing to Europe via Central Mediterranean

02 September 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency today flagged that while the number of deaths of refugees seeking safety via the Turkey-Greece route into Europe has fallen dramatically, the use of the North Africa-Italy route has remained constant – with the latter experiencing an increase in the number of deaths, making 2016 the deadliest year so far for refugees in the Central Mediterranean.