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On anniversary of UN-backed treaty banning nuclear tests, Ban reiterates call to action

27 April 2016 – Marking the 20th anniversary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that instead of a celebration, the occasion is a call to action on the work that remains to be done to end nuclear testing and continue on an environmentally sustainable path.


Water scarcity in DPR Korea causes first drop in food production since 2010 – UN agency

27 April 2016 – The total food production in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) decreased by nine per cent in 2015, marking the first drop since 2010 due to drought and low irrigation water availability, the latest report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) showed today.


Security Council urges stronger regional approach on eradicating piracy in Gulf of Guinea

25 April 2016 – United Nations officials today reiterated a call for a comprehensive regional framework to eradicate piracy and armed robbery at sea in the Gulf of Guinea, with the Security Council stressing the importance of addressing underlying causes and strengthening justice systems and judicial cooperation in the region.


DR Congo: UN envoy expresses 'serious concern' over rising political tensions

23 April 2016 – The head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) has expressed serious concern about rising political tensions in some parts of the country.


Burundi: one year into political crisis, UN agency warns thousands of people still fleeing country

22 April 2016 – One year after the crisis in Burundi began, the United Nations refugee agency today said that almost 260,000 people have fled the country, warning that the number could increase by thousands throughout the year – unless a political solution is found and a civil war averted.


Two thirds of unimmunized children live in conflict-affected countries – UNICEF

22 April 2016 – Almost two thirds of children who have not been immunized with basic vaccines live in countries that are either partially or entirely affected by conflict, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today, ahead of World Immunization Week.


‘We are in a race against time,’ says Ban, as leaders sign landmark Paris climate accord

22 April 2016 – With their signatures of the landmark Paris climate accord, “governments made a covenant with the future,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the end of a United Nations ceremony that saw the largest single-day turn-out for such an event, and which puts the world on a path towards low-carbon growth and a more sustainable future.


Immunization 'game-changers' should be the norm worldwide, says UN health agency

21 April 2016 – The UN World Health Organization (WHO) announced that during World Immunization Week 2016, which begins Sunday, it will be highlighting recent gains in immunization coverage, and outlining further steps countries can take to meet global vaccination targets by 2020.


South Sudan: UN refugee agency warns of worsening civilian situation

19 April 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency today expressed extreme concern over a combination of new fighting in previously peaceful areas, food insecurity and severe humanitarian funding shortages, which continue to cause a worsening of the situation in South Sudan for many civilians.


Gambia: Ban calls for release of detained protesters after death of opposition members

17 April 2016 – Concerned about the apparent use of excessive force on peaceful demonstrators in Gambia, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all those arrested during Thursday's protest.