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With 4 million Syrian children out of school, $1.4 billion sought by UN to save ‘lost generation’

02 February 2016 – With four million Syrian and host community children in need of education and no let-up in sight in the fighting tearing the country apart, the United Nations and its partners are seeking $1.4 billion at a major conference in London on Thursday to save the current youth generation.


UN-brokered Intra-Syrian talks officially start in Geneva with opposition meeting

01 February 2016 – The delayed intra-Syrian talks to end five years of bloody warfare officially started in Geneva today with two hours of talks between the United Nations mediator and the opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC).


Don’t just seek to resolve war once it erupts, prevent it in the first place, says UN chief

01 February 2016 – Speaking in a region that is witnessing widespread turmoil – from Syria to Yemen – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Oman’s National Defence College today that preventing conflicts rather than resolving them once they have erupted is the surest path to stability.


Syria: Ban condemns bombings in Damascus; urges progress at UN-mediated talks in Geneva

01 February 2016 – In the wake of a “heinous” terrorist bombing outside Damascus yesterday, which reportedly killed more than 60 people, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged Syrian Government and opposition negotiators at UN-mediated talks in Geneva to “agree on immediate improvements to Syria’s dire humanitarian situation.”


Syria: High Negotiations Committee arrives in Geneva where UN-mediated talks are under way

31 January 2016 – United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura has met with the delegation of the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) at their hotel in Geneva following their arrival last night in Geneva, where UN-mediated intra-Syrian talks began Friday after days of delays.


Crisis-torn Burundi's leaders should pursue dialogue, listen to concerns of their people – UN chief

31 January 2016 – The Government and people of Burundi should resolve the country's months-long political crisis through inclusive dialogue, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as he wrapped up three days of wide-ranging meetings with African Union (AU) leaders today, warning that the deteriorating situation in Burundi is “a source of great concern, not only in the region, but in the continent and the world.”


Syria: UN-mediated talks get under way; relief agencies amplify calls for access to besieged civilians

29 January 2016 – With United Nations-mediated talks on ending the five-year crisis in Syria getting under way today as scheduled, UN relief agencies and their partners are reiterating their appeal for unhindered access by relief workers to more than four million desperate people spread across 18 besieged areas in the war-torn country.


Ahead of Geneva talks, UN envoy addresses all Syrians in video message

28 January 2016 – On the eve of scheduled intra-Syrian talks in Geneva to seek an end to five years of internecine fighting, the top United Nations official for the war-torn country took to the airwaves today to speak directly to the Syrian people, vowing that the world Organization will never abandon them.


Education key to preventing new genocides, says Ban at UN special event honouring Holocaust victims

27 January 2016 – As the global community gathered to commemorate the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi extermination camp 71 years ago, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stressed that the most effective way to stand up for human rights, fight xenophobia and prevent new genocides is by educating new generations about the horrors of the Holocaust.


Besieged Syrians ‘believe the world has forgotten them,’ UN relief chief tells Security Council

27 January 2016 – With United Nations-backed political talks on Syria set to begin later this week, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, today urged the entire international community to get behind the process, which seeks to ease the suffering for millions of desperate people and end “one of the most savage and brutal conflicts of the 21st century.”