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Maldives: Concerned by 'increasing polarization, Ban calls for parties to work toward inclusive dialogue

02 December 2016 – Concerned by the increasing polarization in the Maldives, which has made dialogue among the Government and political parties increasingly difficult, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has encouraged all concerned to work toward an inclusive dialogue.


UN chief commends peaceful polls in Gambia, congratulates President-elect Adama Barrow

02 December 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today commended the people of Gambia for the peaceful and orderly manner in which yesterday's presidential election was held and congratulated President-elect Adama Barrow.


UN welcomes ratification of new peace accord in Colombia

02 December 2016 – Welcoming the Colombian parliament's ratification of the new Final Peace Agreement between the Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council have expressed hope for its swift implementation for the benefit of all Colombians.


Syria: With winter closing in, UN envoys highlight humanitarian urgency of situation in Aleppo

01 December 2016 – With the humanitarian crisis in Syria’s devastated city of Aleppo deteriorating by the day, the United Nations Special Envoy for the country appealed for a pause in fighting so that much needed relief can reach the city’s population and those with urgent medical emergencies can be evacuated.


Asia-Pacific saw steady growth in 2016, but risks to financial stability remain – UN report

01 December 2016 – Issuing a year-end update to its flagship economic and social development report, the United Nations development arm for the Asia-Pacific region said today that resilient domestic demand and policy support supported the region notch a steady growth rate of five per cent but warned that risks remain to financial stability.


On eve of major UN conference, alarms raised that efforts to halt biodiversity loss are lagging

01 December 2016 – Time is running out to stop the global decline in biodiversity and protect ecosystems that are essential for the livelihoods and well-being of billions of people, the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity warned today, as more than 190 countries prepare to meet on this issue in Cancun, Mexico.


UN’s Ban apologizes to people of Haiti, outlines new plan to fight cholera epidemic and help communities

01 December 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today apologized to the people of Haiti, expressing deep regret for the loss of life and suffering caused by the country’s cholera epidemic, and outlined the way forward including immediate steps to stem the outbreak and long-term support for those affected – while also highlighting the need for adequate funding of the proposal.


International community has obligation to prevent ‘ethnic cleansing’ in South Sudan – UN rights experts

01 December 2016 – With “many of the warning signals of impending genocide” already present in South Sudan and amid a “mindboggling” scale of rape of women and girls, a team of United Nations human rights experts called on the international community to take immediate action to avert mass bloodshed, as they wrapped up a 10-day visit to the crisis-riven country.


Enabling youth to shape their own future key to Arab region’s development progress – UN report

01 December 2016 – The future of development and security in Arab countries depends on investing in their youth populations, which are better educated and more connected than ever before, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said in a new report on the region.


One in three people suffers malnutrition at global cost of $3.5 trillion a year – UN

01 December 2016 – As an United Nations international meeting on ways to improve diets and ensure sustainable food systems kicked off in Rome, Italy today, participants were told that one in three people on the planet suffers some form of malnutrition, impacting public health and economic development at an estimated cost of $3.5 trillion per year.