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WHS: World Humanitarian Summit will be 'wake-up call' for action and 'launch pad' for new initiatives

22 May 2016 – Just hours away from the opening of the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), United Nations senior officials today highlighted that the global event is to serve as a wake-up call for action in the service of common humanity, providing a launch pad for new initiatives.


On International Day, UN highlights biodiversity's role in underpinning development

22 May 2016 – Biodiversity and the ecosystem services it supports are the foundations for life on Earth and the livelihoods and well-being of people everywhere, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today on the International Day for Biological Diversity, as he urged the international community to preserve and sustainably manage the variety of life on the planet.


'Together, we can move from aspiration to action,' Ban tells global, regional leaders in Qatar

21 May 2016 – With the Doha Forum meeting “at a time of fragility and vulnerability,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that while progress on the UN's 2030 Agenda is crucial to usher in sustainability and equity, more must be done now to end conflict and suffering.


Venezuelan Government and opposition should address challenges through dialogue – Ban

21 May 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continues to follow events in Venezuela and is encouraged by the ongoing initiatives by former Heads of State and Government to promote dialogue between the Government of Venezuela and the opposition, under the auspices of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR).


On World Day, UN hails potential of cultural diversity to boost development

21 May 2016 – Cultural diversity is an outstanding source of exchange, innovation and creativity, and has the enormous potential to accelerate sustainable development, the United Nations cultural agency declared today.


VIDEO: Afghan cyclists bring message of peace to UN Headquarters

20 May 2016 – On a round-the-world trip to promote peace that included cycling 7,000 miles from Istanbul, an Afghan father and son arrived Friday morning at United Nations Headquarters in New York, the final destination of the first leg of this epic journey.


Ban urges UN system to bolster support for indigenous peoples, as annual forum concludes

20 May 2016 – Much has been achieved to improve the rights of indigenous peoples, but conflicts on their lands and territories, and the lack of inclusion of their voices in peace processes, remain a challenge, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today at the closing of a two-week forum.


On Day of Vesak, UN chief says Buddhism can help enlighten world about pressing issues

20 May 2016 – Observing the Day of Vesak, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted how the teachings of Buddhism can help the international community tackle pressing challenges, including mass population movements, violent conflicts, atrocious human rights abuses and hateful rhetoric aimed at dividing communities.


FEATURE: Between protracted and emergency crises – a case study of the humanitarian funding conundrum in Sudan

20 May 2016 – One of the expected outcomes of the first World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), which will take place next week in Istanbul, Turkey, is a commitment from the international community to dedicate more resources to prevent and reduce human suffering.


UN conference spotlights role of tourism in fighting poverty and building peace

20 May 2016 – Tourism plays a crucial role in lifting people out of poverty and building peace, participants from more than 100 countries gathered at a United Nations conference in Beijing, China, this week have said, calling for greater efforts to step up international cooperation in that regard.