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UN chief uses Central African Republic visit to spotlight ongoing crisis, urge end to violence

05 April 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid a visit to the Central African Republic (CAR) on Saturday to focus the world's attention on a crisis that has been marked by widespread atrocities and suffering, and to call on the country's citizens to heed the lessons of neighbouring Rwanda and stop the violence.

Central African Republic: UN says Chadian soldiers responsible for deadly Bangui attack

04 April 2014 – A preliminary investigation by the United Nations human rights office into the deadly events that took place on 29 March in a suburb of Bangui, the crisis-riven capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), has found that Chadian soldiers killed some 30 civilians and seriously wounded more than 300 in an indiscriminate attack on a crowded market.

UN officials cite ‘race against time’ to prevent humanitarian catastrophe in South Sudan

03 April 2014 – With no political solution to the conflict that has torn South Sudan apart in sight, senior United Nations officials working in the country stressed today that they are in a “race against time” ahead of the rainy season to help prevent a health and hunger catastrophe.

In Brussels, Ban says ‘much heavy lifting’ required by all to curb impacts of climate change

03 April 2014 – From the tropics to the poles, from small islands to large continents, and from the poorest countries to the wealthiest, the ominous signs of climate change are profoundly visible, said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today, calling for transformative collective action to tackle the phenomenon now – on all fronts– before it is too late.

At Brussels conference, Ban spotlights crisis in Central African Republic

02 April 2014 – Stating that the world failed to stop the Central African Republic’s slide “into a grave political, economic and humanitarian crisis,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged African and European leaders meeting in Brussels to act quickly to end the killing, protect civilians and prevent further sectarian strife, including through the deployment of a UN peacekeeping force.

At Brussels conference, Ban says genocide prevention is global responsibility

01 April 2014 – Addressing the International Conference on Genocide Prevention in Brussels, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today declared that defending human rights is a global responsibility, and called on all Governments to renew their commitment to vigilance and political will to prevent any mass atrocities from ever occurring again.

Stepped-up attacks in Central African Republic prompt UN call for more peacekeepers

01 April 2014 – With the Central African Republic (CAR) capital of Bangui having relapsed into wider violence, the United Nations human rights office today urged States to support the world body’s appeal for thousands more peacekeepers and police.

Saving more lives requires abandoning broken, reactive approach to aid – UN

31 March 2014 – Relief aid should anticipate and prevent – not just react and treat, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) declares today in a new report that challenges humanitarian and development actors to change the way they operate, and aims to kick-start an urgent global dialogue on preventing crises through effective risk management.

Central African Republic: amid rising violence, Ban says perpetrators will be held accountable

31 March 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced concern at the latest upsurge in violence in the Central African Republic (CAR), and reminded all those involved that they will be held accountable for their actions and brought to justice.

Ban warns against escalation of crisis in Ukraine, saying ‘small sparks’ could ‘ignite larger flames’

28 March 2014 – Reiterating his strong call for a diplomatic solution to the crisis over Ukraine, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon this evening warned the concerned parties – and the wider international community – that “at this time of heightened tensions, even small sparks can ignite larger flames of unintended consequences.”