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UN rights chief urges Gambian leader to respect results of presidential election

16 December 2016 – The increased military presence deployed across Gambia since President Yayha Jammeh rejected the election result risks heightening the current climate of intimidation and harassment in the country, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights warned today.


Israelis and Palestinians must ‘rebuild trust in each other,’ Ban tells Security Council

16 December 2016 – While the international community must spare no effort revive waning support for the long-sought two-state solution for Middle East peace, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the United Nations Security Council today that “ultimately, it is up to the Israelis and the Palestinians to make peace,” and called on the two sides to “rebuild trust in each other.”


Security Council ‘strongest when united,’ says Secretary-General as he bids farewell

14 December 2016 – In its farewell to the outgoing United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Security Council today acknowledged his contribution to international peace, security and development, in particular his exceptional efforts to solve global problems in economic, social, environmental and cultural fields.


UN pays tribute to Secretary-General Ban’s ‘never-tiring service to humanity’

12 December 2016 – The General Assembly today paid a tribute to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his “never-tiring service to humanity” over the past decade, while also swearing in his successor António Guterres, who will assume his duties on 1 January 2017.


‘The price of no change is unacceptable’ – UN and civil society global campaigns aim to end violence against women

10 December 2016 – A global effort to end violence against women is now underway: 16 days of activism began on 25 November with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against and will continue through 10 December, Human Rights Day galvanizing the work of UN Women’s ‘Orange the World’ campaign and the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence Against Women initiative.


Gambia: UN calls on outgoing President to respect election results and to carry out a peaceful transition

10 December 2016 – Strongly condemning the outgoing Gambian President's rejection of the outcome of the Presidential election in the country, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council called on him to carry out a peaceful and orderly transition process.


Ghana: Congratulating new President, UN chief thanks outgoing leader for preserving peace during polls

10 December 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the Nana Akufo-Addo on his election as President of Ghana and thanked outgoing President John Dramani Mahama for his role in defusing tensions and preserving peace during the election period.


'Stand up for someone's rights today,' UN urges on Human Rights Day

09 December 2016 – Upholding human rights is in the interest of all and are at the heart of the work and identify of the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed ahead of Human Rights Day, calling on the international community to “stand up for someone's rights today, tomorrow and every day.”


Human rights violations in DPR Korea ‘warning signs of instability and conflict,’ Security Council told

09 December 2016 – Citing human rights violations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), senior United Nations officials today highlighted the need for the Security Council to pay attention to the situation “of great concern.”


Ban congratulates Ghana on peaceful elections but urges peaceful resolution of any disputes

09 December 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the people of Ghana for exercising their democratic rights and peacefully conducting the presidential and parliamentary elections on 7 December.