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Burkina Faso’s new government a significant achievement for whole Sahel region, says UN chief

30 December 2015 – The inauguration of Burkina Faso’s new president marks a significant development for the whole sub-Saharan Sahel region on the path away from tension and disputed elections, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said, also commending the opposition for their prompt acceptance of the election results.


FEATURE: From a first mission of 120 unarmed men – UN peacekeeping across the decades

29 December 2015 – It began when the United Nations was not even three years old, in the fog of the first Arab-Israeli war in 1948, the Organization’s first peacekeeping mission – 120 unarmed men in motley uniforms, not a gun between them, fanning out across scrubby hilltops and desert cliffs to monitor a shaky truce.


UN envoy sets 25 January as target date to begin intra-Syrian peace talks

26 December 2015 – The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria has set 25 January 2016 as the target date to begin talks between the parties aimed at ending the five-year-old conflict, his spokesperson announced today.


Ban applauds General Assembly adoption of $5.4 billion UN budget for next two years

23 December 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon applauded Member States on Wednesday night for adopting a budget of $5.4 billion for the United Nations to carry out its vital work during the 2016-2017 biennium.


2015 in pictures:
a review of some of the year’s major developments

23 December 2015 – Looking back at the year 2015, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon summed it up in two words: “breakthrough and horror.”


UN Year in Review 2015 looks back at ‘pivotal year’ for international community

23 December 2015 – The year 2015, in which the United Nations celebrated its 70th anniversary, was “pivotal” – in the words of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon – marked by major achievements, including the adoption of a long-term global sustainable development agenda and crowned by the UN climate conference which committed every nation on Earth to do its part in combatting global warming.


Central African Republic: ICC Prosecutor warns against election-related violence, atrocity crimes

23 December 2015 – As the Central African Republic (CAR) prepares for general elections, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said today that her Office will record any instance of violence and that anyone committing atrocity crimes will be held accountable.