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'We the Peoples' exhibit of iconic artwork by Norman Rockwell set to open at UN Headquarters

29 June 2015 – Part of an ongoing series of global events marking the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, a special exhibition is set to open at the world body's New York Headquarters bringing together legendary artist Norman Rockwell's original United Nations drawing, his Golden Rule painting, and a collection of work that reflects his appreciation for humanity and the noble goals of the Organization.


Extending mandate of UN mission in Mali, Security Council adds observers to monitor fresh ceasefire

29 June 2015 – The Security Council today extended the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) for one year, within the authorized troop ceiling of 11,240 military personnel, including, for the first time, at least 40 military observers to monitor and supervise the country’s newly agreed ceasefire.


Security Council extends UN-African Union operation in Darfur for another year

29 June 2015 – Expressing deep concern at the “serious deterioration” in the security situation in Darfur, the Security Council has decided today to extend for one year, until 30 June 2016, the mandate of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in the Western region of Sudan.


Syria: deputy UN relief chief urges political solution amid 'extremely challenging' humanitarian crisis

29 June 2015 – Humanitarian access to civilians trapped by the Syrian conflict is being increasingly obstructed by the ongoing fighting in the country and a shortfall in critical funding, a senior United Nations relief official warned today.


At Stanford University, Ban says UN ready to build a better future for all

27 June 2015 – The United Nations and the international community are experiencing an age of great difficulties and opportunities which will help define the future of the planet, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared in a wide-ranging address that touched upon the myriad common challenges – from climate change to sustainable development – currently facing humanity.


In San Francisco, Ban celebrates 70th anniversary of UN Charter – 'compass' to a better world

26 June 2015 – Bringing the idea of the United Nations to life required huge leaps of statecraft to bridge differences, declared Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today in San Francisco, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Charter, which he said “symbolizes the hope and aspirations that we can bring the world as it is a little closer to the world as it should be.”


Ban welcomes US Supreme Court ruling guaranteeing right to same-sex marriage

26 June 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed today the United States Supreme Court ruling that the US Constitution guarantees the right to same-sex marriage.


Afghanistan: UN official expresses deep concern after report reveals children bear brunt of conflict

26 June 2015 – Last year saw more children killed or maimed in Afghanistan since monitoring of those statistics began in 2007, reflecting that “children are bearing the brunt of the conflict,” according to United Nations UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest report on children and armed conflict in that strife-torn country.


Central African Republic’s transition needs international community’s support – UN expert

26 June 2015 – The international community must redouble its efforts to help the Central African Republic to fully realize its transition to peace, national reconciliation, reconstruction and the end of impunity, the United Nations independent expert on the human rights situation in the country said today.


On International Day, UN chief urges concrete support for victims of torture

26 June 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has renewed his call for Member States to repudiate the use of torture amid the international community’s ongoing fight against terrorism and provide victims of the inhumane practice with support critical in helping them rebuild their lives.