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Nigeria must halt evictions threatening tens of thousands with homelessness – UN expert

23 November 2015 – A United Nations human rights expert today called on the Nigerian Government to immediately end unlawful large-scale evictions that are threatening tens of thousands of people with homelessness even as the rainy season rages on, voicing alarm at the violence sometimes used by police.

In Malaysia, Ban calls for stronger cooperation from Southeast Asian countries to tackle global crises

22 November 2015 – Amid "grave global threats" looming large, the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon today called for stronger partnerships between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the UN to achieve sustainable development, tackle climate change and eradicate human rights violations.

Ban warns of ‘misplaced suspicions’ of Muslim refugees, migrants after terror attacks

20 November 2015 – As last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut continue to reverberate round the world with calls to restrict refugee and migrant movement in the name of security, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warned against “misplaced suspicions” about refugees and migrants, especially Muslims, who can help fight violent extremism.

Amid today’s complex conflicts, Ban outlines role for Security Council in strengthening peace operations

20 November 2015 – With the complex demands of today’s conflicts putting “enormous burdens on our peace and security tools,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted key areas where the United Nations Security Council could help, namely through political engagement; better design and implementation of UN peace operation mandated; and reinvigorated partnerships.

Northern Ireland still faces urgent challenges nearly 20 years after peace accord – UN expert

20 November 2015 – While much has been achieved in Northern Ireland in the nearly 20 years since a peace accord ended decades of fighting between British forces and the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and the different communities, urgent issues persist, according to a United Nations expert on transitional justice.

Ban establishes eminent panel to help broaden access to quality medicines at affordable costs

20 November 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the establishment of 15-member High-Level Panel on health technology innovation and access, in an effort to escalate investments in research and development for diseases where financial returns are not guaranteed.

In Kosovo, UN efforts focused on promoting stability and political progress

19 November 2015 – Calling for continued support from the Security Council, the top United Nations official in Kosovo today said the UN Mission there (UNMIK) is continuing to focus its efforts on promoting stability, political progress and respect for human rights.

Paris, Beirut terror attacks must not be pretext for slamming shut doors to refugees – UN officials

19 November 2015 – The United Nations General Assembly met today on tackling the global refugee crisis in the shadow of last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut, with top officials pleading that the door for genuine refuge not be slammed shut in the name of security.

Indigenous peoples’ voices must be heard at Paris climate change conference, UN agency says

19 November 2015 – Indigenous peoples own, occupy or manage up to 65 per cent of the Earth’s land surface, yet they have largely been excluded from national plans prepared for next month’s United Nations climate change conference in Paris, according to the UN Development Programme (UNDP), which is working to address the issue.

Nigeria: Ban condemns deadly terrorist attack; urges fight be grounded in international law

18 November 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the terrorist bomb attack in the Nigeria city of Yola, which killed dozens dead and injured scores.