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In talks with Southeast Asian leaders, top UN officials stress need to protect migrants stranded at sea

17 May 2015 – Increasingly concerned about the plight of migrants and refugees stranded in the Andaman Sea and Straits of Malacca, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson have spoken separately to leaders in Southeast Asia reiterating the need to protect lives and uphold the obligation of rescue at sea.


‘Make the choice of service,’ UN chief tells Georgetown graduates

16 May 2015 – In a commencement address at Georgetown University, where he received an honorary degree today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told graduates to choose service, be bold, listen, champion progress and act with passion and compassion.


In wake of deadly shoe factory fire in Manila, UN urges global action to make workplaces safe

15 May 2015 – The International Labour Organization (ILO), in a statement issued in the wake of this week's deadly shoe factory fire in the Philippine capital, noted “often such accidents are preventable” and offered its assistance to improve safety and health conditions in the workplace.


UN rights chief urges Southeast Asia States to protect migrants stranded at sea

15 May 2015 – The United Nations human rights chief today urged governments in Southeast Asia to take swift action to protect the lives of migrants stranded in precarious maritime conditions and warned against the policy of pushing boats back out to sea.


Amid ‘extremely tense situation’ in Burundi, UN rights chief warns against reprisals in wake of failed coup

15 May 2015 – The United Nations human rights chief has voiced concern over the developments in Burundi over the past two days following a reportedly failed coup d’état in the country’s capital and urged all armed forces and non-state actors to refrain from actions that may endanger civilians.


‘Untold suffering’ of South Sudanese people must end, UN envoy tells Security Council

14 May 2015 – The security situation in South Sudan deteriorated further during late April and early May, the head of the United Nations mission in the country warned today as she briefed the Security Council on the “very worrying” developments that have had a devastating effect on civilians.


Ban urges borders and ports be kept open to thousands stranded at sea in Southeast Asia

14 May 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed alarm that some Southeast Asian countries may be refusing entry to several thousand people believed to be stranded on smugglers’ boats in the Andaman Sea and Straits of Malacca, and urged leaders in the region to keep their borders and ports open.


Burundi: UN chief urges restraint, condemns all attempts to oust elected governments by military force

14 May 2015 – Calling urgently for calm and restraint in Burundi, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned all attempts to oust elected governments by military force and appealed to the country’s political and security leaders to “clearly and openly reject the use of violence, refrain from acts of revenge, and rein in their militants.”


UN ‘Free & Equal’ campaign launches video spotlighting LGBT diversity, fight against homophobia

14 May 2015 – A new United Nations ‘Free & Equal’ campaign video highlighting the diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community is being shown today on the massive screens in New York’s Times Square ahead of International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia.


At Security Council, UN officials warn against 'waning' global attention to plight of civilians in Iraq

14 May 2015 – The complexities and complications surrounding the plight of civilians in Iraq remain “enormous” amid slow political progress and ongoing violence throughout the country, a senior United Nations official warned today as he urged the international community to support the Gulf State's efforts towards stability and peace.