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Economic and Social Council President urges closer ties with UN peacebuilding body

24 June 2016 – Closer collaboration between the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the UN Peacebuilding Commission is imperative in order to move forward on commitments in the sustainable development agenda and effectively address the specific challenges and needs of countries emerging from conflict, the President of ECOSOC said today.


In Cannes, Ban pitches ad agencies on Global Goals, announces ‘Common Ground’ partnership

24 June 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on advertising and creative communication professionals to wage “the biggest-ever campaign for humanity” by supporting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a 15-year anti-poverty, pro-planet action plan, adopted by 193 Member States last year.


In wake of UK vote to leave EU, Ban says UN to continue to work with both 'important partners'

24 June 2016 – Following the vote in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that the UN looks forward to continuing to work with both “important partners.”


At peacebuilding body, UN deputy chief underlines core obligation to prevent conflict and sustain peace

23 June 2016 – Marking the tenth anniversary of the first meeting of the Peacebuilding Commission –which has become known as ‘Peacekeeping Day’ – United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today urged Member States, particularly those with membership in the Security Council, to make full use of the Commission and its role in preventing violent conflict.


In Havana, Ban hails Colombia ceasefire pact as example of peace with dignity

23 June 2016 – In Havana, Cuba, today to witness the signing of a bilateral ceasefire agreement and laying down of weapons between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored the importance of the historic event as an exemplary implementation of peace.


Ban appoints Ivan Šimonovic as special adviser on the responsibility to protect

23 June 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Ivan Šimonović of Croatia as his Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect.


‘Medieval’ sieges, barrel bombs are ‘disgusting reality’ in Syria – senior UN officials

23 June 2016 – The recent “stuttering momentum” in delivering humanitarian aid to Syria’s besieged and hard-to-reach populations must be significantly expanded in the second half of 2016, the United Nations humanitarian chief told the Security Council today, warning that progress made to date was only “a trickle” of the country’s overwhelming needs.


Ban marks UN Public Service Day with call for shared drive to achieve sustainability agenda

23 June 2016 – The efforts of women and men engaged in public service are crucial to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, paying tribute to public servants on the day set aside by the General Assembly to spotlight their invaluable contributions.


World's oft-marginalized widows must be part of sustainable development, says Ban

23 June 2016 – With nearly half the world’s 259 million widows living poverty, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged greater efforts to “make them more visible in our societies” and ensure they are a vital part of the UN Sustainable Development Agenda’s pledge to ‘leave no one behind.’


Welcoming Sudan’s cessation of hostilities, Ban urges ‘final peace’ through national dialogue

22 June 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the announcement by the Sudanese Government of a four-month unilateral cessation of hostilities, beginning on 18 June 2016, in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan states.