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Helping mental disabilities patients live with dignity, Ban's message to the World on Mental Health Day

10 October 2015 – Everyone has the right to respect and dignity, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declared in his message on World Mental Health Day, highlighting that people who have mental health and psychosocial disabilities deserve to live with the dignity that is integral to a healthy and fulfilling life.

Security Council extends UN mission in South Sudan, urges inclusive dialogue towards lasting peace

09 October 2015 – Extending for two months the mandate of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS), the Security Council urged the parties to implement a recent peace deal and adjusting the operation’s activities, requesting the Secretary-General to prioritize the deployment if unarmed unmanned aerial systems and to make available technical assistance for setting up a hybrid court as called for in the peace agreement.

‘The stakes are high,’ UN chief tells climate finance meeting in Peru

09 October 2015 – Stressing that financial resources are central to meeting the goals of the transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Agenda, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that in order to create a low-carbon, climate-resilient future that benefits everybody, allocating appropriate finance is of key importance.

Civilians killed by air strikes at Yemeni wedding party ‘deeply disturbing,’ says UN humanitarian chief

09 October 2015 – The top United Nations humanitarian official today said he was “deeply disturbed” by the news of civilians being killed by coalition air strikes that hit a wedding party in Yemen’s Dhamar Governorate yesterday.

Top UN officials urge Libyan parties to endorse proposals on new unity government

09 October 2015 – Following the proposal of the names of candidates for the presidency for a national unity government in Libya, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged parties to the Libyan “not to squander this opportunity to put the country back on the path to building a State that reflects the spirit and ambitions of the 2011 revolution.”

Ban appoints new head of UN mission in DR Congo

08 October 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Maman S. Sidikou of Niger as his new Special Representative for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Head of the UN Mission in the country, known as MONUSCO.

‘Extremely concerned’ by escalating West Bank violence, UN rights chief urges restraint

08 October 2015 – Voicing extreme concern over escalating tensions and rapidly-spreading violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, the United Nations human rights chief today called for urgent action by both Israelis and Palestinians to halt the violence, while stressing the need to ensure security forces comply with international standards and respect for human rights.

Haiti taking ‘resolute’ steps towards renewal of democracy and stability – UN envoy

08 October 2015 – With the holding its first round of elections 9 August this year, to renew the executive legislative and local leadership of the country, Haiti is taking “resolute” steps in renewing its democratic institutions, the top United Nations official for the country told the Security Council today.

Houthis reaffirm acceptance of Security Council resolution aimed at ending violence in Yemen – UN

07 October 2015 – The United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, has welcomed the latest statements by the Houthis reaffirming their acceptance of a UN Security Council resolution aimed at ending the country’s months-long conflict, the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

UN chief condemns killing of peacekeeper in Central African Republic

07 October 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned today the killing of a ‘blue helmet’ from the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), which occurred yesterday in the capital, Bangui.