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UN officials call for concrete commitments on gender equality at World Humanitarian Summit

17 March 2016 – Top United Nations officials today called on leaders to attend the World Humanitarian Summit in May and make concrete commitments to enhance gender equality, as women and girls are “central” to humanitarian action.


FEATURE: A conversation with female ambassadors about the UN Security Council

17 March 2016 – While the gender ratio between female and male diplomats at the United Nations is becoming more balanced overall, the number of women ambassadors in the Security Council has fallen from its peak of six women in 2014 to four in 2015 to just one this year. How has this influenced the top collective decision-making body on peace and security, and what, if anything, does this say about the future of UN diplomacy and peacebuilding?


Haiti’s only path to institutional and political stability is going to the polls – UN envoy

17 March 2016 – A protracted political crisis in Haiti may hamper the stabilization gains achieved in recent year and further decline the island nation’s economic growth, the top United Nations official in the country today told the Security Council.


‘Raise your voices’ to create a better world, Ban urges students at New York’s Lehman College

17 March 2016 – Delivering a lecture at Lehman College in New York, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged students to join the global fight against conflicts, poverty, inequality, migration crisis, diseases, and climate change.


Security Council urges all parties in Lebanon to 'put national interest ahead of partisan politics'

17 March 2016 – Deeply concerned over the 21-month vacancy in the presidency of Lebanon and the current political stalemate in Government, the United Nations Security Council today called on Lebanese leaders to adhere to the Constitution and put to put the country's stability and national interests ahead of partisan politics.


Future of Liberia and UN presence in the country discussed at Security Council

17 March 2016 – One year since Liberian authorities launched a “historic undertaking” to assume full responsibility of the country’s security by the end of next June, top United Nations officials today discussed what measures are needed to support the implantation of the plan.


Addressing violent extremism ‘urgent human rights priority,’ warns UN chief

17 March 2016 – Top United Nations officials today urged the international community to develop effective, rights-based responses to violent extremism by examining its drivers and shifting away from the “security only” approach to dealing with the scourge.


UN chief condemns double suicide bombing in north-east Nigeria

17 March 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned yesterday’s double suicide attacks in Maiduguri in Nigeria’s restive Borno state by suspected Boko Haram elements, which left 20 people dead and many injured.