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Security Council hears calls for improved coordination, regional partnerships in UN peacebuilding efforts

22 June 2016 – Sustaining peace requires more coherence and coordination among the United Nations system, the head of the intergovernmental advisory body that supports peace efforts in countries emerging from conflict told the Security Council today.


‘Unprecedented’ 65 million people displaced by war and persecution in 2015 – UN

20 June 2016 – The number of people displaced from their homes due to conflict and persecution last year exceeded 60 million for the first time in United Nations history, a tally greater than the population of the United Kingdom, or of Canada, Australia and New Zealand combined, says a new report released on World Refugee Day today.


In Brussels, Ban urges EU Member States to meet development assistance targets

15 June 2016 – On the second day of his visit to Brussels, Belgium, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the opening ceremony of the European Development Days forum and participated in a commemoration for the victims of the March airport bombing attacks in the city.


UNICEF warns of growing exploitation risk for refugee and migrant children arriving in Europe

14 June 2016 – More than nine out of 10 refugee and migrant children arriving in Europe this year through Italy are unaccompanied, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported today, warning of the growing threats of abuse, exploitation and death that such children are facing.


Visiting UN food relief agency, Pope Francis shines spotlight on urgent need to end hunger

13 June 2016 – In the first papal visit to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Pope Francis today gave his full support to the goal of eradicating hunger and paid tribute to the organization’s staff, including those who had lost their lives at work.


Kenya assures head of UN refugee agency that rights obligations will be followed for Somali returns

13 June 2016 – On his first visit to Kenya, the chief of the United Nations refugee agency received assurances from the African country that the return of refugees to Somalia would not contravene international obligations.


UN refugee agency projects resettlement needs at 1.19 million in 2017

13 June 2016 – With a multitude of conflicts and crises causing record displacement around the world, more than 1.19 million people are projected to be in need of resettlement in 2017, the UN refugee agency said today.


Somalia: Ban condemns attack on Ethiopian troops at Mission base

10 June 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned yesterday's attack on Ethiopian troops at an base of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in Halgan, Somalia.


UNESCO chief denounces killing of journalists in Somalia and Afghanistan

08 June 2016 – The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today condemned the killings of a broadcast journalist in Somalia and a photojournalist and his interpreter in Afghanistan, who all lost their lives last Sunday.


Ban announces three senior personnel appointments at UNICEF

06 June 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced three senior personnel appointments at the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).