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20 stories found over the past 45 days
‘If we work and build together,’ a more sustainable world will be a safer world, Ban says in California

06 April 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continued his programme in California today, where he received an honorary doctorate from Loyola Marymount University, after addressing yesterday the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, where he gave the audience an overview of United Nations efforts to meet today’s global challenges, from humanitarian crises to climate change to sustainable development.


Food gap widens in conflict-stricken South Sudan – UN assessment

05 April 2016 – Civil strife and unfavourable rains have further reduced crop production in South Sudan, contributing to a cereal deficit of 381,000 metric tons – 53 per cent greater than in 2015 – and aggravating the already severe food shortages, two UN agencies warned today.


Mine action an ‘investment in humanity,’ says Ban, calling for a world free of explosive remnants of war

04 April 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki moon today called for a world free of the threat of mines and explosive remnants of war, stressing that those hazards prevent aid from reaching those in need, and endanger the lives of the displaced persons returning home and children going to school.


Civilians remain at risk in South Sudan, despite peace agreements, Security Council told

31 March 2016 – Senior United Nations officials today cautioned that the humanitarian and human rights situation in South Sudan remains dire, and asked the Security Council to call on the parties to the conflict and armed actors to uphold their obligations under international law to protect civilians and aid workers, and grant free access for delivery of life-saving supplies.


UN chief welcomes signing by Sudanese Government of African Union roadmap agreement

29 March 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the African Union's latest initiative to accelerate progress towards ending the fighting in Darfur, South Kordofan and the Blue Nile states.


Hunger and ongoing insecurity forcing South Sudanese to flee country, UN agency reports

29 March 2016 – Growing food insecurity is causing more and more South Sudanese to flee into Sudan, the United Nations refugee agency today, urging more funding for clean water, sanitation and health services, food and shelter.


UN envoy welcomes Sudan's signing of action plan to end use of child soldiers

28 March 2016 – The United Nations envoy on children and armed conflict has welcomed Sudan's signing of an action plan to prevent the recruitment and use of children by national security forces as an important milestone for child protection there.


At Security Council, UN Women chief urges greater input, visibility of women in peacebuilding

28 March 2016 – Emphasizing the consistent, dependable and universal commitment of women to conflict prevention, the head of UN Women today called for greater efforts to reach the goal of allocating at least 15 per cent of peacebuilding resources to gender equality and women's empowerment.


On World Day, UN chief urges States to promote right to truth and justice

24 March 2016 – Observing International Day for the right to the truth, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged States to adopt measures to promote truth, justice and reparations for victims, which is so crucial to ensuring that gross human rights violations are not repeated.


Ban appoints new Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan; new leadership at UN Afghan mission

18 March 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Nicholas Haysom of South Africa as his Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan.