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'Status quo simply cannot continue in Syria' – UN humanitarian chief

16 November 2015 – More than five years since the unrest in Syria began, senior United Nations officials today stressed to the Security Council that the status quo in the war-torn country cannot continue, highlighting the effects of the conflict on civilians, especially women and children.

At G20 Summit, Ban says response to terrorism 'needs to be robust, always within rule of law'

15 November 2015 – While the G20 Summit opened today in the Turkish city Antalya, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he will stress to world leaders that the global response to terrorism needs to be robust, but always within the rule of law and with respect for human rights.

Ban arrives in Turkey ahead of G20 Summit, meets with Turkish President

14 November 2015 – Meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ahead of the G20 Summit in Antalya, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the annual event was “happening in somber times that required unity of action.”

'Rare moment of diplomatic opportunity to end conflict in Syria,' says Ban as talks in Vienna reconvened

14 November 2015 – While members of an international support group for Syria engaged in “constructive dialogue” in Vienna on how to end the five-year conflict, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he is encouraged by the stakeholders reconvening to address the “grave situation” and bring about a political settlement to end the violence as soon as possible.

UN at 70: former envoy and Nobel laureate says Security Council reform vital for more effective Organization

13 November 2015 – “Old tools and approaches are not always enough to solve current complex crises.” This is according to former Finnish President and United Nations envoy Martti Ahtisaari, who highlights the importance of reforming the Security Council, as he reflects on the UN’s 70th anniversary in a new book published for the occasion.

Some 3,300 people a day still arriving on Lesvos – UN refugee agency

13 November 2015 – Despite dangerous sea conditions, the United Nations refugee agency today reported that the number of refugees and migrants arriving on Lesvos continues to be high, at an average of 3,300 people per day so far in November.

With new UN smartphone app, users can help feed Syrian refugee children with a simple tap

12 November 2015 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today launched a free app that will allow smartphone users worldwide to feed hungry children with a tap on their screens.

Ban warns against cuts in development aid to finance response to refugee crisis

11 November 2015 – Reducing development assistance to finance the cost of refugee flows is counter-productive, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today, declaring that “helping people in need should not be a zero-sum game.”

In Saudi Arabia, UN chief calls fighting terrorism with heavy-handed tactics counter-productive

10 November 2015 – Speaking in a region that has been torn apart by violent extremism, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Arab and South America leaders in Saudi Arabia today that heavy-handed tactics in fighting terrorism only add fuel to the fire.

Syria: envoy says UN 'ready to support' Vienna talks; build momentum for political solution to conflict

10 November 2015 – Seeking to maintain momentum for renewed diplomacy towards a political settlement of the conflict in Syria, the United Nations Special Envoy on the crisis said today that the UN is ready to support any decision taken at the next round of international talks in Vienna this weekend and that he hopes the discussions yield some deliverables for the long-suffering Syrian people – namely, a lessoning of the violence.