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INTERVIEW: Selection of next UN Secretary-General has been game-changing process, says outgoing General Assembly President

08 September 2016 – On 15 June 2015, the United Nations General Assembly elected Mogens Lykketoft – a Danish national – to serve as the President of its seventieth session. At the time of his election, Mr. Lykketoft was the Speaker (President) of the Danish Parliament, a position he had held since 2011. Born on 9 January 1946, it was a fitting coincidence that he would turn 70 during his term as President of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly– a personal fact he highlighted during his acceptance speech to the world body upon his election.


Afghanistan: UN aid chief calls for scaled-up support to one million people on the move

07 September 2016 – Seeking $150 million for aid efforts in Afghanistan, the top United Nations relief official today called on the international community to urgently scale up its support for the war-torn country so that it can meet the rising humanitarian needs of more than one million people who are on the move, either internally displaced or returning from neighbouring countries.


As peace talks stall, violence soars once again in Syria – new UN report warns

06 September 2016 – Although February’s ceasefire agreement created an all-too-brief respite in fighting, there has been a tragic increase in violence targeting Syrian civilians, crushing hopes of peace in the war-torn country, a group of United Nations experts warned today.


Greek volunteers awarded top UN humanitarian honour for efforts with migrants and refugees

06 September 2016 – A Greek human rights activist and a Greek volunteer rescue team – Efi Latsoudi and the Hellenic Rescue Team (HRT) – have been jointly awarded this year’s Nansen Refugee Award for their efforts to aid refugees arriving in Greece during 2015.


Ahead of G20 opening, Ban stresses 'far-reaching' impacts of early climate action, urges unity on Global Goals

04 September 2016 – At a G20 summit in the southeastern city of Hangzhou in China, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the conference's focus on sustainable development and climate change, urging all countries to take early action on these.


In meeting with Turkey's President, UN chief stresses country's key role in fighting ISIL

03 September 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today met with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, emphasizing the key role of Turkey in the fight against Da'esh (ISIL), Mr. Ban's office said.


UN humanitarian chief sees first-hand harrowing conditions of refugees at Syria-Jordan border's berm

02 September 2016 – On a visit to northern Jordan today, the top United Nations humanitarian official saw first-hand the conditions that more than 70,000 Syrian refugees, mostly women and children, are having to stay in along the border with Syria – in the middle of the desert, under a blazing sun and with no food or water – amid talks with Jordanian authorities aimed at resolving their plight.


UN refugee agency: 2016 is deadliest year for refugees crossing to Europe via Central Mediterranean

02 September 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency today flagged that while the number of deaths of refugees seeking safety via the Turkey-Greece route into Europe has fallen dramatically, the use of the North Africa-Italy route has remained constant – with the latter experiencing an increase in the number of deaths, making 2016 the deadliest year so far for refugees in the Central Mediterranean.


UN envoy eyes new political initiative in Syria talks; his advisor says taskforce ‘failed’ people of Darayya

01 September 2016 – The United Nations envoy for Syria said today that he plans to present a “quite clear political initiative” during the week preceding the General Assembly so that the stalled peace talks could resume by the time the Security Council holds another meeting on Syria on 21 September.


UN agency applauds US leadership on refugees as 10,000th Syrian refugee arrives

01 September 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency has welcomed the news of the arrival of the 10,000th Syrian refugee in the United States.