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51 stories found over the past 45 days
On Nelson Mandela Day, UN urges action that inspires change for a better world

18 July 2016 – As the world marks Nelson Mandela International Day, United Nations officials and UN Messenger of Peace Stevie Wonder today paid tribute to the South African activist and peacemaker's tireless efforts to end intolerance and injustice, calling on the international community to follow his guiding example in efforts to build a better world for all.


In Rwanda, Ban calls for concerted regional and international action in South Sudan

16 July 2016 – On the margins of the 27th African Union (AU) Summit taking place in Kigali, Rwanda, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today addressed a regional body and met with several regional leaders, stressing the need for concerted action to revive the implementation of the peace agreement in South Sudan.


Iraq: security reform, State control of armed groups priorities at ‘critical junction,’ UN envoy says

15 July 2016 – Recent victories against ISIL show that Iraqis are capable of defeating the extremist group, but sustainable peace and security in Iraq can only be achieved through historic reconciliation, the United Nations envoy for the country today said, calling also on the international community for greater support for Iraq and its people.


France: UN condemns terrorist attack on crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice

15 July 2016 – Senior officials from across the United Nations family today condemned the deadly attack in Nice, France, calling for stepped up efforts to fight terrorism and violent extremism.


Human rights are not ‘abstract ideas,’ must be main tool in meeting development targets – Ban

12 July 2016 – Far greater emphasis must be placed on human rights as the international community continues to work towards implementing the agreed-upon sustainable development agenda, because it is the most powerful driver of peace and development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.


At Security Council, Ban urges Israel-Palestine talks to overcome ‘political paralysis’

12 July 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to immediately begin discussions on implementing the recommendations made in a recent report published by the diplomatic partners mediating the peace process as efforts continue to restore hope for a lasting political solution.


West Africa and Sahel must step up intelligence gathering, UN envoy tells Security Council

11 July 2016 – Countries in West Africa and the Sahel must expand intelligence gathering capacities to counter militant threats, such as those posed by Boko Haram, the head of the United Nations operation for that region said today.


'Prevailing calm should not be confused with stability,' warns UN envoy for Lebanon

08 July 2016 – The United Nations envoy for Lebanon has asked the UN Security Council to devote greater attention to situation there, including the deteriorating security conditions, weakening State institutions and the need for continued dispersal of funding for the refugees hosted by the country.


Meeting with Chinese Premier, Ban commends country’s leadership on UN 2030 Agenda

08 July 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing, where he welcomed China's efforts towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as its support to other countries in their own implementation.


UN rights office condemns killing of Kenyan human rights lawyer

05 July 2016 – The United Nations human rights office today condemned the killing of Kenyan human rights lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josphat Mwenda, and their taxi driver, Joseph Muiruri, on 23 June, in a context of persistent allegations of extrajudicial killings by police forces.