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Somalia: senior UN official calls for global support to improve human rights situation

17 November 2015 – While noting significant improvement in several sectors in long-troubled Somalia, a senior United Nations official today warned that the country’s progress is “at risk” without increased support from international partners to ensure the promotion and protection of human rights.

'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 condemns 'despicable' terrorist attacks in Paris

13 November 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Security Council have condemned the “despicable" terrorist attacks carried out today in various locations in and around Paris, and Mr. Ban has demanded the immediate release of the numerous individuals reportedly being held hostage in the Bataclan theatre.

Security Council strongly condemns terrorist attacks in Beirut suburb

13 November 2015 – The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on 12 November in the Beirut suburb of Burj al-Barajneh that killed at least 43 and injured more than 200 people.

Lebanon: UN officials condemn attack in Beirut suburb, call for terrorists to be brought to justice

12 November 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his Special Representative in Lebanon, Sigrid Kaag, have strongly condemned the terrorist attack today in the Beirut suburb of Burj al-Barajneh.

In Iraq, UN reports close to 2,000 casualties in October from terrorism and conflict

12 November 2015 – Acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict killed a total of 714 Iraqis and injured another 1,269 during the month of October, according to casualty figures released today by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).

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.