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UN envoy for Iraq condemns attacks on mosques in Babylon Province

05 January 2016 – The most senior UN official in Iraq has condemned attacks which took place against three Sunni mosques in Babylon Province on Sunday evening, as well as other acts of violence.


UN chief calls on Iran, Saudi Arabia to avoid further exacerbating tensions after executions

04 January 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has phoned the Foreign Ministers of Saudi Arabia and Iran to urge both countries to avoid actions that could further exacerbate tensions after the recent Saudi executions, the attack on the Saudi embassy in Iran, and the rupture in diplomatic ties.


UN officials 'deeply dismayed' by Saudi executions, urge commuting all death sentences

03 January 2016 – Top United Nations officials have expressed deep dismay and regret over yesterday's executions by Saudi Arabia of 47 people, including the cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, and called on the country's authorities to commute all death sentences.


Burkina Faso’s new government a significant achievement for whole Sahel region, says UN chief

30 December 2015 – The inauguration of Burkina Faso’s new president marks a significant development for the whole sub-Saharan Sahel region on the path away from tension and disputed elections, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said, also commending the opposition for their prompt acceptance of the election results.


FEATURE: From a first mission of 120 unarmed men – UN peacekeeping across the decades

29 December 2015 – It began when the United Nations was not even three years old, in the fog of the first Arab-Israeli war in 1948, the Organization’s first peacekeeping mission – 120 unarmed men in motley uniforms, not a gun between them, fanning out across scrubby hilltops and desert cliffs to monitor a shaky truce.


Hailing political accord, Security Council urges international aid against terrorist groups in Libya

23 December 2015 – Welcoming the newly signed United Nations-brokered accord for a national unity government in Libya, the Security Council today urged the parties to implement its terms within the 30-day time limit, and called on the world community to provide all necessary aid to defeat terrorist groups.


2015 in pictures:
a review of some of the year’s major developments

23 December 2015 – Looking back at the year 2015, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon summed it up in two words: “breakthrough and horror.”


Security Council strongly condemns deadly terrorist attack near Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan

22 December 2015 – The United Nations Security Council today condemned “in the strongest terms” the terrorist attack in Afghanistan that killed at least six United States service members, for which the Taliban claimed responsibility, saying “no violent or terrorist acts can reverse the path towards Afghan-led peace, democracy and stability.”


With parties ‘deeply divided over path to peace,’ Yemen faces Balkanization, Security Council warned

22 December 2015 – The Security Council must act now to end the fighting in Yemen or face the irreversible Balkanization of the country, creating safe havens for terrorists and potentially shattering regional stability, the United Nations human rights chief warned today.


Syria: Security Council demands immediate humanitarian access across battle lines

22 December 2015 – In its first resolution on Syria since granting the United Nations an enhanced role in seeking to end the five-year-long war, the Security Council today demanded that all parties, particularly the Syrian authorities, immediately open routes across conflict lines and borders to let in vital humanitarian aid.