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UN envoy for Syria meets with Government delegation in Geneva

02 February 2016 – The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria today met with a delegation from the country’s Government, one day after meeting with representatives of the opposition High Negotiation Committee (HNC), which he said had officially begun the UN-mediated intra-Syrian talks in Geneva.


As flood of child refugees and migrants into Europe soars, UN calls for enhanced protection

02 February 2016 – Child protection systems across Europe are completely overwhelmed as the rate of youngsters in the flood of refugees and migrants has soared to one in three compared with one in 10 less than a year ago, the United Nations warned today, calling for strengthened steps to prevent exploitation and abuse.


Zika virus: UN agencies step up response measures following declaration of public health emergency

02 February 2016 – Following yesterday’s declaration of a public health emergency of international concern regarding the cluster of microcephaly and other neurological disorders in relation to the Zika virus, United Nations agencies today highlighted their actions to support affected communities.


UN-brokered Intra-Syrian talks officially start in Geneva with opposition meeting

01 February 2016 – The delayed intra-Syrian talks to end five years of bloody warfare officially started in Geneva today with two hours of talks between the United Nations mediator and the opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC).


Zika virus an ‘international public health emergency,’ UN health agency declares

01 February 2016 – Meeting today on the Zika virus outbreak, the World Health Organization announced that the recent cluster of neurological disorders and neonatal malformations reported in the Americas region constitutes a public health emergency of international concern.


Don’t just seek to resolve war once it erupts, prevent it in the first place, says UN chief

01 February 2016 – Speaking in a region that is witnessing widespread turmoil – from Syria to Yemen – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Oman’s National Defence College today that preventing conflicts rather than resolving them once they have erupted is the surest path to stability.


At opening of Youth Forum, UN launches new initiative to tackle employment crisis

01 February 2016 – As more than 800 young leaders gather in New York for the annual United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum, UN officials today launched a new initiative to tackle youth unemployment, making it clear that success in fighting poverty and inequality will largely depend on them being a driving force.


Crisis-torn Burundi's leaders should pursue dialogue, listen to concerns of their people – UN chief

31 January 2016 – The Government and people of Burundi should resolve the country's months-long political crisis through inclusive dialogue, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as he wrapped up three days of wide-ranging meetings with African Union (AU) leaders today, warning that the deteriorating situation in Burundi is “a source of great concern, not only in the region, but in the continent and the world.”


In Addis Ababa, Ban urges leaders to build on progress in human rights and women's empowerment

30 January 2016 – Hailing vital commitments the African Union (AU) has made on human rights and women's rights, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged the continent's leaders to move on from setting standards to what he called “the three I's” – Implementation, Institution-building and Investment in real change – and set a shining example for the wider world.


At African Union Peace and Security Council, Ban discusses Burundi, South Sudan and counter-terrorism

29 January 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today, in an address to the African Union Peace and Security Council, spotlighted three topics high on the regional body's agenda – counter-terrorism, and the ongoing crises in both South Sudan and Burundi – all of which require urgent attention at the continental-level and from the wider international community.