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Pacific islands play vital role in advancing action on climate change, Ban tells leaders

01 October 2015 – Located on the frontlines of climate change, Pacific island nations have a crucial role to play in efforts to advance a sustainable future, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the region’s leaders as they met today at United Nations Headquarters.

In wake of ‘dramatic’ violence in Central African Republic, Foreign Minister calls to strengthen UN mission

30 September 2015 – Warning that the Central African Republic (CAR) is currently seeing an upsurge in deadly violence in and around its capital, Bangui, Foreign Minster Samuel Rangba today called on the United Nations to step up its support for the war-weary country, including by strengthening the UN peacekeeping mission there and lifting sanctions impacting training of military forces.

Global response to terrorism vital for solving refugee crisis, European leaders tell UN

30 September 2015 – European leaders took to the podium of the United Nations General Assembly today to call for a global response to terrorism, both by combatting it and taking early action to pre-empt the scourge, which has seen hundreds of thousands of refugees flooding to the continent’s doorstep.

World must ‘act with collective humanity’ to address growing humanitarian needs – Ban

30 September 2015 – As preparations continue for next year’s World Humanitarian Summit, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need for all actors to work together to address the growing needs around the globe which are due to a number of factors but mainly driven by armed conflict.

At UN, Australia says action on Global Goals will 'transform world' for betterment of all

29 September 2015 – Speaking to the 70th United Nations General Assembly, Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia, commended the unanimous endorsement and adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the UN and its Member States.

UNICEF advocate Orlando Bloom urges protection of refugee and migrant children

29 September 2015 – Actor and Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Orlando Bloom called for greater protection for tens of thousands of refugee and migrant children on the move in Europe.

UN agencies call for end to violence and discrimination against LGBTI community

29 September 2015 – Twelve UN agencies today called for an end to violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) adults, adolescents and children, and set out specific steps to protect these individuals.

Growing threat of violent extremism demands unified response, UN chief tells summit

29 September 2015 – Addressing the growing threat posed by violent extremist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as Da’esh, goes to the heart of the mission of the United Nations and requires a unified response, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today at a high-level event held in New York.

African leaders highlight UN’s ability to support countries and rid world of fear and violence

29 September 2015 – The UN has played a significant role in reducing conflicts on the African continent and in other parts of the world was a message underlined by a number of African leaders who addressed the United Nations General Assembly today during the annual general debate.

Better future for Somalia must remain collective priority, Ban says at high-level meeting

28 September 2015 – Outlining the progress made so far by the Government and people of Somalia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed that a better future for the Horn of Africa nation must remain a collective priority for the international community.