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New sustainability agenda must harmonize man’s relationship with planet – UN Assembly President

27 April – As United Nations Member States prepare to adopt and move toward implementing a new development agenda, the President of the General Assembly said it is critical to ensure that “a harmonious relationship with our planet underpins our quest to achieve sustainable development.”


Marking anniversary of Chernobyl disaster, Secretary-General reiterates UN's commitment to those affected

26 April – In a message to mark the 29th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today remembered the hundreds of emergency workers who responded to the accident and the more than 330,000 people uprooted from their homes in its aftermath.


Nepal: Ban sends his condolences after earthquake hits Kathmandu Valley

25 April – The United Nations Secretary-General has sent his deepest condolences to the Government of Nepal and to everyone affected by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the country on Saturday.


In Morocco, UN-backed forum highlights role of religious leaders in preventing atrocities

23 April – At a forum on the role of religious leaders in preventing incitement to violence and atrocities, which opened today in Fez, Morocco, a senior UN rights official stressed the importance of religious leaders worldwide in the prevention, mitigation and resolution of conflicts.


UN Assembly President urges collective action to end intolerance, promote reconciliation

23 April – On the heels of a two-day United Nations High-Level meeting on Promoting Tolerance and Reconciliation, Fostering Peaceful, Inclusive Societies and Countering Violent Extremism, President of General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, has called for the defeat of obscurantism and urged faith leaders around the world to denounce those who preach intolerance in the name of religion.


Warning of 'empathy gap,' Ban urges faith leaders to speak up against injustice and brutality

22 April – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged faith leaders gathered in the General Assembly to stand up for the collective good and amplify their voices in support of moderation and mutual understanding, warning that he fears an “empathy gap” is causing people to turn their eyes from injustice and numbing them to atrocities.


Wanted: young speaker to address UN General Assembly session on climate change

21 April – Are you or do you know a young person from a developing country with an inspiring story about climate action? If so, the United Nations wants to hear from you.


At UN, religious and political leaders weigh strategies to stem rising tide of intolerance, extremism

21 April – Senior United Nations officials today called on the international community “in the name of our shared humanity to unite in courage and resolve” against intolerance at a critical time when people, communities and nations are grappling with disparity and radicalism.


UN Member States, faith leaders set for talks in New York on tolerance and fostering peace

20 April – The United Nations is set to host at its New York Headquarters a meeting bringing together the Organization's Member States with faith leaders to discuss ways to promote tolerance and reconciliation, as well as to address the challenges of countering radicalization and extremism.


Ahead of World Malaria Day, UN officials urge continued investment in fight against the disease

20 April – Although more investment and stronger coordination have helped the international community make significant inroads in the global fight against malaria, continued investment for malaria control and elimination targets remains essential for a post-2015 future, top United Nations officials declared today.


As Forum opens, deputy UN chief says 2015 a ‘critical year’ for world’s indigenous peoples

20 April – With the deadline of a post-2015 development agenda looming on the horizon, 2015 is set to be an important year for the security and prosperity of the world’s indigenous peoples, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson affirmed today in remarks delivered to the opening of the fourteenth session of the Organization’s Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.


DOHA: At UN conference, UN agencies urge Member States to act on new standards for eliminating violence against children

18 April – United Nations officials gathered at the UN Crime Congress under way in Doha, Qatar, have called on Member States to take action and implement the new international standards on the elimination of violence against children adopted late last year, stressing that such violence continues to have a devastating effect on children, families, and society as a whole.


Accurate and timely data vital to post-2015 agenda, says UN Assembly President

17 April – At an event today where participants discussed the importance of the data revolution to sustainable development, the President of the United Nations General Assembly stressed the importance of data to negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda and on financing for development.


‘Clear and critical’ need for sustainable energy targets in post-2015 agenda, UN deputy chief says

16 April – The centrality of energy in a new global development agenda is clear and critical, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said today as he delivered the opening remarks to a briefing for Member States on Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All).


Ban calls on world’s athletes to help bolster emerging new UN sustainability agenda

15 April – Hailing the immense power of sport to make the world a better, more tolerant place for all, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged all sportsmen and women to throw their energy into advocating the new sustainable development agenda currently being crafted by United Nations Member States.


DOHA: UN conference stresses grave need to combat wildlife crime

13 April – With wildlife and forest crimes on the rise, yielding enormous profits for criminal networks, United Nations high-level officials at a major anti-crime meeting under way in Doha, Qatar, stressed the gravity of the scourge, saying that it fuels violence, corrupts supply chains and undermines the rule of law.


DOHA: UN officials spotlight equal access to justice in promoting inclusive economic development

13 April – The role that fair, transparent and accessible legal frameworks play in poverty eradication – and in promoting sustainable development – was highlighted by General Assembly President Sam Kutesa and other top United Nations officials attending the UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice today, in Doha, Qatar.


On Human Space Flight Day, UN spotlights the need to advance boundaries of exploration

12 April – Marking International Day of Human Space Flight, the United Nations today spotlighted the contribution of space science and technology to sustainable development and underscored the need to push the boundaries of exploration for the benefit of all people.


DOHA: Human rights, rule of law vital for sustainable development, Ban tells UN Crime Congress

12 April – Kicking off the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Doha, Qatar, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon along with several other top UN officials today spotlighted the critical connection between rule of law and sustainable development.


At Americas Summit in Panama, Ban urges nations to pursue prosperity with equality

10 April – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in an address in Panama to the seventh Summit of the Americas, commended the hemisphere's commitment to peace, human rights and sustainable development, while urging leaders to continue to pursue a future of prosperity with equity, where no one is left behind.


Civil society has ‘important role’ in building sustainable future, says UN General Assembly President

9 April – Civil society actors have a critical role to play in the outlining of a successful post-2015 sustainable development agenda, President of the United Nations General Assembly Sam Kutesa declared today.


At thematic debate, UN chief urges efficient private sector funding for post-2015 development

8 April – The international community needs a financial framework capable of confronting the multifaceted crises of the day in a predictable and effective manner if it is to delineate a successful post-2015 sustainable development agenda, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon confirmed.


Reflecting on Rwanda, Ban urges courage ‘to counter the cruelty taking place before our eyes’

7 April – The world must make use of the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda to look back on the past – and to squarely confront the challenges of the present, renewing the collective resolve and summoning the courage to prevent such atrocities from happening again, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.


UN stresses importance of food safety – from farm to plate – on World Health Day

7 April – With the United Nations health agency highlighting food safety on World Health Day, the Secretary-General today called for unified efforts to ensure that production, distribution, and preparation of food is done safely.


Senior UN official calls for disarmament push amid uptick in global tensions

6 April – The United Nations disarmament chief today urged Member States to work actively and seek common ground on disarmament issues related to nuclear weapons and conventional arms amid a period of increasing global tensions and violence.


UN expresses ‘outrage’ at ‘heinous’ Al Shabaab attack on Kenyan university

4 April – The United Nations has condemned the terrorist attack carried out by Al Shabaab in Garissa, Kenya, in the strongest terms, with the Security Council members stressing their “outrage” at what the President of the General Assembly called a “heinous” attack.


Ban commends successes of mine action, calls for more support to eradicate explosives threat

4 April – As the world marks the 10th anniversary of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action today, the United Nations Secretary-General pointed to a decade of much progress in efforts towards eradicating the threat of anti-personnel landmines.


Ban launches ‘call to action’ inviting commitments from businesses to employ people with autism

2 April – At a special event at United Nations Headquarters to mark World Autism Awareness Day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called today for greater access and work opportunities for persons with autism, saying that while much progress had been made, much more work was needed.


Marking World Day, UN calls on businesses to commit to employing people with autism

2 April – On World Autism Awareness Day, the United Nations is spotlighting the unique skills of people with autism and the need to recognize their talents through an initiative inviting businesses to make concrete commitments to employ people on the autism spectrum.


Senior UN officials stress need for employment, decent work to achieve sustainable development

30 March – Top United Nations officials today underlined the importance for States to create employment opportunities and decent work for all in order to achieve poverty eradication and sustainable development, and to fulfil the objectives of the new UN development agenda.


Deputy UN chief calls for ‘hydro-diplomacy’ as world faces growing water shortages

30 March – The international community must gear up for a new era of “hydro-diplomacy” as the threat of water scarcity risks plunging the world into a period of geopolitical tension and stunted development, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told delegates gathered at the General Assembly today.


In Egypt, Ban calls on Arab leaders to strengthen bonds for region's people, global security

28 March – With a raft of ills plaguing the Arab world – from the “shameful” conflict in Syria to the “tinderbox” that is Gaza and the steadily unraveling situation in Yemen – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called upon leaders gathered in Egypt to work with each other and the United Nations to “strengthen our bonds for the people of this region and the security of our world.”


At Security Council, Ban urges action to end violence against religious, ethnic minorities in Middle East

27 March – Millions of lives in the Middle East – and the very social fabric of entire countries – are at stake, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned this morning, calling for urgent action from the Security Council to end the religiously and ethnically-motivated violence sweeping the region and end impunity for those committing crimes against humanity.


Ark of Return: UN erects memorial to victims of transatlantic slave trade

25 March – The bravery of millions of victims of the transatlantic slave trade, who suffered unspeakable injustice and finally rose up to end the oppressive practice, was permanently enshrined today as the United Nations unveiled a memorial at its New York headquarters, on the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Entitled the Ark of Return, and designed by American architect Rodney Leon, of Haitian descent, the memorial aims to underscore the tragic legacy of the slave trade, which for over four centuries abused and robbed 15 million Africans of their human rights and dignity, and to inspire the world in the battle against modern forms of slavery, such as forced labour and human trafficking.


UN unveils permanent memorial to victims of transatlantic slave trade

25 March – United Nations officials today welcomed the unveiling at the world body’s New York Headquarters of a permanent memorial to the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade which they acknowledged was one of the most horrific tragedies of modern history.


UN marks Day of Remembrance with calls to end modern slavery

25 March – As the international community gathers to commemorate the millions of victims exploited by slavery and the transatlantic slave trade, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warned that the insidious practice of forced bondage continued to reverberate around the world in various forms – from forced labour and trafficking to sexual exploitation and captivity in slavery-like conditions.


Ban marks International Day by stressing need for concrete action to pursue human rights

24 March – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today recalled, on the 35th anniversary of the assassination of Archbishop Óscar Arnulfo Romero of El Salvador, that the United Nations has over the past year supported commissions of inquiry on the Central African Republic, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Eritrea, the recent conflict in Gaza and Syria to further the icon’s work to see that truth prevails.


UN to unveil permanent memorial in New York honouring victims of transatlantic slave trade

24 March – A permanent memorial to honour the victims of one of the most horrific tragedies of modern history will be revealed at United Nations Headquarters in New York on Wednesday, when the world marks the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.


UN offers condolences on death of former Singaporean leader Lee Kuan Yew

23 March – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed deep sadness at the passing of Singapore’s former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, praising his “strong leadership and statesmanship” and describing him as “a legendary figure in Asia,” according to a United Nations spokesperson.


On International Day, UN says learning lessons of intolerance critical to eliminating racism

21 March – Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the United Nations today urged Member States to boost efforts towards ending discrimination around the world and ratify a critical international convention aimed at abolishing racism in all its forms.


In turbulent times, Nowruz carries forward message of peace, harmony: UN

21 March – Nowruz takes place this year as the United Nations works to shape a new vision for a sustainable future and adopt a meaningful universal climate agreement, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, calling the ancient celebration of spring “a moment of unity and solidarity, within and among societies, that is all the more important at times of strife and division.”


‘We have to move from climate change to climate action,’ Pharrell Williams says at UN event

20 March – Singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams and environmental advocates Philippe Cousteau and Sylvia Earle joined local students at an event held at United Nations Headquarters today to celebrate the International Day of Happiness and highlight the importance of tackling climate change.


On International Day, UN chief calls for efforts to 'fill world with happiness'

20 March – Happiness for the entire human family is one of the main goals of the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared, as the Organization kicked-off its global celebrations marking the annual observance of the International Day of Happiness.


UN announces members of panel probing new information on Dag Hammarskjöld death

16 March – The United Nations today announced the members of the Independent Panel of Experts tasked with examining new information related to the tragic death of former Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld and his party in September 1961.