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Engagement with communities can help address factors underlying violent extremism – UN chief

13 February – Fully understanding those who might be susceptible to poisonous ideologies – addressing root causes of radicalization and helping individuals and communities before problems escalate – will assist the international community in developing effective, dignified and rights-based responses to “one of the gravest threats our world faces,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.


As budget advisory panel turns 70, Ban lauds 'strong collaboration' on reaching UN's goals

10 February – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised the UN's advisory committee on budgetary matters for its help in carrying out the world body's lifesaving work around the world, as the 16-member body marked the 70th anniversary of its establishment.


Ban warns illicit drugs impede sustainable development, calls for every solution to be weighed

10 February – Illicit drugs promote violence, impede sustainable development, endanger communities and undermine people's health, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today, calling on the global community to weigh every option available to confront the issue.


UN officials call for strengthened global partnerships to combat human trafficking

9 February – While the world clearly has the political will and legal tools to take on human traffickers and their criminal networks, what are needed is more meaningful international cooperation and adequate funding to take effective action, senior United Nations officials said today, warning that the scourge now has victims spread across 152 different citizenships in 124 countries.


World Humanitarian Summit must be 'turning point' in cooperation to tackle crises – UN chief

9 February – World leaders must come together in 2016 to renew their commitments to humanity and unite to prevent and end crisis and reduce vulnerability, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, telling UN Member States that the World Humanitarian Summit will provide an opportunity for “concrete steps towards ending the suffering experienced by billions of people today.”


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

29 January – 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.


‘Human Rights up Front’ initiative ever more vital to strengthen UN’s preventive work, says deputy UN chief

28 January – The United Nations ‘Human Rights up Front’ initiative, which seeks to strengthen the preventive work of the UN to recognize the value of early warning signals of crises to come, is more vital than ever as the world is facing ever more grave and complex challenges, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson has told the General Assembly.


FEATURE: Remembering Jean Gazarian, a witness to UN history

28 January – The United Nations mourns the loss of Jean Gazarian, a staff member whose six-decade career offered him a rare opportunity to witness the various moments and milestones along the path that saw a nascent 51-member Organization develop into the 193-strong world body it is today.


Education key to preventing new genocides, says Ban at UN special event honouring Holocaust victims

27 January – As the global community gathered to commemorate the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi extermination camp 71 years ago, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stressed that the most effective way to stand up for human rights, fight xenophobia and prevent new genocides is by educating new generations about the horrors of the Holocaust.


UN Security Council approves mission to monitor peace deal between Colombia and FARC

25 January – The Security Council today moved to set up a United Nations political mission in Colombia, approving a team of international observers to monitor disarmament should the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) reach a final agreement to end Latin America’s longest armed conflict.


In Zurich, Ban calls strongly on governments to ‘leave no one behind’ in new era of global sustainability

22 January – If the landmark Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were a pact between donors and recipients, the 2030 Agenda must become must become the basis of a new social contract, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging governments to show strong ownership in the framework by aligning policies, legislation and resources so that people and the planet can benefit.


INTERVIEW: goal of first-ever UN resolution resonates even now – a hibakusha’s story

22 January – Yasuaki Yamashita, a 76-year-old who makes his home in Mexio, is among the dwindling number of hibakusha – people alive today who survived the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Many, like Mr. Yamashita, have since those horrifying events dedicated their lives to peace and continue to work for nuclear disarmament.


Ban welcomes joint request by Colombian Government and FARC to set up UN political office

20 January – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the joint request from the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) yesterday announcing their decision to request the UN Security Council to establish a political mission in the country to monitor any future ceasefire agreement.


Côte d’Ivoire: UN peacekeeping force reduced in light of country’s progress towards stability

20 January – Reflecting the “considerable and continued progress” in consolidating peace and stability in Côte d’Ivoire, the Security Council today cut a further 1,500 troops from the United Nations peacekeeping Mission, which played a major role in halting violence in the country after disputed elections in 2010.


"The moment we do not support the human rights agenda we see it rolling back in many parts of the world" – Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein

18 January – In September 2002, Zeid was elected the first President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. At that time, the Court was only a plan on paper, and over the next three years he oversaw the election of the first 18 judges, mediated selection of the Court’s first president, and led efforts to name the Court’s first prosecutor – laying out a functioning institution, despite considerable budgetary pressures and criticism of the Court from several leading nations.


UN chief introduces new action plan to prevent violent extremism

15 January – Violent extremism is a direct assault on the United Nations Charter and a grave threat to international peace and security, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today while presenting a new plan of action to prevent violence stemming from “poisonous ideologies.”


Starvation ‘as a weapon’ is a war crime, UN chief warns parties to conflict in Syria

14 January – With United Nations humanitarian teams witnessing scenes in Syria that “haunt the soul,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said the situation is “utterly unconscionable,” and warned that the use of starvation as a weapon during conflict is a war crime.


UN must get ‘priorities right’ in 2016, Ban tells Member States, calling for ‘more and better work’

14 January – Sharing his thoughts on the direction of the United Nations’ work in 2016, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said the global community begins the year needing to get its “priorities right,” while underlining that more and better work needs to be done.


With West Africa set to be declared free of Ebola virus transmission, UN chief calls for vigilance

13 January – On the eve of West Africa being declared free of Ebola virus transmission, top United Nations officials today highlighted the “extraordinary” global cooperation mustered to tackle an epidemic that killed over 11,300 people, at the same time calling for vigilance against future flare-ups.


UN General Assembly – ‘Parliament for all people’ – celebrates 70th anniversary

11 January – Marking the 70th anniversary of the first meeting of the United Nations General Assembly Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said the body has truly become the “Parliament for all people.”


FEATURE: From misplaced emblem in London to iconic hall – the UN General Assembly across 70 years

11 January – Before there was a United Nations Secretary-General, a Security Council or an iconic Headquarters in New York, there was the General Assembly, the most representative body ever of world nations, meeting for the first time in a London hall facing Westminster Abbey, the 1,000-year-old coronation site of Britain’s kings and queens.


UN deplores ‘deeply troubling’ hydrogen bomb test announced by DPR Korea

6 January – The United Nations at all levels today deplored the underground nuclear test announced by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling it “deeply troubling” and the UN Security Council vowing to immediately begin considering the “significant measures” it had vowed to take in the event of another nuclear test by the country.


Ban names former UN humanitarian official as Special Adviser on 2016 refugee and migrant summit

5 January – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Karen AbuZayd of the United States as Special Adviser for an upcoming UN summit on managing large-scale movements of migrants and refugees.


New UN refugee chief takes over at time of record numbers and unprecedented challenges

4 January – Filippo Grandi of Italy, a veteran of United Nations efforts to help refugees, took up his post today as head of the UN refugee agency at a time of unprecedented challenges, with record numbers of people worldwide forced to flee war and persecution.


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

3 January – 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.


Improved dialogue needed between UN and troop- and police-contributors, Security Council stresses

31 December – The Security Council today, noting “frustrations on all sides,” highlighted the need to improve dialogue between the United Nations Secretariat and the countries that provide troops and police personnel for the numerous peace operations deployed around the world.


Proper sanitation becomes separate UN human right in enhanced fight against deadly infections

31 December – With more than 2.5 billion people worldwide, one third of the total population, living without access to proper toilets, the United Nations General Assembly has recognised sanitation as a separate human right in a bid to curb a major source of deadly infections.