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UN chief welcomes region-led meetings of political dialogue for Burundi

27 May 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the meetings of the political dialogue for Burundi, held in Arusha, from 21 to 24 May under the auspices of the Facilitator of the East African Community (EAC), Benjamin William Mkapa, former President of Tanzania.

Guinea-Bissau: Ban urges all political stakeholders to avoid escalation after outbreak of protests

27 May 2016 – In the wake of protests in Guinea-Bissau, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged all political stakeholders and their supporters to act responsibly, refrain from violence and avoid an escalation of the situation by settling their concerns through dialogue.

In Japan, Ban calls on G7 to back global goals, climate action, UN humanitarian response efforts

27 May 2016 – Addressing world leaders at an event on the side lines of the G-7 meeting currently under way in Nagoya, Japan, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the gathering to remain focused on key UN and global priorities: climate change; humanitarian action, refugees and migrants; global health; and the Sustainable Development Goals.

In Republic of Korea, Ban urges Asian nations to settle border disputes, historical issues

26 May 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all Asian countries to deepen dialogue, expand cooperation, and address border disputes, historical issues and threats to stability on the Korean Peninsula.

DR Congo: Ban ‘profoundly concerned’ over reports of rising political tensions

25 May 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed profound concern over reports of increasing political tensions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) linked to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the country’s electoral process.

On Africa Day, Ban urges leveraging gains to ensure ‘no African is left behind’

25 May 2016 – Despite an uncertain global economic landscape, Africa’s prospects are positive, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging the continent’s leaders to use recent gains to address rising social and economic inequalities.

UN chief welcomes municipal elections in Lebanon

24 May 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the holding of municipal elections in Lebanon, which are expected to conclude on 29 May, urging all Lebanese leaders to act responsibly to elect the country’s President, a post vacant for two years, without a further delay, his spokesperson said today in a statement.

Yemen: UN-mediated peace talks continue following trilateral meeting with Ban in Qatar

23 May 2016 – The delegation of the Government of Yemen returned to the negotiating table in Kuwait in the latest round of peace talks today, with the United Nations envoy for the conflict-torn country holding a plenary this morning with both delegations, a UN spokesperson said.

WHS: UN humanitarian summit to 'shape a different future,' Ban tells thousands at opening ceremony

23 May 2016 – At the opening of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon joined the President of Turkey, relief activists and international celebrities to urge the global community to shape a different future for the world.

WHS: At screening of new Sean Penn film, Ban says movie industry can spotlight humanitarian work

22 May 2016 – Spotlighting a new film by director Sean Penn, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underlined the importance of the entertainment industry to help raise awareness about the state of humanitarian affairs worldwide.

'Together, we can move from aspiration to action,' Ban tells global, regional leaders in Qatar

21 May 2016 – With the Doha Forum meeting “at a time of fragility and vulnerability,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that while progress on the UN's 2030 Agenda is crucial to usher in sustainability and equity, more must be done now to end conflict and suffering.

On Day of Vesak, UN chief says Buddhism can help enlighten world about pressing issues

20 May 2016 – Observing the Day of Vesak, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted how the teachings of Buddhism can help the international community tackle pressing challenges, including mass population movements, violent conflicts, atrocious human rights abuses and hateful rhetoric aimed at dividing communities.

Mali: Ban condemns attack on UN convoy that killed five peacekeepers

19 May 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned yesterday's deadly attack that killed five peacekeepers and injured three others of the UN mission in Mali, his spokesman said in a statement.

Peacekeeping ‘flagship of the UN enterprise,’ Ban says ahead of Day honouring 'blue helmets'

19 May 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today led an inaugural ceremony to award the “Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage” as New York Headquarters observed the International Day of UN Peacekeepers.

In call with Republic of Congo President, Ban cites concern over security operations in country’s southeast

18 May 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking by phone today with the President of the Republic of the Congo, Denis Sassou N’Guesso, expressed concern about the Government’s ongoing security operation in the south-eastern Pool region of the country and its impact on the civilian population.