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Marking International Day of Friendship, UN chief hails power of the human spirit

30 July 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised a Paraguayan man whose “profound vision that the forces of animosity and hatred in our world are no match for the power of the human spirit” led to the creation of the International Day of Friendship, which falls on July 30 every year.

Bahrain: UN chief condemns bomb attack in southern village

29 July 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General has condemned the bomb attack yesterday in the village of Sitra, Bahrain, which reportedly killed two policemen and injured several others.

At Security Council, Ban and UN special envoy outline ‘way forward’ on political solution for war-torn Syria

29 July 2015 – Describing the more than four years of “slaughter” in Syria as a “shameful symbol of the international community’s divisions and failure,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appealed to the Security Council to endorse his Special Envoy’s recommendations on reaching the political solution that “all parties claim to support.”

UN chief condemns deadly Al Shabaab attack against hotel in Mogadishu

27 July 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the attack perpetrated by Al Shabaab yesterday on the Al-Jazeera Hotel in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.

Yemen: UN chief welcomes Saudi-led coalition's announcement of humanitarian truce

26 July 2015 – Welcoming the announcement by the Saudi-led Coalition of a unilateral five-day humanitarian pause in Yemen, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on all parties to the conflict to suspend military operations and facilitate safe, unhindered access of relief workers to desperate populations throughout the crisis-riven country.

Burundi: after ‘broadly peaceful’ polls Ban urges parties to resume inclusive political dialogue

23 July 2015 – Taking note of the “broadly peaceful” conduct of polling in the Burundian presidential elections on 21 July, the top United Nations official today called on all parties to continue to remain calm and immediately resume an inclusive political dialogue.

Iraq: UN Secretary-General condemns 'devastating' bomb attack, which killed over 100 civilians

18 July 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned in the strongest terms the devastating bomb attack perpetrated on 17 July in Khan Bani Saad, an Iraqi town north of the capital Baghdad.

One year after tragedy, Ban pays tribute to victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17

17 July 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid today tribute to the victims who lost their lives a year ago aboard the "tragic" Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which crashed in eastern Ukraine.

UN chief condemns terrorist attacks that killed 60 people in northeast Nigeria

17 July 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the terrorist attacks that killed over 60 people in the towns of Gombe and Damaturu, in northeast Nigeria over the last two days.

South Ossetia: Ban calls on all parties to refrain from any steps that could be seen as 'provocative'

17 July 2015 – Concerned by the recent events at the line of control of South Ossetia, in Georgia, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his concerns regarding activities that may negatively impact the freedom of movement and livelihood of the local population

ADDIS: investing in gender equality vital to economic growth, sustainable development, says Ban

14 July 2015 – Increased investments in gender equality are vital if the world is to achieve sustained economic growth and development, United Nations Secretary-General said today during the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

UN chief condemns twin suicide bombings in Cameroon

13 July 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the twin suicide bombings that targeted the city of Fotokol in the north of Cameroon on 12 July.

UN chief condemns deadly suicide bombing in Chad

12 July 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned yesterday's deadly terrorist attack in the Chadian capital of N'Djamena, a spokesperson for the Organization said today.

ADDIS: UN chief hails key role of civil society in financing future development agenda

12 July 2015 – As Member States press on with efforts to reach agreement on a plan to secure the necessary financing for sustainable development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today told civil society organizations gathered in Addis Ababa that their role is vital in keeping governments accountable and ensuring that the voices of billions around the world are heard.

Yemen: UN chief welcomes announcement of humanitarian ceasefire

09 July 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the decision by Yemeni stakeholders to implement a humanitarian pause in the country's ongoing conflict and has reiterated his belief that the only sustainable solution to the crisis is through “peaceful and inclusive dialogue and negotiations,” the United Nations confirmed today.