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In Paris, Ban calls for 'humane solution' for refugees and migrants

25 June 2016 – In Paris today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the countries of Europe as well as the international community at large to work towards a compassionate and humane solution to the problem of refugees and migrants, emphasizing that he counts on the European Union and Britain to continue as strong partners of the UN on development and humanitarian issues.

South Sudan: Ban concerned over escalation of violence

25 June 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he is deeply concerned about the current escalation of violence between the Sudan's People Liberation Army (SPLA) and armed groups, in Wau town and surrounding areas, in South Sudan.

On World Day, Ban spotlights role of seafarers in meeting sustainable agenda targets

25 June 2016 – Marking the Day of the Seafarer, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the role of the shipping industry in moving forward the international agenda on sustainable development and climate change.

In wake of UK vote to leave EU, Ban says UN to continue to work with both 'important partners'

24 June 2016 – Following the vote in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that the UN looks forward to continuing to work with both “important partners.”

In Cannes, Ban pitches ad agencies on Global Goals, announces ‘Common Ground’ partnership

24 June 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on advertising and creative communication professionals to wage “the biggest-ever campaign for humanity” by supporting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a 15-year anti-poverty, pro-planet action plan, adopted by 193 Member States last year.

In Havana, Ban hails Colombia ceasefire pact as example of peace with dignity

23 June 2016 – In Havana, Cuba, today to witness the signing of a bilateral ceasefire agreement and laying down of weapons between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored the importance of the historic event as an exemplary implementation of peace.

Welcoming Sudan’s cessation of hostilities, Ban urges ‘final peace’ through national dialogue

22 June 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the announcement by the Sudanese Government of a four-month unilateral cessation of hostilities, beginning on 18 June 2016, in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan states.

As UN takes stock of landmark resolution on weapons proliferation, Ban urges greater prevention efforts

21 June 2016 – While Governments around the world have been working decidedly and collectively to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, including chemical and nuclear weapons, the international community must intensify efforts in that regard in order to keep up with and effectively address global challenges, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

On International Yoga Day, Ban spotlights importance of healthy living in realizing Global Goals

21 June 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged everyone to embrace healthier choices and lifestyles and to commit to unity with other human beings, regardless of ethnicity, faith, age, gender identity or sexual orientation.

On first anniversary of Mali peace accord, Ban welcomes President's commitment to peace

20 June 2016 – On the occasion of the first anniversary of the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the renewed commitment to peace expressed by the country's President, Ibrahim Boubakar Keïta, and his Government.

Thailand: Ban reaffirms UN’s readiness to support country’s return to democracy

20 June 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reaffirmed the UN’s readiness to support Thailand as the country prepares to vote on a final draft Constitution.

On World Day, Ban declares era of impunity 'over' for sexual violence in war

19 June 2016 – Marking the first International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that the era of impunity for sexual violence as a tool of war is over, citing a host of landmark rulings against political and military leaders.

Visiting Greek island, Ban says refugees' nightmare 'not over,' urging humane approach across Europe

18 June 2016 – Visiting the Greek island of Lesbos, which has become migrants' entry point to Europe, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the countries in the region to respond with a humane and human rights-based approach, instead of border closures, barriers and bigotry.

In Greece, UN chief urges global responsibility-sharing for welfare of displaced

18 June 2016 – On a visit to Greece, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today discussed the refugee crisis with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, urging States to address the root causes of displacement and more evenly share the responsibility for the welfare of migrants and refugees.

In Russia, Ban spotlights leadership and shared input in advancing global commitments

16 June 2016 – Participating in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the importance of translating the various landmark agreements made by the international community during the past year into action as soon as possible.