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UN and partners renew anti-polio efforts in Middle East after first case detected in Iraq

08 April 2014 – With the recent discovery of a new case of polio in a six-month-old boy in Iraq, the United Nations and it partners, warning that the crippling virus still poses a threat to children across the Middle East, have re-launched a massive vaccination campaigns in Syria, Iraq and Egypt, aiming to reach 22 million children by Thursday.


In Kigali, Ban marks 20th anniversary of Rwandan genocide urging vigilance to prevent future atrocities

07 April 2014 – Commemorating “one of the darkest chapters in human history,” United Nations officials paid tribute this morning to the 800,000 men, women and children – overwhelmingly Tutsi, moderate Hutu and Twa – that were systematically killed 20 years ago in Rwanda, and urged the international community to work together and remain vigilant to prevent such atrocities from ever happening again.


Heeding lessons of Rwanda, world must do more to prevent atrocities – Ban

06 April 2014 – As Rwandans commemorate the genocide that took place 20 years ago, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed during a visit to Kigali on Sunday the need for the international community to learn from such atrocities and to ensure that the words 'never again' are translated into action.


UN officials cite ‘race against time’ to prevent humanitarian catastrophe in South Sudan

03 April 2014 – With no political solution to the conflict that has torn South Sudan apart in sight, senior United Nations officials working in the country stressed today that they are in a “race against time” ahead of the rainy season to help prevent a health and hunger catastrophe.


In Brussels, Ban says ‘much heavy lifting’ required by all to curb impacts of climate change

03 April 2014 – From the tropics to the poles, from small islands to large continents, and from the poorest countries to the wealthiest, the ominous signs of climate change are profoundly visible, said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today, calling for transformative collective action to tackle the phenomenon now – on all fronts– before it is too late.


The number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon surpasses one million – UN agency

03 April 2014 – Now in its fourth year, the Syrian conflict hit yet another bleak milestone today, as the United Nations refugee agency reported that the number of displaced seeking refuge in neighbouring Lebanon has passed the one million mark, putting more pressure on a host community that is already stretched to the breaking point.


At Brussels conference, Ban says genocide prevention is global responsibility

01 April 2014 – Addressing the International Conference on Genocide Prevention in Brussels, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today declared that defending human rights is a global responsibility, and called on all Governments to renew their commitment to vigilance and political will to prevent any mass atrocities from ever occurring again.


Ban warns against escalation of crisis in Ukraine, saying ‘small sparks’ could ‘ignite larger flames’

28 March 2014 – Reiterating his strong call for a diplomatic solution to the crisis over Ukraine, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon this evening warned the concerned parties – and the wider international community – that “at this time of heightened tensions, even small sparks can ignite larger flames of unintended consequences.”


Syria: UN official cites ‘bleak’ humanitarian situation, urges unhindered access to civilians

28 March 2014 – The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator warned the Security Council today that as the Syrian civil war grinds on and millions of desperate people remain cut off from aid, “the humanitarian situation remains bleak, and will continue to be bleak, unless we are granted full and unhindered access, through the most efficient and direct means.”


Recent crisis in Anbar most serious challenge to state-building in Iraq – UN envoy

27 March 2014 – The crisis in Iraq’s Anbar province, where three months of fighting has displaced over 66,000 families, poses the most serious challenge to the Government’s efforts to maintain the stability and security needed to build a democratic State, a United Nations envoy told the Security Council today.