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As renewed violence signalled the end of the latest Gaza ceasefire, United Nations...
A United Nations refugee agency cargo jet carrying 100 tons of emergency relief supplies landed at...
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomes the destruction of Syria’s declared chemical weapons...
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his envoy in Iraq welcomed Nouri al-Maliki's...
A United Nations human rights expert today denounced the arrest and sentencing of political...























Amid fresh violence in Gaza, Ban urges parties to reach ‘immediate understanding’ on durable ceasefire
As renewed violence signalled the end of the latest Gaza ceasefire, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed grave disappointment at the return to hostilities and urge...
Iraq: major relief effort underway in north as UN envoy warns against targeting of Sunnis in south
A United Nations refugee agency cargo jet carrying 100 tons of emergency relief supplies landed at Erbil in Iraq’s Kurdistan region today “in the largest single aid push” in m...
UN chief welcomes destruction of Syria's declared chemical weapons material
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomes the destruction of Syria’s declared chemical weapons material on board the United States Maritime Vessel Cape Ray.“This marks a significan...
World Humanitarian Day, Danger levels spike for aid workers:  increasing numbers killed, kidnapped or injured
The number of aid workers killed, kidnapped and seriously wounded has reached the highest number ever recorded, according to new figures published today on World Humanitarian Day.Wo...
South Sudan: UN mission condemns Bentiu clashes, takes swift action to protect people
The United Nations mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has condemned this morning’s outbreak of violence in Bentiu which caused hundreds of people to seek shelter at the nearest airpo...
Secretary-General message for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
This year’s observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty comes as the international community is pursuing twin objectives:  intensifying efforts to reach th...
UN’s overall financial situation is ‘sound’ but ‘tight,’ senior UN official reports
The top United Nations management official today said that the Organization’s budget is sound but urged Member States to meet their financial obligations on time.“The financial ...
UN health agency approves new encephalitis vaccine to protect children in developing countries
The United Nations health agency has approved a new vaccine against Japanese encephalitis (JE), stressing that access to the vaccine will help save the lives of children in developi...
Water holds key to sustainable development, UN chief tells Budapest summit
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the vital role of water in sustainable development, highlighting in particular its importance with regard to food security, climate chan...
THE SECRETARY-GENERAL MESSAGE ON WORLD HABITAT DAY
For more than half a century, most countries have experienced rapid urban growth and increased use of motor vehicles.  This has led to urban sprawl and even higher demand for motor...
THE SECRETARY-GENERAL MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD
Empowering girls, ensuring their human rights and addressing the discrimination and violence they face are essential to progress for the whole human family. One of the best ways to ...
UN envoy calls on all parties in Syria conflict to cease acts of sexual violence
A senior United Nations official today called on all parties in the conflict in Syria to immediately cease all forms of sexual violence, as well as release abducted women and childr...
Proposed bill in Indonesia threatens freedom of religion and association – UN experts
A group of United Nations independent experts today called on the Government of Indonesia to amend a bill that requires new organizations to adhere to the official State philosophy ...
UNESCO chief mourns death of Indian writer Madanjeet Singh who served as Goodwill Ambassador
The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today expressed deep sadness over news of the death of Indian artist and writer Madanjeet S...
UN human rights chief calls for profound change in India in wake of gang-rape tragedy
Expressing deep sadness at the death of a 23-year-old woman whose gang-rape in India has sparked nationwide protests there, the top United Nations human rights official today called...
Secretary-General's report on
The General Assembly, in its resolution 67/85, requested the Secretary-General to submit to it, at its sixty-eighth session, a comprehensive and updated report on the safety and sec...
Urgent action needed to eradicate child labour by 2016, says senior UN official
A United Nations senior official today warned that if countries do not step up their efforts, they would fall short of reaching the agreed target of eradicating child labour 2016....
UN agencies appeal for urgent support as food crisis grips northern Mali
The United Nations and its partners are appealing for immediate support for northern Mali, where three out of four households do not have enough to eat and are heavily dependent on ...
Remarks at the Humanitarian Initiative on Syria  On margins of G20 St. Petersburg Leaders Summit
St. Petersburg, 6 September 2013: First of all, I want to thank Prime Minister David Cameron and the Government of the United Kingdom for hosting this morning’s meeting.  We are ...
Joint Message on the Occasion of World Press Freedom Day
Freedom of expression, enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is essential for empowering individuals and building free and democratic societies. A fu...
Ban strongly condemns 'totally reprehensible' terrorist act in Nairobi
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack at a shopping mall in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, and urged the perpetrators to be brought...
Secretary-General appalled by terrorist attack on church in Pakistan
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he is “appalled” by today's terrorist attack on a Christian church in north-western Pakistan, and urged the Government to do everything po...
UN chief, Security Council condemn terrorist attack in Kenya
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council have condemned the terrorist attack at a shopping mall in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, which killed scores of people and wounded ...
On International Day of Democracy:  Ban Ki-moon calls for inclusive participation,  urges leaders to hear, respect and respond to people’s voices
This year’s International Day of Democracy falls amid volatile political transitions in several countries, prolonged economic crisis, and dramatic demographic and social change. ...
Security Council strongly condemns Taliban attack on US consulate in Herat
Strongly condemning the Taliban bombing attack against the United States Consulate in Herat, the United Nations Security Council today urged broad cooperation to ensure the perpetra...