September 26, 2014
by Julie Deisher
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon released a video statement for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Core Group Ministerial Event on Thursday calling for an end to transphobia and homophobia. The UN has led by example in this arena, introducing measures to ensure fairer treatment of ...[read more]
September 8, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The UN General Assembly on Monday met to discuss "the responsibility to protect" adopted by world leaders in 2005, with UN officials stressing the urgency of this responsibility as crises rage around the world. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the assembly, saying that the world now faces ...[read more]
August 29, 2014
by Julie Deisher
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon released a statement Thursday condemning a currently unidentified extremist group for the detention of 43 peacekeepers from the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in southern Syria. A further 81 peacekeepers are stranded near Ar Ruwayhinah and Burayqah, with ...[read more]
August 12, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, expressed concern Tuesday over the latest political developments, calling on the country's political leaders to respect the president's constitutional responsibilities. He also called on security forces to avoid ...[read more]
June 27, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Senior UN officials urged the international community on Thursday to end the practice of torture in celebration of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. "As we honour the victims on this International Day, let us pledge to strengthen our efforts to eradicate this heinous ...[read more]
June 8, 2014
by Peter Snyder
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement Sunday commemorating World Oceans Day calling on the international community to "commit to keep healthy and productive and to use their resources peacefully, equitably and sustainably for the benefit of current and future generations." The ...[read more]
April 11, 2014
by William Helbling
Amnesty International (AI) urged the UN Security Council on Friday to extend the MINURSO mandate to include human rights monitoring for its peacekeeping force in Western Sahara. AI sent a report to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon illustrating the immediate need for human rights monitoring in ...[read more]
April 8, 2014
by Cynthia Miley
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Monday made a statement in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, expressing regret for the UN's silence during the 1994 Rwandan genocide that resulted in the deaths of 800,000 people. Ban urged the international community to prevent such atrocities from occurring again ...[read more]
April 3, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged all nations on Wednesday to sign the UN Arms Trade Treaty. The treaty will take effect when it receives 50 ratifications. Eighteen member states ratified the treaty on Tuesday in response, bringing the total number of ratifications to 31. The treaty was ...[read more]
April 2, 2014
by Theresa Donovan
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged global leaders Tuesday to commit to ensuring the protection of human rights and an end to mass atrocities. The Secretary-General spoke positively of progress that has been made in holding perpetrators of genocide accountable for their actions, especially with ...[read more]

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