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Ban strongly condemns suicide bombings in Niger New York, May 24: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the two suicide bombings which took place Thursday in north-west Niger, and conveyed his sincere condolences to the families of the victims. 29-May-2013
Mozambique: Ban urges push to achieve MDGs New York, May 21: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Monday emphasized the importance of countries stepping up their efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) before their 2015 deadline and stressed developing countries like Mozambique have the most to benefit from accelerated action. 29-May-2013
Nigerian rebels could face war crimes charges: UN New York, May 18: Members of Boko Haram and other extremist groups in Nigeria could face war crimes charges for deliberate acts leading to ethnic and religious cleansing, the top United Nations human rights official said Friday. 29-May-2013
Guatemala: UN welcomes conviction of former military leader New York, May 14: The top United Nations human rights official Monday welcomed the conviction of José Efraín Ríos Montt, Guatemala’s former de facto head of State, to 80 years in prison for genocide and crimes against humanity. 29-May-2013
Ban welcomes release of peacekeepers detained in Golan New York, May 13 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the safe release of the four United Nations peacekeepers captured last week while on patrol in the Golan Heights. 29-May-2013
Syria: UN assists thousands displaced in Baniyas area New York, May 11: United Nations agencies Friday said they have begun distribution of emergency assistance to thousands of Syrians who were recently displaced by alleged massacres in Baniyas and its surrounding areas. 29-May-2013
Ban appoints new UN information technology chief New York, May 10: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Atefeh Riazi of the United States as the new Chief Information Technology Officer for the United Nations, with the responsibility for all substantive and operational needs of the world body relating to information and communications technology (ICT). 29-May-2013
Syria: Ban welcomes US-Russia accord to spur political solution New York, May 9: United Nation Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the Arab League for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, Wednesday welcomed the statements by Russia and the United States that they would work together to achieve a political solution to end a conflict that has claimed more than 70,000 lives over the past two years. 29-May-2013
South Sudan: UN urges role of women in drafting constitution New York, May 8: Women must play a greater role in South Sudan’s political life, from drawing up the country’s constitution to translating it into law, a United Nations official has urged, as the African nation prepares to draft its first legal framework. 29-May-2013
Somalia: UN condemns deadly attack in Mogadishu New York, May 6: The United Nations political office for Somalia Sunday strongly condemned a deadly suicide bombing at Kilometer 4 (K4) junction in the capital Mogadishu, and reiterated the UN\'s continued support for the Government ahead of next week\'s international conference in the United Kingdom. 29-May-2013
UN urges Mexico to strengthen protection of human rights New York, May 4: A United Nations independent expert Friday urged the Mexican Government to strengthen the national structures that protect human rights, in particular the right to life, and reduce the involvement of the military in policing to reduce the use of force in the country. 29-May-2013
Somalia famine killed nearly 260,000 people, UN reports New York, May 3: More than a quarter of a million people died in the famine in Somalia between October 2010 and April 2012, in part because the international community did not act quickly enough, the top United Nations humanitarian official in the country said Thursday. 29-May-2013
UN urges political dialogue in Libya New York, May 1: The United Nations mission in Libya Tuesday said it is following the latest developments in the country where armed gunmen have overtaken the ministries of justice and foreign affairs, and other State institutions, and urged all Libyans to join the country’s democratic transition. 29-May-2013
New UN envoy heads to Great Lakes region New York, Apr 27 The newly appointed United Nations Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa is headed to the region this weekend for her first visit to bolster support for a recently agreed UN-mediated accord she has described as \"a framework for hope\" aimed at ending decades of conflict and instability in Democratic Republic of the Congo and the wider region. 29-May-2013
Iraq and Kurdistan to resolve outstanding issues: UN New York, Apr 29 (IBNS): Welcoming the meeting set for Monday between the leaders of Iraq and its Kurdistan region, a senior United Nations official said he hopes the talks will help resolve outstanding issues. 29-May-2013
Ban welcomes peaceful general elections in Paraguay New York, Apr 26: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed peaceful general elections in Paraguay that attracted wide participation, reiterating the United Nations’ willingness to work with the newly elected authorities and people in the South American country. 29-May-2013
Iraq: UN disappointed over election delays in two provinces New York, Apr 25: The top United Nations official in Iraq Wednesday expressed his disappointment at the Government’s decision to postpone until early July Governorate Council elections in two western provinces, reportedly due to security concerns. 29-May-2013
Guatemala: UN calls on to ensure accountability for atrocities New York, Apr 24 : A senior United Nations official Tuesday urged judicial authorities in Guatemala to ensure that legal proceedings continue without interference against the country’s former head of State and former head of intelligence who stand accused of atrocities committed in the Central American nation over 30 years ago. 29-May-2013
Ban congratulates Iraqis on successful elections New York, Apr 23: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Monday congratulated the people of Iraq on their participation in the country’s Governorate Council elections, adding that by exercising their constitutional right to vote, the Iraqi people had “reaffirmed their desire” for democracy. 29-May-2013
Ban highlights need to work towards sustainable energy New York, Apr 16: Calling it “one of the most critical issues of our time,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Monday stressed the importance of strong partnerships to achieve universal access to sustainable energy. 29-May-2013
Somalia: UN condemns ‘cowardly’ attack in Mogadishu New York, Mar 19: The United Nations envoy in Somalia voiced shock and sadness at Monday’s car bombing in the capital, Mogadishu, which reportedly killed several people and wounded many more. 29-May-2013
UN urges prosecution of Israeli settler violence New York, Mar 19: The United Nations human rights chief Monday urged Israel to prosecute settlers who carry out violent acts against Palestinians, while also calling on Government forces to refrain from using excessive force and to guarantee adequate handling of child detainees, following reports of ill-treatment. 29-May-2013
Somalia: Conviction of \'rape victim\' overturned New York, Mar 6: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his envoy dealing with sexual violence in conflict have welcomed the decision by a Somali appeals court to overturn the conviction of a woman who claimed to be raped by security forces, while voicing concern that the sentence against the journalist charged in connection with the case, while shortened, has been upheld. 29-May-2013
UNICEF deplores attack on children in Mali New York, Mar 6: Two-thirds of the people killed or injured by leftover ammunition or explosive devices in central and northern Mali are children, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Tuesday said, warning that the risk will increase when more displaced families try to return home. 29-May-2013
Gaza bans women’s participation in UN marathon New York, Mar 6: The annual United Nations-organized Gaza marathon will not take place this year due to disagreements with local officials on the participation of women, the UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees said Tuesday. 29-May-2013
UN seeks more funding to assist Syrians New York, Jan 29: Ahead of a major humanitarian pledging conference in Syria, a senior United Nations relief official Monday urged greater funding to assist millions of people in need amid a deteriorating situation inside the country and a particularly harsh winter in the region. 29-May-2013
UN condemns latest murder of Somali journalist New York, Jan 19: The United Nations envoy to Somali and an independent human rights expert have urged authorities in the East African country to investigate the brutal murder of a local radio journalist, the latest incident of violence against media workers there. 29-May-2013
UN concerned over convictions of 14 activists in Vietnam New York, Jan 12: The United Nations human rights office has expressed serious concern over the convictions and sentencing of 14 political activists in Vietnam for subversive activities. 29-May-2013
UNESCO condemns killing of a Syrian journalist New York, Jan 10: The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending freedom of expression Wednesday expressed grave concern over the constant killing of journalists in Syria, following the death of television reporter Suhail Mahmoud Al-Ali on Friday. 29-May-2013
Ban highlights Japan’s role in northeast Asia New York, Jan 10: Japan’s economy, its role in northeast Asia and its reconstruction after the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami were among the topics covered by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a telephone conversation on Tuesday night with the country’s recently-elected Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, according to the UN chief’s spokesperson. 29-May-2013
Iraq: UN calls for peaceful demonstrations New York, Jan 9: Taking note of demonstrations currently taking place in several Iraqi governorates, the United Nations envoy in the country Tuesday called for those taking part and those providing security to ensure that the protests are carried out peacefully. 29-May-2013
Syria facing serious bread and fuel crisis: UN agency New York, Jan 9: The United Nations food relief agency Tuesday warned that humanitarian needs in Syria – especially for food – are growing, with serious bread and fuel shortages across the war-torn country. 29-May-2013
UN condemns wave of attacks in Iraq during Arba’een New York, Jan 5: The United Nations political mission in Iraq (UNAMI) Friday strongly condemned the wave of attacks over the past days which killed and wounded dozens of worshippers participating in the religious Shia Muslim commemoration of Arba’een. 29-May-2013
UN: Syria death toll surpasses 60,000 New York, Jan 3: Data analysis suggests that the death toll in the ongoing conflict in Syria has surpassed 60,000, the United Nations human rights office said Wednesday. 29-May-2013
Yemen pledges to stop recruitment of child soldiers New York, Nov 29: A visiting United Nations envoy Wednesday secured commitments by the authorities in Yemen to end the recruitment and use of children in the country’s armed forces. 29-May-2013
Sierra Leone: Ernest Bai Koroma wins presidential election Washington, Nov 27: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated Ernest Bai Koroma on his win in Sierra Leone’s presidential election, and called on him and all political leaders in the country to maintain calm and work towards unity and reconciliation. 29-May-2013
Ban strongly condemns terrorist bombings in Damascus New York, Nov 29: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned “in the strongest possible terms” the terrorist bombings in the Syrian capital, Damascus, Wednesday morning which have left dozens killed and injured. 29-May-2013
African leaders call on M23 rebels to stop war in DR Congo New York, Nov 26: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Sunday welcomed a joint statement issued by the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Joseph Kabila Kabange, Rwandan President Paul Kagame and President of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, calling on the 23 March Movement (M23) rebel group to immediately cease fire in Eastern DRC. 29-May-2013
Sierra Leone: Ernest Bai Koroma wins presidential election Washington, Nov 27: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated Ernest Bai Koroma on his win in Sierra Leone’s presidential election, and called on him and all political leaders in the country to maintain calm and work towards unity and reconciliation. 29-May-2013
African leaders call on M23 rebels to stop war in DR Congo New York, Nov 26: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Sunday welcomed a joint statement issued by the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Joseph Kabila Kabange, Rwandan President Paul Kagame and President of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, calling on the 23 March Movement (M23) rebel group to immediately cease fire in Eastern DRC. 29-May-2013
Ban appoints new UN information technology chief New York, May 10: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Atefeh Riazi of the United States as the new Chief Information Technology Officer for the United Nations, with the responsibility for all substantive and operational needs of the world body relating to information and communications technology (ICT). 15-May-2013
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