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Marking Day, Ban urges complete elimination of chemical weapons

Marking the annual Remembrance Day for All Victims of Chemical Warfare, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the world to build on progress so far made towards the complete elimination of chemical weapons and to promote the international convention banning their use and stockpiling.

Security Council and Secretary-General deplore deadly bombing in Morocco

The Security Council and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have both strongly condemned yesterday’s terrorist attack at a café in the Moroccan city of Marrakech that has killed at least 16 people and injured many others.

Ban presses for end to issue over name of former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for a speedy, effective and mutually acceptable resolution of the long-running dispute between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia over the latter country’s name, saying he was encouraged by recent steps taken by the two sides.

UN official underlines need for disaster preparedness to enhance resilience

The head of the United Nations office tasked with assisting countries with disaster risk reduction today stressed that governments and communities must urgently build disaster preparedness to avoid paying higher human and economic costs when such events occur.

UN refugee agency alarmed by large number of people fleeing Somalia

The United Nations refugee agency today voiced alarm at worsening insecurity in Somalia, which has forced 50,000 people out of the country in the first three months of this year, more than double the number of refugees who fled the Horn of Africa nation during a similar period in 2010.

DPR Korea: UN agencies begin emergency operations to feed 3.5 million people

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today announced plans to introduce emergency operations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to feed an estimated 3.5 million people in desperate need after crop losses and a particularly bitter winter.

Fighting near Libyan-Tunisian border leaves refugees at risk – UN

Fighting near a border crossing between Libya and Tunisia has stopped the flow of migrants from Libya’s Western Mountains region, the United Nations refugee agency reported today, voicing concern that those fleeing might be caught up in the clashes between Government troops and opposition forces.

UN official calls on Mauritania to do more to eradicate slave-like practices

Mauritania needs to do much more to eliminate slave-like practices, the United Nations human rights chief said today as she also called on the West African country to take steps to improve the role of women and set up mechanisms to tackle human rights violations by previous regimes.

As constitutional deadline looms in Nepal, Ban urges all sides to show flexibility

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Nepal’s political parties to set aside their differences and show maximum flexibility during negotiations over the next month to reach agreement on the contents of a new constitution before the imminent deadline.

UN spotlights role of immunization in saving lives worldwide

An annual global push by the United Nations to spotlight the role that immunization plays in saving lives, especially those of children, will wrap up on Sunday after a week of vaccination campaigns, training sessions, exhibitions and round-table discussions around the world.