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UN chief welcomes African Union's decision to combat Boko Haram

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the decision of the African Union to join forces to stop the advancement of the “murderous campaigns” waged by Boko Haram, as he stressed the importance of the continent's collaboration with the UN, emphasizing that “lives depend on preventive-diplomacy and peacekeeping.”

UN chief condemns deadly bomb attack on Shia mosque in southern Pakistan

Condemning the deadly bombing today of a Shia mosque in Sindh province in Pakistan, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon deplored this “vicious targeting of people on account of their religious affiliation,” and called on the Pakistan authorities to step up their efforts to protect religious minorities and combat terrorism.

Ban, Security Council condemn terrorist attacks in Egypt's Sinai peninsula

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Security Council today condemned the terrorist attacks on towns in the northern part of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, which killed and injured dozens of Egyptian soldiers and civilians.

Ukraine: UN relief agencies urge full access to populations in need

The United Nations in Ukraine is alarmed over the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the eastern part of the country, where heavy fighting has intensified in recent days, and is calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities to allow aid to reach civilians.

UN highlights power of social media in modern diplomacy during day-long New York event

The United Nations is holding its first ever Social Media Day at its New York Headquarters today, in an event featuring social media professionals, digital diplomacy practitioners and academics who are sharing their experiences, discussing trends and proving insights into their work.

At African Union Summit, Ban promises UN support to build back Ebola-hit countries

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today assured African leaders gathered for a summit in Addis Ababa of the support of the United Nations in helping the countries affected by Ebola “build back stronger than ever,” while the head of the UN development agency tasked with leading the Organization's recovery efforts urged the world to stay the course in aiding hard-hit West Africa.

Ban voices optimism on Colombia peace as talks scheduled to resume

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced encouragement as Colombian stakeholders prepare to resume peace talks in Havana, Cuba, next week in an effort to end the country's decades-long internal conflict.

Scourge of sexual violence in armed conflict 'far from being rooted out,' Security Council told

Despite some positive developments across the United Nations system, the task of protecting civilians has become more onerous as conflicts have become increasingly vicious, with the brutalization of women a deplorable persisting trend, a senior UN relief official said today, as she urged the Security Council to press all conflict parties to abide by their international obligations towards civilian protection.

UN refugee agency commends Greece on asylum reforms, urges more to be done

Greece has made progress in reforming its asylum system despite challenging economic and political circumstances, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) confirmed today, adding nonetheless that much more needed to be done to accommodate the influx of asylum-seekers and refugees.

In Addis Ababa, senior UN officials pledge ongoing cooperation with Africa on all fronts vital

Addressing the African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the start of what he called a “crucial year for global action to secure our global future,” the United Nations Secretary-General today said he looked forward to African countries realizing their massive cultural, human and economic potential.