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In call to Myanmar’s President, Ban urges cooperation following opposition election win

In a telephone conversation with Myanmar’s President Thein Sein today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on all sides to cooperate in addressing the South-East Asian country’s major challenges following the opposition’s election victory this month.

Sri Lanka must fulfil the rights of families of the disappeared – UN rights experts

Sri Lanka has the opportunity to once and for all meet the rights and legitimate expectations of thousands of families of disappeared, the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances said today, declaring “families have waited too long – the time for action has come.”

Myanmar: Ban phones election victor, pledging continued UN support for democratic reform

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today phoned Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD), to congratulate her on its resounding success in this month’s elections, pledging continued United Nations support for democratic reform efforts.

Cambodia: Ban calls arrest warrant for opposition leader ‘worrisome development’

For the second time in three weeks the United Nations has expressed concern over increasing tensions between Cambodia’s Government and opposition, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today calling the arrest warrant issued against opposition leader Sam Rainsy “worrisome.”

‘No turning back in Myanmar,’ says UN human rights expert in wake of historic elections

Welcoming the recent elections in Myanmar as ‘a new chapter in the country’s history,’ United Nations Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee today reaffirmed her commitment to work with all parties in the country to improve the human rights situation there, saying "the people have expressed the will for change. There is no turning back now."

After elections, Ban says people and leaders of Myanmar ‘have it within their power' to build better future

Welcoming this past weekend’s elections as “a significant achievement in Myanmar’s democratic transition,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today extended warm congratulations to the National League for Democracy (NLD) and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for their landmark performance at the polls and to the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) for its dignified acceptance of the verdict of the people.

Afghanistan: UN mission condemns 'senseless murder' of seven civilian hostages in Zabul

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today condemned the murder by anti-Government elements of seven civilians, including two women, one girl and two boys, in the southern province of Zabul.

Investigation into killing of Philippines journalist urged by UNESCO chief

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today denounced the killing of radio journalist José Bernardo in the Philippines on 31 October.

UN chief congratulates people of Myanmar on participating in ‘momentous’ polls

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the people of Myanmar for “their patience, dignity and enthusiasm” in historic elections and has encouraged all stakeholders “to maintain the dignified spirit, calm and respect throughout the completion of the electoral process.”

Two years after super typhoon in Philippines, UNICEF lauds 'tremendous' recovery efforts

On the second anniversary of Super Typhoon Haiyan, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has commended the significant progress made in recovery and rehabilitation efforts in the Philippines, but remains concerned about the unmet needs of children and their families, some still living in temporary housing.