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Ban encourages Jordan and Arab neighbours to continue with reforms

The Arab world has a “generational opportunity” to create a future it deserves, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today during a visit to Jordan, voicing his support for ongoing reforms in the country and the region.

Morocco: Ban welcomes peaceful conduct of legislative elections

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today commended the peaceful staging of legislative elections in Morocco and called for the incoming government to respond to the aspirations of the North African country’s people.

Bahrain: Ban welcomes report on alleged rights violations, urges steps to spur dialogue, reforms

Welcoming a report by an independent inquiry into the alleged rights violations in Bahrain earlier this year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the country’s Government to implement the panel’s recommendations as a way of spurring dialogue and reconciliation and meeting the “legitimate aspirations” of the people.

Tunisia can again be Arab Spring pioneer with elections – UN rights chief

The United Nations human rights chief today called on Tunisia, the first country to free itself from entrenched regimes during the Arab Spring movement, to once again pioneer the path forward to full democracy when it holds elections for a constituent assembly this Sunday.

Ban cites ‘often inspiring’ Arab Spring in message to UN-backed governance forum

A three-day United Nations-sponsored forum on democratic governance opened today in Oslo, Norway, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon citing the revolutions of the so-called Arab Spring in North Africa and the Middle East as “dramatic and often inspiring changes.”

Wave of change in Middle East shows ‘immense power’ of non-violence – Ban

The political transitions over the past year in various Middle Eastern and North African countries are examples of the power of non-violent methods to achieve peaceful change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as the United Nations marked the International Day of Non-Violence.

Arab Spring is proof that Islam and human rights can coexist, Maldives tells UN

The political transitions in various Arab countries this year demonstrate that Islam is compatible with human rights and democracy, the Vice-President of the Maldives Mohamed Waheed told the General Assembly today.

Germany: UN hears pledge for more trade to help democratizing Arab States

Germany told the United Nations today that it will enhance investment and trade and offer education opportunities for youth in countries in North Africa and the Middle East that are emerging from authoritarian rule, noting that only economic success can ensure that the political reforms will be sustained.

At UN, Hungary and Czech Republic offer advice to Arab States on democratic transitions

Transitioning to democracy brings with it challenges and must be an inclusive and locally-driven process, the leaders of Hungary and the Czech Republic told the General Assembly today as they drew lessons from their own experiences two decades ago to apply to the current situations in North Africa and the Middle East.

Arab Spring shows ‘new way of working’ needed at UN, United Kingdom says

The conflict in Libya and the broader Arab Spring pro-democracy movement demonstrates that the United Nations must act with vigour to ensure people everywhere are able to enjoy important freedoms and opportunities, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom said today.