On UN Day, Ban calls for renewed commitment to building a better world for all

On the occasion of United Nations Day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on individuals and the international community to reaffirm their commitment to building a better world, while also highlighting the importance of cooperation in these efforts.

From New York to world’s conflict zones, UN marks International Day of Peace

From the traditional ringing of the Peace Bell at its Headquarters in New York to the front lines of the world’s flashpoints where its peacekeepers are contributing to efforts to resolve conflicts, the United Nations today marked the International Day of Peace with a call for a total cessation of hostilities around the globe.

UN marks World Health Day with call for adequate health policies for older citizens

United Nations top officials today stressed the importance of providing adequate health services to older citizens and called on countries to commit resources to help their aging populations lead a healthy and active life.

New UN guidebook aims to improve psychological support for disaster victims

The United Nations health agency and its partners have launched a guide to help fieldworkers provide vital psychological support to people affected by humanitarian emergencies.

Ban calls for protection of young against recession, climate change

Young men and women around the world are hit excessively hard by the impact of the global economic meltdown and climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today in a message marking International Youth Day.

Discrimination against women weakens all of society – UN rights chief

Deeply rooted discrimination against women in the political, economic, social and cultural spheres weakens society as a whole, the United Nations human rights chief said on the occasion of International Women’s Day.

Human rights enshrined in UN Declaration apply universally, says Ban Ki-moon

The freedoms upheld in the historic United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights must be enjoyed by everyone, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today on the occasion of Human Rights Day.

Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people marked at UN with calls for action

Marking the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, United Nations officials today called for steps to translate the promises of the peace process – most recently expressed at a major meeting in the United States city of Annapolis – into action to achieve a two-State solution to the conflict in the Middle East.

UN declares 15 September as International Day of Democracy

Stressing the continuing need to promote democratization, development and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, the General Assembly today agreed to observe 15 September each year as the International Day of Democracy.

World turning towards multilateralism, Ban Ki-moon says in UN Day message

The world is moving in favour of the United Nations but the Organization must strengthen its ability to produce results in the areas of peace and security, development and human rights, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in his first message to mark UN Day.