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AU and UN appeal for ‘stable and peaceful environment’ for Burundi elections

Ahead of presidential and local elections in Burundi on Wednesday, the African Union (AU) Commission and the United Nations (UN) urged the authorities to provide a safe and secure environment for citizens to cast their votes.

Wednesday's Daily Brief: 'Ambition and action', key to UNGA, South Sudan, Cameroon peace process updates

A recap of Wednesday's top stories: Guterres previews next week's summit agenda; UN and Red Cross appeal to eliminate urban warfare; South Sudan's one-year peace progress report; Cameroon renews call for 'durable peace'; Cities both helping and hurting, when it comes to climate change action. 

UN's 2016 Year in Review: Challenges and milestones for the international community

The year 2016 was a challenging one for the international community, with the conflict in Syria worsening despite efforts to end the fighting, escalating violence and insecurity in South Sudan and Yemen, and a five million increase in the number of refugees worldwide.

UN General Assembly revises biennial budget to $5.61 billion; approves $639.53 million for special political missions

Concluding the main part of its 71st session, the United Nations General Assembly last night adopted 15 texts – 14 resolutions and one decision – recommended by its Fifth Committee which is responsible for administration and budgetary matters.

UN’s financial situation ‘sound and positive,’ top management official reports, noting concern over reserves

The top United Nations management official reported today that the Organization’s financial situation is “sound and positive,” noting, however, that there is “some worry” regarding the areas of regular budget and reserves.

Ban appoints senior UN officials as Chef de Cabinet and Deputy Chef de Cabinet ad interim

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Edmond Mulet of Guatemala as his Chef de Cabinet, and Patrick Carey of Ireland as his Deputy Chef de Cabinet ad interim.

United Nations remains 'beacon for all humanity,' says Ban ahead of 70th anniversary

Marking the 70th anniversary of the Organization ahead of UN Day on 24 October, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said there is only one flag that belongs to everyone – the blue flag of the United Nations.

Moments and Milestones: Photo exhibit provides snapshot of UN’s 70-year history

In the wake of catastrophic war, and following months of intense negotiations, representatives of 51 countries laboured in 1945 to overcome differences and founded an enduring global institution for peace, security and human progress. They called it the United Nations. A new photo exhibit opening at UN Headquarters in November takes a look back at the Organization’s 70-year journey and some of the formative events that shaped its history.

Norman Rockwell’s art brings UN values to life, says Ban

Opening a special ceremony at United Nations Headquarters in New York, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the Organization is honoured to host a “one-of-a-kind” exhibition of UN-inspired paintings and artwork by legendary American illustrator Norman Rockwell.

On trend in its 70th anniversary year, UN launches new ‘modern, mobile-friendly’ homepage

A revamped United Nations website was launched this week after a year of design, consultation and testing, making it easier for users to view the gateway to the world body on mobile internet devices.