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  • Netherlands, Italy to Share UN Security Council Seat VOA 28 Jun 2016 -- The Netherlands and Italy took the rare step Tuesday of agreeing to share a two-year seat on the U.N. Security Council, after a contest that ended in a dead heat.
  • Economic and Social Council President urges closer ties with UN peacebuilding body UN News 24 Jun 2016 -- Closer collaboration between the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the UN Peacebuilding Commission is imperative in order to move forward on commitments in the sustainable development agenda and effectively address the specific challenges and needs of countries emerging from conflict, the President of ECOSOC said today.
  • As UN takes stock of landmark resolution on weapons proliferation, Ban urges greater prevention efforts UN News 21 Jun 2016 -- While Governments around the world have been working decidedly and collectively to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, including chemical and nuclear weapons, the international community must intensify efforts in that regard in order to keep up with and effectively address global challenges, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.


  • Saudi-UN Dispute Grows VOA 09 Jun 2016 -- A diplomatic feud between Saudi Arabia and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is escalating. The U.N. chief says the kingdom pressured him into removing the Saudi coalition in Yemen from a blacklist of entitites that harm children during conflicts.
  • 'Together, we can move from aspiration to action,' Ban tells global, regional leaders in Qatar UN News 21 May 2016 -- With the Doha Forum meeting "at a time of fragility and vulnerability," United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that while progress on the UN's 2030 Agenda is crucial to usher in sustainability and equity, more must be done now to end conflict and suffering.
  • UN sanctions: what they are, how they work, and who uses them UN News 04 May 2016 -- Counter-terrorism and non-proliferation are on the agenda today at the Security Council, where at least seven sanctions committees will brief the main United Nations body responsible for maintaining international peace and security. We've prepared a quick snapshot covering the basics of UN sanctions and how Sanctions Committees work.
    Using the 'threat' of sanctions


  • On anniversary of UN-backed treaty banning nuclear tests, Ban reiterates call to action UN News 27 Apr 2016 -- Marking the 20th anniversary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that instead of a celebration, the occasion is a call to action on the work that remains to be done to end nuclear testing and continue on an environmentally sustainable path.
  • In Vienna, Ban to discuss how UN can deliver on world's expectations UN News 26 Apr 2016 -- While on a visit to the capital of Austria, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be leading discussions on how the UN system can work together in unity so that it can deliver on the expectations of the international community.
  • United Nations begins informal briefings to select next Secretary-General UN News 12 Apr 2016 -- Kicking off what he has called a "new and transparent process," General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft today opened informal dialogues with candidates for the next United Nations Secretary-General, for the first time providing an opportunity for substantive and open engagement with the candidates – for the full UN membership and the public.
  • A Secretary or a General? UN Seeks New Chief VOA 12 Apr 2016 -- While much of the world is watching the U.S. presidential race play out, another contest is taking shape that, while not as contentious, could have significant international implications. It is the election of the next U.N. secretary-general.
  • Disarmament Commission has 'considerable potential' to produce solid results – senior UN official UN News 04 Apr 2016 -- Despite a "deepening paralysis and divisions within multilateral disarmament bodies," and the fact that many are looking outside traditional United Nations forums for progress, the top official on the issue stressed today that the UN Disarmament Commission has considerable potential to demonstrate that the existing disarmament machinery can produce results.
  • In Washington at Nuclear Security Summit, Ban highlights role of UN watchdog agency UN News 01 Apr 2016 -- At the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C., Secretary-General Ban Ki moon has attended a working lunch with other dignitaries and in his remarks, he is expected to spotlight the crucial role played by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in the area of nuclear security.



  • UN mourns death of former Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali UN News 16 Feb 2016 -- Boutros Boutros-Ghali, veteran Egyptian diplomat and the first United Nations Secretary-General from Africa, passed away today at the age of 93. He is being praised for guiding the Organization through the tumultuous early 1990's and for helping shape the UN's response to post-Cold War realities, drafting a seminal report on preventive diplomacy, peacemaking and peacekeeping.


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