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Ban-ki Moon Designates Leonardo DiCaprio U.N. Messenger of Peace

New York, N.Y.  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has designated Academy Award-nominated actor and committed environmental activist, Leonardo DiCaprio, as a U.N. Messenger of Peace with a special focus on climate change. “Mr. DiCaprio is a credible voice in the environmental movement, and has a considerable platform to amplify its message,” said Mr. Ban. “I [...]

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U.N.: Nearly $1 Billion Needed to Combat Ebola Outbreak

New York, N.Y.  The United Nations announced today that it would need nearly $1 billion for an exceptional, international response to Ebola outbreak in West Africa, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declaring: “Every day we delay, the cost and the suffering will grow exponentially.” “This is not just a health crisis; it has grave humanitarian, economic and social [...]

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Ban: Hiroshima Atomic Bombing Must Inspire Nuke-Free Future

New York, N.Y.  Remembering all those who died in the bombing of Hiroshima and, later, Nagasaki, some 69 years ago, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that the atrocious memories of that tragedy must inspire new generations to work towards a world free of nuclear weapons. “This solemn commemoration connects memories of a tragic past with [...]

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Ban: ‘Gaza in Critical Condition’ – Calls Again for Immediate Ceasefire

New York, N.Y.   Urging Israelis and Palestinians to stop the fighting now, “in the name of humanity”, United Nations Secretary-General has again joined the Security Council in calling on the parties to agree on an “immediate and unconditional” ceasefire, allowing for the delivery of urgently needed humanitarian assistance to the Gaza Strip. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [...]

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Meets Palestinian President

Secretary-General Meets Palestinian President Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine in Doha, Qatar. 20 July 2014 Doha, Qatar Photo # 595417 Tweet

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No Surprise: Russia Vetoes Resolution on Ukraine

New York, N.Y.  A view of the Security Council as Vitaly I. Churkin, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the U.N., vetoes a draft resolution which declared the planned referendum on independence for Ukraine’s Crimea region illegal and urged countries not to recognise the results. The resolution, drafted by the United States delegation, came [...]

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U.N. Denounces ‘Draconian’ Anti-Gay Law in Nigeria

New York, N.Y.  The United Nations human rights chief today voiced her alarm at a “draconian” new law in Nigeria that further criminalizes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, organizations and activities, as well as people who support them. “Rarely have I seen a piece of legislation that in so few paragraphs directly violates [...]

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On International Day: Respect Migrants, Reject Xenophobia

New York, N.Y.  To mark International Migrants Day, the United Nations family is calling on people and Governments everywhere to reject xenophobia and embrace migration as a key enabler for equitable, inclusive and sustainable social and economic development. Migrant workers in India cook a meal. Photo: World Bank/Curt Carnemark. “Let us make migration work for the [...]

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Ban-ki Moon Designates Leonardo DiCaprio U.N. Messenger of Peace

U.N.: Nearly $1 Billion Needed to Combat Ebola Outbreak

Ban: Hiroshima Atomic Bombing Must Inspire Nuke-Free Future

Helping the Voiceless Victims of Animal Hoarding

Photo of the Day: July 31, 2014

Obama Awards 2013 National Medals of Arts & Humanities