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In Paris, Ban calls for 'humane solution' for refugees and migrants

In Paris today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the countries of Europe as well as the international community at large to work towards a compassionate and humane solution to the problem of refugees and migrants, emphasizing that he counts on the European Union and Britain to continue as strong partners of the UN on development and humanitarian issues.

On World Day, Ban spotlights role of seafarers in meeting sustainable agenda targets

Marking the Day of the Seafarer, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the role of the shipping industry in moving forward the international agenda on sustainable development and climate change.

‘Strong collaboration’ needed to help end violence against children in Viet Nam, says UN envoy

Concluding a three-day visit to Viet Nam, a United Nations envoy has called on the government, civil society and all stakeholders to take united action to eliminate violence against children.

World's oft-marginalized widows must be part of sustainable development, says Ban

With nearly half the world’s 259 million widows living poverty, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged greater efforts to “make them more visible in our societies” and ensure they are a vital part of the UN Sustainable Development Agenda’s pledge to ‘leave no one behind.’

‘Searchlight of international scrutiny’ must focus on crimes of sexual violence in conflict – UN deputy chief

Addressing an event commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today stressed the importance of prevention and early response efforts, as well as the need to shift shame and stigma from victims to perpetrators.

On World Day, Ban declares era of impunity 'over' for sexual violence in war

Marking the first International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that the era of impunity for sexual violence as a tool of war is over, citing a host of landmark rulings against political and military leaders.

UN Women announces Anne Hathaway as Goodwill Ambassador

The United Nations entity tasked with promoting gender equality today announced the appointment of Academy Award-winning American actor Anne Hathaway as global Goodwill Ambassador.

On World Day, Ban calls for ending elder abuse as a pathway towards Global Goals

Marking World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today emphasized that ending neglect, abuse and violence against older people is crucial as the international community continues to work together towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and fulfil their underlying pledge to leave no one behind.

UNICEF warns of growing exploitation risk for refugee and migrant children arriving in Europe

More than nine out of 10 refugee and migrant children arriving in Europe this year through Italy are unaccompanied, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported today, warning of the growing threats of abuse, exploitation and death that such children are facing.

Marking World Day, UN stresses need for coherent policies to end child labour

With some 168 million children working in various sectors globally, the fight against child labour requires coherent policy packages to support legislation focused on quality education, social protection and decent jobs for parents, the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) said today.