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Chile leader, UN call on gender inequality by 2030

Chilean leader Michelle Bachelet led calls to eliminate gender inequality by 2030 on Saturday as a two-day meeting of the United Nations Women organization wrapped up in Santiago.

UN climate panel looks ahead after Pachauri controversy

The UN panel on climate change has said it cannot ignore the sexual harassment allegations against its former chairman RK Pachauri but stressed that the organisation is well prepared for the future as it seeks to focus on involving developing countries more closely in its work.

UN slams Boko Haram for attacks on civilians

 UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday slammed "the continuing indiscriminate and horrific attacks" by Boko Haram against civilian populations in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria, his spokesperson said.

Syria refugee crisis nears 'dangerous turning point': UN

Syria's refugee crisis is approaching a "dangerous turning point" as nearly four million Syrians face worsening living conditions in exile, the UN refugee chief has warned.

UN says it will not conduct any inquiry against Pachauri

The UN on Tuesday made it clear that it will not conduct any inquiry into accusations of sexual harassment against RK Pachauri, who resigned as the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, as the case is being probed by national authorities.

Sexual harassment complaint: RK Pachauri quits as IPCC chief, takes leave from TERI
Sexual harassment complaint: RK Pachauri quits as IPCC chief, takes leave from TERI

Buffeted by allegations of sexual harassment, RK Pachauri Tuesday quit as Chairman of UN's prestigious Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), whose meeting he was prevented from attending.

UN chief Ban seeks 'de-escalation' of Bangladesh unrest

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday exhorted Bangladesh to find a tangible way to "de-escalate" the current spate of deadly unrest while US Secretary of State John Kerry appealed to the opposition here to "cease violence" that has claimed over 100 lives in the past seven weeks.

UN chief seeks action on Syria sieges, barrel bombs

Denouncing a business-as-usual approach to Syria, UN chief Ban Ki-moon called for urgent action to lift sieges on civilians and to end barrel bomb attacks.

Egypt enforces travel ban to Libya, after Islamic State killings

The Egyptian government said Monday that it has enforced a travel ban to Libya after the Islamic State (IS) jihadi group beheaded 21 Egyptians Sunday.

UN envoy pledges effort to release Yemen president

The UN's envoy to Yemen vowed on Monday to press for the release of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, who is effectively being held under house arrest by militiamen who seized Sanaa.

Shaky Ukraine truce holds except around flashpoint town

 Shelling and mortar fire thundered around a flashpoint east Ukraine town on Sunday despite a new, shaky ceasefire largely observed along the rest of the frontline separating Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists.

Ban Ki-moon condemns Copenhagen attacks

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned Sunday the deadly attacks in Copenhagen and called on society to stand up for tolerance and free expression.

Ban Ki-moon condemns attack on Shia mosque in Pakistan

 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the attack on a Shia mosque in Pakistan that claimed 21 lives and asked authorities there to redouble efforts to combat terrorism.

UN chief appeals to Indonesia to stop death row executions

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to Indonesia on Friday not to execute prisoners on death row for drug crimes, including citizens of Australia, Brazil, France, Ghana, Indonesia, Nigeria and the Philippines.

Nearly 16 million need humanitarian aid in Yemen

Nearly 16 million people or 60 percent of Yemen`s population, are in desperate need of humanitarian aid, a UN official said.

Sri Lanka minister meets UN chief, urges war crimes report delay

Sri Lanka`s foreign minister met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday, and UN diplomatic sources said he pressed his government`s desire to delay the release of a UN report on alleged war crimes during his country`s civil war.

UN sends official to broker peace deal to end unrest in Bangladesh

Concerned over the political crisis and escalating violence in Bangladesh, UN chief Ban Ki-moon has deputed a senior official to broker a peace initiative to end the Opposition-led non-stop nationwide strikes that have claimed over 100 lives in over a month.

People should be part of decision making: Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon underlined the importance of people`s participation in decision making at a global conference here Monday.

Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi must be restored as president of Yemen: UN chief

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday called for the restoration to power in Yemen of Western-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi after Huthi militia seized power.

UN chief in Riyadh to meet new Saudi king

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Saudi Arabia Saturday on his first visit since King Salman acceded to the throne following last month`s death of his half-brother Abdullah.