Archive for April, 2015

Ban calls for immediate end to hostilities in northern Mali amid surge in violence

30th April 2015 News and Media

Mali, 29 April 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for an immediate end to hostilities in northern Mali and expressed concern over ceasefire violations that have occurred in the country in recent days at a “critical moment” in the peace process to bring all parties to sign the draft peace agreement. (more…)

In Paris, Ban discusses Mediterranean crisis and climate change with President Hollande

30th April 2015 News and Media

Paris, 29 April 2015 – During his visit to Paris, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday met with French President François Hollande, to discuss, among other issues the crisis in the Mediterranean, climate change and sustainable development. (more…)

UN and partners launch $415 million appeal to aid quake-stricken Nepal

30th April 2015 News and Media

Nepal, 29 April 2015 – The United Nations today launched a $415 million emergency appeal to provide vital relief to people affected by the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the densely populated Kathmandu Valley in Nepal on Saturday, killing at least 5,000, injuring at least 10,000 more. (more…)

Syrian Crisis United Nations Response – No. 92/ 29 April 2015

30th April 2015 News and Media

Secretary-General strongly condemns aerial attack on Yarmouk camp

In a statement on 29 April, the Secretary-General strongly condemned the shelling and aerial bombardment of the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus on 28 April despite assurances from the Syrian Government that the camp would not be attacked while civilians remained inside. The Secretary-General urged the Government to immediately end any military operation that could endanger the lives of civilians in Yarmouk and abide strictly by its obligations under international law to protect civilians. He also called on all parties to stop the violence so as to grant secure and sustained humanitarian access to civilians inside the camp. (more…)


30th April 2015 News and Media

Milan, 1 May 2015 – Expo Milano 2015 will be hosted in Milan, Italy, between 1 May and 31 October 2015 with the theme, “Feeding the Planet. Energy for Life”. The UN Commissioner-General for Expo 2015, Mr. Eduardo Rojas-Briales, will participate in the official opening of the Expo, along with the Commissioners-General of some 130 participating countries. The United Nations’ participation at Expo 2015 provides a unique opportunity to build momentum around food-related issues. In this regard, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has designated the Rome-based agencies (FAO, IFAD and WFP), under the Director-General of FAO, to lead in the coordination of the 20 UN agencies participating at Expo. (more…)