Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the elections in Liberia

The Secretary-General congratulates the Liberian people for exercising their right to vote in the presidential run-off election on 8 November.  He commends the national authorities for conducting free, fair and transparent elections.  

The Secretary-General deplores the violence which took place on 7 November and welcomes the creation of a Special Independent Commission of Inquiry to investigate the incident.

The Secretary-General calls upon the Liberian stakeholders to accept the outcome of the elections and to work together to resolve any outstanding issues.  He emphasizes the importance of a continued dialogue on national reconciliation.

New York                                                                        
16 November 2011

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Cutting the U.N. Budget Is (Still) a Bad Idea

Pulling Away from the Institution Would Hurt Us at Home and Abroad

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AP/Gregory Bull

Members of the U.N. Security Council take their seats at the opening of a meeting at U.N. headquarters on July 9, 2003. The fiscal year State Department and Foreign Operations appropriations bill headed to the Senate floor this week is sure to stir debate over U.S. funding for the United Nations.


By Sarah Margon, Martin Wolberg-Stok | November 15, 2011

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The United Nations Says Broadband Is Basic Human Right

With little fanfare two weeks ago, a key United Nations commission made a remarkable statement: it declared, unambiguously, that broadband access is a basic human right, right up there with the right to healthcare, shelter and food. Not merely dial-up Internet connection (the U.N. has decreed that before), but the kind of fast, seamless service Americans find at any Starbucks. Think about what that implies: Freedom of expression now mandates the ability to broadcast that expression to the entire world.

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Security Council press statement on attacks against embassy and consular premises in Syria


15 November 2011

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attacks against several embassies and consular premises in Syria, which have resulted in intrusions into diplomatic and consular premises causing serious damage.

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U.N. chief says it's time to cough up climate cash


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon talks during the international conference on climate change in Dhaka November 14, 2011. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

DHAKA | Mon Nov 14, 2011 3:55pm IST

(Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday urged governments in rich nations to work around troubled economic times and scale up donations to a global climate change fund that is at risk of becoming an "empty shell".

The world's poorest nations are particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels, more extremes of droughts and floods and say rich nations should help them with cash to try to adapt.

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Reunión Regional de Alto Nivel sobre Salud Sexual y Reproductiva, VIH/SIDA y Violencia Sexual en Mujeres y Jóvenes Migrantes

Artículos elaborados en el marco de la Reunión Regional de Alto Nivel sobre Salud Sexual y Reproductiva, VIH/SIDA y Violencia Sexual en Mujeres y Jóvenes Migrantes, convocada por el UNFPA con el auspicio de la AECID y a celebrarse en San Salvador, El Salvador este martes 8 y el miércoles 9 de noviembre



Artículo de  opinión escrito por la Señora Elena Zúñiga, Representante del UNFPA en El Salvador, EL DERECHO A LA SALUD NO TIENE FRONTERAS


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UN Secretary General is Clearing House

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U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is clearing house. Ban put his top advisers on notice that most of those who have served in his inner circle for the more than three and a half years of his run as the U.N.'s chief will have to step down in the coming months, providing him with an opportunity to start his second term with a new stable of younger, reinvigorated leaders, several officials told Turtle Bay.

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Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Israeli settlement activity

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned at the decisions announced by the Government of Israel in response to the decision of UNESCO’s General Conference in favour of Palestinian membership.  Israeli settlement activity is contrary to international law and the Roadmap and prejudices final status negotiations.  The Secretary-General calls on the Government of Israel to freeze all settlement activity and to continue to transfer VAT and customs revenues that belong to the Palestinian Authority and are essential to enable it to function, in line with Israel’s obligations.

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Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Nepal

The Secretary-General welcomes the agreement reached yesterday among Nepal's political parties on resolving the outstanding issues related to the integration and rehabilitation of Maoist combatants and the drafting of a new constitution.   He is also encouraged by the decision to establish the transitional justice mechanisms that had been agreed upon in the Comprehensive Peace Accord.

The Secretary-General commends Nepal's political leaders for having worked in a spirit of compromise and consensus to reach this agreement.   He urges them to sustain this spirit of cooperation and to speedily implement the commitments they have made.   The United Nations will continue to support these efforts.

New York, 2 November 2011

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Siete mil millones de paradojas


Una niña carga a un bebé en una aldea de la República Democrática del Congo / Crédito:UN Photo/Martine Perret

 Por Thalif Deen

NACIONES UNIDAS, 27 oct (IPS) - Cuando nació Adnan Nevic, en junio de 1999 en Bosnia-Herzegovina, fue bienvenido como el "bebé seis mil millones", y ameritó una visita del entonces secretario general de la ONU, Kofi Annan.

Para el 31 de este mes, la ONU (Organización de las Naciones Unidas) predice que nacerá la persona número siete mil millones en un planeta superpoblado hasta los botes.

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Secretary-General's remarks at press event on Day of Seven Billion


New York, 31 October 2011


Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.  It is a great pleasure to see you.

Before we begin, let me say just a few words about the terrorist attack near the UN offices in Kandahar early this morning.

As you may know, a car bomb was exploded at the gate of a local NGO that shares a common wall with the UNHCR compound. When the wall collapsed, suicide attackers entered the UN premises. Three UN security guards were killed and two others were wounded. Two security contractors were killed as well.

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