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At Davos, UN chief urges greater efforts to achieve global education and health targets

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (fourth from left), prepares for a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe25 January 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on participants at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to strengthen efforts to achieve global targets related to education and health, stressing the imperative of building a better future for all.


Ban calls on African leaders to end cycle of poverty and violence

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses opening ceremony of the 18th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union. (Photo - UN)27 January 2013 – Speaking at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the continent's leaders to boost efforts to lift millions out of poverty and end recurrent cycles of violence to accelerate development in the region.


UNESCO to help Mali restore cultural heritage damaged during recent violence

Mali’s cultural heritage has been the target of attacks during the current crisis. (Photo - EducationViews.org)30 January 2013 – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today announced it will help rebuild and safeguard Mali’s cultural heritage, which has been the target of attacks during the current crisis.


North Korea 'plans third nuclear test'

Kim Jong-Un (Photo - Reuters)North Korea says it is proceeding with plans for a third nuclear test.

In a statement carried by KCNA news agency, the country's top military body said the "high-level nuclear test" and more long-range rocket launches were aimed at its "arch-enemy", the US.The statement gave no time-frame for the test. North Korea has conducted two nuclear tests, in 2006 and 2009.


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Message on the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

Vienna, 27 January - During the Second World War, millions of people who did not conform to Adolf Hitler's perverted ideology of Aryan perfection - Jews, Roma and Sinti, homosexuals, communists, the mentally ill and others - were systematically persecuted, rounded up and transported to death camps. Some were murdered immediately; others cruelly worked to death. Every year on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau we observe the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust so as never to forget these crimes.