Child soldiers to be released amid crisis in volatile eastern DR Congo – UN envoy

Child Soldier - Children In Armed Conflict

21 April 2009 – Plans are under way to release more child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a UN envoy said today at the end of a one-week visit, urging an end to ongoing violations against children in a humanitarian crisis engulfing the country’s east.

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Divisiveness perpetuates racism, Secretary-General warns

South African dancer performing during opening ceremony of the Durban Review Conference

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Haiti’s Big Chance

By BAN KI-MOON

It is easy to visit Haiti and see only poverty. But when I visited recently with former President Bill Clinton, we saw opportunity.

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Security Council condemns DPR Korea’s recent launch

Ambassador Claude Heller of Mexico

13 April 2009 – The Security Council today spoke out against the recent rocket launch by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), stressing the importance of preserving peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and in North-East Asia.

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Ban laments shutdown of summit for Asian leaders in Thailand

11 April 2009 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced deep regret on Saturday at the postponement of a gathering of Asian leaders in Thailand amid security concerns over mass protests in the area.

“I understand the circumstances that led the Thai Government to take this difficult decision,” Mr. Ban said following the cancellation of the summit of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the resort town of Pattaya.

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