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Islamabad, 13 August 2013 - Secretary-General's opening remarks at Youth and Education Event at Islamabad College for Girls [as prepared for delivery]

Assalam Alaikum.

Thank you very much for your warm welcome.

I am very grateful to Minister Rehman and Principal Peerzada for organizing this special event at Islamabad College for Girls.

This is a holiday period. Schools are usually closed in August. But I am thrilled that the doors of the Islamabad College for Girls are open today to the United Nations.

The students here are sending a powerful and inspiring message: when it comes to education, there is no time to rest.

You and I have the same passion for education.

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Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on sectarian violence in Pakistan

New York, 17 February 2013 - The Secretary-General strongly condemns the terrorist attack carried out yesterday in Quetta, Pakistan, targeting the Shi’a Hazara community which resulted in more than 80 persons killed and nearly 200 wounded, many of them women and children.

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Secretary-General's message on World Refugee Day

More than 42 million people around the world have been forcibly displaced from their homes and communities. More than a million fled their countries in the last eighteen months alone due to a wave of conflicts, in Cote d’Ivoire, Libya, Mali, Somalia, Sudan and Syria. These numbers represent far more than statistics; they are individuals and families whose lives have been upended, whose communities have been destroyed, and whose future remains uncertain.

World Refugee Day is a moment to remember all those affected, and a time to intensify our support.

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With 42 Million Forcibly Displaced around World, Secretary-General Says Refugees Leave Because They Have No Choice, but ‘We Must Choose to Help’

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Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for World Refugee Day, observed 20 June:

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Every dollar going to humanitarian aid must have maximum effect, Secretary-General stresses at High-level Conference on Central Emergency Response Fund

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Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks at the High-level Conference on the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) in New York on 16 December:

Five years ago, the United Nations General Assembly launched a new kind of fund: a fund to ensure that when crisis struck, aid workers could start saving lives without delay; a fund that would reach everyone, even in emergencies that have been ignored or forgotten by much of the world; a fund that is fast, fair and efficient.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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L’ONU plus nécessaire que jamais face aux défis sans précédent auxquels est onfronté le monde, estime Ban Ki-moon lors de sa conférence de presse mensuelle

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« Alors que nous sommes confrontés à une palette extraordinaire de défis géopolitiques et humanitaires, à des turbulences sans précédent et à une grande angoisse liée à la crise économique et financière, l’ONU est plus que jamais nécessaire pour répondre aux besoins des populations. »

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Secretary-General Thanks Governments for Pledging More Than $200 million to Boost Pakistan Relief Efforts

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The following statement by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was issued today:

Yesterday and today, countries from around the world have come out strongly in solidarity and support for the people of Pakistan. I want to thank governments for pledging more than $200 million to boost relief efforts. The generosity of countries and individuals will make a real difference in the daily lives of millions of people.

We must keep it up. This is not just Pakistan's hour of need - Pakistan is facing weeks, months and years of

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In Response to Pakistan Flood Disaster, Secretary-General Dispatches Special Envoy to Assess Situation, Help Mobilize Support for Immediate Needs, Early Recovery

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The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

In response to the tragic flood disaster in Pakistan, the Secretary-General has asked his Special Envoy for Assistance to Pakistan, Jean-Maurice Ripert, to travel to the country as soon as possible. Mr. Ripert will arrive in Pakistan tomorrow. He will join the United Nations country team already engaged in the relief operations and jointly assess the situation with the United Nations team and Pakistani agencies on the

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Secretary-General Deeply Saddened by Loss of Lives, Livelihoods Following Pakistan Floods, Pledges UN Support to Meet Humanitarian Needs

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The following statement was issued yesterday by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the significant loss of lives, livelihoods, and infrastructure in Pakistan, following the recent heavy monsoon rains that have caused the worst floods in the last 80 years, affecting more than 1 million people.

The Secretary-General offers his deepest condolences to the people and Government of Pakistan and reiterates the United Nations full commitment to supporting the national and provincial

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SECRETARY-GENERAL CONDEMNS SUICIDE ATTACK IN PAKISTAN

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The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the suicide attack at the Data Ganj Baksh shrine in Lahore, Pakistan, which has reportedly claimed the lives of several dozen people and left many more injured. The deliberate targeting of a crowded place of worship makes this particularly vicious. The Secretary-General extends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Pakistan.

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UN SG, addressing WFP staff, pays tribute to colleagues killed in Pakistan terrorist attack

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Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's remarks to World Food Programme (WFP) staff in Rome today, 16 November:

Thank you all for being here. As you know, I am here in Rome for the Food Summit. But I also came to be with you during this difficult time. I wanted to thank you, personally, for the work you do and your extraordinary dedication to the world's people.

When disaster strikes, when famine darkens the land, you are there. Whether on the frontlines in the world's emergency zones, or supporting that work from Rome or other offices, you are the

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No cause can justify inhuman, indiscriminate violence, says UN SG, strongly condemning deadly bomb attack at market in Peshawar, Pakistan

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The following statement by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was issued today:

I condemn, in the strongest possible terms, today's bomb attack at a market in Peshawar, Pakistan, which reportedly killed over 80 people, many of them women, and injured over 160 people. No cause can justify such inhuman and indiscriminate violence. I wish to extend my sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and the Government of Pakistan, and wish those injured a full recovery.

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Secretary-General sends condolences to bereaved family of Deputy Force Commander of UN Sudan mission, killed while on leave in Pakistan

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The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General was saddened to learn of the death of Brigadier General Ahmed Moinuddin, the Deputy Force Commanderof the United Nations Mission in the Sudan, during an attack on 22 October in Islamabad where he was on leave.

The Secretary-General sends his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family, to colleagues of Brigadier General Moinuddin in the United Nations Mission in the Sudan, and to the Government

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United Nations is ready to respond to displacement in Pakistan

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Daily press briefing by the offices of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General and the Spokesperson for the General Assembly President, 14 Oct 2009

Questions and Answers

Question: The Pakistani army has started its operation in Waziristan. Already there is a report that 90,000 people have been displaced, and that is not even the beginning of the operation. It hasn't even started. It seems like there is going to be another IDP [internally displaced persons] calamity at hand for the UN. Has the United Nations, under the circumstances -- are they ready,

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Pakistan: UN SG, in message to memorial ceremony, honours victims of bombing at WFP office in Islamabad

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This is the text of a message from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to a memorial ceremony in Islamabad, Pakistan, today in honour of the United Nations staff killed and injured in the bombing of the World Food Programme office in Islamabad:

Dear colleagues and friends,

I thank you for gathering on this sombre occasion to honour our fallen heroes. I thank you too for continuing the work of the United Nations despite the tragic events of 5 October.

The attack on the World Food Programme officebrought great sorrow to the humanitarian community in Pakistan and

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Secretary-General strongly condemns deadly bombing in Pakistan

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The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General condemns, in the strongest possible terms, today's bomb attack at a market in the Pakistani town of Peshawar which reportedly killed at least 49 people, including children and women, and injured many more. No cause can justify such indiscriminate violence. He extends his condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Pakistan, and wishes those injured a full recovery.

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Secretary-General's statement on the attack at the World Food Programme (WFP) office in Pakistan

Geneva, 5 October 2009 - I condemn in the strongest terms the attack at the Office of the WFP in Islamabad. This is a terrible tragedy for the UN and for the whole humanitarian community in Pakistan. This is a heinous crime committed against those who have been working tirelessly to assist the poor and the vulnerable on the frontlines of hunger and other human suffering in Pakistan. My deepest condolences go to the colleagues fallen in the line of duty for noble causes and their families and friends.
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UN SG strongly condemns attack on Pakistan WFP Office

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This is the text of a statement in Geneva today by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

I condemn in the strongest terms the attack at the Office of the World Food Programme in Islamabad, Pakistan. Such an attack is unjustifiable. This is a terrible tragedy for the United Nations and for the whole humanitarian community in Pakistan. This is a heinous crime committed against those who have been working tirelessly to assist the poor and the vulnerable on the frontlines of hunger and other human suffering in Pakistan. My deepest condolences go to the colleagues

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UN SG cites climate change, disarmament, world poverty among top priorities for action as he presents report to General Assembly

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Following is the text of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's report to the General Assembly, "Now Is Our Time" in New York today, 23 September:

Mr. President, let me express my heartfelt congratulations on your assumption of the presidency. I wish you every success and assure you of my full support.

We gather each and every September in a solemn rite. We come to reaffirm our founding Charter - our faith in fundamental principles of peace, justice, human rights and equal opportunity