News in Brief 30 December 2015 (AM)

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Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

UN chief congratulates new Burkina Faso President

The UN Secretary-General has congratulated the new President of Burkina Faso.

Roch Marc Christian Kaboré was sworn in during a ceremony on Tuesday in the capital, Ouagadougou.

He is the first new leader in Burkina Faso in nearly 30 years following the overthrow of former President Blaise Compaore in a popular uprising in 2014.

In a message marking his inauguration, UN chief Ban Ki-moon wished the President every success as he guides his country towards stability, democratic governance, the protection of human rights and economic development.

Mr Ban said the new government faces many priorities and formidable challenges, including national reconciliation and security sector reform.

He pledged the UN's commitment to supporting the country on its path to peace, democratic governance and equitable development.

Partnership between UN and Afghanistan celebrated

The work of Afghan professionals who are improving their country with the support of the United Nations was highlighted throughout the country this year.

The events were part of a campaign, which has just ended, that commemorated the UN's 70th anniversary and its partnerships in Afghanistan.

The campaign kicked off with a photo exhibition in the capital, Kabul, which travelled to other cities across the country.

Speaking at the launch, Nicholas Haysom, head of the UN mission in Afghanistan, said the UN intends to stay there for as long as it will take for Afghans to accomplish their aspirations for a stable and prosperous country.

Farewell to the UN's top official in Somalia

The head of the UN mission in Somalia has left the country full of optimism for its future.

After two years' service, Nicholas Kay bid farewell to the country and his colleagues during a send-off ceremony held on Tuesday at the airport in the capital, Mogadishu.

Somalia's Foreign Minister, who spoke at the event, said the UN envoy had helped shape a "new vision" for a better Somalia.

Mr Kay described the occasion as "happy" and "positive."

"Happy for me also, because as the Minister says, I think we can truly see that in Somalia, there is an unstoppable momentum now to peace, to stability and prosperity and democracy and that unstoppable momentum was not here three years ago. It is here now and it is thanks to the Somalis themselves, it's thanks to international partners and it is thanks most of all to the UN colleagues that I have had the privilege to work with."

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 2'53"

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