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South Sudan: UN alleges 'widespread' human rights abuses amid uptick in fighting

30 June 2015 – The South Sudanese armed forces may have committed widespread human rights abuses, including the alleged raping and immolation of women and girls, during the recent upsurge in fighting across the African State, according to a new report released by the United Nations mission in the country (UNMISS).


'We the Peoples' exhibit of iconic artwork by Norman Rockwell set to open at UN Headquarters

29 June 2015 – Part of an ongoing series of global events marking the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, a special exhibition is set to open at the world body's New York Headquarters bringing together legendary artist Norman Rockwell's original United Nations drawing, his Golden Rule painting, and a collection of work that reflects his appreciation for humanity and the noble goals of the Organization.


Senior UN official urges global action to end years-long plight of 2.6 million Afghan refugees

29 June 2015 – Expressing concern over the plight of millions of Afghan refugees, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has called on the international community to boost its engagement, employ innovative solutions and pro-active joint advocacy to end the world’s largest prolonged humanitarian crisis.


ICC Prosecutor says determination to bring justice to people of Sudan remains ‘unshaken’

29 June 2015 – Over six years since the issuance of the first warrant of arrest against Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today said that her Office's determination to bring “independent and impartial justice” to the people of Sudan remains “unshaken”.


Extending mandate of UN mission in Mali, Security Council adds observers to monitor fresh ceasefire

29 June 2015 – The Security Council today extended the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) for one year, within the authorized troop ceiling of 11,240 military personnel, including, for the first time, at least 40 military observers to monitor and supervise the country’s newly agreed ceasefire.


UNESCO unveils global campaign to counter deliberate destruction of cultural heritage

29 June 2015 – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today launched the Global Coalition Unite for Heritage campaign, which aims to strengthen the mobilization of governments and all heritage stakeholders in the face of deliberate damage to cultural heritage, particularly in the Middle East.


INTERVIEW: Afghanistan must not be forgotten amid more pressing crises, warns UN envoy

29 June 2015 – The international community must not take its “eye off the ball” when it comes to Afghanistan, the top United Nations envoy there has warned, noting that the country faces numerous challenges that will take quite a bit of time to tackle.


Libya talks 'very positive,' reports UN envoy, pointing towards preliminary political accord this week

29 June 2015 – The United Nations Secretary-General's Special Representative for Libya, Bernardino León, announced today that there is a political agreement amongst the parties on the majority of the elements of the draft proposal they are considering, and he hoped to have them initial it later this week.


UN envoy welcomes Bosnia-Herzegovina court ruling on sexual violence in conflict

29 June 2015 – The Secretary-General's Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict today welcomed the decision by a Bosnian Herzegovinian court to secure conviction for and award compensatory damages to victims of war-time sexual violence, the United Nations confirmed today.


Security Council extends UN-African Union operation in Darfur for another year

29 June 2015 – Expressing deep concern at the “serious deterioration” in the security situation in Darfur, the Security Council has decided today to extend for one year, until 30 June 2016, the mandate of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in the Western region of Sudan.