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Ban returns to airwaves in Central African Republic to call for end to fighting

17 April 2014 – On the heels of his recent visit to the Central African Republic (CAR), where the deadly rift between Christians and Muslims continues to widen, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today in a radio message appealed to all Central Africans to build a unified country through peace.


Western Sahara: UN refugee agency announces resumption of family visit flights

17 April 2014 – The United Nations refugee agency announced today that following many months of suspension, family visit flights between Sahrawi refugees living in camps near Tindouf, Algeria, and their families in the territory of Western Sahara has resumed.


South Sudan: Ban ‘strongly condemns’ attack on UN mission base in Jonglei state

17 April 2014 – Amid escalating violence in northern and central South Sudan, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned today’s attack on civilians and peacekeepers at the UN mission base in Bor, the war-torn capital of Jonglei state, by a mob of armed civilians who forced their way into the facility and opened fire on displaced persons sheltering inside.


UN-Arab League Envoy urges fresh talks with besieged Syrians, authorities

17 April 2014 – Regretting the abrupt halt in talks between the Syrian authorities and the negotiating committee representing civilians and fighters trapped in the Old City of Homs, United Nations-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi today urged all the parties to return to the negotiating table and complete the deal that had been on the verge of being signed.


Kenya: UN agency disturbed by arrests and deportations of Somali refugees

17 April 2014 – The United Nations today voiced concern over the arrest and detention of over 1,000 refugees and asylum-seekers who were rounded up during counter-terrorism operations launched by Kenyan security forces in Nairobi this month.


Unrest in eastern Ukraine risks ‘seriously destabilizing’ entire country – UN rights official

16 April 2014 – The ongoing unrest in eastern Ukraine, if not addressed as a matter of priority, risks seriously destabilizing the rest of the country, a senior United Nations human rights official warned the Security Council today, as he also urged steps to counter misinformation and bring to an end all incitement to hatred, discrimination and violence.


Ahead of Sendai conference, Ban pushes for 2015 global agreement on disaster risk

16 April 2014 – Disaster risk reduction and climate change are closely linked, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed, reiterating to the world community his key priorities through the next year as preparations continue for the 2015 world conference on reducing risk from natural disasters.


South Sudan: number of civilians protected at UN peacekeeping bases is ‘swelling’

16 April 2014 – Spiraling violence has forced an increasing number of civilians in South Sudan’s oil-rich Unity state are seeking refuge with the United Nations peacekeeping mission, it was confirmed today.


UN and partners seek emergency funds to aid civilians fleeing Central African Republic

16 April 2014 – United Nations humanitarian agencies and their partners today launched a joint appeal to donors to fund emergency operations in support of the growing number of people who have been fleeing the conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) since last December.


Rwandan genocide: Security Council told failure of political will led to ‘cascade of human tragedy’

16 April 2014 – The Security Council today marked the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide by calling on all countries to recommit to prevent and fight such serious crimes, as a senior United Nations official warned that many of today’s conflicts reveal that protection of populations from atrocities remains “lagging and elusive.”