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Afghan casualties hit record high 11,000 in 2015 – UN report

14 February 2016 – The United Nations reported today that Afghan hostilities in 2015 left more than 3,500 civilians dead, including an unprecedented number of children – one in four casualties over the past year was a child – and nearly 7,500 others wounded, making this the highest number of civilian casualties recorded.

Engagement with communities can help address factors underlying violent extremism – UN chief

13 February 2016 – Fully understanding those who might be susceptible to poisonous ideologies – addressing root causes of radicalization and helping individuals and communities before problems escalate – will assist the international community in developing effective, dignified and rights-based responses to “one of the gravest threats our world faces,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Ahead of polls, Ban calls on all Central Africans, including candidates, to ensure credible elections

13 February 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on all Central Africans, including the candidates, to ensure that the presidential run-off and the new round of legislative elections, set to take place Sunday, are conducted in a peaceful and credible manner.

FEATURE: Hailed as ‘role models,’ all-female Indian police unit departs UN mission in Liberia

12 February 2016 – Since 2007, there have been nine rotations of all-female police units from India, whose primary responsibilities have been to provide 24-hour guard duty and public order management and to conduct night patrols in and around the capital, Monrovia, while assisting to build the capacity of local security institutions.

'Rise to the challenges' to shape a common future, UN chief tells McGill students

12 February 2016 – Humanitarian action must address the concerns of young people, who should be mobilized and empowered to effect lasting change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told students at McGill University in Montreal earlier today, as part of a three-day visit to Canada.

'Status quo' not sustainable, UN and Middle East partners warn

12 February 2016 – Condemning all acts of terror and urging restraint amid continuing violence against civilians, the United Nations and its Middle East Quartet partners today called on all parties to actively take steps to de-escalate current tensions between Israelis and Palestinians.

Ban sends Security Council first report of joint UN body probing chemical weapons in Syria

12 February 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has today submitted the Security Council first report of the joint body set up between the United Nations and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to investigate the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Ahead of elections in Central African Republic, UN urges focus on children's needs

12 February 2016 – As voters in the Central African Republic (CAR) prepare for the second round of presidential and legislative elections on Sunday, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is urging the candidates to make strong commitments to invest in the survival, education and protection of children to ensure lasting peace in the country.

El Niño set to have a devastating impact on southern Africa's harvests and food security

12 February 2016 – Over the coming year, humanitarian partners should prepare for food insecurity levels and food insecure population numbers in southern Africa to be at their highest levels since the 2002-2003 food crisis, the United Nations agriculture agency warned today, citing an 'intense' drought as the main cause.

On World Radio Day, UN officials urge use of radio as 'lifeline' in human progress

12 February 2016 – The international community should strive to find ways for radio to do even more to help people during responses to the increasing number of emergencies and disasters facing the world, top United Nations officials said today, ahead of World Radio Day, celebrated each year on 13 February.