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FEATURE: 'We all have to do what we can' to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse – Jane Holl Lute

26 July 2016 – The United Nations has a “zero tolerance” policy towards sexual abuse by anyone working under the blue flag.

The matter is one of such weight for the Organization that earlier this year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Jane Holl Lute as the Special Coordinator on improving the UN response to sexual exploitation and abuse.


Security Council extends UN Central African Republic Mission through 2017

26 July 2016 – The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping operation in the Central African Republic (CAR) until 15 November 2017, keeping an authorized troop ceiling of 10,750 military personnel intact and providing time for the mission to assess the post-transition process in the country.


Syria: UN envoy aims for peace talks to resume in late August

26 July 2016 – The United Nations envoy mediating a resolution to the five-year crisis in Syria said today he aims to convene a new round of intra-Syrian peace talks towards the end of August, and expressed hope that the United States and Russia would make “concrete progress” in order to improve the atmosphere for the resumption of the discussions.


UN agency appeals for added funds for return of Somali refugees from Dadaab camp

26 July 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency today appealed to donors for an additional $115.4 million to fund the voluntary return and reintegration of Somali refugees from Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp.


Thailand: UN rights expert warns against curbs on free speech ahead of major vote

26 July 2016 – The United Nations human rights expert on freedom of opinion and expression has condemned recent Government clampdown over public and social media expressions in Thailand ahead of a constitutional referendum scheduled for 7 August.


On first International Day, UNESCO calls for protection of mangrove ecosystems

26 July 2016 – Mangroves are rare and vital ecosystems that help to protect coastlines and mitigate the effects of climate change, but their survival is being jeopardized, the United Nations cultural agency said today, calling for greater preservation efforts as the international community marks the first ever International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem.


Security Council extends mandate of UN Iraq Mission for one year

25 July 2016 – The United Nations Security Council today adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) for another year, until 31 July 2017.


In Skype video chat, Ban applauds Solar Impulse pilot on remarkable journey

25 July 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon today hailed the determination and courage of the Solar Impulse flight team as the aircraft completes its around-the-world, solar-powered journey.


Syria: UN aid chief calls for weekly, 48-hour humanitarian truce in Aleppo

25 July 2016 – Citing the alarming humanitarian conditions across Syria, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today urged fresh momentum and action to protect civilians and ensure sustained aid access “before it's too late,” including through the establishment of a weekly, 48-hour pause of the fighting in eastern Aleppo, where food supplies are expected to run out next month.


UN health agency to launch new hepatitis testing guidelines ahead of World Day

25 July 2016 – Ahead of World Hepatitis Day – observed annually on 28 July – the United Nations health agency has said it plans to release new testing guidelines for hepatitis B and C, among other action, in an attempt to encourage testing and reach the 95 per cent of people who are not aware they are infected with the disease.