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Global humanitarian appeal for 2017 requires record $22.2 billion in funding – UN

05 December 2016 – The world is facing a humanitarian crisis that will require a record $22.2 billion in funding for 2017 to support nearly 93 million of the most vulnerable and marginalized people, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today as it launched a relief aid appeal.


Ban voices deep concerns over renewed violence in the Central African Republic

29 November 2016 – Expressing deep concerns over last week's renewed violence in the Central African Republic that has reportedly claimed dozens of lives and displaced more than 11,000 persons – many civilians – United Nations Secretary-General has called on the armed groups to immediately and to “genuinely” commit to peace.


Central African Republic: Half the population needs humanitarian support, says UN

28 November 2016 – With nearly half the population in the Central African Republic (CAR) in need of humanitarian assistance, some $400 million is required over the coming year to shore up relief efforts that will be critical “to save the lives of people who are among the poorest and most forgotten on this planet,” a senior United Nations official said today.


Refugees in Chad facing continued food insecurity, joint UN agency assessment reveals

28 November 2016 – A joint assessment by the Office of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP), has revealed that 43 per cent of refugees who have been living in Chad for more than 10 years continue to face a precarious food security situation and require assistance.


Central African Republic: UN envoy calls for protecting civilians as scores killed in ethnic violence

25 November 2016 – Condemning the recent outbreak of ethnic violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) that has killed scores of people, the United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide has called for an immediate end to the hostilities and urged the authorities to take urgent measures to protect the population from further violence, regardless of their ethnicity or political affiliation.


UN mission in Central African Republic steps up patrols after armed groups clash in Bria town

22 November 2016 – The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic has called for an immediate end to violence after the clashes that broke out on Monday in Bria town between armed elements of the Front populaire pour la renaissance de la Centrafrique (FPRC) and the Union pour la paix en Centrafrique (UPC).


In Paris, Ban hails support of France during his tenure as UN chief

18 November 2016 – In a meeting with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of France, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed the leadership of the country in the adoption of the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, last December, as well as for its role in the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


UN and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation must cooperate on resolving conflicts, Security Council told

17 November 2016 – Citing more than 20 years of collaboration between the United Nations and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), a senior UN political official today urged greater efforts by the two entities to draw on each other’s strengths and devise joint strategies to prevent and resolve conflicts.


UN deputy chief urges donors to support peace consolidation in Central African Republic

17 November 2016 – In Brussels, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today urged an international conference for the Central African Republic (CAR) to show solidarity and pledge the necessary financial support to the Government-identified priorities and reforms needed for the African country’s rehabilitation and stabilization.


Top UN peacekeeping officials hail success of community violence reduction programmes

16 November 2016 – Community violence reduction (CVR) programmes are not well-known, but are proving to be an effective peacekeeping tool, senior United Nations officials said today during an event to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the launch of CVR in Haiti.