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Millions of ‘children on the move’ without protection is unacceptable – UN refugee agency chief

08 December 2016 – Highlighting the challenges confronting the protection of millions of children, many of whom are separated from their families as they flee wars and persecution, the top United Nations refugee official today called for prompt action to stave off the risk of losing an entire generation.


Recent violence in Central African Republic spotlights subregion's volatility, Security Council told

07 December 2016 – Despite a peaceful and successful transition in the Central African Republic (CAR) earlier in 2016, the recent outbreak of violence there had demonstrated the extremely fragile situation in the country, the Secretary-General's Acting Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), told the Security Council today.


Ban urges peaceful resolution of impasse in DR Congo

07 December 2016 – Welcoming the announcement of the continuation of the mediation led by the Conférence épiscopale des églises du Congo to achieve a more inclusive consensus on the upcoming elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on all political actors in the country to recommit themselves to this dialogue.


DR Congo: Security Council urges all stakeholders to ensure upcoming polls are free and fair

05 December 2016 – Expressing concern over the political situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as well as in light of the upcoming elections the United Nations Security Council has called on all stakeholders to ensure that the polls are conducted in a free, fair, credible, inclusive and transparent environment.


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.


DR Congo: UN envoy calls on political stakeholders to show flexibility to aid election process

25 November 2016 – Wrapping up a visit to Africa’s Great Lakes region, a United Nations envoy today urged stakeholders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) electoral process to do more to help ensure the country is able to hold peaceful elections.


New UN initiative aims to save lives and cut climate change by protecting peatlands

17 November 2016 – A new global initiative was launched today at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 22) under way in Marrakech, aims to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and save thousands of live by protecting peatlands – the largest terrestrial organic soil carbon stock.


DR Congo: Ban takes note of appointment of new Prime Minister

17 November 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki moon has taken note of the appointment today of Samy Badibanga as Prime Minister ahead of the formation of a transitional government of national unity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), in line with the political agreement of 18 October.


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.


Central African Republic: Nearly one in five children is a refugee or internally displaced, warns UNICEF

15 November 2016 – As aid officials prepare to meet in Brussels on Thursday to seek funding to continue their programmes in Central African Republic (CAR), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported today that more than 850,000 people there – half of them children – are still on the move, either internally displaced or refugees in neighbouring countries.