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20 stories found over the past 45 days
Selecting a new UN Secretary-General: a job interview in front of the whole world

08 April 2016 – The selection process for a new United Nations Secretary-General, traditionally decided behind closed-doors by a few powerful countries, will for the first time in history involve public discussions with each candidate campaigning for the world’s top diplomatic post.


UN to enforce ‘zero tolerance’ policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, senior official tells Member States

05 April 2016 – Briefing the General Assembly on recent disturbing allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by United Nations peacekeepers, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Chef de Cabinet reaffirmed the Organization’s determination to tackle the issue head on and indicated that such violations, if verified, would trigger a decision by Mr. Ban to repatriate the units in question.


UN sexual misconduct investigation in DR Congo finds violations and cases of abuse

04 April 2016 – Findings of a United Nations Response Team tasked with investigating sexual abuse allegations committed by UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) indicate sex with minors along with paternity claims.


Security Council calls for regional solutions to challenges facing Africa's Great Lakes nations

31 March 2016 – The Security Council today expressed regret over the limited progress in implementing national and regional commitments under the peace, security and cooperation framework for Africa's Great Lakes region, stressing that signatory States must carry out those obligations in order to achieve lasting peace.


In Op-Ed, UN envoy details Organization's measures to root out sexual exploitation in its peace missions

30 March 2016 – In an opinion piece published today by Newsweek, the head of the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) addressed how the Organization is countering child sex abuse by its troops.


In Stockholm, UN chief highlights climate change and human mobility as pressing issues

30 March 2016 – Visiting Sweden today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored the many challenges the world currently faces, including one of the most pressing of them – climate change.


Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in DR Congo through March 2017

30 March 2016 – The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for another year, warning that the humanitarian situation remains of great concern, as well as the delays in preparing for the November presidential elections.


UN envoy welcomes Sudan's signing of action plan to end use of child soldiers

28 March 2016 – The United Nations envoy on children and armed conflict has welcomed Sudan's signing of an action plan to prevent the recruitment and use of children by national security forces as an important milestone for child protection there.


DR Congo at 'critical juncture,' amid rising political tensions – UN envoy tells Security Council

23 March 2016 – The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is at a critical juncture, with rising political tensions ahead of elections which could lead to violence if left unaddressed, the top United Nations official in the country warned the Security Council today, while highlighting key issues for consideration as it renews the UN's mandate there.


UN welcomes ICC's first conviction for rape as war crime

22 March 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the judgement issued by the International Criminal Court in the case of former Congolese vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba.<