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Number of South Sudan refugees passes one million – UN

16 September 2016 – As instability and violence persist in the world’s newest country, the number of South Sudanese seeking safety and shelter in neighbouring countries has crossed the one million mark, the United Nations refugee agency said today.


New UN report reveals millions of refugee children ‘missing out’ on education

15 September 2016 – In a new report, the United Nations refugee agency said that more than some six million school-age children under its mandate have no school go to and that refugees are five times more likely to be out of school than the global average.


DRC: UN mission extracts hundreds from national park on humanitarian grounds

11 September 2016 – Acting on humanitarian grounds and at the request of the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations mission in the country has extracted hundreds of individuals, including the former Vice-President of South Sudan, Riek Machar, members of his family and aides, as well as a number civilians from a national park in the DRC.


Greek volunteers awarded top UN humanitarian honour for efforts with migrants and refugees

06 September 2016 – A Greek human rights activist and a Greek volunteer rescue team – Efi Latsoudi and the Hellenic Rescue Team (HRT) – have been jointly awarded this year’s Nansen Refugee Award for their efforts to aid refugees arriving in Greece during 2015.


Millions vaccinated against yellow fever in Africa in record time – UN health agency

02 September 2016 – Together with its partners, the United Nations health agency has vaccinated more than 7.7 million people in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), in less than two weeks.


DR Congo: UN chief notes launch of national dialogue towards elections, urges more inclusive process

02 September 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has taken note of yesterday's launch of the national dialogue in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and urged more inclusive process towards elections, his spokesman said today.


Ban names retired Dutch general to lead probe into South Sudan violence

23 August 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed Major General (retired) Patrick Cammaert of the Netherlands to lead an independent special investigation into the violence in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, in July 2016, and the response of the UN mission in the country (UNMISS).


DR Congo: UN chief notes holding of preparatory meeting towards national dialogue

23 August 2016 – Noting today’s meeting of the national dialogue preparatory committee in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated a call for an inclusive political dialogue to overcome an impasse in the electoral process.


Security Council strongly condemns killings in eastern DR Congo, calls for government probe

17 August 2016 – The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the 13 August killing of at least 50 civilians in a village in the restive North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), by suspected members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).


UN aid chief releases $50 million 'lifeline' in emergency funds for people in urgent need

16 August 2016 – The top United Nations relief official released today $50 million for severely underfunded aid operations in six neglected emergencies around the world from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which supports urgent, life-saving humanitarian responses.