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27 stories found over the past 45 days
Burundi: UN working to help relocate civilians fleeing election-related violence

27 April 2015 – Civil unrest erupted in Burundi this weekend after the ruling party overwhelmingly elected President Pierre Nkurunziza on Saturday as its candidate for the 26 June presidential election, the humanitarian wing of the United Nations reported today, appealing for $11.6 million dollars to plan a response for the influx of people seeking refuge in neighbouring countries.


At meeting on nuclear disarmament, UN chief warns of ‘dangerous return’ to Cold War mentalities

27 April 2015 – Progress in working towards global nuclear non-proliferation has stalled and the trend towards “nuclear zero” is reversing, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today as he called on Member States to urgently ramp up efforts in tackling nuclear disarmament.


UN warns Central African Republic is becoming largest forgotten humanitarian crisis

27 April 2015 – The Central African Republic (CAR) is quickly becoming the largest forgotten humanitarian crisis of our time with some 60 percent of its population in need of aid, including nearly 900,000 people forcibly displaced by conflict, but assistance programmes remain “dramatically underfunded,” the United Nations refugee agency said today.


Welcoming Myanmar’s visible strides, Ban says ‘much more hard work lies ahead’

24 April 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, convening a meeting on Myanmar today, welcomed the positive direction of its reform process as it continues on its “path of historic transition”, but emphasized that more work remains to be done to address the country’s myriad challenges.


‘Youth represent promise – not peril,’ Ban tells Council debate on countering extremism

23 April 2015 – Involving youth in peacebuilding processes the world over is essential to lasting global stability and stemming the growth of radicalism, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today in remarks delivered to a Security Council session devoted to the role of youth in countering violent extremism and promoting peace.


Burundi: UN refugee agency warns surge in people fleeing pre-election violence

17 April 2015 – The number of Burundians seeking refuge in neighbouring countries has surged in recent weeks following an uptick in pre-election violence and intimidation throughout the African nation, a spokesperson for the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said today.


DOHA: UN conference weighs efforts to combat cybercrime, create safer digital world

17 April 2015 – Efforts to tame the fast-growing cybercrime threat took centre stage at the United Nations Crime Congress under way in Doha, Qatar, as a diverse group of experts in the field urged strong partnerships between the public and private sectors to create a safer digital landscape.


UN mission condemns ‘murderous’ attack on civilians in north-eastern DR Congo town

17 April 2015 – The head of the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) has strongly condemned Wednesday’s deadly attack on civilians in North Kivu province and expressed deep condolences to the families of the victims.


Women’s empowerment key to end sexual violence in combat, UN envoy tells Security Council

15 April 2015 – As the great moral issue of our time, sexual violence in conflict is used to terrorise, displace and subjugate victims, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the issue told the Security Council today, urging the body to take action to deal with this growing threat.


UN rights chief urges Burundi’s politicians to pick right path at ‘critical moment’ in country’s history

15 April 2015 – The United Nations human rights chief said today that inside and outside Burundi, stakeholders are extremely concerned about tensions rising sharply as a series of pivotal elections set to take place between May and August this year get under way, and, with the country at “a crossroads,” Burundian parties must choose the path to democracy and the rule of law.