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32 stories found over the past 45 days
UN sanctions 'formidable instrument for global peace and security,' Security Council told

03 August 2017 – United Nations Security Council sanctions are “a formidable instrument for global peace and security,” a senior UN political official said today, stressing that these measures, when implemented effectively, can contribute to preventing conflict, countering terrorism and constraining the proliferation of nuclear weapons.


ISIL's 'genocide' against Yazidis is ongoing, UN rights panel says, calling for international action

03 August 2017 – Marking three years since the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) attacked the Yazidis in Iraq, a United Nations-mandated inquiry has called for justice and rescue plans.


DR Congo: UN envoy expresses concern over arbitrary arrests, urges restraint

02 August 2017 – The United Nations envoy for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today expressed his concern over arbitrary arrests and detentions across the country, following civil society's call for the holding of elections before year-end and their peaceful protests against delays in the publication of the electoral calendar.


DRC's Kasai region one of world's 'largest displacement crises' for children – UNICEF

31 July 2017 – Waves of violent conflict in the Greater Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have forced more than one million people, including hundreds of thousands of children from their homes, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has reported.


UN joins international community to salute park rangers' dedication and commitment

31 July 2017 – Park rangers across the world face increasing challenges and risks due to a surge in poaching and illicit trafficking in wildlife, the head of the United Nations entity on protection of endangered species today said, honouring the work of park rangers in protecting wild animals, plants and culture.


UN chief condemns DPR Korea's latest launch of ballistic missile

28 July 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres condemned today's launch of a ballistic missile of possible intercontinental range by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).


In Honduras, senior UN official urges protection of human rights defenders

28 July 2017 – Visiting a newly established United Nations human rights office in Honduras, a senior official today stressed the need to protect human rights defenders in the country.


War crimes fugitive surrenders to UN peacekeepers in DR Congo; UN advocate urges justice for victims

27 July 2017 – The United Nations advocate for ending sexual violence in conflict has welcomed the surrender of fugitive rebel leader Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka to the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), known as MONUSCO.


Wrapping up Africa trip, UN deputy chief vows to ensure displaced women return home in dignity

27 July 2017 – The United Nations deputy chief wrapped up her visit to two African countries – Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo – where today she stressed the importance of women's participation in peace, security and development processes.


UN expert urges two Koreas to discuss human rights

27 July 2017 – The proposed resumption of dialogue between the two Koreas is an opportunity to discuss and improve the human rights situation in the North, a United Nations expert has said at the end of his second visit to the South.