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30 stories found over the past 45 days
Impunity leads perpetrators to continue child rights violations in DR Congo – UN report

21 July 2014 – The recruitment and use of children by armed groups remained endemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) between 2010 and 2013, according to a new United Nations report, which cited impunity as a major factor in the ongoing abuses.

UN chief, special envoys pledge to ‘spare no effort’ to end Syria bloodshed

17 July 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, flanked by his new special envoys for Syria, today pledged to “spare no effort” to help end the bloodshed and bring about a peaceful resolution to the conflict that brought untold suffering to millions.

Ban appoints Algerian diplomat Said Djinnit as envoy for Great Lakes region

17 July 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced that he has appointed Said Djinnit of Algeria as his special envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa tasked with bringing international awareness to the area’s challenges.

As violence flares, UN rights expert urges Cambodia to lift protest ban

16 July 2014 – The United Nations expert on the situation of human rights in Cambodia urged all sides to immediately exercise utmost calm and restraint, and reiterated his call for an end to the official ban on demonstrations.

AIDS deaths fall, but millions unaware of HIV-positive status, warns UN report

16 July 2014 – While showing a downward trend in AIDS-related deaths, a new United Nations report out today warns that19 million of the 35 million people living with the virus globally do not know their HIV-positive status and therefore, ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 will require smart scale-up to close the gap.

Ban praises Haitian police recruits, judicial institutions in strengthening rule of law

15 July 2014 – Calling them “the backbone” of Haiti, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised national police recruits and the efforts under way to strengthen the rule of law in the country, as he continued his visit to the Caribbean nation.

DR Congo: UN hails appointment of senior adviser on sexual violence, child recruitment

14 July 2014 – The appointment of a presidential adviser on conflict-related sexual violence and child recruitment in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) marks “a new dawn” in tackling these scourges, senior United Nations officials said today.

Amidst fierce clashes in Libya, Ban urges need for dialogue

14 July 2014 – Extremely concerned by the dramatic increase in violence against civilians in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for a halt to the fighting and a return to the country’s political objectives.

UN mission calls for immediate halt to hostilities in Libya

13 July 2014 – The United Nations mission in Libya on Sunday called for a cessation of hostilities in the capital, Tripoli, as well as in Benghazi and other parts of the country, amid reports of heavy clashes and several deaths.

West Africa: UN envoy cites region’s daunting challenges, Boko Haram threat to Nigeria

08 July 2014 – While countries in West Africa are trying to promote development and consolidate democracy, they continue to face daunting challenges such as transnational organized crime and growing terrorist activities, the top United Nations official in the region told the Security Council today, while also warning of the increasing threat the Boko Haram crisis poses to Nigeria.