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Security Council approves regional protection force for UN mission in South Sudan

12 August 2016 – The Security Council today authorized a 4,000-strong regional protection force within the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), “responsible for providing a secure environment in and around Juba,” the capital, which in early July was the scene of the latest eruption of deadly violence in the young country, exacerbating an already desperate humanitarian situation.


Ban congratulates Kazakhstan on its signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change

03 August 2016 – In a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, Erlan Idrissov, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated the country on its recent election as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, as well on its signing of the Paris Agreement under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).


Undernutrition in Ghana takes huge human and economic toll – new UN study

02 August 2016 – The economy of Ghana has been losing some $2.6 billion annually – or 6.4 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP) – due to child undernutrition, according to a new United Nations study launched today in the country’s capital, Accra.


Security Council approves 228-strong UN police component for Burundi

29 July 2016 – The Security Council this evening requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to establish a United Nations police officers component in Burundi for an initial period of one year to monitor the security situation and to support the Office of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) in monitoring rights violations and abuses in the crisis-gripped country.


FEATURE: How concerned should you be about Zika?

29 July 2016 – The announcement that the United States might have discovered its first cases of locally-transmitted Zika virus, and concerns raised by some of the athletes headed to the Olympic Games in Rio, are renewing fears about the disease, which the United Nations’ health agency declared a ‘public health emergency of international concern’ in February 2016.


FEATURE: 'We all have to do what we can' to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse – Jane Holl Lute

26 July 2016 – The United Nations has a “zero tolerance” policy towards sexual abuse by anyone working under the blue flag.

The matter is one of such weight for the Organization that earlier this year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Jane Holl Lute as the Special Coordinator on improving the UN response to sexual exploitation and abuse.


Selecting the next UN Secretary-General: Security Council holds first round of secret poll on candidates

21 July 2016 – Following its first-ever private discussions with the candidates vying for selection as the next United Nations Secretary-General, the UN Security Council today conducted the first round of informal polls on those seeking the world’s top diplomatic post.


‘World has ignored hepatitis at its peril,’ warns UN health agency ahead of World Day

20 July 2016 – With some 400 million people around the world infected with hepatitis B and C, the United Nations health agency today encouraged countries to boost testing and access to services and medicines for people in need.


At Security Council, Ban urges Israel-Palestine talks to overcome ‘political paralysis’

12 July 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to immediately begin discussions on implementing the recommendations made in a recent report published by the diplomatic partners mediating the peace process as efforts continue to restore hope for a lasting political solution.