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21 stories found over the past 45 days
Ahead of South Sudan's fifth anniversary of independence, renewed violence draws UN concern

08 July 2016 – As South Sudan prepares to mark its fifth anniversary of independence, United Nations officials today expressed concern over the continuing violence in parts of the country and the resulting forced displacement of people, both internally and throughout the neighbouring region.


UN rights office condemns killing of Kenyan human rights lawyer

05 July 2016 – The United Nations human rights office today condemned the killing of Kenyan human rights lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josphat Mwenda, and their taxi driver, Joseph Muiruri, on 23 June, in a context of persistent allegations of extrajudicial killings by police forces.


UN launching yellow fever vaccination campaigns on Angola-DRC border

29 June 2016 – Amid an outbreak of yellow fever in Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations health agency is launching pre-emptive vaccination campaigns to halt the epidemic and prevent the risk of further international spread.


South Sudan: UN food relief agency warns of worsening food, nutrition status

24 June 2016 – Despite some recent political progress in South Sudan, a deteriorating food and nutrition situation, economic decline and sporadic violence are continuing to significantly impact the humanitarian needs within the country, the United Nations food relief agency cautioned today.


At peacebuilding body, UN deputy chief underlines core obligation to prevent conflict and sustain peace

23 June 2016 – Marking the tenth anniversary of the first meeting of the Peacebuilding Commission –which has become known as ‘Peacekeeping Day’ – United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today urged Member States, particularly those with membership in the Security Council, to make full use of the Commission and its role in preventing violent conflict.


Security Council hears calls for improved coordination, regional partnerships in UN peacebuilding efforts

22 June 2016 – Sustaining peace requires more coherence and coordination among the United Nations system, the head of the intergovernmental advisory body that supports peace efforts in countries emerging from conflict told the Security Council today.


ICC sentences former Congolese vice-president Bemba to 18 years in prison for war crimes

21 June 2016 – The International Criminal Court (ICC) today sentenced the former Congolese Vice-President, Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, to 18 years of imprisonment for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Central African Republic between October 2002 and March 2003.


In Brussels, Ban urges EU Member States to meet development assistance targets

15 June 2016 – On the second day of his visit to Brussels, Belgium, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the opening ceremony of the European Development Days forum and participated in a commemoration for the victims of the March airport bombing attacks in the city.


UN Women announces Anne Hathaway as Goodwill Ambassador

15 June 2016 – The United Nations entity tasked with promoting gender equality today announced the appointment of Academy Award-winning American actor Anne Hathaway as global Goodwill Ambassador.


Visiting UN food relief agency, Pope Francis shines spotlight on urgent need to end hunger

13 June 2016 – In the first papal visit to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Pope Francis today gave his full support to the goal of eradicating hunger and paid tribute to the organization’s staff, including those who had lost their lives at work.