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UN agency begins relocation of 50,000 flood-affected refugees in Ethiopia

17 March 2015 – The United Nations refugee agency said today it has begun the relocation of more than 50,000 South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia from flood-prone areas ahead of the rainy season, which is expected to start in late April.


Somalia: UN envoy condemns attack that killed security personnel, civilian bystanders

12 March 2015 – The United Nations envoy in Somalia has strongly condemned today’s attack in Baidoa town in the Interim South West Administration, which resulted in the death and injury of security personnel and civilian bystanders.


On International Women's Day, UN urges more action to achieve gender equality

08 March 2015 – To mark International Women's Day today, senior United Nations officials highlighted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a historic roadmap signed by 189 governments 20 years ago that set the agenda for realizing women's rights.


UN envoy welcomes progress in Somalia region's efforts to form assembly

07 March 2015 – During an official visit to Kismayo today, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General in Somalia, Nicholas Kay, welcomed the Interim Juba Administration's progress towards forming a regional assembly.


Member States must enforce human rights amid rising tide of extremism – UN rights chief

05 March 2015 – The world may be at a “turning point” as violent extremism and intolerance remain pervasive across the spectrum of global society, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said today as he urged Member States to uphold the human rights principles underlying their communities in their fight against radicalism.


UN health agency notes possible threat of polio spread in conflict-affected countries

04 March 2015 – An emergency meeting convened by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) noted today that Pakistan had become the 10th country to be ‘infected’ by polio and that “the possibility of international spread still remains a global threat worsened by the expansion of conflict-affected areas, particularly in the Middle East and Central Africa.”


UN officials welcome release by Somali pirates of longest-held hostages

27 February 2015 – Senior United Nations officials have welcomed the release this week of four Thai nationals after nearly five years in captivity, bringing an end to the longest held hostage ordeal in the east African nation thanks to a mission carried by the UN anti-crime agency.


UN condemns 'cruel and despicable' Al-Shabaab attack on Mogadishu hotel

20 February 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Security Council have joined the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) in strongly condemning today's deadly terrorist attack on the Central Hotel in Mogadishu, which was claimed by Al-Shabaab.


At high-level debate, UN officials urge boosted efforts for security sector reform

12 February 2015 – Security sector reform, good governance, the rule of law, and accountable institutions are critical building blocks for a sustainable future, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson declared today as he urged a greater international focus on security sector reform as part of an effort to strengthen the links between peace and security, development, and human rights.


Somalia: UN, partners welcome new Cabinet, note inclusion of women

11 February 2015 – The United Nations has urged the new Somali Government to move quickly to deliver on its ‘Vision 2016’ agenda following the approval of a Cabinet that hat includes enhanced participation of women ministers.