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16 stories found over the past 45 days
UN agency envoy Forest Whitaker honoured for work in peacebuilding, conflict-resolution

16 January 2017 – Actor and United Nations agency special envoy Forest Whitaker is today being celebrated as a leader in peacebuilding and conflict-resolution, empowering young people in communities touched by violence and poverty.


Killings, rapes in South Sudan continued 'unabated' after July 2016 violence, UN reports

16 January 2017 – Hundreds of people were killed in South Sudan during an outbreak of violence last July and more than 200 people were raped, according to a United Nations report today released which emphasizes the need for accountability and justice for those human rights violations.


UN mission in South Sudan confirms discussions on regional protection force continuing

15 January 2017 – The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan has confirmed that it continues its discussions with the transitional national unity Government on a 4,000-strong regional protection force, which was authorized by the Security Council last August but has yet to be deployed.


Amid dwindling donor support, one million displaced Somali refugees grow hopeless, UN agency warns

10 January 2017 – More than one million Somali refugees who have been displaced from their homes for decades are becoming despondent as they continue to be unable to return home and donor support is growing fatigued, according to the United Nations refugee agency.


UN's 2016 Year in Review: Challenges and milestones for the international community

28 December 2016 – The year 2016 was a challenging one for the international community, with the conflict in Syria worsening despite efforts to end the fighting, escalating violence and insecurity in South Sudan and Yemen, and a five million increase in the number of refugees worldwide.


Three years into conflict, humanitarian needs in South Sudan continue to rise – UN relief wing

22 December 2016 – Since fighting first erupted in South Sudan three years back, tens of thousands have died, food insecurity and acute malnutrition are at unprecedented levels, and more than three million have been driven from their homes, the United Nations humanitarian arm has reported.


INTERVIEW: ‘It is important to let the positive side of migration be told’ – IOM Director-General

19 December 2016 – Every day, for the past three years, just over a dozen migrants have died on average, or one person every two hours, according to William Lacy Swing, Director-General of the United Nations International Organization for Migration (IOM), in a message to mark the International Migrants Day.


Act now to halt South Sudan’s ‘trajectory towards mass atrocities,’ Ban urges Security Council

19 December 2016 – Amid growing tensions and increasing despair among South Sudan’s population, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warned that the international community’s failure to act now could put the country on a trajectory towards mass atrocities.


Security Council adjusts mandate of UN mission in South Sudan to deter sexual violence, monitor hate speech

16 December 2016 – Approving a one-year extension of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, the Security Council today demanded an end to the fighting in the war-riven country, and decided that the mission, known as UNMISS, shall “use all necessary means” to “deter and prevent” sexual violence within its capacity, and “monitor, investigate and report incidents of hate speech.”


Possibility of genocide in South Sudan is ‘all too real,’ Ban warns in opinion piece

16 December 2016 – Given the scale of the disaster in South Sudan, the United Nations Security Council, regional organizations and the international community must step up to their responsibility to the help the country’s people, who have suffered through three years of bloody conflict, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in an opinion piece published by Newsweek.