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UN mission chief welcomes commitment to ensure accountability for sexual violence in South Sudan

18 February 2015 – Any peace agreement reached to end the conflict in South Sudan should reflect the commitments made at the end of 2014 to ensure accountability for sexual violence crimes, the UN Secretary-General’s Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict said today.


In South Sudan, protection of civilians ‘critical part’ of UN mandate

17 February 2015 – United Nations peacekeepers must continue to provide critical protections for civilians in South Sudan as the country slowly emerges from a year-long stretch of internecine conflict, the head of the UN Mission (UNMISS) there declared today.


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.


On International Day, UN demands end to use of child soldiers in conflict

12 February 2015 – From Afghanistan to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as the world's conflicts become more brutal, intense and widespread, children are finding themselves increasingly vulnerable to recruitment and deployment by armed groups, the United Nations warned today.


South Sudan: UNICEF celebrates ongoing demobilization of child soldiers

11 February 2015 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is applauding the release of another 300 children from an armed group in South Sudan – the second such UN-backed demobilization of child soldiers in less than a month.


UN-backed report urges greater violence-prevention efforts for Africa’s children

11 February 2015 – African girls and boys continue to be subjected to distressing levels of physical, sexual and emotional violence despite the significant legal and policy measures adopted throughout the region, according to a new United Nations-backed report.