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'Senseless cycle of violence' in South Sudan must end – UN humanitarian chief

25 July 2015 – Amid massive displacement and “horrendous atrocities,” civilians continue to bear the brunt of South Sudan's brutal conflict, the top United Nations relief official underscored today, as he urged all parties, including the leaders of the warring factions, to “listen to their people,” lay down their arms and halt the rapidly spiralling humanitarian crisis.


‘Sanctity of life paramount,’ UN relief chief says in South Sudan, spotlighting need to protect civilians

23 July 2015 – Mid-way through a four-day visit to assess the humanitarian situation in South Sudan, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator reviewed aid operations in the warn-torn country today, stressing that “everything” should be done to protect civilians from violence.


UN relief chief heads to South Sudan to bolster humanitarian response as country's challenges mount

21 July 2015 – The top United Nations humanitarian official is heading to South Sudan where a new cholera outbreak has claimed nearly 40 lives, more than 2.2 million people have been uprooted from their homes by conflict and nearly 8 million others are expected to face food shortages during the rainy reason.


South Sudan: UN official cites will of the people to achieve peace despite 'bleak' situation

17 July 2015 – The outlook for South Sudan is not completely bleak, a senior United Nations has said in Juba, noting that travelling throughout the country, he has repeatedly heard the phrase: “we want peace now.”


UNICEF, UN health agency report increase in immunization figures for world’s children

16 July 2015 – An increasing number of children are receiving life-saving vaccinations around the world, according to the latest data released by two United Nations agencies.


Security Council extends UN peacekeeping force in Abyei through December 2015

14 July 2015 – The United Nations Security Council has extended the mandate of the Organization’s interim peacekeeping force in Abyei – a resource-rich area contested by Sudan and South Sudan – as part of ongoing efforts to maintain peace and protect civilians in the disputed territory.


Ban urges South Sudan leaders to ‘give up war’ and forge a political agreement

13 July 2015 – Just days after marking the somber fourth anniversary of South Sudan’s independence, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the leaders of the country to end hostilities and to move beyond their “partial interests” and show courage and leadership.


At Srebrenica memorial, UN Deputy Secretary-General urges action against future atrocities

11 July 2015 – The international community has grown ever more vigilant to the warning signs of human rights abuses since the days of the tragic Srebrenica massacre 20 years ago but much more still remains to be done, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson declared today.


Leaders' personal rivalry has undermined South Sudan's hard won independence – Security Council

09 July 2015 – Months of politically motivated violence in South Sudan has left thousands dead and caused a “man-made…catastrophe,” the United Nations Security Council declared today, expressing “profound disappointment” with President Salva Kiir, former Vice-President Riek Machar and other leaders “who have put their personal ambitions ahead of the good of their country and their people.”


Forecasting positive 2015 world crop prospects, UN agency warns of food insecurity 'hotspots'

09 July 2015 – Favorable worldwide conditions for cereal crops will lead to better-than-expected production this growing season at the global level, today said the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).