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23 stories found over the past 45 days
On International Day, Ban calls for release of UN personnel unlawfully arrested and detained

25 March 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called today for the release of all United Nations personnel who have been unlawfully arrested and detained, in a message to mark the International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members.


Amid growing crises, UN officials urge protection for war’s youngest victims

25 March 2015 – The international community must act “collectively and expeditiously” to thwart the growing number of children affected by armed conflicts, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today, as the Security Council met to discuss the myriad horrors faced by children caught up in wars worldwide.


Security Council urges ‘effective, comprehensive’ steps to end tensions in South Sudan

24 March 2015 – The United Nations Security Council has voiced its “profound disappointment” at the failure of all parties in South Sudan to conclude an agreement that would bring the country closer to resolving its ongoing conflict and usher in a period of national unity and peace.


UN envoy outlines progress in DR Congo from ‘shattered’ country to ‘proud nation’

19 March 2015 – The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is unified with a “clear, shared and celebrated” identity, the top United Nations envoy there told the Security Council today, as he briefed on the latest developments in the vast African nation.


UN envoy Gordon Brown makes ‘plea from the heart’ to end child rights abuses, promote safe schools

18 March 2015 – The United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, called today for “fundamental changes” to strengthen the global commitment to defending the rights of schoolgirls and boys, as he said that 2015 should be the year to end violations of children’s rights.


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.


In South Sudan town devastated by conflict, UN official condemns forced child conscription

10 March 2015 – Individuals responsible for the recruitment of child soldiers in South Sudan must be held accountable for violating international law, the top United Nations official in the country declared today during a visit to the devastated frontline town of Malakal.


Ban ‘profoundly disappointed’ over failed progress on South Sudan peace talks

06 March 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed profound disappointment after the unsuccessful conclusion of peace talks in South Sudan and the failure of President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar to display statesmanship and reach a power-sharing deal.


UN special envoy joins demands for release of child soldiers by all parties in South Sudan

04 March 2015 – The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, today demanded the release of hundreds of child soldiers forcibly recruited by militias and groups aligned with the warring factions or the South Sudan Government, saying “there needs to be accountability for child recruiters and those who commit grave violations against children.”


South Sudan: UN chief urges all sides to ‘show leadership’ in quest for peace

04 March 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged South Sudanese political rivals President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar to resolve their differences and move towards a lasting peace ahead of an impending mediation deadline.