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22 stories found over the past 45 days
Senior UN police officers brief Security Council on their work and challenges they face

10 November 2016 – Briefing the Security Council today, police chiefs from United Nations missions highlighted the work of their respective units and informed the Council members of the challenges their officers face the ground.

FEATURE: UN Police heavyweights steer strategies for safer world

10 November 2016 – Crisp uniforms and the jingle-jangle of brass filled the corridors. With them, came an extra sense of security that permeated United Nations Headquarters in New York this week. For the eleventh year running, erect posture and striding confidence was the daily modus operandi, as the Heads of United Nations Police Components amassed for UN Police (UNPOL) Week 2016, which runs from 7-11 November.

Despite progress, hundreds of children still die of measles every day – UN-backed report

10 November 2016 – A United Nations-backed report issued today has revealed that despite a 79 per cent worldwide decrease in measles deaths between 2000 and 2015, nearly 400 children still die from the disease every day.

South Sudan will face escalating food crisis in 2017, UN agriculture agency warns

07 November 2016 – As the conflict in South Sudan grinds on, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today that 31 per cent of the country’s population, or 3.7 million people, are facing a severe food security risk, despite the end of the lean food season and start of harvests – a major increase from the one million who were in a similar situation at this time last year.

Some 3,500 people fleeing South Sudan each day due to ongoing conflict – UN refugee agency

04 November 2016 – The ongoing conflict in South Sudan has led to immense suffering and displacement, with an average of 3,500 people fleeing the country each day to neighbouring countries, prompting the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), national authorities, and other humanitarian actors to race to create safe and humane conditions for arrivals – 90 per cent of whom are women and children.

South Sudan: UN peacekeeping chief sets up task force after probe into mission’s performance

03 November 2016 – After an independent inquiry found that the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) failed to protect civilians as deadly violence broke out in and around its premises in the capital, Juba, in July, the top UN peacekeeping official today announced that he has established a task force to carry out the probe’s recommendations, which include ensuring greater accountability of the mission’s leadership.

Funding shortfall for UN emergency response fund could have 'devastating impact'

02 November 2016 – The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund has warned that an imminent funding shortfall could severely impact its response to sudden onset or rapidly deteriorating emergencies as well as forgotten crises during the end of 2016 and early 2017 and ultimately have a devastating impact on the lives of people in need.

South Sudan: Ban to put in place measures to improve UN Mission’s ability to protect civilians

01 November 2016 – In light of the “serious shortcomings” revealed by an independent inquiry into the response of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) after violence broke out in and around its premises in the capital, Juba, in July, Secretary-General Ban Ki moon will introduce a raft of measures to bolster its protection of civilians, including through greater accountability of uniformed and civilian personnel.

INTERVIEW: Female peacekeepers connect better with women and children – UNISFA Deputy Force Commander

31 October 2016 – 16 years ago today, the United Nations Security Council adopted resolution S/RES/1325 on women, peace and security, which has since come to be famously associated with the number 1325 within the UN system.

In phone call with South African President, Ban expresses hope country will 'reconsider' decision on ICC withdrawal

30 October 2016 – In a telephone conversation with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon regretted the country's decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court and expressed hope that it would reconsider the decision before the withdrawal takes effect.