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UN report calls for synergies between universal 2030 Agenda and goals for least developed countries

13 September 2016 – The world’s 48 least developed countries (LDCs) have experienced some positive developments, yet challenges remain with new risks and uncertainties threatening development gains, according to a new United Nations report released today.


DRC: UN mission extracts hundreds from national park on humanitarian grounds

11 September 2016 – Acting on humanitarian grounds and at the request of the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations mission in the country has extracted hundreds of individuals, including the former Vice-President of South Sudan, Riek Machar, members of his family and aides, as well as a number civilians from a national park in the DRC.


London conference on UN peacekeeping sharpens focus on planning, pledges and performance

08 September 2016 – Countries contributing to United Nations peacekeeping missions today adopted a communique that focuses ways to improve the planning of operations, implement the pledges of support made by countries, and enhance the performance of troops on the ground.


INTERVIEW: Selection of next UN Secretary-General has been game-changing process, says outgoing General Assembly President

08 September 2016 – On 15 June 2015, the United Nations General Assembly elected Mogens Lykketoft – a Danish national – to serve as the President of its seventieth session. At the time of his election, Mr. Lykketoft was the Speaker (President) of the Danish Parliament, a position he had held since 2011. Born on 9 January 1946, it was a fitting coincidence that he would turn 70 during his term as President of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly– a personal fact he highlighted during his acceptance speech to the world body upon his election.


South Sudan: UN mission concerned at reports of intimidation of civil society members

08 September 2016 – Expressing concern at reports of harassment and intimidation against some civil society members who met with a United Nations Security Council delegation during the latter's most recent visit to the country, the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has stressed that any attempt to supress fundamental human rights must be condemned in no uncertain terms.


UN Security Council concludes 'very positive' three-day visit to South Sudan

05 September 2016 – The United Nations Security Council wrapped up a three-day visit to South Sudan today by reaffirming its support for peace in South Sudan and reiterated its calls to the government to fulfill commitments announced in a joint communique.


South Sudan accepts deployment of 4,000-strong UN protection force

04 September 2016 – South Sudan's government has accepted the deployment of a 4,000-strong regional protection force recently mandated by the United Nations Security Council, in addition to the roughly 12,000 UN peacekeepers already serving in the African nation.


Ahead of G20 opening, Ban stresses 'far-reaching' impacts of early climate action, urges unity on Global Goals

04 September 2016 – At a G20 summit in the southeastern city of Hangzhou in China, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the conference's focus on sustainable development and climate change, urging all countries to take early action on these.


At South Sudan sites for displaced, UN Security Council hears 'desperate appeals' for regional protection force

03 September 2016 – On the second day of its visit to South Sudan, a delegation from the United Nations Security Council today met with displaced people living in camps, known as “protection of civilians” sites, seeing first-hand “the human consequences of the failure of political leaders to bring peace back to their country.”


UN Security Council arrives in South Sudan, aims to 'move the ball' on country's stability

02 September 2016 – A delegation from the United Nations Security Council today arrived in South Sudan, where it will reinforce recent messages made to the authorities as well as discuss how the UN peacekeeping mission there can help them improve the security and humanitarian situation in the wake of recent violence.