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29 stories found over the past 45 days
South Sudan: UN mission condemns Bentiu clashes, takes swift action to protect people

15 August 2014 – The United Nations mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has condemned this morning’s outbreak of violence in Bentiu which caused hundreds of people to seek shelter at the nearest airport.


UN declares Iraq ‘Level 3 Emergency’ to trigger more resources, speed up aid delivery

14 August 2014 – The United Nations has designated its highest level emergency for the humanitarian crisis in Iraq, citing the scale and complexity of the situation, which is impacting tens of thousands of people that have been forcibly displaced by the armed group, Islamic State (IS).


In South Sudan, Security Council warns sanctions possible against 'spoilers'

12 August 2014 – On a visit to South Sudan, the United Nations Security Council today reiterated that it is ready to impose sanctions against anyone who undermines the ongoing peace talks to stop the conflict which has uprooted some 1.5 million people and placed more than 7 million at risk of hunger and disease.


Inter-communal violence, banditry in Darfur threaten civilians – African Union-UN envoy

11 August 2014 – While fighting between Government forces and armed movements ebbed considerably during the past months, inter-communal violence and acts of banditry continue to be a challenge for the people of Darfur, the African Union-United Nations envoy on the region said today.


World Humanitarian Day: More people than ever need help

11 August 2014 – Spotlighting humanitarians who often take great risks to help communities in need, World Humanitarian Day 2014 will feature events ranging from a 5K run/walk in Mogadishu, a wreath-laying ceremony at London’s Westminster Abbey, a radio talk show with disaster management experts in Papua New Guinea, and the launch of a postage stamp honouring the late United Nations humanitarian veteran Sergio Vieira de Mello.


Military solution in South Sudan ‘unacceptable’, says Security Council, urging rivals to pursue dialogue

08 August 2014 – Expressing “grave alarm and concern” about the deteriorating security situation and looming humanitarian catastrophe and South Sudan, the United Nations Security Council today urged President Salva Kiir and political rival Riek Machar to engage fully and inclusively in ongoing peace talks, and uphold their commitment to establish a transitional government.


Darfur: African Union-UN envoy urges Security Council to support Sudanese dialogue

07 August 2014 – The challenge for the international community remains how best to impress upon all the parties involved in the Darfur conflict that a military solution and the status quo are untenable, the African Union-United Nations envoy on the region said today, urging the Security Council to play a more proactive role in supporting the holding of a successful national dialogue in Sudan.


South Sudan on brink of a ‘humanitarian catastrophe,’ warns senior UN peacekeeping official

06 August 2014 – A senior United Nations peacekeeping official today warned that after just three years of independence, South Sudan is now on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe and a protracted internal conflict.


UN peacekeepers in South Sudan headed to site of deadly attacks on aid workers

05 August 2014 – A unit of United Nations peacekeepers is heading to South Sudan’s Maban County after at least five South Sudanese humanitarian workers were killed earlier today by a community-based self defence militia calling itself the Mabanese Defence Forces.