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35 stories found over the past 45 days
Afghanistan: UN report finds settlling water disputes key to economic growth, avoiding conflict

23 October 2016 – The demand for water to support agricultural development in conflict-plagued Afghanistan often results in high-stakes water disputes, according to a new United Nations report released today, which underscores the need for more effective and transparent means of resolving the differences.

Head of UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan to step down in November

23 October 2016 – The head of the United Nations peacekeeping operation in South Sudan, Ellen Margrethe Løj, has informed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that she will be stepping down at the end of November after more than two years of leading the Mission.

UN mission in Afghanistan reports 'worrying' rise in child casualties

19 October 2016 – Even though overall conflict-related civilian casualty numbers in Afghanistan fell by one per cent in the first nine months of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, child casualties saw a marked increase of 15 per cent, the United Nations mission in the country said today.

Afghanistan: UN report finds July attack on peaceful protests in Kabul 'may amount to a war crime'

18 October 2016 – A new report released by the United Nations mission in Afghanistan has concluded that the 23 July attack on a large, peaceful demonstration in the country's capital, Kabul, not only deliberately targeted civilians but also was a serious violation of international humanitarian law, which may amount to a war crime.

Central African Republic: UN Mission condemns ‘cowardly’ attacks on peacekeepers

17 October 2016 – The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA) today strongly condemned repeated assaults against its peacekeepers, in the wake of two attacks over the past five days.

"What is the underlying conflict? It’s similar in both countries and can be described as an incomplete social contract"– UN envoy for Sudan and South Sudan

12 October 2016 – Nicholas Haysom has experience in challenging political situations. His service with the United Nations has seen him serve as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s top political advisor at UN Headquarters in New York – but has also involved service in some of the toughest field assignment locations, such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

UN mission 'extremely concerned' over increased incidents of violence across South Sudan

12 October 2016 – The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said today that it is “extremely concerned” over increased reports of violence and armed conflict in various parts of the country in the last few weeks, including heavy artillery and gunfire exchanges between Government and opposition forces in Leer town.

Afghanistan: UN mission condemns killings of worshippers in two mosque attacks

12 October 2016 – The United Nations mission in Afghanistan has condemned two separate attacks on mosques in the country that together killed about 30 worshippers congregated to mark Ashura, the Muslim day of remembrance.

In phone call, UN chief encourages Colombian leaders to stay the course of the peace process

10 October 2016 – Speaking by phone with the leaders of the Colombian peace process, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged both Juan Manuel Santos, the President of Colombia, and Timoleon Jimenez, Commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP), to stay the course for peace in spite of the outcome of the recent referendum.

South Sudan: Alarmed by violence in Yei, UN mission calls for immediate end to hostilities

10 October 2016 – Extremely concerned by the continuing deterioration of the security situation in the South Sudanese town of Yei, where an estimated 100,000 people are trapped, the United Nations mission in the African country today called on warring factions to immediately end all hostilities.