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20 stories found over the past 45 days
On UN Day, Ban celebrates Organization’s continuing commitment for a better world

24 October 2014 – As multiple crises – ranging from poverty and disease to terrorism and climate change – continue to afflict the world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked the 69th anniversary of the United Nations today, declaring that the Organization is needed now “more than ever.”

‘No alternative to silencing the guns,’ UN South Sudan envoy tells Security Council

22 October 2014 – There is no alternative to silencing the guns and immediately agreeing a comprehensive peace deal so South Sudan can return to the path of peace and stability, the United Nations envoy for the strife-riven country said today, urging the Security Council and regional leaders to help bring the warring parties to the negotiating table.

South Sudan: UN Mission transfers internally displaced persons to protection sites

21 October 2014 – The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has opened new sites for about 28,000 internally displaced persons adjacent to its bases in three state capitals to improve living conditions of civilians who have been uprooted by the recent conflict, a senior UN official said in Juba today.

Somalia: UN envoy condemns attack on African Union troops in Hiiraan region

20 October 2014 – The UN envoy for Somalia condemned today an attack on African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces in Hiiraan region and called for calm as rival clans caused insecurity in the area, which is near the centre of the East African country.

DR Congo: UN rights chief condemns government's decision to expel envoy

19 October 2014 – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, said today that he “regrets and condemns” the decision of the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to order his top official in the country to leave within 48 hours, and the serious intimidation aimed at other human rights staff in there.

UN demands safe release of abducted personnel in South Sudan

17 October 2014 – The United Nations Mission in South Sudan today strongly condemned the recent abductions of the world body’s personnel at the airfield in Malakal and demanded the safe release of those still being detained.

Somalia: UN condemns second deadly terrorist attack in less than a week

16 October 2014 – The top United Nations official in Somalia today condemned the latest terrorist attack to hit the African country's capital city of Mogadishu leaving a number of people dead and many more injured.

UN envoy urges greater civilian protection as South Sudan faces daunting challenges

07 October 2014 – Amid a vast population of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and ongoing ethnic tensions, the challenges in South Sudan continue to remain “enormous,” the head of the United Nations mission in the African country acknowledged today.

UN envoy on sexual violence warns rapes in South Sudan will 'haunt' generations

06 October 2014 – The horrors of sexual violence in South Sudan did not end with the ceasefire agreement, a senior United Nations official today said calling on citizens of the world's youngest country to stand together and say “enough is enough.”

UN in Somalia welcomes recovery of port city from insurgents

06 October 2014 – The top United Nations official in Somalia today welcomed the recovery of the port city Barawe from Al-Shabaab fighters, the first time it has been in Somali control for more than two decades.