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32 stories found over the past 45 days
Senior UN officials seek accountability for human trafficking crimes in forced migration

23 September 2016 – Senior United Nations officials today called for those responsible for human rights violations and crimes associated with human trafficking and forced migration to be held accountable, noting that some of the crimes committed in this respect may amount to atrocity crimes.


At UN Assembly, South Sudan calls for more talks on additional peacekeepers

23 September 2016 – South Sudan’s vice-president today assured the General Assembly of further steps toward deploying 4,000 more United Nations peacekeepers after this summer’s resurgence of a civil war that has engulfed the world’s newest country for most of its five years of life.


Ban urges implementation of peace agreement to resolve instability in Mali

23 September 2016 – The promotion of peace and stability in Mali is crucial to its people, for the region and for the world, United Nations Secretary-General Bank Ki-moon said today, urging the parties involved in the country's reconstruction to implement the foundations that have been laid out regarding the way forward.


Colombian leader cites his accord with rebels as paradigm for ending civil wars worldwide

21 September 2016 – A year after pledging to return to the United Nations General Assembly to announce the end of a 52-years-long civil war that has killed more than 220,000 people and victimized over eight million more, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos today mounted the self-same podium to declare his nation finally at peace with an accord that can serve as a precedent for the rest of the world.


DR Congo: Ban condemns deadly clashes between protestors and security forces in capital

19 September 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General today expressed deep concern about the violent clashes between protestors and security forces in Kinshasa, and several other locations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Human rights expert group concludes first visit to South Sudan

16 September 2016 – Concluding its first visit to South Sudan, a United Nations-mandated human rights mission today expressed deep concern over rights violations and the slow implementation of the August 2015 peace agreement between rival political factions.


Avenues for peace in Afghanistan must be explored with ‘utmost urgency’ – UN envoy

14 September 2016 – Highlighting the challenges facing Afghanistan due to decades-long violence and instability, the United Nations envoy to the country stressed today that avenues for peace there must be explored with utmost urgency and seriousness.


Progress in Libya marred by ongoing volatile security situation and economic challenges – UN envoy to Security Council

13 September 2016 – Although political space has opened in Libya and there is progress in the fight against terrorism, the political divisions underpinning the North African country’s conflict are deepening, a United Nations envoy warned today.


Security Council approves proposed structure and size of UN Mission in Colombia

13 September 2016 – The United Nations Security Council today approved the Secretary-General’s recommendations regarding the size, operational aspects and mandate of theUN Mission in Colombia, including the deployment of 450 unarmed observers and the establishment of operation in 40 locations.


Libya: UN envoy calls for immediate cessation of hostilities in Oil Crescent area

12 September 2016 – Expressing grave concerns over recent fighting in Libya's Oil Crescent area, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for the country and the head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Martin Kobler called on military forces that moved into the area to immediately stop fighting and refrain from any further military escalation.