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28 stories found over the past 45 days
Libya: Security Council reaffirms full support for political agreement signed a year ago

08 December 2016 – Expressing deep concern over the serious political polarization resulting in a deterioration of the security, economic and humanitarian situation in Libya, the Security Council today reiterated its support for the United Nations envoy for Libya, who leads efforts in facilitating implementation of the political agreement signed about a year ago.


Ban urges peaceful resolution of impasse in DR Congo

07 December 2016 – Welcoming the announcement of the continuation of the mediation led by the Conférence épiscopale des églises du Congo to achieve a more inclusive consensus on the upcoming elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on all political actors in the country to recommit themselves to this dialogue.


DR Congo: Security Council urges all stakeholders to ensure upcoming polls are free and fair

05 December 2016 – Expressing concern over the political situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as well as in light of the upcoming elections the United Nations Security Council has called on all stakeholders to ensure that the polls are conducted in a free, fair, credible, inclusive and transparent environment.


INTERVIEW: ‘Cling to every little sign of hope’ – outgoing head of UN Mission in South Sudan

29 November 2016 – On 23 July 2014, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon announced the appointment of Ellen Margrethe Løj of Denmark as his new Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS). Ms. Løj succeeded Hilde Johnson of Norway, who had completed her assignment two weeks earlier, on 7 July 2014. 


‘Hang on to every little glimmer of hope,’ says UN envoy for South Sudan

28 November 2016 – All people in South Sudan, regardless of their ethnic affiliation, must unite towards creating a national identify, the head of the United Nations mission there urged today, underscoring the potential of the resource-rich African country to prosper despite its ongoing challenges.


UN, global community back efforts of Somalia’s electoral bodies to ensure credible, legitimate polls

25 November 2016 – The United Nations and other members of the international community have commended the efforts of Somalia’s electoral bodies to ensure a credible and legitimate electoral process and supported the bodies’ decisions to disqualify candidates who engaged in corruption, intimidation and manipulation in the ongoing parliamentary elections.


Violence against women ‘serious obstacle’ to sustainable development, Ban says on World Day

25 November 2016 – Underlining that violence against women and girls is not only a human rights violation but also a serious obstacle to sustainable development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for “meaningful” action to prevent and respond to such violence.


UN chief welcomes new peace deal between Colombian Government and FARC-EP

24 November 2016 – Welcoming the signing today of the new peace agreement between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed the hope that Colombians will "come together at this time to move the peace process forward."


Water resources ‘a reason for cooperation, not conflict,’ Ban tells Security Council

22 November 2016 – Noting that three quarters of UN Member States share rivers or lake basins with their neighbours, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the value of water resources as a reason for cooperation, not conflict.


Afghanistan: UN condemns killing of civilians in Kabul mosque attack

21 November 2016 – Senior United Nations officials have condemned today's attack at a mosque in Kabul that reportedly killed at least 32 civilians and injured more than 50 others, many of them children.