UN News stories

27 stories found over the past 45 days
Meeting Afghan presidential candidates, UN political chief urges unity, pledges support

11 September 2014 – In Kabul today, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman met with Afghanistan’s two presidential candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, and underscored the world body’s call for a successful conclusion to the country’s election process.

Libya: UN envoy calls for end to fighting, beginning of political process

10 September 2014 – The violence in Libya must stop, the United Nations envoy to that country today reiterated, calling for “meaningful, effective” dialogue to end what is among the worst fighting the country has seen since leader Muammar al-Qadhafi was ousted in 2011.

UN mission in Afghanistan supports call for presidential candidates to resolve differences

10 September 2014 – The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Ján Kubiš, today endorsed a call made by the Ulema Council, a key religious advisory body, for the country’s two presidential candidates to come to an agreement on the formation of a unity government soon.

South Sudan: Preliminary UN probe shows helicopter was shot down

09 September 2014 – The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said today its initial investigation Has revealed that UN helicopter that crashed near Bentiu late last month was shot down.

African Union-UN mission calls for restraint amid tensions at Darfur camp

08 September 2014 – Concerned about escalating tensions, the African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in Sudan’s Darfur region today called for restraint by all parties in and around the Kalma camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) where demonstrations have resulted in several casualties over the weekend.

Libya: UN report details serious human rights abuses in Tripoli, Benghazi

04 September 2014 – Citing indiscriminate violence by armed fighters in Libya and grave abuses by all sides in the conflict, a new United Nations report out today warns that serious human rights violations are taking place in the country’s two largest cities, Tripoli and Benghazi, with dire consequences for civilians and civilian infrastructure.

New UN South Sudan envoy stresses civilian protection, national ownership of peace process

02 September 2014 – Taking up her post today as head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Ellen Margrethe Løj acknowledged that while it was a “huge and difficult” challenge, the job was impossible to turn down because the country’s people had fought hard for their independence.

Ebola response must be based on 'scientific evidence, not on fear,' urge top UN officials

02 September 2014 – Misinformation about Ebola can only exacerbate an already fragile situation, said United Nations officials at the highest level today, urging international action and solidarity to help West African countries deal with the myriad health and socioeconomic impacts of current outbreak of the deadly virus.

UN deplores deliberate killing of civilians in Afghanistan's Farah province

01 September 2014 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has strongly condemned the deliberate killing of 12 civilians in the western province of Farah for which the Taliban has claimed responsibility.

South Sudan: Security Council strongly condemns downing of UN helicopter

27 August 2014 – The Security Council has strongly condemned the downing yesterday of a United Nations helicopter in South Sudan which resulted in the death of three Russian crew members and left a fourth severely injured, and called for a thorough investigation.