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Mali: UN condemns suicide bombing of Gao military camp as ‘direct attack’ on peace process

18 January 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned the suicide-vehicle attack earlier today perpetrated against a military camp in the northern Mali city of Gao that reportedly left at least 50 people dead and dozens injured.


Killings, rapes in South Sudan continued 'unabated' after July 2016 violence, UN reports

16 January 2017 – Hundreds of people were killed in South Sudan during an outbreak of violence last July and more than 200 people were raped, according to a United Nations report today released which emphasizes the need for accountability and justice for those human rights violations.


UN mission in South Sudan confirms discussions on regional protection force continuing

15 January 2017 – The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan has confirmed that it continues its discussions with the transitional national unity Government on a 4,000-strong regional protection force, which was authorized by the Security Council last August but has yet to be deployed.


Amid progress in West Africa and the Sahel, UN envoy warns of region’s political challenges

13 January 2017 – Briefing the Security Council on the situation in West Africa and the Sahel region, a senior United Nations official cited a “rising tide of democracy” throughout the continent, noting that a number of countries had recently held elections which largely complied with electoral norms and standards, upholding their status a model in the region and beyond.


Security Council’s ‘encouraging voice’ very important to Colombian peace process, says UN envoy

11 January 2017 – Highlighting that the Colombian peace process faced and continues to face a range of challenges but also offers “solid” opportunities, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the country today called on the United Nations Security Council for its continued attention and strong support to the country.


Cyprus talks ‘on track’ ahead of international conference – UN envoy

11 January 2017 – As the United Nations-facilitated talks on Cyprus went into their third day in Geneva ahead of an international conference tomorrow, the UN adviser on the issue has said the discussions are “on track” and while there is still much hard work to do, an “historic” outcome could be reached as part of ongoing reunification efforts.


Afghanistan: UN condemns latest terrorist attacks against civilians and diplomats

11 January 2017 – The United Nations has condemned yesterday's terrorist attacks near the Parliament in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, and the residence of the Provincial Governor of Kandahar, calling for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.


UN condemns deadly ambush that leaves one 'blue helmet' dead in Central African Republic

07 January 2017 – The Security Council has strongly condemned the ambush by unknown attackers late last week against a convoy of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) in Bokayai, in the northwest part of the country, in which one Bangladeshi peacekeeper was killed.


Libya: Amid threat of renewed conflict, UN envoy urges restraint

04 January 2017 – Expressing concern at escalating tensions and threat of renewed conflict following developments in central Libya, the United Nations envoy for the country urged all parties to work together on reconciliation and to refrain from any rhetoric that could inflame the situation.


Somalia: UN, global partners ‘gravely concerned’ over changes to electoral process

27 December 2016 – The United Nations and other members of the international community have voiced grave concern over recent decisions by Somalia’s National Leadership Forum (NLF) that contravenes the African country’s constitutional electoral processes.