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27 stories found over the past 45 days
Colombia: UN-led mechanism investigating alleged ceasefire violation

17 November 2016 – The tripartite Mechanism coordinated by the United Nations and comprising the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) has started investigations into a 15 November incident in the country’s Santa Rosa municipality that resulted in the deaths of two FARC-EP members.

Senior UN police officers brief Security Council on their work and challenges they face

10 November 2016 – Briefing the Security Council today, police chiefs from United Nations missions highlighted the work of their respective units and informed the Council members of the challenges their officers face the ground.

FEATURE: UN Police heavyweights steer strategies for safer world

10 November 2016 – Crisp uniforms and the jingle-jangle of brass filled the corridors. With them, came an extra sense of security that permeated United Nations Headquarters in New York this week. For the eleventh year running, erect posture and striding confidence was the daily modus operandi, as the Heads of United Nations Police Components amassed for UN Police (UNPOL) Week 2016, which runs from 7-11 November.

Afghanistan: UN Mission probing air strikes that allegedly killed 32 civilians in Kunduz

07 November 2016 – The United Nations mission in Afghanistan has said that it is currently investigating allegations that at least 32 civilians were killed and a further 19 injured in airstrikes in Kunduz city, which is in the north of the country, last Thursday.

Colombia: UN Mission, Government and FARC-EP to start joint ceasefire monitoring and verification

06 November 2016 – The tripartite Mechanism coordinated by the UN Mission in Colombia, with the Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP), will begin to monitor and verify the ceasefire and cessation of hostilities tomorrow, Monday, 7 November.

South Sudan: UN peacekeeping chief sets up task force after probe into mission’s performance

03 November 2016 – After an independent inquiry found that the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) failed to protect civilians as deadly violence broke out in and around its premises in the capital, Juba, in July, the top UN peacekeeping official today announced that he has established a task force to carry out the probe’s recommendations, which include ensuring greater accountability of the mission’s leadership.

Deputy UN chief urges Central African lawmakers to act as ‘defenders of dialogue and reconciliation’

02 November 2016 – Addressing the National Assembly of the Central African Republic (CAR) today, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told the legislators that the country’s people had given them a clear mandate, and as such, he urged them not only to play their traditional role as parliamentarians, “but also as defenders of dialogue and reconciliation.”

Afghanistan: International support to Kunduz remains essential, says UN Mission

02 November 2016 – The United Nations will do everything in its power to support the people of Kunduz in, the political chief of UN mission in Afghanistan told Government officials, civil society and media professionals in the restive northern province, where the security situation has remained tense since the provincial capital was briefly overtaken by the Taliban in late 2015 and was attacked again in October this year.

South Sudan: Ban to put in place measures to improve UN Mission’s ability to protect civilians

01 November 2016 – In light of the “serious shortcomings” revealed by an independent inquiry into the response of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) after violence broke out in and around its premises in the capital, Juba, in July, Secretary-General Ban Ki moon will introduce a raft of measures to bolster its protection of civilians, including through greater accountability of uniformed and civilian personnel.

Lebanon: Welcoming new president, UN chief encourages formation of government without delay

31 October 2016 – Welcoming the election of Michel Aoun as the new President of Lebanon, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed hope that all parties in the country will continue to work in a spirit of unity and in the national interest, according to his spokesperson.