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UN envoy on sexual violence warns rapes in South Sudan will 'haunt' generations

06 October 2014 – The horrors of sexual violence in South Sudan did not end with the ceasefire agreement, a senior United Nations official today said calling on citizens of the world's youngest country to stand together and say “enough is enough.”


UN in Somalia welcomes recovery of port city from insurgents

06 October 2014 – The top United Nations official in Somalia today welcomed the recovery of the port city Barawe from Al-Shabaab fighters, the first time it has been in Somali control for more than two decades.


South Sudan: amid ongoing tensions, UN confirms situation back to normal at protection site

02 October 2014 – The United Nations confirmed today that an incident involving troops from the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and internally displaced persons seeking refuge at a UN camp in South Sudan has “returned to normal.”


South Sudan: UN agencies reach more than half a million people with life-saving aid

30 September 2014 – Two United Nations agencies have reached more than half a million people, including 100,000 children under the age of five, in the most remote and conflict-hit areas of South Sudan with life-saving supplies and services.


UN congratulates Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on inauguration

29 September 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations mission in Afghanistan today welcomed the inauguration of Ashraf Ghani as President and reaffirmed the Organization’s commitment to cooperate with the national unity government in the country’s progress to peace, stability and development.


South Sudan committed to peace in wake of foiled rebel coup, Kiir tells UN

27 September 2014 – Following a failed coup by a former deputy that sparked a violent, months-long conflict in South Sudan, President Salva Kiir told the United Nations today that his Government is deeply committed to “talk peace with the rebels to close this dark chapter in the history of our young country”, so the difficult mission of socio-economic development could begin.


Nicholas Haysom of South Africa appointed as new UN envoy for Afghanistan

25 September 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Nicholas Haysom of South Africa as the top United Nations envoy to Afghanistan, it was announced today.


South Sudan: civilians fleeing violence nears 2 million with no likelihood of return soon

24 September 2014 – The United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights said today that gross violations committed by all parties to the conflict in South Sudan have declined but the number of civilians forced to flee the violence now nears 2 million “with no likelihood that people will return to their homes soon.”


Afghanistan: UN welcomes conclusion of presidential elections, deal to form unity government

21 September 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General and his most senior envoy in Afghanistan welcomed the agreement signed today by presidential candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, to establish a government of national unity, ending months of political uncertainty in the country.