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With Libya now at a ‘critical stage,’ UN envoy says all parties must back political dialogue process

15 July 2015 – A peaceful transition in Libya will only succeed through a significant and coordinated effort in support of a future Government of National Accord and by ensuring that sufficient security is achieved throughout the country so that public administration can resume its key functions, the top UN official in Libya told the Security Council today.


Government, UN and donors examine Organization’s work in Afghanistan

14 July 2015 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), senior Afghan Government officials and representatives from the international donor community have gathered today in Kabul for the first of three meetings aimed at examining the role of UN entities in the country.


Afghanistan: UN condemns ‘cynical, cowardly’ attack targeting civilians at a mosque

14 July 2015 – Offering deep condolences to the victims’ families and a speedy recovery for those injured in the latest attack in Afghanistan targeting civilians, the top United Nations official in the country, Nicholas Haysom, condemned the attack, which targeted people gathered for Iftar at the Grand Mosque in Pul-e-Khomri, in the northern Baghlan province.


Ban urges South Sudan leaders to ‘give up war’ and forge a political agreement

13 July 2015 – Just days after marking the somber fourth anniversary of South Sudan’s independence, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the leaders of the country to end hostilities and to move beyond their “partial interests” and show courage and leadership.


Afghanistan: UN envoy condemns deadly suicide attack that killed 27 civilians

13 July 2015 – The top UN official in Afghanistan today condemned the deadly attack perpetrated on Sunday in the eastern province of Khost.


Libya: UN envoy calls for end to fighting in Benghazi, urges political solution to crisis

10 July 2015 – The Secretary-General's Special Representative for Libya, Bernardino León, has condemned the escalating hostilities in the country's eastern city of Benghazi and the heavy toll being felt by the area's civilians, the United Nations mission in the country confirmed today.


Leaders' personal rivalry has undermined South Sudan's hard won independence – Security Council

09 July 2015 – Months of politically motivated violence in South Sudan has left thousands dead and caused a “man-made…catastrophe,” the United Nations Security Council declared today, expressing “profound disappointment” with President Salva Kiir, former Vice-President Riek Machar and other leaders “who have put their personal ambitions ahead of the good of their country and their people.”


South Sudan: four years on, UN marks 'grim' independence anniversary amid ongoing conflict

08 July 2015 – The people of South Sudan are preparing to mark the fourth anniversary of their country's founding amid ongoing suffering, unconscionable levels of violence and unspeakable sexual abuse, according to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.


Afghanistan: UN officials welcome direct talks between Government and Taliban

08 July 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his Special Representative in Afghanistan Nicholas Haysom have welcomed direct talks held between Afghan Government and Taliban representatives in Islamabad, Pakistan – urging both parties to move towards reconciliation and peace.


South Sudan: UN Mission deplores killing of civilian in Organization compound

07 July 2015 – The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has condemned “in the strongest terms” the fatal shooting of an internally displaced person (IDP) at one of its 'protection-of-civilians' sites – the second attack of its kind to strike the African nation and the Organization in less than a week.