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12 stories found over the past 45 days
‘Use your voices to claim your rights,’ Ban urges university graduates in Belgium

28 May 2015 – Addressing the graduating class at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, where he was bestowed an honorary degree today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gave students one final homework assignment: become global citizens with global vision.


FEATURE: One UN peacekeeper's mission to improve prisons in Central African Republic

28 May 2015 – This is 35-year-old Oscar Ouedraogo’s first deployment with a United Nations peacekeeping mission. The native of Burkina Faso has been working as a corrections officer for the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) since 20 September 2014, in the capital, Bangui.


Security Council welcomes Central African Republic national forum, urges implementation of peace pact

16 May 2015 – The Security Council has welcomed the recent national reconciliation forum held in the Central African Republic (CAR) and the inclusive, grassroots-level manner in which the consultations were carried out, particularly by ensuring the participation of women, and called on the country's Transitional Authorities, with the support of the United Nations, to speedily implement the forum's outcomes.


UN-facilitated accord leads to release of some 350 children in Central African Republic

14 May 2015 – In the single largest release of children associated with armed groups in the Central African Republic since violence erupted there some two years ago, some 350 children have been freed following an agreement facilitated by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) that will allow them and thousands of others to reclaim their lives and resume their childhood.


Ban welcomes Central African Republic peace pact as reflection of people’s aspirations

11 May 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the people of the Central African Republic (CAR) for the adoption of a peace pact that reflects on their aspirations to put the conflict behind them once and for all and to build a more peaceful and democratic country.


New UN guide aims to address mental health needs in humanitarian emergencies

05 May 2015 – Two United Nations agencies today issued a new guide to address the growing needs of millions of adults and children suffering from mental health problems in humanitarian emergencies around the world arising from natural disasters, disease outbreaks and armed conflicts.


Senior UN relief official urges international assistance as Niger and Chad shoulder regional crisis

05 May 2015 – Beset by multiple crises themselves, Niger and Chad are making heroic efforts to cope with the impact of the turmoil swirling around them, but the international community is failing in its responsibility to share the burden, a senior official for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.


Central African Republic: armed groups agree to release child soldiers, says UNICEF

05 May 2015 – As part of an agreement facilitated by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), up to 10,000 children currently associated with armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) will be released from roles such as combatants, sex slaves and cooks, a spokesperson for the agency told reporters in Geneva today.


Central African Republic: UN investigation into sexual abuse allegations continues

01 May 2015 – The United Nations is proceeding with its investigation of the events surrounding the release to a third party of an internal report on allegations of sexual misconduct by French military personnel in the Central African Republic (CAR), a spokesperson for the Organization has confirmed.


UN peacekeeping chief wraps up trip to Central African Republic as Mission reaches full strength

28 April 2015 – The United Nations peacekeeping chief finished a four-day trip to the Central African Republic today, his visit to the country coinciding with the UN stabilization Mission there achieving full operational capability for the first time.