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19 stories found over the past 45 days
At Security Council, Ban cites shared responsibility to ‘nurture seeds of peace and prosperity’ in Africa

28 July 2016 – Citing persisting instability in number of African countries – from South Sudan to Mali and Libya, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed that building peace and restoring institutions in post-conflict settings are long-term processes that must be rooted in a country’s historical, political, social, cultural and economic contexts.


FEATURE SERIES: What is UN peacebuilding and its role in preventing conflicts?

27 July 2016 – In conflicts, the United Nations is commonly associated with peacekeeping and UN ‘blue helmets,’ but increasingly the international community’s focus is on “peacebuilding” – the idea of supporting a country throughout all stages of a conflict, including post-conflict recovery and socio-economic development, and on preventing the outbreak of fighting.


FEATURE: 'We all have to do what we can' to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse – Jane Holl Lute

26 July 2016 – The United Nations has a “zero tolerance” policy towards sexual abuse by anyone working under the blue flag.

The matter is one of such weight for the Organization that earlier this year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Jane Holl Lute as the Special Coordinator on improving the UN response to sexual exploitation and abuse.


Security Council extends UN Central African Republic Mission through 2017

26 July 2016 – The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping operation in the Central African Republic (CAR) until 15 November 2017, keeping an authorized troop ceiling of 10,750 military personnel intact and providing time for the mission to assess the post-transition process in the country.


Ban appoints Chilean national as Deputy Special Representative for Central African Republic

22 July 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Fabrizio Hochschild of Chile as his new Deputy Special Representative for the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).


In Rwanda, Ban meets with African leaders on situation in South Sudan

15 July 2016 – Ahead of the 27th African Union (AU) Summit taking place in Kigali, Rwanda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today met with several African leaders to discuss the situation in South Sudan.


Central African Republic’s leaders must commit to inclusive, transparent governance, Security Council told

08 July 2016 – The Central African Republic’s (CAR) considerable progress over the past two years risks being reversed unless national authorities demonstrated commitment to inclusive and transparent governance, and to addressing the root causes of the crisis afflicting the country, the United Nations peacekeeping chief warned today.


Ahead of South Sudan's fifth anniversary of independence, renewed violence draws UN concern

08 July 2016 – As South Sudan prepares to mark its fifth anniversary of independence, United Nations officials today expressed concern over the continuing violence in parts of the country and the resulting forced displacement of people, both internally and throughout the neighbouring region.


Thousands fleeing violent clashes in Central African Republic – UN refugee agency

08 July 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency today said that more than six thousand people from the Central African Republic (CAR) have fled into Chad and Cameroon to escape renewed tension and violent clashes since mid-June.


UN rights chief warns of violence re-escalating in Central African Republic

04 July 2016 – The United Nations human rights chief today warned that the security and human rights situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) may be starting to deteriorate again, after a series a major incidents in the capital of Bangui and rural areas.