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27 stories found over the past 45 days
On International Day, UN demands end to use of child soldiers in conflict

12 February 2015 – From Afghanistan to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as the world's conflicts become more brutal, intense and widespread, children are finding themselves increasingly vulnerable to recruitment and deployment by armed groups, the United Nations warned today.


Ending exclusion, empowering youth key to bridging social divide in Central African Republic – UN

11 February 2015 – Grass-roots involvement and inclusion, especially of youth, is vital to rebuild war-torn Central African Republic (CAR), where unemployment is running at over 20 per cent, and more than 60 per cent of young people are living in extreme poverty, the top United Nations official responsible for Africa at the Organization’s development agency has stressed.


UNICEF, David Beckham launch new initiative to boost funding for world’s children

09 February 2015 – International football icon and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador, David Beckham, today announced his latest fundraising initiative, launched in tandem with the UN agency and aimed at boosting assistance for the world’s youth, amid the planet’s worsening humanitarian crises.


'It's now or never' for Central African Republic, UN warns urging more support to end crisis

04 February 2015 – The Head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Africa, Abdoulaye Dieye, began today a week-long visit to the Central African Republic (CAR), calling on international partners to intensify their support for the country's ongoing transition process.


Global collaboration critical as humanitarian crises grow, says top UN relief official

03 February 2015 – International stakeholders will increasingly need to collaborate as they face down rising levels of humanitarian strife around the globe, Valerie Amos, the United Nations humanitarian chief, said today.


'2015 is a chance to change history,' Ban tells UN Youth Forum

02 February 2015 – This generation of young people – the largest the world has ever seen – has a historic opportunity to end poverty, combat climate change, create jobs and fight injustice, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a Youth Forum at UN Headquarters in New York this morning as he called on the participants to get involved in shaping a future sustainable development agenda.


UN chief welcomes African Union's decision to combat Boko Haram

31 January 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the decision of the African Union to join forces to stop the advancement of the “murderous campaigns” waged by Boko Haram, as he stressed the importance of the continent's collaboration with the UN, emphasizing that “lives depend on preventive-diplomacy and peacekeeping.”


Scourge of sexual violence in armed conflict 'far from being rooted out,' Security Council told

30 January 2015 – Despite some positive developments across the United Nations system, the task of protecting civilians has become more onerous as conflicts have become increasingly vicious, with the brutalization of women a deplorable persisting trend, a senior UN relief official said today, as she urged the Security Council to press all conflict parties to abide by their international obligations towards civilian protection.


In Addis Ababa, senior UN officials pledge ongoing cooperation with Africa on all fronts vital

30 January 2015 – Addressing the African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the start of what he called a “crucial year for global action to secure our global future,” the United Nations Secretary-General today said he looked forward to African countries realizing their massive cultural, human and economic potential.


World must 'wake up' to enormity of Central African Republic crisis, warns UN relief official

27 January 2015 – The top United Nations humanitarian official in the Central African Republic (CAR) is calling for increased protection of displaced communities in the northern town of Batangafo, where relief agencies are working hard to ease suffering as the country's ongoing conflict drives a steady stream of terrified people into the area seeking safety.