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12 stories found over the past 45 days
With millions facing hunger in Sudan, UN urges support to prevent further crisis

10 April 2014 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today called for urgent support for farmers and herders in Sudan in order to help prevent a further worsening of the food security situation in the country.

Darfur: Security Council adjusts priorities of African Union-UN peacekeeping force

03 April 2014 – Deeply concerned at the “considerable deterioration” of the security situation in Darfur over the past year, marked by ongoing clashes between the Sudanese Government and rebels, and an upsurge in inter-communal violence, the United Nations Security Council today endorsed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s revised strategic priorities for the joint African Union-UN mission in the long-restive western region of Sudan.

UN officials cite ‘race against time’ to prevent humanitarian catastrophe in South Sudan

03 April 2014 – With no political solution to the conflict that has torn South Sudan apart in sight, senior United Nations officials working in the country stressed today that they are in a “race against time” ahead of the rainy season to help prevent a health and hunger catastrophe.

Feature: Drawing down – the end of UN Peace Operations in Sierra Leone

31 March 2014 – Our two white UN vehicles are carefully moving down the dusty and bumpy road between Kenema and Koindu in the Eastern Province of Sierra Leone. We pass dozens of burnt, abandoned ruins of what were once sturdy brick and stone homes, some with hundreds of bullet holes in their walls – eerie remnants of Sierra Leone's brutal civil war that started in this very spot. About 1,200 of the former warlord Charles Taylor's rebels launched their devastating campaign here, leading to years of fighting that killed tens of thousands and displaced more than 2 million people (about a third of the population), disrupting nearly every national institution.

Darfur: UN-AU officials voice concern at escalating violence, constraints on aid delivery

27 March 2014 – United Nations and African Union officials today voiced deep concern at increasing violence affecting civilians in Sudan’s Darfur region and the growing constraints on the international community’s ability to help those affected.

Syria: in address to Arab League Ban underscores need for political solution

25 March 2014 – The international community has a duty to help end Syria’s tragic civil war, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized today at a meeting of Arab leaders in Kuwait, where he stressed that there is no military resolution to the conflict, which “can only be resolved through a political solution.”

UN officials appeal for urgent funding for relief operations in Sudan and South Sudan

25 March 2014 – With the humanitarian situation in Sudan deteriorating and neighbouring South Sudan “imploding,” United Nations relief officials today appealed to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries, both of which are in desperate need of assistance.

African Union-UN mission protects civilians displaced by latest Darfur attacks

24 March 2014 – The African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in Sudan’s Darfur region is providing protection to thousands of people who sought refuge at its bases in Korma and Khor Abeche following violent attacks by armed assailants in the past several days.

On International Day of Happiness, UN urges action to end poverty, build harmony

20 March 2014 – Marking the International Day of Happiness with calls to promote social inclusion and intercultural harmony, senior United Nations officials today urged the global community to make real the UN Charter’s pledge to end conflict and poverty and ensure the well-being of all.

Amid escalating violence, UN officials urge immediate halt to attacks in Darfur

11 March 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay have voiced deep concern about the escalation of violence and its impact on civilians in Sudan’s Darfur region, and urged an immediate halt to hostilities.