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DR Congo: UN refugee agency sounds alarm as displacement sees no end in Kasai region

14 July 2017 – The United Nations refugee agency has alerted the humanitarian community about the violence and continued displacement of civilians in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from the Kasai region where the estimated number of displaced people now exceeds 1.3 million.


World loses 'principled champion,' says UN rights chief on death of China's Liu Xiaobo

13 July 2017 – The top United Nations human rights official today expressed his deep sorrow at the news that China's “iconic” peace and democracy figure, Liu Xiaobo, has died at the age of 61.


Security Council warned DR Congo’s violence on rise amid little political progress

11 July 2017 – The security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues to be a major source of concern, with violence in the Kasai provinces, in the western part of the vast country, reaching “disturbing” levels, the United Nations Security Council was told today.


Strengthening UN peacekeeping tops agenda as chiefs of defence meet in New York

07 July 2017 – In the ongoing effort to improve the overall performance of United Nations peacekeeping missions, the heads of the armed forces of around 100 countries met at UN Headquarters in New York today to discuss issues such as rapid deployment, training, increasing the number of female peacekeepers, and conduct and discipline.


DR Congo’s economy loses over $1 billion to child undernutrition, finds UN-backed study

07 July 2017 – The economy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is losing as much as 4.5 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) to the effects of child undernutrition, according to a United Nations-backed study released today.


UN conference adopts treaty banning nuclear weapons

07 July 2017 – Countries meeting at a United Nations conference in New York today adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the first multilateral legally-binding instrument for nuclear disarmament to have been negotiated in 20 years.


UN Member States set to adopt ‘historic’ treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons

06 July 2017 – In what is set to be a “historic” moment at the United Nations, Member States will adopt on Friday a legally-binding treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons.


INTERVIEW: ‘Disarmament matters’ in times of crisis, stresses new High Representative

06 July 2017 – Izumi Nakamitsu has taken the helm of United Nations disarmament affairs at a time when needs are greatest for the world to invest in conflict prevention.


UN official urges Security Council to delink political, humanitarian concerns in response to DPR Korea missile launch

05 July 2017 – Briefing an emergency meeting of the Security Council convened following the launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) of a ballistic missile of intercontinental range, a senior United Nations official reminded the Council of the importance of separating political and humanitarian concerns as it considers a response to the situation.


Latest ballistic missile launch by DPR Korea a 'dangerous escalation of the situation' – UN chief

04 July 2017 – Strongly condemning today's launch of a ballistic missile of possible intercontinental range by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has underscored that the country's leadership must cease such actions and comply fully with its international obligations.