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19 stories found over the past 45 days
Number of UN civilian casualties falls despite spike in direct attacks against the Organization – new report

19 October 2017 – Despite an increasingly complex global security environment and an unprecedented increase in direct attacks against the United Nations, the number of casualties among UN civilian personnel has declined, Secretary-General António Guterres has said.


General Assembly elects new members to UN Human Rights Council

16 October 2017 – The General Assembly today elected, by secret ballot, 15 States to serve on the Human Rights Council, the highest intergovernmental body in the United Nations system for matters relating to protection and promotion of human rights worldwide.


Despite progress on voter registration, DR Congo faces challenges on election timeline – UN envoy

11 October 2017 – The notion that elections would most probably not be held before the end of 2017 has regrettably led to the re-emergence of a climate of political uncertainty and tensions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a United Nations envoy for that country told the Security Council today.


Security Council condemns attack on UN mission base in DR Congo

10 October 2017 – The United Nations Security Council has called on the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to investigate into, and bring to justice those behind Monday’s attack on a peacekeeping mission base in North Kivu that resulted in the deaths of two “blue helmets.”


New UN-led partnership to help curb unsustainable wildlife hunting, protect biodiversity

10 October 2017 – To help African, Caribbean and Pacific countries stop unsustainable wildlife hunting, conserve natural heritage and strengthen people's livelihoods and food security, the United Nations agriculture agency launched on Tuesday a €45 million multi-partner initiative.


DR Congo: Two UN ‘blue helmets’ killed in attack in North Kivu

09 October 2017 – Two United Nations peacekeepers have been killed and several injured in an attack on their base in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a UN spokesperson said.


UN report reveals shocking levels of grave violations against children affected by conflicts

05 October 2017 – More than 15,500 children became victims of widespread violations – including shocking levels of killing and maiming, recruitment and use, and denial of humanitarian access – a new United Nations report has revealed.


INTERVIEW: In fighting for girls’ education, UN advocate Malala Yousafzai finds her purpose

05 October 2017 – In September, the Malala Fund started the Gulmakai Network to support the work of education champions in developing countries and speed up progress towards girls’ secondary education around the world. The 20-year-old, who will be attending Oxford University, spoke to UN News about the need to increase investment in education, the importance of allowing girls to be who they want to be, and when it was that she discovered the power of her own voice and the purpose for her life.


UN agency alarmed by largest influx of Congolese refugees into Zambia in five years

03 October 2017 – Growing violence in south-eastern areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has driven at least 3,360 refugees into northern Zambia over the past month, the United Nations refugee agency said today, warning that the humanitarian needs of the displaced could intensify on both sides of the border as the rainy season approaches.


UN Human Rights Council wraps current session, adopts texts on Myanmar, Yemen, Burundi

29 September 2017 – The United Nations Human Rights Council concluded its 36th session in Geneva today, having adopted 33 resolutions, 20 by consensus, addressing multiple themes as well as human rights situations in Yemen, Burundi, Myanmar, Syria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, Sudan, Somalia and Cambodia.