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13 stories found over the past 45 days
New allegations of sexual abuse emerge against UN peacekeepers in Central African Republic

04 February 2016 – The United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) reported today that it has identified seven new possible victims of sexual exploitation and abuse in the town of Bambari, just days after the UN revealed which countries' troops have been accused of abusing minors.


Record $10 billion pledged in humanitarian aid for Syria at UN co-hosted conference in London

04 February 2016 – Heads of State and Government met in London today at an international conference on Syria, with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon laying out three main objectives: raising $7 billion in immediate humanitarian aid, mustering long-term support, and protecting civilians.


'Waves of violence' by rebels in eastern DR Congo forces thousands to flee – UN

29 January 2016 – The “cycle of misery” is continuing in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) three years after a major rebel offensive was defeated by United Nations and Government forces in North Kivu, as now, armed militia and rebel groups are again targeting the region for violence and putting thousands of civilians on the run, the UN refugee agency reported today.


UN officials name countries whose troops are accused of sexually abusing minors in Central African Republic

29 January 2016 – Two senior United Nations officials today disclosed the names of some of the countries whose troops are accused of sexually exploiting and abusing minors in the Central African Republic (CAR), including both non-UN and UN forces tasked with maintaining peace and security in the conflict-torn nation.


UN allocates $100 million in emergency funds to assist vulnerable people in nine neglected crises

29 January 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today released $100 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for severely underfunded aid operations in nine neglected emergencies.


UN agency and partners seek $500 million for Nigeria and Central African Republic refugee crises

25 January 2016 – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partners today called on donor nations for more than half-a-billion dollars this year to help hundreds of thousands of people forced to flee conflicts in Nigeria and the Central African Republic (CAR), and for the host communities providing them with shelter and other basic services.


"The moment we do not support the human rights agenda we see it rolling back in many parts of the world" – Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein

18 January 2016 – In September 2002, Zeid was elected the first President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. At that time, the Court was only a plan on paper, and over the next three years he oversaw the election of the first 18 judges, mediated selection of the Court’s first president, and led efforts to name the Court’s first prosecutor – laying out a functioning institution, despite considerable budgetary pressures and criticism of the Court from several leading nations.


UN must get ‘priorities right’ in 2016, Ban tells Member States, calling for ‘more and better work’

14 January 2016 – Sharing his thoughts on the direction of the United Nations’ work in 2016, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said the global community begins the year needing to get its “priorities right,” while underlining that more and better work needs to be done.


‘Very real risk of violence’ looms over DR Congo elections, senior UN official warns

14 January 2016 – The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) faces “very real risks of unrest and violence” over elections later this year while confronting a “significant deterioration” of security in its war-torn eastern provinces, the top United Nations official in the country warned today.


Oral cholera vaccines to double to 6 million does after UN health agency approves new supplier

08 January 2016 – Faced with a global shortage of oral cholera vaccines (OCV), the United Nations health agency announced today that supply should double this year to six million doses, with further increases later, after it approved a third producer to fight a disease that kills up to 142,000 people annually.