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9 stories found over the past 45 days
Use Pope’s visit to restore peace, UN refugee agency tells Central African Republic’s warring sides

27 November 2015 – The United Nations refugee agency called on warring groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) today to use Pope Francis’s visit this weekend to rebuild national reconciliation after renewed violence since September triggered an 18 per cent increase in internally displaced persons (IDPs) to 447,500.

‘Orange the World’ campaign kicks off efforts to end violence against women and girls – UN

24 November 2015 – From parades to soccer matches, school debates, and the lighting up of hundreds of iconic monuments, starting tomorrow a United Nations call to “Orange the World” will galvanize global action calling for an end to violence against women and girls, which according to the UN’s agency for gender equality (UN Women) affects one in three worldwide.

Marking World Toilet Day, UN urges ‘open, frank’ discussion on importance of hygiene and sanitation

19 November 2015 – On World Toilet Day, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is urging broad action to renew efforts in providing access to adequate sanitation for all and work to comprehensively address the “vicious cycle” connecting poor sanitation and malnutrition, the theme of this year's observance of the Day.

General Assembly elects Filippo Grandi as next UN High Commissioner for Refugees

18 November 2015 – Filippo Grandi of Italy was today elected by the United Nations General Assembly as the next United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, for a period of five years beginning on 1 January 2016.

Children risk bearing brunt of escalating violence in Burundi, says UNICEF

18 November 2015 – After the crisis in Burundi left 17 children dead and many more injured, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today warned that the future of Burundian children are being compromised due to escalating violence in the country.

UN Police play crucial role for success of peacekeeping missions, top officials tell Security Council

13 November 2015 – Though generally far less numerous than the military component in United Nations peacekeeping operations, UN Police play a vital role in protecting civilians and training local forces, facing multiple challenges and dangers in fulfilling their mission, the Security Council heard today.

DR Congo: Security Council calls for total neutralization of foreign, local armed groups in east

09 November 2015 – The United Nations Security Council today called for the elimination of local and foreign armed groups which have for decades devastated the eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and urged the immediate resumption of joint operations between the UN peacekeeping force’s Intervention Brigade and the national army.

‘Magnitude of dangers facing Libya should not be underestimated,’ UN envoy tells Security Council

05 November 2015 – The magnitude of the dangers facing Libya should not be underestimated, the top UN official in the country told the Security Council today, noting that despite the passing of the timeline by which the United Nations had hoped a final political settlement would be endorsed, there is yet to be a final agreement.

Experienced peacekeeping envoy Kobler tapped to head up UN Mission in Libya

04 November 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Martin Kobler of Germany as his Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).