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UN agency welcomes announcement of refugee team to compete at Olympics

03 June 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency has warmly welcomed today’s announcement by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) of the refugees who will compete as a team in the upcoming 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Droughts and persisting conflicts exacerbate global food needs – UN agency

02 June 2016 – Droughts linked to El Niño and civil conflicts have pushed the number of countries currently in need of external food assistance up to 37 from 34 in March, a new report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has found.


External panel calls for ‘paradigm shift’ in UN Police operating model

01 June 2016 – As the United Nations’ role in countries affected by complex conflicts has grown in scale and scope throughout the years, UN Police (UNPOL) have increasingly become the central pillar of the Organization’s peace operations, working both to reinforce the provision of security and also to build or re-build a basic system of policing in countries, and as such, require a new operating model with enhanced capacities, an external review team has found.


Burundi: UN agency warns 4.6 million people facing food insecurity

01 June 2016 – Some 4.6 million people in Burundi are food insecure, with more than 500,000 of them requiring urgent emergency food assistance, the United Nations food relief agency has said, warning that food stocks are stretched as a result of the fragile socio-economic context in the country.


Côte d'Ivoire: UN envoy welcomes progress made in addressing sexual violence crimes

31 May 2016 – Concluding a three-day visit to Côte d'Ivoire, the United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict has welcomed progress made thus far by the Government, and in particular by the national armed forces, in addressing sexual violence crimes in the country.


DR Congo: Ban ‘profoundly concerned’ over reports of rising political tensions

25 May 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed profound concern over reports of increasing political tensions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) linked to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the country’s electoral process.


Burundi: UN probe completes on-the-ground deployment of human rights monitors

24 May 2016 – The United Nations Independent Investigation in Burundi, which was set up to investigate human rights violations in the country since April 2015, said today it has completed the deployment of a team of human rights monitors on the ground.


DR Congo: UN envoy urges ‘patriotic reawakening’ to ease rising political tensions

23 May 2016 – The top United Nations official in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has expressed deep concern about the increasing political tensions in some parts of the Central African country, urging both the majority and opposition sides to reawaken their patriotism.