UN News stories


20 stories found over the past 45 days
UN sexual misconduct investigation in DR Congo finds violations and cases of abuse

04 April 2016 – Findings of a United Nations Response Team tasked with investigating sexual abuse allegations committed by UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) indicate sex with minors along with paternity claims.


Security Council calls for regional solutions to challenges facing Africa's Great Lakes nations

31 March 2016 – The Security Council today expressed regret over the limited progress in implementing national and regional commitments under the peace, security and cooperation framework for Africa's Great Lakes region, stressing that signatory States must carry out those obligations in order to achieve lasting peace.


In Op-Ed, UN envoy details Organization's measures to root out sexual exploitation in its peace missions

30 March 2016 – In an opinion piece published today by Newsweek, the head of the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) addressed how the Organization is countering child sex abuse by its troops.


Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in DR Congo through March 2017

30 March 2016 – The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for another year, warning that the humanitarian situation remains of great concern, as well as the delays in preparing for the November presidential elections.


UN envoy welcomes Sudan's signing of action plan to end use of child soldiers

28 March 2016 – The United Nations envoy on children and armed conflict has welcomed Sudan's signing of an action plan to prevent the recruitment and use of children by national security forces as an important milestone for child protection there.


DR Congo at 'critical juncture,' amid rising political tensions – UN envoy tells Security Council

23 March 2016 – The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is at a critical juncture, with rising political tensions ahead of elections which could lead to violence if left unaddressed, the top United Nations official in the country warned the Security Council today, while highlighting key issues for consideration as it renews the UN's mandate there.


UN welcomes ICC's first conviction for rape as war crime

22 March 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the judgement issued by the International Criminal Court in the case of former Congolese vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba.<


Ban spotlights need for human, economic development in Africa's Great Lakes region

21 March 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the importance of human and economic development in addressing peace and security challenges in Africa's Great Lakes region, calling for the use of natural resources there as a powerful driver of growth.


INTERVIEW: A fate shaped by injustice – one man’s mission to help the women of DR Congo

18 March 2016 – Dubbed by the press as “the man who mends women,” Dr. Mukwege has gained international recognition for his work and earned many prestigious distinctions, including the United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights in 2008 and the Sakharov prize in 2014. At 59, he has also been shortlisted several times for the Nobel Peace Prize.


Future of Liberia and UN presence in the country discussed at Security Council

17 March 2016 – One year since Liberian authorities launched a “historic undertaking” to assume full responsibility of the country’s security by the end of next June, top United Nations officials today discussed what measures are needed to support the implantation of the plan.