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21 stories found over the past 45 days
INTERVIEW: Meet the new UN Youth Envoy, Jayathma Wickramanayake

11 August 2017 – Hailing from Sri Lanka, the second-ever United Nations Youth Envoy is no stranger to rolling up her sleeves to get things done.


Investing in women key to sustainable peace in DR Congo and Nigeria – UN deputy chief

10 August 2017 – Investing in women and girls must be central to global efforts towards sustainable peace and development in both Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations deputy chief said today.


Over 500,000 children in Libya need aid; UNICEF urges political solution to years-long crisis

10 August 2017 – Ongoing conflict and the breakdown of the economy have left more than a half million children in need of humanitarian aid in Libya, according to the United Nations children's agency.


New UN human rights office to open in Liberia in early 2018

04 August 2017 – Although Liberia has made significant progress since the civil war ended, precarious human rights conditions have prompted the United Nations to open an office there early next year to monitor and report on the situation.


ISIL's 'genocide' against Yazidis is ongoing, UN rights panel says, calling for international action

03 August 2017 – Marking three years since the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) attacked the Yazidis in Iraq, a United Nations-mandated inquiry has called for justice and rescue plans.


Amid 'political impasse' in Burundi, Security Council urges all parties to cease violence

02 August 2017 – The United Nations Security Council today expressed “deep concern” over the political situation in Burundi – including increasing numbers of refugees and reports of torture, forced disappearances and extrajudicial killings – and strongly urged the Government and all parties to immediately cease and reject such violence.


'Act now' to help and protect trafficking victims, UN urges on World Day against the scourge

30 July 2017 – Criminal groups feed off the instability created by conflicts, and as links between wars, trafficking and migrant smuggling become more widely known, the United Nations is calling on the international community to act now to help and protect trafficking victims and to end this crime forever.


War crimes fugitive surrenders to UN peacekeepers in DR Congo; UN advocate urges justice for victims

27 July 2017 – The United Nations advocate for ending sexual violence in conflict has welcomed the surrender of fugitive rebel leader Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka to the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), known as MONUSCO.


'None of us should stand silent' while civilians suffer in Syria, Security Council told

27 July 2017 – Despite the remarkable hope and strength shown by most Syrians, daily life remains dangerous for millions of people across the country, a senior United Nations aid official warned today, calling for the parties to the six year conflict to stop targeting of civilians, to allow humanitarian access, and to end the “horrific” practice of besiegement.


Peace is the 'bedrock' for women's development and human rights UN deputy chief says in DR Congo

25 July 2017 – The importance of reversing the tragedies of violence, particularly against women and children, and ensuring that women's and girl's voices are heard in all aspects of society are at the core of the second leg of a high-level United Nations-African Union (AU) mission to Africa, which today visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).