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INTERVIEW: Afghans need to see their Government taking the reins – UN envoy

23 June 2017 – Afghans need to see their Government taking the reins for security in the country, delivering much needed services and creating jobs, says the United Nations envoy to the country, Tadamichi Yamamoto.  


In visit to Haiti, Security Council delegation to reaffirm support for country's stability and development

23 June 2017 – The United Nations Security Council on Thursday began a three-day visit to Haiti to reaffirm its support for the Haitian Government and people in strengthening institutions to contribute to the country's stability and development.


On International Day, UN says widows' rights to independent life, livelihood after loss must be ensured

23 June 2017 – Whether they are single, married, separated or widowed, women must be able to enjoy the inviolable right that they are not dependent on anyone, the United Nations has said, marking International Widow's Day.


Civilian casualties continue to rise in Yemen, warns UN human rights office

23 June 2017 – The United Nations Human Rights Office in Yemen continues to document reports of civilian casualties in the conflict and had verified 49 civilian deaths over the past month, a UN spokesperson said today.


Strengthen existing protections to curb negative impact of sanctions, UN rights expert urges EU

23 June 2017 – Noting progress made by the European Union (EU) to ensure that its sanctions allow for legal remedy and offer a measure of due process, a United Nations expert has called for further strengthening such measures to ensure that the human rights of those impacted are protected to the greatest extent.


UN opens international probe into alleged abuses in DR Congo's Kasai provinces

23 June 2017 – The United Nations today opened an international investigation into alleged killings, mutilations and destruction of entire villages in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) restive Kasai provinces.


UNESCO chief deplores destruction of iconic mosque and minaret in Iraq's Mosul

22 June 2017 – The head of the United Nations cultural agency today deplored the destruction of historic religious architecture in Iraq's Mosul city by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) fighters.


The people of South Sudan are ‘desperate for peace,’ but political crisis persists – UN peacekeeping chief

21 June 2017 – Deliberate actions by the Government and opposition armed forces as well as other actors to advance their political goals continue to severely undermine efforts to get the country back on the path to peace and development, the top United Nations peacekeeping official has warned.


Warring parties in Yemen 'must take all feasible precautions' to minimize harm to civilians – UN envoy

21 June 2017 – Civilians in Yemen continue to be killed and injured during Ramadan, despite calls for the conflict parties to respect their obligations under international law, the senior United Nations aid official in the country warned today.


Burundi: Senior UN official urges steps towards political dialogue amid ongoing fragility

20 June 2017 – Amid Burundi's “fragile” security situation, marked by recent grenade attacks in the capital, Bujumbura, a senior United Nations political official told the Security Council today that regional actors and international partners must press for confidence-building measures that would be conducive for holding an inclusive and credible political dialogue in the country.