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UN political chief says Burundi making strides towards ‘peaceful, credible’ elections

21 January 2015 – Amid a flare-up in fighting and ongoing political tensions between the Government and opposition members, the organization of legitimate elections in Burundi remains ‘one of the most pressing challenges’ facing the African country in 2015, the top United Nations political official declared today.


Central African Republic: UN investigators urge establishment of war crimes tribunal

21 January 2015 – United Nations-mandated investigators warned today that war crimes are being committed in the Central African Republic and called for the establishment of a ‘truly international’ tribunal with international judges who could objectively investigate and prosecute perpetrators of such crimes in the war torn country.


UN lauds Somalia as country ratifies landmark children’s rights treaty

20 January 2015 – The United Nations today applauded Somalia’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) – a move which was praised as being an “important step” towards protecting and promoting the rights of all children in the war-torn nation and an explicit commitment towards improving the lives of its youngest citizens.


Security Council condemns escalating Boko Haram attacks, warns of 'crimes against humanity'

19 January 2015 – The United Nations Security Council today condemned in the 'strongest terms' the recent escalation in attacks conducted by Boko Haram, and expressed its deep concern that the activities of the Islamist extremist group, including a spate of shocking suicide bombings across northern Nigeria, are undermining peace and stability in the West and Central African region.


Top UN officials welcome negotiations as Member States discuss new sustainability agenda

19 January 2015 – Senior United Nations officials underlined the importance of the intergovernmental negotiations that got under way at UN Headquarters in New York today aimed at finalizing the post-2015 development agenda, as they addressed the General Assembly this afternoon.


UN must boost links among development, security, human rights, Ban tells Security Council

19 January 2015 – Stressing that the United Nations is built around the three pillars of peace and security, development and human rights, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, today underlined the need to pay attention to their interdependence, during an address to the Security Council.