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19 stories found over the past 45 days
South Sudan gripped by ‘serious failure of leadership’ as peace talks stall, warns top UN official

24 February 2015 – Amid a worsening humanitarian situation and a fragile security environment, the continuing tensions between South Sudan’s rival factions risk plunging the country into further violence, the top United Nations peacekeeping official warned today.


FEATURE: Climate change and sustainability key to future development agenda, says former UN official

24 February 2015 – As United Nations Member States come together to launch the future sustainable development agenda, 2015 seems set to be a year of momentous change for the international community.


Agriculture must change, UN agency chief tells Paris summit, urging ‘paradigm shift’

20 February 2015 – The model of agricultural production that predominates today is not suitable for the new food security challenges of the 21st century and the need to be more sustainable, inclusive and resilient, the head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.


In call with senior Ukrainian official, Ban expresses hope that ceasefire takes hold

20 February 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today spoke by telephone with Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, Pavlo Klimkin, voicing his concern at the “still dangerous” situation on the ground and expressing hope that the ceasefire agreed to on 12 February in Minsk firmly takes hold across the region.


UN campaign aims to educate children forced out of school by war in South Sudan

19 February 2015 – A new campaign launched by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) aims to bring education opportunities to 400,000 children whose schooling has been interrupted by the conflict in South Sudan.


UN mission chief welcomes commitment to ensure accountability for sexual violence in South Sudan

18 February 2015 – Any peace agreement reached to end the conflict in South Sudan should reflect the commitments made at the end of 2014 to ensure accountability for sexual violence crimes, the UN Secretary-General’s Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict said today.


In South Sudan, protection of civilians ‘critical part’ of UN mandate

17 February 2015 – United Nations peacekeepers must continue to provide critical protections for civilians in South Sudan as the country slowly emerges from a year-long stretch of internecine conflict, the head of the UN Mission (UNMISS) there declared today.


Ebola: World Bank will provide seeds to farmers in West Africa to ward off hunger

12 February 2015 – The World Bank Group announced today that it has mobilized some $15 million in emergency financing to provide a record 10,500 tons of maize and rice seed to more than 200,000 farmers in the countries most-affected by the unprecedented Ebola outbreak, in time for the April planting season.


South Sudan: UNICEF celebrates ongoing demobilization of child soldiers

11 February 2015 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is applauding the release of another 300 children from an armed group in South Sudan – the second such UN-backed demobilization of child soldiers in less than a month.