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Security Council authorizes countries to help Libya destroy chemical weapons

22 July 2016 – Following a request from the main international organization working to achieve a world free of chemical weapons, the United Nations Security Council today adopted a resolution authorizing the transfer of such weapons out of Libya for their safe, timely destruction.


In Rwanda, Ban meets with African leaders on situation in South Sudan

15 July 2016 – Ahead of the 27th African Union (AU) Summit taking place in Kigali, Rwanda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today met with several African leaders to discuss the situation in South Sudan.


UNESCO deplores damage to Aleppo National Museum; warns five Heritage Sites in Libya are in danger

14 July 2016 – The head of the United Nations cultural agency today deplored the recent shelling at the National Museum of Aleppo, located on the edge of the war-torn ancient city in northern Syria, calling once again for the destruction of cultural property to stop.


Libya: UN mission documents 49 civilian casualties in June

01 July 2016 – The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) reported today that for the month of June, it documented 49 civilian casualties, including 18 deaths and 31 injuries, as a result of hostilities across the country.


INTERVIEW: Conversation with top UN official on security and peace efforts in Mali

29 June 2016 – The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peace operation in Mali and increased its strength to more than 15,000 peacekeepers. The decision followed a request from the UN envoy in Mali to boost support for the peacekeeping mission.


Libya: Senior UN humanitarian official strongly condemns attacks on medical facilities

24 June 2016 – The acting United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Libya, Dr. Syed Jaffar Hussain expressed deep concerns at recent attacks in Benghazi that put medical facilities at risk and urged all parties to take all feasible precautions to prevent casualties among patients and medical personnel.


UN rights office urges Libyan authorities to investigate death of 12 victims of torture

14 June 2016 – The UN human rights office today urged the Libyan authorities to undertake an effective, thorough and impartial investigation to bring perpetrators of torture to justice, after 12 people were found dead last Friday.


Security Council authorizes high seas inspections off Libya's coast, aiming to stem illegal arms flow

14 June 2016 – The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution today authorizing Member States, acting nationally or through regional organizations, to inspect vessels on the high seas off the coast of Libya they believe are carrying illicit weapons.


UNICEF warns of growing exploitation risk for refugee and migrant children arriving in Europe

14 June 2016 – More than nine out of 10 refugee and migrant children arriving in Europe this year through Italy are unaccompanied, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported today, warning of the growing threats of abuse, exploitation and death that such children are facing.


Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in Libya for six months

13 June 2016 – The Security Council today decided to extend until 15 December 2016 the mandate of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), encouraging the operation to re-establish a permanent presence in the country through a phased return.