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37 stories found over the past 45 days
Women must have their ‘rightful place’ at the heart of building peace and security – UN chief

25 October 2016 – The urgent drive to bring women into their rightful place at the heart of building peace and security “must never stop,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council today, calling for key steps towards that goal, including holding all UN peace operations accountable for putting women and girls at the centre of their work.

Head of UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan to step down in November

23 October 2016 – The head of the United Nations peacekeeping operation in South Sudan, Ellen Margrethe Løj, has informed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that she will be stepping down at the end of November after more than two years of leading the Mission.

UN provides emergency food aid to 8,000 people amid renewed violence in Central African Republic

20 October 2016 – The United Nations food relief agency is providing emergency aid to 8,000 people affected by an upsurge in violence in the north of the Central African Republic (CAR), in addition to regular food and nutrition support for some 120,000 people.

Security Council dispatches UN special envoy to Burundi for talks on political crisis

13 October 2016 – The Security Council will dispatch a senior United Nations envoy to consult with officials in Burundi to “find a way forward on all issues related to peace and security and UN activities in the country,” after the Government earlier rejected a Council resolution on establishing a police officers’ component there and amid reports that it will withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Security Council extends UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti for six months

13 October 2016 – Accepting Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s recommendation, the Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti for six months at the current force and police strength.

UN refugee agency condemns rising violence against civilians in Central African Republic

13 October 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency today condemned attacks on civilians in the Central African Republic (CAR), where clashes between rival groups have forced thousands of people to flee their homes and disrupted vital humanitarian aid operations.

UN mission in Haiti working with local authorities to ensure smooth, safe aid delivery after hurricane

12 October 2016 – While Haiti is still counting its dead and assessing the damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, the powerful Category 4 storm that battered the tiny island nation last week, a senior United Nations peacekeeping official today reported that significant headway is being made clearing the roads to facilitate the movement of humanitarian aid.

Central African Republic needs support to tackle ‘spoilers,’ other challenges – UN peacekeeping chief

10 October 2016 – Recent unrest in the Central African Republic (CAR) demonstrates that the situation there remains fragile, and “spoilers are still active, on both sides,” the United Nations peacekeeping chief said today, telling the Security Council that the international community must stand firm and support the Government’s efforts to ensure lasting peace.

Nobel Peace Prize a timely message to all Colombians who have toiled so hard for peace – UN chief

07 October 2016 – Following the awarding of the 2016 Nobel Prize for Peace to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that the award is a timely message to all who have strived hard for peace, and that it provides needed hope and encouragement to all Colombians.

Stalled peace process, fresh ceasefire violations risk Mali’s stability – UN peacekeeping chief

06 October 2016 – Citing a lack of progress on the peace process in Mali, the United Nations peacekeeping chief today warned that the UN mission there would not be able to fully carry out its mandate as long as the signatories to the peace agreement do not resolutely engage in its implementation.