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20 stories found over the past 45 days
Renewed deadly clashes in north-central Somalia send thousands fleeing in October – UN

24 October 2016 – Some 18 people have been killed and 60 injured due to ongoing fighting in Gaalkacyo, Somalia, over the past two weeks, according to the United Nations humanitarian wing, which also reported today that more than 75,000 people have been displaced, though local authorities have indicated that the number could be higher as more people continue to flee the violence.

With ceasefire ‘largely holding’ in Yemen, UN refugee agency rushes in aid to embattled Taiz city

21 October 2016 – The United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, has welcomed the start of the cessation of hostilities that began at midnight, 19 October, while the UN refugee agency took advantage of the pause in fighting to rush desperately needed aid to the embattled south-central city of Taiz.

INTERVIEW: 'A surge in the diplomacy for peace would be my priority' – UN Secretary-General-designate

19 October 2016 – On 13 October 2016, the UN General Assembly appointed, by acclamation, the former Foreign Minister of Portugal, António Guterres, as the next United Nations Secretary-General, to succeed Ban Ki-moon when he steps down on 31 December.

‘All girls count,’ says UN, calling for reliable data to uncover and tackle inequalities holding them back

11 October 2016 – Girls are the sometimes-hidden change-makers of the present and future, and to make sure their voices are heard, the United Nations is marking the International Day of the Girl Child by calling on governments, civil society groups, and communities to provide more and better gender data to so that in the sustainable development era, no girls are left behind.

Labour disparity between girls and boys perpetuates gender stereotypes, UNICEF report shows

07 October 2016 – Ahead of the International Day of the Girl Child on 11 October, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today released a report warning that the worldwide disparity between unpaid household chores assumed by girls aged five through 14 as compared to their male counterparts, amounts to 40 per cent more time – or 160 million more hours a day.

Ban appoints Hubert Price of US as head of the UN support office in Somalia

03 October 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Hubert Price of the United States as Head of the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS).

Treaties against human trafficking key to fighting scourge, supporting victims – UN anti-crime official

29 September 2016 – With current armed conflicts and humanitarian crises driving massive population movements – and not just in Europe, though the continent has been heavily challenged – an upcoming United Nations report will confirm the troubling fact that human trafficking generally follows the overall migratory flows, a senior UN anti-crime official said today, urging States to back the Trafficking in Persons Protocol and other international tools to address the evolving and complex situation.

Security Council calls on Somali parties to address political challenges amid latest election delay

29 September 2016 – Regretting an extension to the 2016 electoral process in Somalia announced by the country’s electoral body, the United Nations Security Council has called on all parties in the country to upload their commitments on the elections and to come to an agreement on the remaining political challenges without further delay.

Latest Somali election delay raises risks of manipulation, more delays – senior UN official

27 September 2016 – A new delay in Somalia’s elections is a matter of “immediate concern,” raising fears that the process is being politically manipulated and that the latest postponement may only be one of yet further rolling delays, the top United Nations official in the long-troubled East African country warned today.

Burundi rejects UN report on country’s human rights situation as ‘purposefully and politically exaggerated’

24 September 2016 – Burundi has rejected deliberately politicized or falsified reports on the human rights situation in the country and will produce a comprehensive survey on the issue in response to a recently-released United Nations-backed inquiry, its Minister for External Affairs told the General Assembly today.