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10 stories found over the past 45 days
UN report reveals increasing incidents of female genital mutilation in Guinea, including on infants

25 April 2016 – Despite being forbidden by national and international law, according to a new United Nations report, female genital mutilation shows no sign of abating in Guinea – with more infants and very young girls undergoing the excisions than before.


Somalia: sexual violence must be subject to criminal justice, says UN expert

25 April 2016 – A United Nations human rights expert today called on the Government of Somalia to enhance the capacity of the judiciary and police force in handling cases of sexual and gender-based violence, and to prohibit the handling of such cases by traditional clan elders.


Somalia: Security Council ‘gravely concerned’ over fragile security situation

22 April 2016 – Expressing ‘grave concern’ at the fragility of the security situation in Somalia, the United Nations Security Council has called for progress on the constitutional review process in the country, and for the completion of the Federal State formation process to be accelerated.


‘Today is an historic day,’ says Ban, as 175 countries sign Paris climate accord

22 April 2016 – As 175 world leaders signed the Paris Agreement at United Nations Headquarters today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the next critical step is to ensure that the landmark accord for global action on climate change enters into force as soon as possible.


Two thirds of unimmunized children live in conflict-affected countries – UNICEF

22 April 2016 – Almost two thirds of children who have not been immunized with basic vaccines live in countries that are either partially or entirely affected by conflict, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today, ahead of World Immunization Week.


Somalia: UN envoy welcomes progress in preparations for elections in 2016

19 April 2016 – The Security Council heard today from the top United Nations official in Somalia that political progress is being made in the country, but that much remains to be done in a short period, including completing the electoral process for 2016 and boosting support to the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM).


UN agencies step up joint response to help drought-affected northern Somalia

11 April 2016 – The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) are intensifying joint efforts to assist communities in northern Somalia coping with a severe drought exacerbated by El Niño conditions.


New UN-Arab League agreement aims to prevent conflict-related sexual violence

29 March 2016 – The United Nations and the League of Arab States today signed an agreement to strengthen collaboration on prevention of conflict-related sexual violence in the Arab region.


UN envoy welcomes Sudan's signing of action plan to end use of child soldiers

28 March 2016 – The United Nations envoy on children and armed conflict has welcomed Sudan's signing of an action plan to prevent the recruitment and use of children by national security forces as an important milestone for child protection there.


Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in Somalia through March 2017

24 March 2016 – Stressing the importance of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia to that country's political process, the Security Council today extended the mandate of UNSOM's work until 31 March 2017.