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16 stories found over the past 45 days
INTERVIEW: "Every conflict has an end, and this conflict... has to come to an end after five years" - UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura

30 July 2015 – The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has been tasked with reinvigorating an inclusive political process towards ending the crisis in the country, based on the aims set out in the 2012 Geneva Communiqué, which was adopted by the first international conference on the issue and has been endorsed by the UN security Council.


UN projects world population to reach 8.5 billion by 2030, driven by growth in developing countries

29 July 2015 – The world’s population is projected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030, 9.7 billion by 2050 and exceed 11 billion in 2100, with India expected to surpass China as the most populous around seven years from now and Nigeria overtaking the United States to become the world’s third largest country around 35 years from now, according to a new United Nations report released today.


Security Council authorizes ongoing African Union deployment in Somalia, extends UN assistance mission

28 July 2015 – The Security Council today authorized the Member States of the African Union to maintain the deployment of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) for an additional 10 months, until 30 May 2016.


Top UN official in Somalia condemns terrorist attack on hotel in Mogadishu

26 July 2015 – The most senior United Nations official in Somalia has strongly condemned today's terrorist attack on Jazeera Hotel in Mogadishu that resulted in several deaths and injuries.


As health needs rise in Somalia, funding hits new low, cutting off 1.5 million from care – UN

24 July 2015 – Somalia – a country where every two hours a mother dies due to pregnancy complications – is facing cuts in life-saving health services because of the lowest funding levels in seven years, according to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).


Full-fledged UN peacekeeping mission in Somalia would be ‘high-risk undertaking,’ Security Council told

16 July 2015 – A United Nations peacekeeping mission in Somalia would be a “high-risk undertaking,” considering the threats posed by Al-Shabaab militants and despite advances made by the African Union Mission in the country (AMISOM), a senior UN official told the Security Council today.


UNICEF, UN health agency report increase in immunization figures for world’s children

16 July 2015 – An increasing number of children are receiving life-saving vaccinations around the world, according to the latest data released by two United Nations agencies.


UN Somalia envoy condemns latest terrorist attacks in Mogadishu

11 July 2015 – The top United Nations official in Somalia has condemned “in the strongest terms” a series of deadly terrorist attacks against an African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) base and two hotels in the country capital of Mogadishu which resulted in numerous casualties.


With some 1,000 refugees arriving daily, Greek islands under 'severe strain,' warns UN agency

10 July 2015 – Close to 1,000 refugees are now arriving on the Greek islands every day, creating an unprecedented emergency for Greece and other countries, the UN refugee agency warned on Friday.


Somalia: UN official commends election of speaker of regional assembly

28 June 2015 – The United Nations envoy for Somalia commended today the completion of the establishment of the assembly of Galmudug, a region located in the center of the country.