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24 stories found over the past 45 days
Yemen: Ban removes Saudi-led coalition from report on conflict-affected children, pending joint review

06 June 2016 – In the wake of the release of his latest report on the situation of 'Children in Armed Conflict,' United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has accepted a proposal by Saudi Arabia that the United Nations and the Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen review jointly the cases and numbers cited in the text.


UN agency announces world's first illegal fishing treaty now in force

05 June 2016 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has announced that a groundbreaking international accord aimed at stamping out illegal fishing went into effect today and is now legally binding for the 29 countries and a regional organization that have adhered to it.


Ban ‘shocked’ at scale of grave violations against children detailed in latest report

03 June 2016 – In his annual report on children and armed conflict covering the year 2015, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his shock at the scale of grave violations against children in countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen.


At first-ever summit, speakers stress central role of police in UN peace operations

03 June 2016 – United Nations Police (UNPOL) has become a central pillar of the Organization’s peace operations and therefore must be “fit for purpose” to meet the security threats in today’s volatile world, senior UN officials told the first-ever gathering of national police leaders today.


Security Council condemns Al-Shabaab attack on hotel in Mogadishu

02 June 2016 – The United Nations Security Council today strongly condemned the deadly attack on 1 June 2016 perpetrated by Al-Shabaab militants on the Ambassador Hotel, Mogadishu.


Droughts and persisting conflicts exacerbate global food needs – UN agency

02 June 2016 – Droughts linked to El Niño and civil conflicts have pushed the number of countries currently in need of external food assistance up to 37 from 34 in March, a new report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has found.


Côte d'Ivoire: UN envoy welcomes progress made in addressing sexual violence crimes

31 May 2016 – Concluding a three-day visit to Côte d'Ivoire, the United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict has welcomed progress made thus far by the Government, and in particular by the national armed forces, in addressing sexual violence crimes in the country.


LDCs: With journalists sponsored from vulnerable nations, news on UN conference can reach all corners of globe

28 May 2016 – More than two dozen journalists from the world's least developed countries are in Antalya, Turkey, to report on a United Nations conference focused on the state of their homelands, and to ensure that key messages are disseminated as widely as possible thanks to their local news outlets.


Security Council approves two-month extension for African Union Mission in Somalia

27 May 2016 – The United Nations Security Council today approved a two-month extension of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), allowing adequate time for the 15-member body to consider the outcome of its recently-concluded visit to the Horn of Africa country.


African Union ‘most important partner,’ UN peacekeeping chief tells Security Council

24 May 2016 – The Security Council today stressed the importance of strengthening the existing cooperation between the United Nations and the African Union (AU), a regional organization described by a senior UN official as “the most important peacekeeping partner.”