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Senior UN officials seek accountability for human trafficking crimes in forced migration

23 September 2016 – Senior United Nations officials today called for those responsible for human rights violations and crimes associated with human trafficking and forced migration to be held accountable, noting that some of the crimes committed in this respect may amount to atrocity crimes.


At UN Assembly, South Sudan calls for more talks on additional peacekeepers

23 September 2016 – South Sudan’s vice-president today assured the General Assembly of further steps toward deploying 4,000 more United Nations peacekeepers after this summer’s resurgence of a civil war that has engulfed the world’s newest country for most of its five years of life.


West African nations committed to fighting terrorism in subregion, Liberian President tells UN

22 September 2016 – Noting that the United Nations General Assembly is taking place at a time when there is escalation of conflicts engulfing millions of people in many parts of the world, Liberia’s President today stressed that West African States are collectively demonstrating their commitment and preparedness to combat terrorism affecting the subregion.


Côte d’Ivoire leader urges donors to respect development commitments to ensure ‘no one is left behind’

22 September 2016 – Emphasizing his country’s economic health, Alassane Ouattara, the President of Côte d'Ivoire, told the United Nations General Assembly today that it will mobilize the necessary resources to implement Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and announced that his country would deposit the instruments of ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change before the end of the year.


‘This is no longer a time for promises,’ African leaders tell UN, urging action on Global Goals

22 September 2016 – While the current session of the United Nations General Assembly has opened in a context marked by turmoil, Paul Biya, the President of Cameroon said this morning there are nevertheless some “bright spots and glimmers of hope,” including the adoption by Member States of landmark agreements on climate change, development financing and sustainable development.


At UN debate, Kenyan Vice-President implores Security Council to take Somalia situation ‘seriously’

21 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, the Vice-President of Kenya today implored the UN Security Council to align the mandate of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to the threat levels in that neighbouring country, and to provide adequate, predictable funding and other support for the Mission.


‘We cannot let innocent people be buried by indifference,’ says Ban, receiving #WithRefugees petition

16 September 2016 – Just days before the 19 September Summit for Refugees and Migrants, at a ceremony in New York today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon accepted a 1.3 million signature-strong petition that expressed solidarity with millions of refugees.


Human rights expert group concludes first visit to South Sudan

16 September 2016 – Concluding its first visit to South Sudan, a United Nations-mandated human rights mission today expressed deep concern over rights violations and the slow implementation of the August 2015 peace agreement between rival political factions.


Number of South Sudan refugees passes one million – UN

16 September 2016 – As instability and violence persist in the world’s newest country, the number of South Sudanese seeking safety and shelter in neighbouring countries has crossed the one million mark, the United Nations refugee agency said today.


New UN report reveals millions of refugee children ‘missing out’ on education

15 September 2016 – In a new report, the United Nations refugee agency said that more than some six million school-age children under its mandate have no school go to and that refugees are five times more likely to be out of school than the global average.