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23 stories found over the past 45 days
As South Sudan fighting intensifies, UN rights chief warns of ‘persistent impunity’

22 May 2015 – The escalation of fighting in South Sudan has resulted in “alarming gross violations” of international human rights and humanitarian law as well as having exacted a terrible toll on the young nation’s civilian population, the United Nations human rights chief confirmed today.


2015 ‘year of fear’ for children, UN education envoy says, urging schools funding in crisis zones

21 May 2015 – The United Nations education envoy told journalists in New York today that “shocking figures” relating to the position of children in emergency situations underlined the need for a new humanitarian fund to ensure the education of millions of children.


Ban condemns escalated fighting in South Sudan, deplores deaths of civilians in UN camp

20 May 2015 – The United Nations has strongly condemned the escalation of hostilities in the past ten days between Government and opposition forces in Unity and Upper Nile States in South Sudan.


South Sudan: UNICEF warns women and children being victimized ‘with frightening regularity’

19 May 2015 – Almost two years since the eruption of the conflict in South Sudan, the situation continues to deteriorate with women and small children making up the majority of most recent casualties, a representative from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the country said today.


South Sudan: UN says 650,000 at risk due to renewed violence, as Security Council threatens sanctions

18 May 2015 – Gravely concerned at the ongoing violence in South Sudan, the Security Council has condemned both the renewed Government-led offensive in Unity state, as well as a recent large-scale attack by opposition forces on the war-torn town of Malakal, threatening to impose sanctions on all those threatening the country’s peace, security and stability.


‘Make the choice of service,’ UN chief tells Georgetown graduates

16 May 2015 – In a commencement address at Georgetown University, where he received an honorary degree today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told graduates to choose service, be bold, listen, champion progress and act with passion and compassion.


‘Untold suffering’ of South Sudanese people must end, UN envoy tells Security Council

14 May 2015 – The security situation in South Sudan deteriorated further during late April and early May, the head of the United Nations mission in the country warned today as she briefed the Security Council on the “very worrying” developments that have had a devastating effect on civilians.


South Sudan: UN ramps up airlifts to reach conflict-hit farmers ahead of planting season

14 May 2015 – As the main planting season begins in South Sudan, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has announced today that it is accelerating its efforts to get vital seeds, tools and other materials to some of the country's most vulnerable farmers.


UN voices deep concern as deadly violence flares up across South Sudan

12 May 2015 – A deadly outburst of violence between residents of a United Nations protection-of-civilians (PoC) site in the South Sudanese capital of Juba has prompted the Organization's strong condemnation and triggered wider concern over the safety of internally displaced persons (IDPs) throughout the country.


South Sudan: heavy fighting and reported ‘atrocities’ in northeast force UN to evacuate staff

11 May 2015 – The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has expressed growing concern about “continuing and consistent reports” emanating from two north-eastern counties regarding a surge in kidnappings and rapes and an overall uptick in violence, which has forced the UN and other aid agencies to withdraw staff from the region.