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32 stories found over the past 45 days
International community has obligation to prevent ‘ethnic cleansing’ in South Sudan – UN rights experts

01 December 2016 – With “many of the warning signals of impending genocide” already present in South Sudan and amid a “mindboggling” scale of rape of women and girls, a team of United Nations human rights experts called on the international community to take immediate action to avert mass bloodshed, as they wrapped up a 10-day visit to the crisis-riven country.


South Sudan: Bureaucratic obstacles hindering relief work must stop, says senior UN official

30 November 2016 – Expressing deep concern over the impact of a series of bureaucratic impediments and access constraints on relief operations, a senior United Nations humanitarian official in South Sudan has called on all parties to allow free, safe and unhindered humanitarian access to the people in need.


INTERVIEW: ‘Cling to every little sign of hope’ – outgoing head of UN Mission in South Sudan

29 November 2016 – On 23 July 2014, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon announced the appointment of Ellen Margrethe Løj of Denmark as his new Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS). Ms. Løj succeeded Hilde Johnson of Norway, who had completed her assignment two weeks earlier, on 7 July 2014. 


Fleeing violence in Horn of Africa, asylum-seekers find little safety in Yemen – UN refugee agency

29 November 2016 – Highlighting a dramatic increase in sea crossings by migrants and refugees from the Horn of Africa to Yemen – which itself is reeling under a deteriorating humanitarian crisis, the United Nations refugee agency today called for urgent steps to deter and save people from the deadly risks they are taking.


‘Hang on to every little glimmer of hope,’ says UN envoy for South Sudan

28 November 2016 – All people in South Sudan, regardless of their ethnic affiliation, must unite towards creating a national identify, the head of the United Nations mission there urged today, underscoring the potential of the resource-rich African country to prosper despite its ongoing challenges.


Refugees in Chad facing continued food insecurity, joint UN agency assessment reveals

28 November 2016 – A joint assessment by the Office of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP), has revealed that 43 per cent of refugees who have been living in Chad for more than 10 years continue to face a precarious food security situation and require assistance.


Water resources ‘a reason for cooperation, not conflict,’ Ban tells Security Council

22 November 2016 – Noting that three quarters of UN Member States share rivers or lake basins with their neighbours, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the value of water resources as a reason for cooperation, not conflict.


On Universal Children's Day, UNICEF calls for protecting the rights of every child

20 November 2016 – Highlighting the plight of millions of children around the world, the head of United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called on everyone to recommit themselves to protect the rights of every child.


Security Council 'deeply alarmed' over escalation of ethnic violence in South Sudan

19 November 2016 – Strongly condemning attacks against civilians, ethnically targeted killings, hate speech, and incitements to violence in South Sudan, the United Nations Security Council called for urgent steps to address increasing hate speech and ethnic violence, and to promote reconciliation among the people, including through a process of justice and accountability.


UN and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation must cooperate on resolving conflicts, Security Council told

17 November 2016 – Citing more than 20 years of collaboration between the United Nations and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), a senior UN political official today urged greater efforts by the two entities to draw on each other’s strengths and devise joint strategies to prevent and resolve conflicts.