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45 stories found over the past 45 days
South Sudan: UN human rights expert calls for the release of journalist Alfred Taban

21 July 2016 – A United Nations human rights expert today urged the Government of South Sudan to immediately release Alfred Taban, a prominent journalist and chief editor of the daily English newspaper, Juba Monitor.


UN agency steps up operations in South Sudan to thwart possible cholera outbreak

20 July 2016 – Dozens of people in South Sudan may have cholera, the United Nations children’s agency today announced, saying it is working with partners to step up its operations to avoid a possible cholera outbreak in the country.


South Sudan: Demonstrators protest outside UN compound without incidents

20 July 2016 – A thousand people today demonstrated in front of a United Nations compound in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, the UN Mission in the country announced, and dispersed without incidents after handing over a petition.


UN staff in South Sudan facing harassment, obstructions – UN Mission reports

19 July 2016 – The situation around South Sudan remains tense, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country today said, calling on all parties to uphold their responsibilities to protect civilians – including UN staff.


Syria: Food convoy reaches Serghaya, as UN agencies urge protection of aid workers and sites

19 July 2016 – As humanitarian convoys gain access to hard-to-reach areas in Syria, some United Nations agencies are speaking out about fresh dangers to aid workers.


Thousands flee to Uganda to escape renewed violence in South Sudan – UN refugee agency

19 July 2016 – More than 5,000 people – primarily women and children under the age of 18 years – have fled from South Sudan to neighbouring Uganda since the latest violence in the country erupted on 7 July, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).


New UN study links trees in drylands with sustainable development

19 July 2016 – For the first time, a new United Nations report details the number of trees, forests and land use in the world’s drylands, and the findings could be used to track progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals and help fight climate change.


Senior UN relief official welcomes US and EU funding for emergency response in Lake Chad Basin

18 July 2016 – The top United Nations humanitarian official for Africa’s Sahel region has expressed gratitude to the United States and the European Union for their financial support for people affected by violence in countries surrounding the Lake Chad Basin region – and called for greater international support.


Addressing AIDS conference in South Africa, Ban calls for scaling up global response

18 July 2016 – More than 18,000 global leaders, scientists, advocates, and frontline health workers gathered today in Durban, South Africa, for a United Nations-cosponsored international conference on AIDS, to advance knowledge about HIV and build innovative partnerships to strengthen global response to the endemic.


In Kenya, Ban calls for broader partnerships, sustainable investments to drive global development

17 July 2016 – At a United Nations intergovernmental forum opening in Nairobi, Kenya, today, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged participants to focus on strong collaboration, equality and inclusion in trade, finance and investment in order to better align action with agreed-upon sustainable development targets and help restore trust in the global economy.