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27 stories found over the past 45 days
‘Alarming’ outbreak of violence in new area of South Sudan uproots 15,000, UN reports

08 January 2016 – Fighting between armed groups and Government soldiers and an apparent breakdown in law and order in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria state, with hundreds of houses burned down or looted, has uprooted 15,000 people over the past five weeks, and 500 a day are now pouring into Uganda, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.


El Niño has put world in 'uncharted territory,' UN relief chief says, urging action now to mitigate impacts

07 January 2016 – Briefing United Nations Member States today on the widely varied and devastating impacts of the current El Niño weather phenomenon – which for months has sparked massive floods in some countries while leaving others, often in the same region, bone dry – the top UN relief official urged the international community to act now to help millions of people facing food insecurity.


African Union-UN peacekeepers ambushed in Darfur; one injured, weapons stolen

07 January 2016 – A joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping patrol was ambushed in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region today by an unidentified armed group, who greatly outnumbered it and seized a machine gun, four rifles and rounds of ammunition.


Solutions needed to stem global refugee crisis, says new UN agency chief

07 January 2016 – With record numbers of refugees and displaced people worldwide, the new head of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is urging greater diplomatic efforts to find solutions to the conflicts and abuses driving people from their homes.


UN envoy in Central African Republic meets with presidential candidates following first election round

06 January 2016 – The United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) reported today that the top UN official in the country has met with 28 of the 30 presidential candidates in the capital, Bangui, just days after the first round of presidential and legislative elections.


Ban names former UN humanitarian official as Special Adviser on 2016 refugee and migrant summit

05 January 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Karen AbuZayd of the United States as Special Adviser for an upcoming UN summit on managing large-scale movements of migrants and refugees.


FEATURE: From a first mission of 120 unarmed men – UN peacekeeping across the decades

29 December 2015 – It began when the United Nations was not even three years old, in the fog of the first Arab-Israeli war in 1948, the Organization’s first peacekeeping mission – 120 unarmed men in motley uniforms, not a gun between them, fanning out across scrubby hilltops and desert cliffs to monitor a shaky truce.