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Kosovo situation yielding ‘fewer results than hoped’ in 2016, UN envoy tells Security Council

16 November 2016 – Many of the political expectations with which Kosovo began the year yielded fewer results than hoped, the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission there said today, expressing hope that next year will see clear progress on political dialogue accompanied by necessary progress at community level.


Top UN peacekeeping officials hail success of community violence reduction programmes

16 November 2016 – Community violence reduction (CVR) programmes are not well-known, but are proving to be an effective peacekeeping tool, senior United Nations officials said today during an event to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the launch of CVR in Haiti.


UN chief condemns terrorist attack against Sufi shrine in Pakistan

13 November 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the terrorist attack on a Sufi shrine in southwestern Pakistan yesterday that reportedly killed dozens of worshippers.


UN mission in Afghanistan condemns deadly attack near German consulate in Mazar

11 November 2016 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has condemned last night’s attack, for which the Taliban has claimed responsibility, against civilians in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif, which killed four people and wounded more than 120 others.


Civilian death toll in Iraq nearly doubles from September to October – UN

10 November 2016 – The number of civilians killed in Iraq last month has nearly doubled since September according to recently released figures by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).


ISIL forces civilians towards Mosul airport; UN rights office probes reports of mass graves

08 November 2016 – Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) fighters have forced 1,500 families towards the airport in Mosul, the United Nations human rights wing said today, adding that it is also looking into reports of mass graves near the city, where military operations are under way to oust the terrorists.


Over-generalized approach could expose peace operations to greater risk, warns UN deputy chief

07 November 2016 – Amid increased attacks from violent extremist and terrorist groups, the United Nations peace operations must be better prepared to face such asymmetric threats by ensuring the safety and security of UN personnel and adapting to varying situations on the ground, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told the Security Council today.


UN Security Council ‘strongly condemns’ ceasefire violations in Mali

03 November 2016 – Strongly condemning repeated violations of the ceasefire arrangements by the Plateforme and Coordination in and around northern Mali’s restive Kidal town, the United Nations Security Council today warned that such acts threaten the viability of the peace agreement in the country and called on the armed groups to immediately cease hostilities and return to dialogue.


Displaced amid Mosul offensive, close to 10,000 children in urgent need of aid, says UNICEF

03 November 2016 – Some 20,700 people have been displaced since the operation to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul from terrorists started on 17 October, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today, estimating that 9,700 of them are children in urgent need of assistance.


UN rights office concerned at continuing hostilities in both western and eastern Aleppo

01 November 2016 – The United Nations human rights office today expressed concern that all parties in Aleppo are conducting hostilities which are resulting in large numbers of civilian casualties, and creating an atmosphere of terror for those who continue to live in the Syrian city.