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Majority oppose female genital mutilation in countries where practice persists – UN agency

15 July 2016 – New data from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reveals that about two-thirds of men, women, boys and girls in countries where female genital mutilation is common say they want the practice to end.


UN rights chief warns at least 200,000 civilians surrounded; calls Syria ‘gigantic, devastated graveyard’

15 July 2016 – The United Nations human rights chief today urged the forces advancing on Aleppo and two other cities in Syria to not harm the hundreds of thousands of civilians surrounded by fighting between the Government forces and the opposition.


On Youth Skills Day, Ban urges more investment to assist the 'working poor' and jobless

15 July 2016 – With so many youth either jobless or “working poor,” more investment is needed to empower them through skills development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on World Youth Skills Day today.


South Sudan: UN supply warehouse looted; non-critical staff ordered to relocate

14 July 2016 – The United Nations today ordered the temporary relocation of some non-critical staff from Juba, South Sudan, due to the operational challenges caused by the recent fighting there.


South Sudan ceasefire ‘largely holding;’ UN urges safe passage for fleeing civilians

12 July 2016 – The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has reported that the ceasefire in the crisis-gripped country appears to be “largely holding, barring sporadic gunfire,” while the UN refugee agency has urged countries to keep their borders open for people fleeing tensions in Juba, where the human rights wings has warned the situation is “deteriorating rapidly.”


West Africa and Sahel must step up intelligence gathering, UN envoy tells Security Council

11 July 2016 – Countries in West Africa and the Sahel must expand intelligence gathering capacities to counter militant threats, such as those posed by Boko Haram, the head of the United Nations operation for that region said today.


Stand up for and invest in teenage girls, UN says on World Population Day

11 July 2016 – Leaders and communities must focus on and stand up for the rights of teenage girls, particularly those who are poor, out of school, exploited, or subjected to harmful traditional practices, the United Nations has said, marking World Population Day with a call to bolster the success of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by investing in better opportunities for teen girls.


Security Council condemns fighting in Juba, demands South Sudan's leaders prevent spread of violence

10 July 2016 – Strongly condemning the escalating violence in and around the South Sudanese capital of Juba that began on 7 July, the United Nations Security Council today joined Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in calling for an end to the fighting, while separately demanding that President Salva Kiir and First Vice-President Reik Machar do their utmost to control their respective forces.


Thousands fleeing violent clashes in Central African Republic – UN refugee agency

08 July 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency today said that more than six thousand people from the Central African Republic (CAR) have fled into Chad and Cameroon to escape renewed tension and violent clashes since mid-June.


UN-backed meeting on forced displacement crisis in Central America urges regional responsibility-sharing

08 July 2016 – With people fleeing violence in Central America in numbers not seen in more than 30 years, representatives from Governments, international organizations and civil society gathered for a United Nations-backed event on the issue in San José, Costa Rica, and agreed to enhance access to asylum and increase regional responsibility-sharing.