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South Sudan: UN Mission condemns ‘unspeakable acts’ of abuse, sexual violence

01 August 2016 – The United Nations in South Sudan today condemned unequivocally reports of widespread sexual violence, including rape and gang rape, of women and young girls, by soldiers and unidentified armed men, stressing that such acts constitute grave violations of international human rights law and may be regarded as war crimes and crimes against humanity.


South Sudan: Security Council approves two-week extension of UN Mission

29 July 2016 – The Security Council today extended for two weeks the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), allowing time for its membership to consider options on adapting the operation’s mandate amid renewed violence in the world’s youngest country.


DR Congo: six years on, UN envoy calls for action in Walikale mass rape

29 July 2016 – Ahead of the six-year remembrance of a mass rape of more than 300 civilians residents of the Walikale region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by armed groups, the United Nations envoy on sexual violence in conflict has called on the international community to be relentless in seeking accountability for the crimes.


Ready for Olympic Games, UN-supported refugee athletes set out for Rio

29 July 2016 – Five middle-distance runners from South Sudan, until recently living in Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp, have flown out of the capital city of Nairobi to take part in the first-ever Olympic refugee team for the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the United Nations refugee agency has said.


FEATURE: How concerned should you be about Zika?

29 July 2016 – The announcement that the United States might have discovered its first cases of locally-transmitted Zika virus, and concerns raised by some of the athletes headed to the Olympic Games in Rio, are renewing fears about the disease, which the United Nations’ health agency declared a ‘public health emergency of international concern’ in February 2016.


On World Day, UN urges stronger action to shield millions from human trafficking

29 July 2016 – The international community must do more to end the inhumane practice of human trafficking and protect migrants and refugees – particularly young people, women and children – from those who attempt to exploit their opportunity for a better future, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging all nations to recognize their responsibility in combating the global scourge.


Breastfeeding within hour of birth provides baby’s ‘first vaccine,’ says UNICEF

29 July 2016 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today that some 77 million of the world’s newborns – or 1 in 2 – are not breastfed within the first hour of birth, depriving them of essential nutrients and antibodies and thus exposing them to an increased risk of death.


At Security Council, Ban cites shared responsibility to ‘nurture seeds of peace and prosperity’ in Africa

28 July 2016 – Citing persisting instability in number of African countries – from South Sudan to Mali and Libya, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed that building peace and restoring institutions in post-conflict settings are long-term processes that must be rooted in a country’s historical, political, social, cultural and economic contexts.


UN experts urge Dominican Republic to protect women's rights to reproductive health

27 July 2016 – Expressing serious concern over the proposed penal code amendment that would criminalize abortions, United Nations human rights experts today urged the Dominican Republic's President and legislators to protect women's rights to sexual and reproductive health in the Caribbean country.


FEATURE: 'We all have to do what we can' to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse – Jane Holl Lute

26 July 2016 – The United Nations has a “zero tolerance” policy towards sexual abuse by anyone working under the blue flag.

The matter is one of such weight for the Organization that earlier this year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Jane Holl Lute as the Special Coordinator on improving the UN response to sexual exploitation and abuse.