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28 stories found over the past 45 days
Crisis-torn Burundi's leaders should pursue dialogue, listen to concerns of their people – UN chief

31 January 2016 – The Government and people of Burundi should resolve the country's months-long political crisis through inclusive dialogue, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as he wrapped up three days of wide-ranging meetings with African Union (AU) leaders today, warning that the deteriorating situation in Burundi is “a source of great concern, not only in the region, but in the continent and the world.”


At African Union Peace and Security Council, Ban discusses Burundi, South Sudan and counter-terrorism

29 January 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today, in an address to the African Union Peace and Security Council, spotlighted three topics high on the regional body's agenda – counter-terrorism, and the ongoing crises in both South Sudan and Burundi – all of which require urgent attention at the continental-level and from the wider international community.


Besieged Syrians ‘believe the world has forgotten them,’ UN relief chief tells Security Council

27 January 2016 – With United Nations-backed political talks on Syria set to begin later this week, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, today urged the entire international community to get behind the process, which seeks to ease the suffering for millions of desperate people and end “one of the most savage and brutal conflicts of the 21st century.”


As refugee and migrant flood into Europe continues, UN and partners seek $550 million for 2016

26 January 2016 – With no let-up in the flood of people pouring into Europe as they flee conflict in the Middle East and elsewhere, the United Nations refugee agency and its partners are appealing to donors for $550 million to support the ongoing humanitarian response for 2016.


Amid military confrontation in Darfur, ‘limited’ progress on resolving conflict – UN peacekeeping chief

25 January 2016 – Against the backdrop of renewed military confrontation, the political process to resolve the conflict in Darfur through dialogue remains fragmented with limited progress, the United Nations peacekeeping chief today informed the UN Security Council.


Nigeria: reintegrating women and children liberated from Boko Haram ‘essential’ to peace, say UN experts

22 January 2016 – Three United Nations human rights experts today called on the Government of Nigeria to assist in the rehabilitation and reintegration of women and children who escaped or were liberated from Boko Haram captivity.


South Sudan: slaughter of civilians, gang rapes among ‘shocking’ crimes committed by all sides, says UN

21 January 2016 – Hundreds of extra-judicial killings, enforced disappearances, gang-rapes, sexual slavery, forced abortion, massive child soldier recruitment and indiscriminate attacks against civilians with entire villages burned down have been perpetrated by all in sides in war-torn South Sudan, the United Nations reported today.


UN condemns suicide attack targeting media in Kabul

21 January 2016 – The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today condemned the suicide attack against media workers in Kabul yesterday that killed eight and injured 24 civilians, many of them from the media sector, as well as women and children.


Half the population of Central African Republic faces hunger, UN warns

20 January 2016 – An emergency food security assessment by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners has revealed that half the population of the Central African Republic (CAR) – nearly 2.5 million people – faces hunger.


Fate of civilians in armed conflict ‘grim’ with thousands killed, hospitals under attack, Security Council told

19 January 2016 – With scores of civilians being killed in conflicts worldwide, tens of thousands facing starvation in besieged cities, and hospitals under attack, the United Nations Security Council held a day-long session today amid calls for greater accountability and expanded use of the International Criminal Court.