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Armed hostilities on rise again in Ukraine, where conflict ‘never really stopped,’ says UN rights wing

12 December – An uptick in armed hostilities in Ukraine has resulted in more deaths and new damages to critical water infrastructure storing dangerous chemicals – posing a grave threat to human life and the environment, according to a new United Nations report.


Ukraine: UN and partners seek $187 million amid humanitarian crisis that is ‘worse than it’s ever been’

7 December – The humanitarian situation in war-torn eastern Ukraine is worse than ever, and people are at breaking point, the senior-most United Nations aid official in the country said on Thursday, as he launched a response plan.


‘Mission accomplished,’ president of UN tribunal for Former Yugoslavia tells Security Council

6 December – After more than 24 years of operations, the United Nations tribunal set up to prosecute crimes committed during conflicts in the Balkans in the 1990s, has now completed all judicial work, the court’s President told the UN Security Council on Wednesday.


Lack of jobs, money for rent, add to woes in conflict-affected eastern Ukraine, says UN agency

29 November – As temperatures plummet across eastern Ukraine, many – including the elderly – who fled their homes following hostilities are forced to return to their original place of residence due to lack of jobs and money to pay rent in the places they were sheltering, the United Nations migration agency has reported.


UN expo to highlight vital role of South-South cooperation in achieving Global Goals

24 November – A United Nations expo next week in Turkey is set to highlight the critical role of South-South cooperation in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in light of the vast array of knowledge, skills, expertise and resources that is, and can further be, shared among developing countries.


Mediterranean crossing still world's deadliest for migrants – UN report

24 November – Crossing the Mediterranean to Europe is “by far the world's deadliest” journey for migrants, with at least 33,761 reported to have died or gone missing between 2000 and 2017, a United Nations report finds.


UN hails conviction of Mladic, the 'epitome of evil,' as momentous victory for justice

22 November – Welcoming today's conviction of former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic on multiple counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes by an international tribunal, the United Nations top human rights official said that the verdict is “a warning” to perpetrators of such crimes that they will be brought to justice.


Kosovo: Time for action overtakes time for excuses, UN envoy tells Security Council

14 November – Noting recent momentum to advance democracy and good governance in Kosovo, the head of the United Nations Mission there urged for more emphasis on rebuilding trust and reconciliation, including through engagement with women and the youth, as well as on overcoming challenges related to freedom of cultural and religious identity.


Clashes near vital infrastructure in eastern Ukraine may have 'grave' impact on population, UN warns

8 November – Recent escalation of fighting in close proximity of critical infrastructure and services in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, could endanger over a million lives, the top United Nations official in the country has warned.


Security Council re-authorizes EU-led force in Bosnia and Herzegovina

7 November – The Security Council on Tuesday extended the authorization of the European Union-led multinational stabilization force in Bosnia and Herzegovina for an additional year, following an analysis by a United Nations envoy that a resurgence of divisive nationalism is threatening to take the country backwards.