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FEATURE: Hailed as ‘role models,’ all-female Indian police unit departs UN mission in Liberia

12 February 2016 Since 2007, there have been nine rotations of all-female police units from India, whose primary responsibilities have been to provide 24-hour guard duty and public order management and to conduct night patrols in and around the capital, Monrovia, while assisting to build the capacity of local security institutions.

Syria: UN-backed task force seeks aid access to besieged areas 'without delay'

12 February 2016 Following agreement late yesterday by diplomats meeting in Munich as part of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) to work with Syrian parties to implement a nationwide cessation of hostilities, a United Nations-backed task force met today on quickly delivering aid to besieged towns and war-weary civilians in hard to reach areas across the country.

'Child soldiers are boys and girls we collectively failed to protect' – UN envoy

12 February 2016 An upsurge in global conflicts and brutal war tactics continues to make children extremely vulnerable to recruitment and use by armed groups, the United Nations warned today, appealing to the international community to take greater responsibility for the boys and girls used as child soldiers or risk failing to protect them.

Mali: UN mission chief 'outraged' by attack against base that kills three peacekeepers

12 February 2016 The top United Nations official in Mali said he is “outraged” by an attack earlier today against a UN camp in Kidal, in the north-eastern region of the country, which killed at least three peacekeepers and wounded 30 others.

Europe's restrictive measures draw UN concern as refugee and migrant influx continues

12 February 2016 With the number of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe showing no signs of easing in 2016, the United Nations refugee agency today reiterated its concern over increasing restrictive measures on the part of European Member States, stressing that greater support mechanisms must be urgently implemented to protect the fundamental human rights of the more than 2,000 people who continue risking their lives every day to reach Europe.

Syria: diplomats agree ‘cessation of hostilities;’ UN rights chief warns of dire situation in Aleppo

11 February 2016 As the United Nations human rights chief warned today of “shocking” violence and abuses in and around the city of Aleppo and other parts of war-ravaged Syria, top-level diplomats meeting in Munich on ending the crisis agreed to work out the terms of nationwide “cessation of hostilities” in the coming week.

In Canada, Ban applauds country's commitment to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees

11 February 2016 During his fifth visit to Canada as United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon today applauded the country's commitment to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees, stressing that they “deserve opportunity, human rights protection and peace.”

'They are our strongest allies,' UN political chief says, urging efforts to engage terrorism victims

11 February 2016 At a Headquarters conference on the human rights of terrorism victims, the top United Nations political official today urged Member States to engage with victims of terrorism and violent extremism, especially the young and the vulnerable, to build on previous commitments and ensure that their human rights are fully respected.

'The world needs science and science needs women,' says UN on new International Day

11 February 2016 More than ever today, the world needs science and science needs women, the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said today, marking the first International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

Ban appoints Senegalese General as UN Force Commander for Central African Republic

11 February 2016 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Lieutenant General Balla Keïta of Senegal as the Force Commander of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

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