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UN observers removing  the last of more than 8,112 guns carried by the FARC-EP. Photo: UN Mission in Colombia UN observers conclude FARC-EP arms removal process in Colombia
16 August 2017

More than 8,000 weapons and over one million burned cartridges were transported to a central warehouse in Colombia as the United Nations political mission in the country concluded the process of the laying down of individual weapons of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) combatants.

The Special Representative of the Secretary General for Kosovo, Zahir Tanin, briefs the Security Council on the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo. UN Photo/Kim Haughton Post-election Kosovo entering period of uncertainty that will demand strong leadership – UN envoy
16 August 2017

Following the parliamentary elections of 11 June, which took place without “major irregularities or incidents,” Kosovo has entered a “period of uncertainty” marked by reconfiguring the political landscape and a “functional void,” the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Kosovo Zahir Tanin told the Security Council today.

In Haute Kotto Prefecture, Central African Republic, IDPs in PK3 are trying to give to the site a life of its own. Some are selling wood or cassava flour and children have already organized their playgrounds. Photo: OCHA/Yaye N. Sene 'Dramatic' rise in Central African Republic violence happening out of media eyes, warns UNICEF
15 August 2017

The Central African Republic (CAR) has spiralled into violence and remains one of the worst countries in the world to be a child and “right now there are few eyes looking at them and few hands trying to help,” the United Nations children's agency said today.

At the site for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Mellia, Chad. Photo: OCHA/Ivo Brandau Security Council told African-led force on terrorism in the Sahel operational but challenged
15 August 2017

The joint task force by the so-called Group of Five (G5) – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – to tackle the threat of terrorism in Africa's Sahel region is now operational, but a number of challenges remain, including funding, the United Nations Security Council was today told.

Photo MINUSMA/Marco Dormino UN, Security Council condemn deadly attacks on peacekeeping mission in Mali
14 August 2017

The United Nations and the Security Council today condemned the attacks against camps of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali in Douenza and Timbuktu on Monday, which resulted in the deaths of one UN peacekeeper, a Malian soldier and a member of the Malian gendarmerie, along with six Malian contractors.

David Shearer Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in Juba at the arrival of the UN-mandated regional force in the country. UN Photo: Isaac Billy South Sudan: Deployment of UN-mandated regional protection force begins
8 August 2017

The phased deployment in South Sudan of the United Nations-authorized regional protection force has begun, freeing existing peacekeepers to extend their presence to conflict-affected areas beyond the capital, Juba.

Chief of the Standing Police Capacity, Maria Appelblom, is greeted by Police Officers during a visit to MINUSCA in Bangui, Central African Republic. Photo: UN/ MINUSCA UN Standing Police Capacity fills critical need in peace operations, underscores outgoing chief
3 August 2017

Over the past 10 years, the United Nations Standing Police Capacity has filled a critical need in global peace operations by providing them with readily available police expertise, according to the outgoing head of the unit, who says she is proud to have played a part in putting the SPC “on the map,” while also highlighting the need to recruit more women officers to carry out this important work. 

UN Protection of Civilians site in Malakal, South Sudan. UN Photo: Isaac Billy In South Sudan, UN peacekeeping chief pledges support to displaced civilians in Malakal
3 August 2017

Having witnessed first-hand various security challenges and humanitarian efforts in South Sudan, the United Nations peacekeeping chief has wrapped up his three-day mission to the country, which included a visit to the UN Protection of Civilians site in Malakal, where he expressed the Organization's resolve to support the return to stability.

Maman Sambo Sidikou, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Head of MONUSCO. UN Photo/Manuel Elias (file DR Congo: UN envoy expresses concern over arbitrary arrests, urges restraint
2 August 2017

The United Nations envoy for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today expressed his concern over arbitrary arrests and detentions across the country, following civil society's call for the holding of elections before year-end and their peaceful protests against delays in the publication of the electoral calendar.

The UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, (left) and the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir. (right) Photo: UNMISS In South Sudan, UN peacekeeping chief says regional engagement 'good thing' for peace process
2 August 2017

The United Nations peacekeeping chief said today the involvement of eastern African countries in revitalizing the peace process in South Sudan was among the main topics he discussed with that nation's President, describing such regional engagement “a good thing.”


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