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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) greets peacekeepers on 5 March 2016 during a military ceremony at the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) Bir Lahlou site. UN Photo/Evan Schneider In recorded vote, Security Council approves one year extension of UN mission in Western Sahara
29 April 2016

The Security Council today, by recorded vote, adopted a resolution extending for one year the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), emphasizing «the urgent need for the mission to return to full functionality.»

Members of Côte d’Ivoire’s delegation pose for a group photo in the Security Council Chamber, where the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in that country (UNOCI) was renewed for a final period until 30 June 2017. UN Photo/Manuel Elias Security Council approves final extension for UN mission in CĂ´te d’Ivoire, citing ‘remarkable’ progress
28 April 2016

The United Nations Security Council today renewed the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in CĂ´te d’Ivoire for a final period, extending it until the end of June next year, and also decided to terminate all arms, travel and financial sanctions against the country, with immediate effect.

The Protection of Civilians (POC) site near Bentiu, in Unity State, South Sudan. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine South Sudan: UN strongly condemns attack against mission compound in Bentiu
28 April 2016

The United Nations has strongly condemned an attack that took place on 25 April against the compound of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in Bentiu, where a rocket-propelled grenade landed inside the perimeter of the compound and partly damaged one of the containers located in the humanitarian hub.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre, at lectern) addresses the Austrian Parliament in Vienna.
Credit: UN Photo/Nikoleta Haffar
In address to Austrian Parliament, Ban urges 'cooperative approach' to EU asylum policies
28 April 2016

From its leadership on major United Nations bodies to its peacekeepers in the field, development aid and defence of human rights, Austria is a very important, vital member of the world community, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said during an address to the Parliament of Austria earlier today in Geneva.

Two soldiers from forces operating under Libya’s Tripoli-based government walking through the deserted streets of Bin Jawad, near the important oil port of Sidra. Photo: <a href=http://bit.ly/1n4kJCG>Tom Westcott/IRIN</a> Libya: UN envoy ‘deeply concerned’ by terrorist attacks on oil fields
27 April 2016

The most senior United Nations official in Libya today said he is deep concerned by recent incursions by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) into Libya’s oil crescent region and by attacks carried on oil fields.

Peacekeepers serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on patrol in Bambari. UN Photo/Catianne Tijerina Security Council extends mandate of UN Mission in Central African Republic
26 April 2016

The United Nations Security Council today extended until 31 July the mandate of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), determining that the situation in the country constitutes a threat to international peace and security.

A mother camps outside with her children under a mosquito net  at an emergency food distribution site being run by UNICEF  and the World Food Programme (WFP) in Thanyang, Unity State, South Sudan. Photo: UNICEF/Kate Holt Riek Machar’s arrival in Juba should ‘open a new chapter’ for South Sudan — UN Peacekeeping chief
26 April 2016

The arrival in Juba of First Vice-President-designate Riek Machar should open a new chapter for South Sudan and allow «the real transition to begin,» the United Nations peacekeeping chief said today, stressing that the security situation in the country, however, remains precarious amid a worsening humanitarian and human rights situation.

Haitians voted in the second round of the senatorial and parliamentary elections and the first round for their new president, in Haiti’s capital Port au Prince on 25 October 2015. Photo: UN/MINUSTAH/Logan Abassi Haiti: UN chief ‘deeply concerned’ as agreed upon election deadline goes unmet
25 April 2016

Deeply concerned that the agreed upon date for holding elections in Haiti was not met over the weekend and that no alternate electoral calendar was announced, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated his strong support for the completion, «without delay,» of the 2015 polls.

A young boy from Burundi, forced to flee his home due to violence, looks at his new surroundings in the Nyarugusu refugee camp in Tanzania. Photo: UNICEF/Rob Beechey UN chief condemns murder of Burundian General and his family in Bujumbura
25 April 2016

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the assassination of Brigadier General Athanase Kararuza, his wife and daughter today in the crisis-torn country’s capital, Bujumbura.

UN peacekeepers in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Photo: MONUSCO/Myriam Asmani DR Congo: UN envoy expresses 'serious concern' over rising political tensions
23 April 2016

The head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) has expressed serious concern about rising political tensions in some parts of the country.


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