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Special Representative Martin Kobler. Photo: MONUSCO/Myriam Asmani UN in DR Congo pledges support, good offices to upcoming polls
23 April 2014

The United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will provide technical and logistical support for upcoming elections, the top UN official in the country today confirmed, stressing that the planning for the polls must be well organized and well-funded.

Bert Koenders, Special Representative and Head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), briefs the Security Council. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Mali’s peace train ‘cannot be turned back,’ senior UN official tells Security Council
23 April 2014

Calling for continued cooperation with regional organizations to support Mali’s steady efforts towards peace and stability through inclusive talks, a senior United Nations official today told the Security Council that despite progress, the security situation in the country’s restive north remains «very fragile» with increased activity by terrorist groups.

South Sudanese fleeing fighting, find refuge inside the UNMISS compound in Bor, Jonglei state. Photo: UNMISS/Tina Turyagyenda South Sudan: UN peacekeeping chief says attack on base sheltering civilians 'sets dangerous precedent'
23 April 2014

Warning today that the surging violence in South Sudan is clear evidence that the United Nations can no longer operate in “business-as-usual” mode in the county, the Organization's peacekeeping chief declared that the fighting must stop immediately; the Government has a duty to protect civilians; and the warring parties should negotiate a genuine ceasefire that will be respected by all sides.

DSRSG Toby Lanzer speaking to an injured man seeking shelter at the UNMISS protection site. Photo: UNMISS/Tina Turyagyenda South Sudan: UN says surging violence claimed lives of children, worsened malnutrition among survivors
22 April 2014

Confirming that children were killed in South Sudan during recent brutal attacks on displaced civilians or as a result of being recruited by armed groups, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned today that the surging violence is exacerbating an already “very dangerous” malnutrition crisis.

Special Representative Nicholas Kay. Photo: Jean-Marc Ferré Somalia: UN envoy condemns murder of second lawmaker in less than 48 hours
22 April 2014

Following the murder earlier today of Somali parliamentarian Abdiaziz Isaaq Mursal — the second lawmaker to be killed in less than 48 hours in Mogadishu — the top United Nations official in the country strongly condemned the incident and pledged the world body’s resolve in standing by the Somali people as they worked to build a stable, peaceful country.

Women in line to vote during the 5 April 2014 elections in Afghanistan. Photo: UNAMA/Zachary Golestani Senior UN official calls for women to remain engaged in Afghan political life
21 April 2014

With the results still being counted from Afghanistan's recent presidential election, the top United Nations official in the country today urged efforts to ensure that women remain meaningfully engaged in the political process and improve political life there.

UNMISS Mongolian battalion evacuating civilians on 16 April from Bentiu, Unity State, after conflict broke out between government and oppostion forces. Photo: UNMISS UN mission in South Sudan condemns ethnic killings in Bentiu
21 April 2014

Opposition forces in South Sudan killed «hundreds of South Sudanese and foreign civilians» after determining their ethnicity or nationality when they captured Bentiu last week, the United Nations confirmed today, calling for an immediate stop to the targeting of «innocent, unarmed» civilians.

Special Representative for Somalia Nicholas Kay. Photo: AU/UN/IST/Tobin Jones UN envoy strongly condemns murder of Somali parliamentarian
21 April 2014

The top United Nations envoy in Somalia today condemned the murder of parliamentarian Isaak Mohamed Rino and called for the perpetrators of the attack to be brought to justice.

Special Coordinator of the Joint Mission of the OPCW and the UN Sigrid Kaag (second left) inspecting preparations for the elemination of chemical weapons at the Syrian Port of Latakia in December 2013. Photo: OPCW-UN Joint Mission OPCW-UN mission reports further progress in eliminating Syria's chemical weapons
19 April 2014

Syria has, as of 19 April, removed or destroyed in-country approximately 80 per cent of its chemical weapons material, the head of the Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations announced today.

People fleeing violence in Bentiu, the capital of Unity state, South Sudan, arriving at UNMISS base on 15 April 2014 to seek shelter. Photo: UNMISS/Mihad Abdallah Security Council voices outrage at latest attacks against civilians, UN in South Sudan
18 April 2014

The Security Council on Friday voiced its outrage at the recent attacks by armed groups in South Sudan that have purposefully targeted civilians as well as the United Nations peacekeeping mission sites and personnel.


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