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A woman holds a child in Bambari, a town in Ouaka prefecture in Central African Republic where armed group violence has caused significant population displacement. (file photo) Photo: OCHA/Gemma Cortes UN, international organizations condemn attacks on civilians in parts of Central African Republic
19 February 2017

Voicing deep concern over the security situation in the Central African Republic, in particular in the Ouaka and Hautte-Kotto prefectures, the United Nations together with the Economic Community of Central African States, the African Union, the Organization of La Francophonie and the European Union have condemned the acts of violence by armed groups that have exasperated an already alarming humanitarian situation.

 
Children at the protection of civilians (POC) site in Malakal town, South Sudan. UN Photo/Isaac Gideon Atrocities will end in South Sudan only when perpetrators 'face consequences' – UN rights official
17 February 2017

A senior United Nations human rights official today called for holding accountable those committing atrocity crimes in conflict-torn South Sudan.

 
Internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Bambari, Central African Republic. UN Photo/Catianne Tijerina Central African Republic: UN mission reinforces presence in restive Bambari
17 February 2017

Amid ongoing rebel activity in and around Bambari in strife-torn Central African Republic, the United Nations mission — known as MINUSCA — said today that it has reinforced its presence in the city with the arrival of additional troops, including a quick reaction unit and Special Forces.

 
MONUSCO peacekeepers interacting with members of the local population in North Kivu province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, during an area domination mission launched in Kingi to check out the present security situation. Photo MONUSCO/Force UN and regional partners urge DR Congo parties to resume political talks
16 February 2017

Increasingly concerned about the political impasse in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations and regional partner organizations today urged political actors to work out how to implement the 31 December political agreement on a timeframe for elections.

 
Special Representative and head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), David Shearer (right), makes his first field trip to the town of Malakal, since taking up his post a month ago. Photo: UNMISS/Isaac Billy South Sudan: UN deplores lack of information on 20,000 people displaced in Upper Nile
16 February 2017

The top United Nations peacekeeping official in South Sudan has described the lack of information about the situation of some 20,000 internally displaced people on the west bank of the Nile in the country’s north, as a «real problem.»

 
Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous briefs the Security Council on the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR). UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Situation in Central African Republic warrants continued international attention, UN Security Council told
15 February 2017

Despite improving security situation in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), concerns remain in other parts of the country, the top United Nations peacekeeping official told the Security Council today, underlining the need for continued international attention.

 
A view of United Nations Headquarters complex in New York City as seen from the Visitors’ Entrance. UN Photo/Yubi Hoffmann UN chief Guterres announces steps towards reforming Organization’s peace and security architecture
14 February 2017

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the establishment of an internal review team that will take forward the reforms to the UN Secretariat peace and security strategy, functioning and architecture, which he outlined when he was appointed the Secretary-General last year.

 
Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the World Government Summit in Dubai. Photo: World Government Summit In Dubai, UN chief addresses deficit of trust between governments, citizens and institutions
13 February 2017

The world faces a «terrible lack of trust,» United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said today addressing the World Government Summit in the Emirati city of Dubai, and called for reconciliation between people, their governments and global multilateral institutions.

 
Source: UNESCO 'Radio provides accessible, real-time medium to bridge divides,' UNESCO says on World Day
13 February 2017

Radio has never been so dynamic, engaging and important in the midst of deep change in ways to share and access information, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said today, World Radio Day.

 
Photo: UNAMA/Fardin Waezi Afghanistan: UN mission expresses grave concern at high civilian casualties in Helmand
12 February 2017

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today expressed its grave concern at the recent escalation of violence in Helmand province, which reportedly claimed the lives of at least 25 civilians, mostly women and children, and injured many more.

 

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