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An armed individual in the town of Pibor, in Jonglei state. Pibor has seen violent clashes and confrontations that have resulted in displacement as well as destruction of livelihood and property. (File photo) OCHA/Cecilia Attefors UN appalled at killing of aid workers in South Sudan
26 March 2017

Six aid workers from a national non-governmental organization were killed when their convoy was ambushed yesterday while travelling along the Government-controlled area on the Juba-Pibor road, the United Nations mission in the country (UNMISS) has said.

Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, addresses journalists in New York during his final briefing in this post.  UN Photo/Manuel Elias Outgoing UN peacekeeping chief praises reduced cost of operations, as agility increases
24 March 2017

United Nations peacekeeping is becoming more agile and capable, the outgoing chief today said, even as the cost for each peacekeeper fell 16 per cent in recent years, dropping the entire budget of the blue helmets worldwide to around $7.2 billion.

A UN peacekeeper helps a child aboard a truck during the relocation of residents of a camp for displaced persons. Photo: Logan Abassi UN/MINUSTAH INTERVIEW: Amid increased suffering, responsibility to protect all the more necessary – UN Special Adviser
24 March 2017

In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the outcome of the World Summit in which it, inter alia, underscored that each individual State has the responsibility to protect its populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.

Women wait with their children to be examined and possibly give supplementary food at a mobile clinic run by UNICEF in the village of Rubkuai, Unity State, South Sudan. February 2017. Photo: UNICEF/Modola Security Council and region must ‘speak with one voice,’ end suffering in South Sudan — UN chief
23 March 2017

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today stressed the need for the leadership of South Sudan to achieve an immediate cessation of hostilities, restore the peace process and ensure unrestricted humanitarian access in order to pull the world’s youngest country back from the abyss, and back from a widening famine.

A mother gives her daughter a drink of rehydrating salts at a hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia. The country is currently experiencing a severe drought and UN humanitarian response has been upped to prevent the situation from worsening. March 2017. UN Photo/Tobin Jones Somalia: A moment of hope amid tragedy, says UN envoy
23 March 2017

Noting that Somalia faces a number of «daunting difficulties» after decades of conflict, a senior United Nations official today highlighted that there is also a new momentum in the country for fresh political engagement amongst its people with the recent electoral process.

Outgoing Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous holds a press conference in Juba, South Sudan, alongside Jean-Pierre Lacroix, who will take up the position in April. Photo: UNMISS In Juba, UN peacekeeping chief urges political solution for South Sudanese crisis
21 March 2017

The security situation in South Sudan is «very worrisome,» the head of United Nations peacekeeping operations today said, warning that the number of people fleeing the country showing no signs of slowing, and calling for a political solution to the hostilities.

In Afghanistan, bakeries prepare a special type of cookie, called “Kulcha-e Nowrozi,” which is only baked for Nowruz. Other special dishes include “Haft Mewa,” a fruit salad made from seven different dried fruits, and “Samanak” made by women in a special ceremony that includes singing. Photo: UNAMA/Fardin Waezi Nowruz a reminder that heritage helps make resilient, sustainable societies – UN cultural agency
21 March 2017

In a message on the occasion of Nowruz – the day that celebrates the arrival of the spring season – the head of the United Nations cultural agency urged everyone to embrace the day's values and be inspired by its universal message of peace and solidarity.

North Kivu province, DR Congo: Malawian soldiers of the Force Intervention Brigade on patrol between the localities of Oicha and Erengeti, in Beni territory. Photo MONUSCO/Anne Herrmann Deteriorating security situation in DR Congo 'a source of major concern,' warns UN envoy
21 March 2017

The United Nations envoy for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today stressed the need for both the Government and the opposition groups there to show the same level of commitment and compromise which led to the signing on 31 December of an agreement on the electoral process, while also citing the UN peacekeeping mission's readiness to adapt to the deteriorating security situation.

Civilians walk along Tripoli Street in Misrata, Libya. Photo: UNHCR/Helen Caux Put Libya ahead of ‘narrow interests,’ UN envoy urges as situation worsens across the country
20 March 2017

Warning of escalating tension across the North African country due to mobilization of forces, worsening security situation in capital, Tripoli, as well as recent violence in Misrata and Benghazi, the United Nations envoy for Libya today called on all parties to unite and to put the country ahead of their «own narrow interests.»

Wide view of the Security Council. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine (file) Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in Afghanistan for one year
17 March 2017

The Security Council today extended the mandate of United Nations assistance operation in Afghanistan until 17 March 2018, stressing the political mission’s role in supporting an inclusive Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.


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