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UN mission will continue to protect civilians in South Sudan: UN envoy

Listen / Hilde Johnson

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) will not abandon the people of this new country as inter-communal violence continues forcing thousands of people to flee their homes. This is the message from the head of UNMISS, Hilde Johnson during a press conference in the country's capital, Juba on Tuesday. Ms Johnson said the [...]

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Pillay urges South Sudan leadership to curb alarming violence against civilians

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Grave concern is being expressed over the serious and growing human rights violations taking place daily in South Sudan during the past 10 days. And the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday called on the leadership on both sides to protect civilians and refrain from instigating violence based on ethnic grounds. [...]

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Security Council decides to reinforce UN Mission in South Sudan

Listen / Security Council meeting on The situation in the Middle East.

The Security Council has decided to reinforce the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) as ethnic clashes displace thousands of people in the new country. In a resolution unanimously adopted on Tuesday afternoon, the Council decided to increase the strength of UNMISS from its current over 6, 800 troops and police to more than 12,000 [...]

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Data collection is critical for food security in Africa: FAO expert

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The value of data collection and coordination in food security goes far beyond the numbers, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. Improving the quality, availability and relevance of data on food and agriculture has become a key priority as Africa strives to develop more effective policies to tackle its persistent food security problems. [...]

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South Sudan: Security Council votes to send more peacekeepers

Listen / UNMISS peacekeepers have been assisting displaced civilians in South Sudan by providing protection, building sanitation facilities and giving medical support. Photo: UNMISS

In an effort to defuse the crisis in South Sudan, the Secretary-General has called for more boots on the ground to boost the UN mission's protection capacity. The request for reinforcements includes aviation assets and force multipliers. The crisis is reported to have started on 15 December and has now spread to several other states. [...]

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China's women at the crossroads – UN experts

Listen / Woman selling fruits at small market stall. City of Chengdu. China.ILO@PHOTO - Crozet M.

China has made remarkable strides in improving women's lives, but there is insufficient implementation of relevant laws and more action is needed to ensure women's full participation in economic and political spheres. That's the finding of the UN Working Group on discrimination against women in law and in practice. The Working Group says as the [...]

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Situation in Central African Republic "begs world attention" U.S. envoy

Listen / Civil conflict in the Central African Republic has displaced more than half a million people within the country in the last year, the UN says. UNHCR/B. Heger

There is a risk of people taking matters into their own hands in the Central African Republic where atrocities continue to be committed as inter-communal violence rages. The warning comes from Ambassador Samantha Power, the permanent representative of the United States to the United Nations who recently returned from a visit to the African country. [...]

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Security Council considers proposal to reinforce UN mission in South Sudan

Listen / Samantha Power

The Security Council is discussing a draft resolution proposed by the United States to reinforce the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). This follows a request made by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday for enhancing the capacity of UNMISS to carry out its mandate as the inter-communal violence continues in the country. Ambassador [...]

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UNHCR steps up aid to displaced in Central African Republic

Listen / Displaced people in the CAR capital Bangui find refuge in the unfinished church at St. Paul Parish after fleeing clashes.© UNHCR/B.Ntwari

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) is stepping up assistance to displaced people in the Central African Republic as inter-communal clashes continue in parts of the country. UNHCR says it has already distributed tents, sleeping mats, plastic sheeting, mosquito nets, blankets and clothes to thousands of people displaced by the violence. However, it points out [...]

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Crisis worsens in South Sudan, says Security Council President

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The crisis is worsening in South Sudan where inter-communal violence continues, according to Ambassador Gérard Araud of France, the President of the Security Council this month. Ambassador Araud says that late on Monday members of the Council held an emergency meeting on the situation in the newest nation. He points out that a senior United [...]

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