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Security Council approves 228-strong UN police contingent for Burundi

The Security Council this evening requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to establish a United Nations police officers component in Burundi for an initial period of one year to monitor the security situation and to support the Office of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) in monitoring rights violations and abuses in the crisis-gripped country.

Posted on 30 July 2016 | 12:34 am

South Sudan: Security Council approves two-week extension of UN Mission

The Security Council today extended for two weeks the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), allowing time for its membership to consider options on adapting the operation’s mandate amid renewed violence in the world’s youngest country.

Posted on 30 July 2016 | 12:05 am

DR Congo: six years on, UN envoy calls for action in Walikale mass rape

Ahead of the six-year remembrance of a mass rape of more than 300 civilians residents of the Walikale region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by armed groups, the United Nations envoy on sexual violence in conflict has called on the international community to be relentless in seeking accountability for the crimes.

Posted on 29 July 2016 | 11:16 pm

UN envoy cites urgent need to establish 48 hour pause for humanitarian access to Aleppo

As the humanitarian crisis reaches distressing levels in Syria, particularly in and around battle-torn Aleppo, the United Nations envoy for the country welcomed today initiatives aimed at assisting the civilian population trapped amid the fighting and, “under the right circumstances,” the implementation of humanitarian corridors.

Posted on 29 July 2016 | 11:08 pm

Ready for Olympic Games, UN-supported refugee athletes set out for Rio

Five middle-distance runners from South Sudan, until recently living in Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp, have flown out of the capital city of Nairobi to take part in the first-ever Olympic refugee team for the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the United Nations refugee agency has said.

Posted on 29 July 2016 | 9:58 pm

After attack on convoy, UN suspends aid delivery in areas of restive north-eastern Nigeria

The United Nations has temporarily halted humanitarian assistance missions in north-eastern Nigeria’s restive Borno state after yesterday’s attack on a multi-agency aid convoy which had been delivering desperately needed relief aid in a remote area of the region, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Posted on 29 July 2016 | 9:05 pm

UNICEF deplores ‘shocking’ attacks in northern Syria towns that leave scores of civilians dead

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has deplored recent shocking attacks in northern Syrian cities of Qamishli and Idlib, which killed more than 60 people including many children; reiterating that all parties to the conflict should respect international humanitarian law and protect children and civilians.

Posted on 29 July 2016 | 8:25 pm

FEATURE: How concerned should you be about Zika?

The announcement that the United States might have discovered its first cases of locally-transmitted Zika virus, and concerns raised by some of the athletes headed to the Olympic Games in Rio, are renewing fears about the disease, which the United Nations’ health agency declared a ‘public health emergency of international concern’ in February 2016.

Posted on 29 July 2016 | 7:40 pm

On World Day, UN urges stronger action to shield millions from human trafficking

The international community must do more to end the inhumane practice of human trafficking and protect migrants and refugees – particularly young people, women and children – from those who attempt to exploit their opportunity for a better future, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging all nations to recognize their responsibility in combating the global scourge.

Posted on 29 July 2016 | 7:32 pm

Breastfeeding within hour of birth provides baby’s ‘first vaccine,’ says UNICEF

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today that some 77 million of the world’s newborns – or 1 in 2 – are not breastfed within the first hour of birth, depriving them of essential nutrients and antibodies and thus exposing them to an increased risk of death.

Posted on 29 July 2016 | 7:07 pm

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‘Shocked’ United Nations slams Australia on child abuse, calls for compensation – The Sydney Morning Herald


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'Shocked' United Nations slams Australia on child abuse, calls for compensation
The Sydney Morning Herald
A "shocked" United Nations has called on Australia to compensate victims of abuse in youth detention and extend the royal commission into juvenile justice nationwide. The global body noted children as young as 10 were "being held in inhumane conditions …
Four Corners: NT youth detention treatment may breach two human rights conventions, UNHCHR saysABC Online
UN human rights body warns Aust on abuseSBS
UN Human Rights High Commission Condemns Australia Youth Prison AbuseNDTV

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Posted on 30 July 2016 | 1:01 am

Security Council approves 228-strong UN police contingent for Burundi – UN News Centre


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Security Council approves 228-strong UN police contingent for Burundi
UN News Centre
29 July 2016 – The Security Council this evening requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to establish a United Nations police officers component in Burundi for an initial period of one year to monitor the security situation and to support the Office of
UN council approves police to Burundi, several states abstainReuters
UN to send police force to Burundi as unrest continuesAljazeera.com
Over 220 UN Police to Monitor Human Rights Situation in BurundiSputnik International
New York Times –Rappler
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Posted on 29 July 2016 | 11:51 pm

South Sudan: Security Council approves two-week extension of UN Mission – UN News Centre


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South Sudan: Security Council approves two-week extension of UN Mission
UN News Centre
29 July 2016 – The Security Council today extended for two weeks the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), allowing time for its membership to consider options on adapting the operation's mandate amid renewed violence in the world's …
In S Sudan, UN Accepts Restrictions, Charges Staff If They Don't ComplyInner City Press
UN extends peacekeeping mission in South SudanSudan Tribune
UN extends South Sudan mission, US reports renewed violenceChannel NewsAsia
New York Times –CRIENGLISH.com
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Posted on 29 July 2016 | 11:22 pm

UN envoy cites urgent need to establish 48 hour pause for humanitarian access to Aleppo – UN News Centre


UN News Centre

UN envoy cites urgent need to establish 48 hour pause for humanitarian access to Aleppo
UN News Centre
29 July 2016 – As the humanitarian crisis reaches distressing levels in Syria, particularly in and around battle-torn Aleppo, the United Nations envoy for the country welcomed today initiatives aimed at assisting the civilian population trapped amid
United Nations seeks control of controversial Russian 'death corridors' out of Syria's AleppoABC Online
Aleppo Siege: UN's De Mistura Warns Time is Running Out for Syrian CityNBCNews.com
UN to Russia: Leave Aleppo corridors "to us"CBS News
Bloomington Pantagraph
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Posted on 29 July 2016 | 10:20 pm

DR Congo: six years on, UN envoy calls for action in Walikale mass rape – UN News Centre


UN News Centre

DR Congo: six years on, UN envoy calls for action in Walikale mass rape
UN News Centre
29 July 2016 – Ahead of the six-year remembrance of a mass rape of more than 300 civilians residents of the Walikale region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by armed groups, the United Nations envoy on sexual violence in conflict has

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Posted on 29 July 2016 | 10:19 pm

Ready for Olympic Games, UN-supported refugee athletes set out for Rio – UN News Centre


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Ready for Olympic Games, UN-supported refugee athletes set out for Rio
UN News Centre
29 July 2016 – Five middle-distance runners from South Sudan, until recently living in Kenya's Kakuma refugee camp, have flown out of the capital city of Nairobi to take part in the first-ever Olympic refugee team for the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro
UN calls for 'Olympic Truce' as Games loomAnadolu Agency
Keep Your Mouth Closed: Aquatic Olympians Face a Toxic Stew in RioNew York Times

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Posted on 29 July 2016 | 9:02 pm

After attack on convoy, UN suspends aid delivery in areas of restive north-eastern Nigeria – UN News Centre


UN News Centre

After attack on convoy, UN suspends aid delivery in areas of restive north-eastern Nigeria
UN News Centre
29 July 2016 – The United Nations has temporarily halted humanitarian assistance missions in north-eastern Nigeria's restive Borno state after yesterday's attack on a multi-agency aid convoy which had been delivering desperately needed relief aid in a …
Boko Haram opponents underfunded, United Nations saysUPI.com
Boko Haram ambushes United Nations officials, soldiers in BornoPremium Times
UN suspends humanitarian assistance in Nigeria's North EastVanguard
Yahoo News –The Nation Newspaper –TheCable
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Posted on 29 July 2016 | 8:22 pm

On World Day, UN urges stronger action to shield millions from human trafficking – UN News Centre


UN News Centre

On World Day, UN urges stronger action to shield millions from human trafficking
UN News Centre
Mr. Ban noted that such issues will be central to the UN Summit on refugees and migrants, to be held in New York on 19 September. The meeting aims, among other goals, to win renewed commitment for intensified efforts to combat human trafficking and …
United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Persons 2016 observedJagran Josh

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Posted on 29 July 2016 | 6:46 pm

Millions worldwide trapped in vicious cycle of violence and hunger – UN – UN News Centre


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Millions worldwide trapped in vicious cycle of violence and hunger – UN
UN News Centre
29 July 2016 – Two United Nations agencies warned the UN Security Council today that ongoing conflicts around the world have pushed more than 56 million people into “crisis” or “emergency” levels of food insecurity and are hindering efforts to
United Nations: More than 56 mln trapped in "vicious" cycle of violence and hungerPulse Nigeria

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Posted on 29 July 2016 | 4:14 pm

On International Tiger Day, UN calls for urgent action against illegal wildlife trade – UN News Centre


On International Tiger Day, UN calls for urgent action against illegal wildlife trade
UN News Centre
29 July 2016 – The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific today marked International Tiger Day with a call for urgent action to protect tigers and combat illegal trade in wildlife. With only a few thousand

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Posted on 29 July 2016 | 1:33 pm