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DR Congo: Agencies appeal for funding for refugee support and Ebola response

Fri, 06/03/2020 - 18:14
Urgent resources are needed to support countries in southern Africa and the Great Lakes region which are hosting more than 900,000 refugees and asylum seekers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, and partners said in a $621 million appeal launched on Friday. 
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Deadlock broken, South Sudan on road to ‘sustainable peace’, but international support still key

Wed, 04/03/2020 - 19:57
Positive developments in South Sudan have “moved the country further along the road to sustainable peace”, the top UN official there told Security Council members on Wednesday.
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DR Congo: With Ebola on the wane, UN agencies prepare to combat coronavirus

Tue, 03/03/2020 - 20:00
After more than a year of battling an Ebola virus outbreak that killed more than 2,200 people, UN officials are “cautiously optimistic” that the epidemic in the northeast Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will soon be history as the country gears up to face the emerging threat of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 
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Declaring commitment to ‘peace and stability’ for Libya, top UN envoy steps down as stress takes its toll

Mon, 02/03/2020 - 22:04
After serving more than two years as the UN’s Special Representative in charge of finding a way to a lasting peace in war-torn Libya, Ghassan Salamé - who also heads up the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) - handed in his resignation on Monday, citing failing health caused by the immense stress of the job.  
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Somalia: Further consensus-building needed ahead of ‘historic’ election

Thu, 27/02/2020 - 20:42
Lack of political consensus on national priorities could threaten further progress in Somalia which is preparing to hold its first “one-person, one-vote” election in 50 years, UN Special Representative James Swan told the Security Council on Monday. 
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UN-brokered Libya talks show ‘seriousness’, reach draft ceasefire deal

Thu, 27/02/2020 - 17:06
The second round of the United Nations-facilitated talks to end fighting in Libya concluded on Sunday in Geneva with “seriousness of purpose and goodwill” in Geneva on Sunday, the UN said today.  
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‘Africa has both the energy and the determination’ to make sustainable development happen, says UN deputy chief

Wed, 26/02/2020 - 23:12
The United Nations and the African Union (AU) should do more to ensure all Africans see their futures in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)and the goals of Africa’s Agenda 2063, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said on Tuesday in Zimbabwe.
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‘It’s your future to define’, says UN deputy chief, urging young African leaders to push for Global Goals

Wed, 26/02/2020 - 00:51
Meeting in Zimbabwe with young leaders from across the African continent,UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed on Monday encouraged the lively gathering to “use your youth power, for it’s your future to define”, telling them to use technology effectively to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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More funding needed to combat locust swarms ‘unprecedented in modern times’

Tue, 25/02/2020 - 22:28
Along with climate shocks, conflict and acute food insecurity, the East Africa region now faces a hunger threat from desert locusts, top UN relief officials warned on Tuesday, saying action now, will avert a major food crisis later.  
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UN deputy chief see first-hand toll of climate change on Zimbabwe’s natural habitat

Sun, 23/02/2020 - 19:30
Alongside the human population, Africa’s animals are suffering greatly from the effects of climate change, which United Nations Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed saw first-hand on Sunday in Zimbabwe.
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UN chief welcomes South Sudan’s Unity government, lauds parties for ‘significant achievement’

Sun, 23/02/2020 - 02:18
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed on Saturday the establishment of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) in South Sudan. 
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Cameroon: UN officials raise alarm over escalating violence, call for civilian protection

Fri, 21/02/2020 - 21:49
Four senior UN officials issued a joint statement on Friday deploring the continued human rights abuses committed against civilians, including women and children, in the south-west and north-west regions of Cameroon.
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Central African Republic: Security Council reflects on peace deal anniversary

Thu, 20/02/2020 - 20:40
One year after the signing of a peace deal in the Central African Republic (CAR), State authority is being extended throughout the country, violence against civilians has decreased, and an inclusive Government remains in place, the UN Security Council heard on Thursday. 
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‘Deliberate starvation’ tactics used in South Sudan could be a war crime

Thu, 20/02/2020 - 17:30
The people of South Sudan have been “deliberately starved” in different parts of the country for ethnic and political reasons, and sexual violence against women and men as a weapon of war is ongoing, UN investigators said on Thursday. 
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Millions of children and families in Niger struggle as humanitarian needs mount – UNICEF

Wed, 19/02/2020 - 21:05
Malnutrition, disease, floods, droughts and displacement in Niger have put nearly three million people, more than half of them children, in need of humanitarian assistance, UNICEF said on Wednesday, calling for increased attention to their plight.
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As Libya talks resume in Geneva, UN negotiator seeks to overcome sticking points

Tue, 18/02/2020 - 22:53
Talks to end fighting in Libya have resumed in Geneva, where UN negotiator Ghassan Salamé said that ongoing clashes must end for there to be a chance for progress. 
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Guterres ‘deeply concerned’ over deadly assault in north-west Cameroon

Tue, 18/02/2020 - 19:13
The United Nations Secretary-General has extended his deepest condolences to the families of those killed in an attack on a village in north-west Cameroon.
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Newly licensed vaccine, ‘milestone in the fight’ against Ebola in Africa, UN health agency

Fri, 14/02/2020 - 22:30
Four countries in Africa have licensed an Ebola vaccine to “cement hard-fought progress” in keeping their people safe from the deadly disease, the UN health agency said on Friday.
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Guinea-Bissau: Swearing-in of new President unlikely to bring stability, says UN representative

Fri, 14/02/2020 - 20:02
Political discord in Guinea-Bissau could hamper the first-ever peaceful transfer of power to a democratically elected leader, the top UN official in the West African country told the Security Council on Friday. 
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Year-old peace agreement must be implemented for ‘lasting peace’ in Central African Republic

Thu, 13/02/2020 - 22:04
Following a visit to the Central African Republic, a UN independent expert said that everyone must take all measures necessary to effectively implement the peace agreement that was signed in Bangui a year ago.
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