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Security Council renews Central African Republic arms embargo

Fri, 31/01/2020 - 21:26
The UN Security Council on Friday renewed the arms embargo against the Central African Republic (CAR) and extended the mandate of the expert panel assisting its sanctions committee for the country. 
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How mobile money is rebuilding lives in Sudan

Fri, 31/01/2020 - 06:20
When Mohammed Ahmed left Sudan in search of better life, he couldn’t have imagined that he would find financial security back home. But, some four years later, he now runs a thriving business, thanks to an innovative scheme involving the UN migration agency (IOM), based on the use of mobile money.
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Coding in Namibia: UN supports young women’s computing career dreams

Thu, 30/01/2020 - 21:44
Six young women from Namibia are on the path to a career in the field of information and communications technology (ICT), with the support of the UN office in the country. 
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Find unity ‘to halt Libya’s senseless unraveling’, UN envoy urges Security Council

Thu, 30/01/2020 - 18:56
The top UN official in Libya on Thursday expressed his “deep anger and disappointment” over intensifying conflict in Libya despite a high-level summit held in the German capital of Berlin earlier this month, that set out measures to de-escalate fighting and put the divided country back on a path towards peace.
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West Darfur tensions could see 30,000 flee across Sudanese border to Chad: UN refugee agency

Tue, 28/01/2020 - 21:30
The number of people fleeing to Chad to escape ongoing tensions in Sudan’s West Darfur state, could reach 30,000 in the coming weeks, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Tuesday. 
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FROM THE FIELD: Sourcing clean water in Ghana

Tue, 28/01/2020 - 15:25
Communities in northern Ghana are benefiting from the rehabilitation of water sources which is expected to boost livelihoods and build resilience against climate change, thanks to a project supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). 
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Nearly 5 million children in need due to rising violence in central Sahel: UNICEF

Tue, 28/01/2020 - 01:35
A surge in violence in the central Sahel region in Africa means nearly five million children will need humanitarian assistance this year, up from 4.3 million, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Tuesday. 
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Libya: UN report urges accountability for deadly attack against migrant centre

Mon, 27/01/2020 - 17:39
Warring parties in Libya, as well as foreign governments supporting them, are being urged to investigate deadly airstrikes last July which killed at least 53 migrants and refugees at a detention centre in the northwest of the country. 
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FROM THE FIELD: Niger supporting the most vulnerable, as crises mount  

Fri, 24/01/2020 - 07:35
The number of people requiring humanitarian assistance in Niger, a country which the UN humanitarian agency, OCHA, says is “being assaulted on all fronts”, is expected to increase in 2020. 
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Joint UN-Congolese strategy needed to address insecurity following deadly attacks

Tue, 21/01/2020 - 23:13
Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the UN peacekeeping operation in the country, MONUSCO, are being urged to develop a comprehensive joint strategy to address insecurity in Beni territory, located in the east. 
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Major humanitarian hub in northeast Nigeria burned in attack

Mon, 20/01/2020 - 21:01
The top UN aid official in Nigeria has condemned a weekend attack against a major humanitarian facility in the north-east of the country. 
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East Africa locusts threaten food security across subregion, alerts UN agriculture agency

Mon, 20/01/2020 - 20:54
Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are dealing with desert locust swarms of “unprecedented size and destructive potential” that could spill over into more countries in East Africa, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Monday.
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Libya: ‘Dire and untenable’ situation for tens of thousands of children in unrelenting conflict

Fri, 17/01/2020 - 17:18
The world should not accept the “dire and untenable” situation facing children in wartorn Libya the head of the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said on Friday.
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UN peacekeepers protecting hundreds displaced by Central African Republic fighting

Wed, 15/01/2020 - 22:45
Fresh clashes in the Central African Republic’s southeast have driven some 400 people to seek shelter at a UN base there, the United Nations Spokesperson said on Wednesday.
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Implementing peace deal only path for stabilization in Mali: UN peacekeeping chief

Wed, 15/01/2020 - 19:52
Implementation of the 2015 peace agreement in Mali provides the only pathway for stabilization there, the head of UN peacekeeping told the Security Council on Wednesday. 
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Sudan: Lives of traumatized, displaced women in West Darfur under threat

Wed, 15/01/2020 - 19:11
Ongoing instability in Sudan’s West Darfur region has left the lives, health and safety of thousands of women hanging in the balance, according to the  United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA. 
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FROM THE FIELD: West Africa’s wishful gold prospectors

Sat, 11/01/2020 - 06:15
The mining of gold in unregulated and often hand-dug pits in West Africa, can be a deadly occupation, but one which many impoverished people in the region are pushed into by necessity, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).   
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Killings and violence targeting ethnic group in DR Congo ‘may amount to crimes against humanity’

Fri, 10/01/2020 - 17:34
The targeting of the Hema community in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with violence, including killings and rape, may amount to crimes against humanity, said the UN on Friday. 
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‘Unprecedented terrorist violence’ in West Africa, Sahel region

Wed, 08/01/2020 - 19:22
The top UN official in West Africa and the Sahel updated the Security Council on Wednesday, describing an “unprecedented" rise in terrorist violence across the region.
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More international support needed to curb deadly measles outbreak in DR Congo

Tue, 07/01/2020 - 22:34
Countries are being asked to step up assistance to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) which is facing the world’s worst measles epidemic, with more than 6,000 deaths since the start of last year. 
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