Impact of Afghanistan’s fourth consecutive year of war on civilians 'far too high' – UN report

Peace and Security
A family struggles through a dusty environment in Afghanistan. Photo
UNAMA / Fraidoon Poya

More than 10,000 civilians have lost their lives or suffered injuries during 2017, according to the latest report by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) documenting the impact of the armed conflict on civilians in Afghanistan.

Fresh threats loom over 720,000 Rohingya children ‘cast adrift, trapped in limbo’ – UNICEF

OCHA/Jacob Zocherman

Rights violations in South Sudan may amount to crimes against humanity and war crimes, concludes UN panel

United Nations panel on human rights violations in South Sudan documents unspeakable cruelty against civilians, not just limited to widescale brutal massacres and sexual violence but extending to individuals trying to defend themselves or their families and had their eyes gouged out, their throats slit or were castrated.

Naomi Frerotte

‘We can achieve peace, stability, prosperity in the Sahel,’ UN chief tells Brussels conference

The United Nations and its partners met in Brussels, Belgium, on Friday to strengthen support for a group of five nations in Africa’s troubled Sahel region which are facing pressing challenges including extreme poverty, food and nutrition crises and violent extremism. 

UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Ethiopia: UN welcomes steps towards governance reforms and increased political participation

The United Nations on Friday took note of the recent decision by the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn, to resign, to ‘allow further political reforms to take place in the country aimed at widening democratic space,’ and welcomed the Government’s expressed intention to follow through with governance reforms.

UNHCR/Helen Caux

UN migration agency reports rise in displacement in northern Mali

A resurgence of communal violence and armed conflict in recent weeks has led to an increase in the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northern Mali, the United Nations International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported on Friday.

UN Photo/Mark Garten (file)

UN chief inks pact to better coordinate counter-terrorism support to Governments

Secretary-General António Guterres has signed a United Nations systemwide agreement to improve the coordination and coherence of the Organization’s activities to help Member States implement the UN’s counter-terrorism strategy.

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