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Slow progress, stubborn cycles of violence, as South Sudan turns 10

South Sudan, the UN’s youngest Member State, is marking its tenth anniversary of independence amid languishing political progress and a range of humanitarian challenges, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative told Security Council members on Monday.

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Secretary-General Kofi Annan (left) consults his media team, including  Edward Mortimer (2nd left) about a speech on Iraq in March 2003.
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Secretary-General Kofi Annan (left) consults his media team, including Edward Mortimer (2nd left) about a speech on Iraq in March 2003.

‘His words set a standard and will long endure’: UN mourns passing of Edward Mortimer

UN AffairsFriends and former colleagues have been mourning the passing over the weekend of Edward Mortimer, the Chief Speechwriter for former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan. 

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Female Slovakian peacekeepers being awarded for their contributions during a medal parade ceremony to the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).
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Slovakia continues tradition of service and sacrifice with UN peace operation in Cyprus

Slovakia continues to play a role in UN Peacekeeping since the early 1990s, with personnel serving in more than a dozen UN operations. In 2021, Slovakia will mark 20 years of deploying peacekeepers to the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus, known as UNFICYP

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Refugees disproportionately exposed to COVID impact: Guterres

Migrants and Refugees Everyone has a duty to help refugees rebuild their lives after a particularly difficult year for so many – that’s the message from UN Secretary-General António Guterres, to mark World Refugee Day on 20 June.

Christine Schraner Burgener, Special Envoy for Myanmar (file photo).
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Myanmar: Timely support and action by Security Council ‘really paramount’, says UN Special Envoy

Peace and Security The UN Special Envoy for Myanmar said on Friday she has called for timely action from the Security Council in response to the ongoing crisis in the Southeast Asian country stemming from the military coup in February.