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UN-backed court for Sierra Leone appoints Kenyan jurist as appeals judge

The United Nations-backed court set up to try suspects indicted for war crimes in Sierra Leone today announced the appointment of Philip Waki of Kenya to serve as an alternate judge in its appeals chamber, in anticipation of any appeal that may follow the trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor.

Côte d'Ivoire: UN envoy deplores violent post-election incidents

The top United Nations official in Côte d'Ivoire today strongly condemned two separate attacks against electoral authorities which occurred in the west of the country following this weekend’s legislative by-elections.

UN jobs forum hears call to unlock potential of young people

Governments, corporations and policy-makers must do more to realize the potential of young people worldwide, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said today, calling for action to overcome the structures and problems that are keeping youth unemployment rates high around the worldwide.

Côte d'Ivoire: UN envoy voices satisfaction with conduct of by-elections

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d'Ivoire today voiced his satisfaction with the conduct of the legislative by-elections in the country, saying the polls were carried out in an atmosphere of calm.

Ban inspired by Zambian youth's commitment to democracy and education

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today concluded his first visit to Zambia saying he left the country convinced that it has a bright future, especially because of the commitment of the younger generation to democratic principles, human rights and education.

Top UN envoy in Iraq calls for durable solutions for the internally displaced

The top United Nations envoy in Iraq today stressed the need to ensure that internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country continue to receive the care and protection they need, while efforts are made to help them return to their areas of origin, resettle or integrate into host communities.

Afghanistan: UN mission deplores attack on its compound in Kunduz

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today deplored the attack on its compound in the north-eastern city of Kunduz, adding that no UN staff members were hurt and that all of them have been accounted for.

Sudan: Two UN-African Union peacekeepers wounded in attack in Darfur

Two peacekeepers serving in the joint African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)were wounded when unidentified gunmen opened fire on a bus in which they were travelling near the town of El Dein in the western Sudanese region, the mission reported today.

Ban praises democracy and development efforts in Zambia

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised Zambia for entrenching democracy and making efforts to achieve the globally-agreed social and economic development targets aimed at halving the number of people living in extreme poverty worldwide by 2015.

General Assembly President calls for early conflict mediation to avoid violence

The President of the General Assembly Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser today stressed the importance of mediation in the early stages of conflicts, saying that seeking peaceful settlement of disputes before they become violent can save lives and ensure stability.