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UN envoy deplores attacks against national security forces in Côte d’Ivoire

The United Nations envoy in Côte d’Ivoire has condemned the armed attacks carried out by unidentified individuals against national security forces in and around the commercial capital, Abidjan, this morning.

Documented cases of human rights abuse emerge against M23 armed group in DR Congo

Newly documented human rights violations in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) include cases of arbitrary executions and rape – among other atrocities – by the 23 March Movement (M23) armed group, the United Nations human rights agency said today.

Ban and Security Council condemn fatal shooting down of UN helicopter in South Sudan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the shooting down today of a United Nations helicopter in South Sudan – killing all four crew members onboard – by the country’s armed forces and called for those responsible to be held to account, his spokesperson said today.

World governments agree to boost global status of UN environmental agency

World governments today “upgraded” the global status of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) by opening its governing body to all 193 UN Member States.

Ban welcomes UN General Assembly resolutions eliminating female genital mutilation

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed today the passing of an “historic” United Nations resolution calling on countries to eliminate female genital mutilation, adding that the move was an important step towards a world free from violence against women.

On International Human Solidarity Day, Ban says unity key to reaching goals

Marking International Human Solidarity Day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the benefits of inclusive cooperation, saying that strides made in reducing poverty and advancing democratic freedoms in recent years were proving that point.

In latest update, UN independent panel finds more breaches of human rights law by parties to Syrian conflict

A United Nations independent panel investigating human rights violations in Syria has released a new update on the situation in the Middle Eastern nation, noting that violations continue unabated and reiterating the need for a political solution to the conflict there.

Despite progress of UN peacebuilding agenda, challenges remain, Security Council told

The United Nations has made progress in its efforts to assist countries during the critical period after a conflict has ended, but challenges remain, as witnessed by the number of countries that have relapses in recent years, the Security Council was told today.

On Myanmar visit, UN envoy meets civilians uprooted by Rakhine violence

A United Nations envoy, Vijay Nambiar, has wrapped up a visit to Myanmar during which he was able to meet with people displaced by the inter-communal violence this year in Rakhine state, as well as discuss with the Government how to address the problems facing the communities there.

UN refugee agency cautions against stigmatizing refugees in wake of violence in Kenya

The United Nations refugee agency spoke out today against public statements in Kenya linking the presence of refugees in that country to recent violence – which the agency equally condemned.