News in Brief 23 February 2017 (PM)

UN launches global campaign to rid oceans of plastic

A global campaign has been launched by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to rid the world’s oceans and seas of plastic.

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Guinea: Ban welcomes multi-party dialogue to overcome electoral challenges

The spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that the UN chief is “encouraged” by the progress made in the multi-party political dialogue underway in the Guinean capital, Conakry.

UN rights office calls on Guinea to protect civilians following violent clashes

The United Nations human rights office today expressed its concern over the unrest that has been taking place in Guinea over the past week, which resulted in numerous deaths and injuries, and called on authorities to protect civilians and ensure all parties refrain from using violence to resolve disputes.

Guinea: Ban calls on authorities to avoid excessive force after deadly protests

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on authorities in Guinea to ensure that security forces avoid an excessive use of force and stressed the importance of allowing peaceful protests after demonstrations this week in Conakry, the capital, resulted in loss of life.

New UN human rights office to open in Guinea to help prevent abuses

The United Nations is setting up a human rights office in Guinea to help the Government prevent abuses such as last year’s violent suppression by the then military junta of mass protests in which 156 people were killed, women raped, political opponents arrested and their homes looted.

Actress Mia Farrow bears UN message of hope and help for Guinea’s afflicted children

The acclaimed actress Mia Farrow leaves for Guinea tomorrow in her real-life role as United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador to boost funding for maternal and child health in a country where youngsters are among those most seriously hurt by recent political and economic turmoil.

Guinea’s transitional authorities assure UN that June vote will be on schedule

Guinea’s interim President Sékouba Konaté has reassured the United Nations and its African partners that presidential elections will be held as scheduled on 27 June following recent reports of tension among the West African country’s transitional authorities over the electoral process.

Continued support crucial as Guinea prepares for democratic polls – UN official

Guinea requires continued support from the United Nations and its partners now that the West African country is preparing to transition from military rule to a civilian Government once elections scheduled for 27 June are held, a senior UN official in the country said today.

UN-backed group backs efforts to reach compromise to political crisis in Guinea

A United Nations-backed group has voiced support for the efforts shown by all sides in Guinea to reach a compromise to the political crisis that has engulfed the poor West African nation since Government forces opened fire on unarmed protesters at a rally last year and killed at least 150 people.

Ban sends report on deadly Guinean crackdown to Security Council

The Government of Guinea must "break definitively with the violence" that marked its crackdown on unarmed protesters in late September, when at least 150 civilians were killed, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.