From the Field

Progress made in combating armed groups in DRC

Progress has been made in combating armed groups in the volatile eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to the head of the UN mission in the country (

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Papua New Guinea entrepreneurs challenged to develop new business ideas

Entrepreneurs in Papua New Guinea are being challenged to develop innovative business ideas that contribute to the South-East Asian country’s development.

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Release sought for UN helicopter crew in Sudan

Efforts are under way to secure the release of six crew members of a UN food agency’s helicopter who disappeared in Sudan.

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UN cultural agency rolls out literacy programs in South Sudan

Literacy programs are being rolled out in South Sudan to help teach as many people to read and write as possible, according to an education specialist with the UN cultural agency.

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Papua New Guinea faces up to “resource curse”

Papua New Guinea is facing up to the challenge of a so-called “resource curse” as it focuses on boosting the well-being of its citizens according to the United Nations’ senior representative in the country.

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Upsurge in tribal clashes "great challenge" for Darfur peacekeepers

An upsurge in inter-tribal clashes has been a great challenge for peacekeepers in Darfur since January this year, according to its new deputy-envoy.

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Town of Amirli in northern Iraq remains under siege: OCHA official

The town of Amirli has been under siege by armed groups affiliated with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) for some weeks, according to a senior humanitarian official in the country.

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Growing numbers of CAR refugee children severely malnourished

UNICEF says that it is concerned by a growing number of refugee children with severe acute malnutrition from the Central African Republic (CAR) in neighbouring countries, such as Cameroun.

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Reconciliation process progressing ahead of elections in Côte d'Ivoire

The reconciliation process in Côte d'Ivoire is progressing ahead of presidential elections which are due to be held next year, according to the top UN envoy in the country.

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African Union-UN mission in Darfur to revise its strategic focus

The joint African Union-United Nations mission in Darfur (UNAMID) is revising its strategic focus, according to its head and Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the region.

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