From the Field

Steep learning curve for UN police officers

A steep learning curve faces United Nations police officers when they are stationed in a mission where the UN is providing support.

That’s the view of Maria Appelblom, chief of the organization’s Standing Police Capacity which is based in Italy.

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“Inclusive” aspect of “living together” stressed at UN conference

The importance of diverse communities living together in harmony is expected to be underlined at a UN conference getting underway in Azerbaijan on Monday.

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Countries urged more action on task force against Boko Haram

A senior UN representative is calling for more “active interaction” among countries fighting the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram.

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Implementation of peace deal “light at the end of the tunnel” for South Sudan

The “light at the end of the tunnel” for South Sudan is the implementation of the peace agreement reached this past summer.

That’s according to the head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Ellen Margrethe Løj.

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An end to the “misery” is in sight, Somalis tell UN

After 25 years of conflict and misery, the Somali people see an end in sight.

That’s according to John Ging, head of operations at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

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“Positive trajectory” for humanitarian situation in Pakistan

The humanitarian situation in Pakistan has a “positive trajectory” despite an ongoing crisis, according to a senior UN official who has just visited the country.

Five million Pakistanis have been displaced by conflict in recent years, but many are now returning home.

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“No substitute” for seeing humanitarian needs first-hand

There is no substitute for seeing the humanitarian needs of people first-hand according to the top UN relief official.

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Political process in CAR "moving forward"

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The political process in the Central African Republic (CAR) is moving forward despite ongoing tensions between rival communities, according to the UN’s top envoy in the country.

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Elections “complicate” political crisis in Burundi

Presidential elections in Burundi have complicated the political crisis in the Great Lakes country, according to a senior United Nations official in the region.
Burundi has been in political turmoil ever since the incumbent President decided to run for a third term.
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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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