News in Brief 19 January 2021

  • UN health agency underlines dangers of ‘vaccinationalism’ over COVID-19 
  • Mass protest calls in Haiti, raise spectre of fresh rights violations 
  • UN mourns peacekeepers killed in continuing Central African Republic violence 
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FROM THE FIELD: Guinean peacekeepers walk a fine line in Mali

A team of Guinean peacekeepers deployed to the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, (MINUSMA) is playing a key role in removing explosives from areas in which the mission is operating.

Greater gender balance needed in peacekeeping, says UN chief

Deploying more women to peacekeeping operations will help boost the protection of civilians and reduce the chances of sexual exploitation and abuse, the UN chief urged on Friday.

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Reports of sexual abuse by peacekeepers 'shocked' UN in CAR

The allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers in the Central African Republic or CAR came as a “huge shock” to the UN Mission there also known by the acronym, MINUSCA.

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UN peacekeepers boost confidence in South Sudan refugee settlements

Peacekeepers from the UN Mission in South Sudan, UNMISS, are helping to provide a much needed sense of security to displaced people in a small town in the north of the country.

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Côte d'Ivoire forces “fully ready to take over” from UN peacekeepers

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Praise for peacekeepers' support in recent South Sudan crisis

Peacekeepers at the UN mission in South Sudan, UNMISS, are being praised by the top UN official in the country for their speedy response in support of a recent humanitarian emergency in the north.

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Participating in UN peacekeeping a “positive thing” for China

Contributing to UN peacekeeping efforts has been a “positive thing” for military and police officers from China, according to a senior official with the country’s army.

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“Cowardly” attack against UN peacekeepers in CAR condemned

The “cowardly” attack against UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) has been strongly condemned by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in the country, Parfait Onyanga-Anyanga.

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UN Gender Focus: Indigenous women and girls, fighting gender-based violence and Syrian refugees in Portugal

“Triple discrimination” holds back Indigenous women and girls: FAO

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