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Kenya urged to reconsider measure ordering all refugees back to camps – UN agency

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28 March 2014 – The United Nations refugee agency today denounced as “scapegoating” the Kenyan Government’s decision earlier this week to order some 50,000 refugees, believed to be mostly Somalis, to report to two camps after a recent upsurge in violence in the region.

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Ban, UN envoy condemn attack near Mogadishu airport

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13 February 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) strongly condemned an attack near the airport in Mogadishu that resulted in a number of deaths and injuries, as well as damage to a UN vehicle.

A vehicle exploded close to a UN convoy near the airport at about 12:30 local time, according to a statement issued by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Nicholas Kay.

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L'ONU est un partenaire indéfectible de l'Afrique, rappelle Eliasson

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30 janvier 2014 – Lors d'une session de l'Assemblée de l'Union Africaine jeudi à Addis Abeba, le Vice-Secrétaire général des Nations Unies, Jan Eliasson, a réitéré le soutien indéfectible des Nations Unies à l'Afrique a souhaité un approfondissement du partenariat avec l'organisation panafricaine.

« Alors que le reste du monde s'efforce de sortir de la crise économique, nous nous rencontrons à un moment de progrès et de croissance économique impressionnante en Afrique », a dit M. Eliasson.

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Security Council, Ban deplore Mogadishu bombings, reaffirm resolve to help end Al-Shabaab threat

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2 January 2014 – Appalled by the deadly bomb attacks carried out in Mogadishu Wednesday, for which Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility, the United Nations Security Council and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined their strong resolve to back global efforts aimed at ending the threat posed by the group and to support all measures to restore peace in long-troubled Somalia.

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Ban appoints Swiss national to senior humanitarian, development position in Somalia

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30 December 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Philippe Lazzarini as his Deputy Special Representative, as well as Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, in Somalia.

Mr. Lazzarini, a citizen of Switzerland, will serve as Deputy to Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Nicholas Kay, who heads the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).

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ONU pide 12.900 millones de dólares para operaciones humanitarias en 2014

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16 de diciembre, 2013 — La ONU solicitó hoy a la comunidad internacional de donantes 12.900 millones de dólares para brindar asistencia humanitaria el año próximo a 52 millones de personas en 21 países.

Cerca de la mitad de los fondos requeridos –6.500 millones– se asignarán a ayudar a la población desplazada dentro de Siria y a los sirios que se han refugiado en los países vecinos.

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On World Polio Day, UN urges redoubled efforts to eradicate disease ‘once and for all’

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WHO warns that children continue to be at risk, particularly in the Horn of Africa where a tapering outbreak has been confirmed, and amid reports of suspected cases in Syria.

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UN rights office calls on EU to strengthen efforts to prevent repeat of Lampedusa incident

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4 October 2013 – The European Union (EU) should increase measures to prevent a repeat of yesterday’s incident in which a boat capsized off the Italian island of Lampedusa killing dozens of African migrants, the United Nations human rights office said today.

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UN envoy urges increased efforts to defeat militant groups in Somalia

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24 September 2013 – The top United Nations official in Somalia today urged the international community to redouble its efforts to help defeat militant groups in the country, including Al-Shabaab, which reportedly claimed responsibility for last weekend’s terrorist attack in neighbouring Kenya.

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UN chief reaffirms support to Somali ‘New Deal’ approved at international conference

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16 September 2013 – The international community and Somalia begin a new partnership today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said urging parties to align their political and financial support begin a ‘New Deal’ to drive the country’s economic and political recovery.

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UN Envoy: with Somalia on verge of 'great things,' more international assistance needed to secure gains

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12 September 2013 – While praising the people and Government of Somalia, along with their international partners, for being “on the brink of achieving truly great things,” the top United Nations Envoy in the country warned the Security Council that overall success is not guaranteed and that “in no sense at all is the Somalia 'crisis' over.

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Collective efforts essential for progress as Somalia faces critical moment – UN envoy

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26 August 2013 – The top United Nations envoy in Somalia today stressed that collective and coordinated efforts from the Government as well as regional and international organizations are needed to achieve progress in the east African country.

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UNESCO chief deplores murder of Somali radio journalist

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22 August 2013 – The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today denounced the murder of Ahmed Sharif, a Somali journalist killed in Mogadishu.

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UN chief, Security Council strongly condemn attack on Turkish staff building in Somalia

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29 July 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the members of the Security Council have strongly condemned the suicide attack on an office housing Turkish embassy staff in Mogadishu, which resulted in one death and left several other people wounded.

“The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms the 27 July 2013 terrorist attack on the office housing Turkish personnel in Mogadishu,” according to a statement by Mr. Ban's spokesperson in New York.

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UN envoy calls for immediate halt to fighting in Somali port city of Kismayo

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29 June 2013 – The top United Nations envoy in Somalia on Saturday called for an immediate halt to armed clashes that have flared up again in the southern port city of Kismayo among groups claiming leadership over the “Jubaland” regional administration.

Reports suggest serious clashes over the last days have led to a number of casualties, including civilian deaths, according to a statement issued by the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).

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Journée mondiale des réfugiés : une personne doit fuir toutes les quatre secondes, rappelle Ban

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20 juin 2013 – À l'occasion de la Journée mondiale des réfugiés, observée le 20 juin, le Secrétaire général a déploré jeudi l'augmentation constante des déplacements forcés. « Il y a aujourd'hui dans le monde plus de 45 millions de réfugiés ou de déplacés, un chiffre inégalé depuis près de 20 ans », explique-t-il dans un message, ajoutant que l'année dernière une personne a été forcée d'abandonner son foyer toutes les quatre secondes.

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UN officials voice outrage at deadly attack on world body’s compound in Somali capital

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A pickup truck rigged with explosives was detonated outside the gate of the UN compound, and attackers then entered on foot. Gunfire and further explosions followed, as staff took refuge in secure areas.

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UN envoy “horrified” by attack on world body’s compound in Mogadishu

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At about 11:30 this morning, a pickup truck rigged with explosives was detonated outside the gate of the UN compound, and attackers then entered on foot. Gunfire and further explosions followed.

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New UN envoy hails Somaliland as ‘island of relative peace and stability’ in insecure region

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13 June 2013 – The new United Nations envoy for Somalia arrived today in Somaliland, which he said has remained “an island of relative peace and stability” and could provide lessons for peace consolidation throughout the wider region.

“We are…here to learn and to support initiatives that will lead to sustainable peace, stability and prosperity in Somalia and beyond,” said Nicholas Kay, head of the new UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) as he arrived in Hargeisa, Somaliland this morning.

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Security Council, senior UN official urge support, patience as Somalia turns new page

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6 June 2013 – While welcoming recent progress in Somalia, the Security Council today recognized that gains in security and other sectors ‘remain fragile’ and urged the international community to support the efforts of the Somali Government to tackle outstanding issues vital for the county’s long-term stability.