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25 Mar 2017 description
report United Nations

The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, is deeply concerned by the recent escalation of fighting in Damascus, Hama and elsewhere in Syria.

He notes that the growing violations in recent days are undermining the ceasefire regime addressed through the Astana meetings, with significant negative consequences for the safety of Syrian civilians, humanitarian access and the momentum of the political process.

25 Mar 2017 description

Des casques bleus de la MINUSCA ont essuyé des tirs des anti-balakas vendredi dans la localité de Gobolo, à Bria (préfecture de la Haute-Kotto, est de la RCA) alors qu’ils intervenaient pour protéger la population des violences perpétrées par ces éléments armés. La MINUSCA a immédiatement riposté à cette attaque dont le bilan est d’un mort, deux blessés et neuf détenus parmi les assaillants. Un civil a également été blessé.

25 Mar 2017 description
report UN News Service

24 mars 2017 – Les opérations de maintien de la paix des Nations Unies sont de plus en plus souples tout en ayant réduit de 16% leur coût par Casque bleu au cours des dernières années, a déclaré vendredi le Secrétaire général adjoint des Nations Unies chargé du maintien de la paix, Hervé Ladsous, qui s'apprête à quitter ses fonctions.

25 Mar 2017 description
report African Union

Addis-Abéba, le 25 Mars 2017: Le Président en exercice de l’Union africaine (UA), S.E.M. Alpha Condé, Président de la République de Guinée , et le Président de la Commission de l'UA, Moussa Faki Mahamat continuent de suivre avec une attention renouvelée l’évolution de la situation en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) suite à l'impasse lie à la mise en application de l'accord du 31 Décembre 2016. A cet égard, ils maintiennent un contact constant avec les principaux acteurs Congolais et l’ensemble des parties concernées.

25 Mar 2017 description
report United Nations

Good evening everyone and thank you for being here. As you know yesterday the delegations and invitees all arrived and that Deputy Ramzy met them informally in their own hotels. I know the importance we attach to this round in particular which is the fifth round as you know of Geneva talks. I have been particularly attentive trying to engage and asking for advice and support from all the regional players or interlocutors or stakeholders. That’s why I took one more day because you know we are human beings so you can’t fly everywhere at the same time.

25 Mar 2017 description

Mr. President,

Members of the Security Council,

Today I devote my regular briefing to the Council on the Situation in the Middle East to reporting, on behalf of the Secretary-General, on the implementation of resolution 2334.

In this first report, I will focus on developments on the ground in accordance with the provisions of the resolution, including on regional and international efforts to advocate and advance the peace process.

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Baqouba, Iraq, 25 March 2017 – The United Nations took its “Iraq: Youth and Coexistence” Forum to Diyala Governorate, hoping to enrich the discussions aimed at gauging the opinions of the young generation on reconciliation with experiences from an area that symbolizes diversity but one which has paid a heavy price from conflict and violence.

25 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Aucun cas de Polio n’a été enregistré au Tchad depuis près de cinq ans. Toutefois, les risques de réintroduction et de propagation de la maladie persistent.

N’Djamena, 25 Mars 2017 – Du 25 au 28 mars 2017, le Ministère de la Santé Publique, en étroite collaboration avec l'UNICEF et l'OMS, lance une campagne de vaccination contre la Poliomyélite ciblant 4,2 millions d’enfants entre 0 et 5 ans dans l’objectif de son éradication totale au Tchad.

25 Mar 2017 description

Caracas, 24 Mar. AVN.- The Venezuelan government sent on Friday humanitarian aid to Peru, a country that is affected by heavy rains, said President Nicolas Maduro.

"The solidarity of brothers in South America is very important and Peru needs our solidarity, our love, our company and our affection". "It is very important to practice continuous solidarity in times of tragedy," he said.

Furthermore, Maduro thanked the support of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces and Venezuelan special rescue groups.

25 Mar 2017 description
report UN Democracy Fund

An UNDEF-funded project has just begun in war-torn Yemen to assist peacebuilding and promote democracy by empowering youth to participate more in civic life.

This project addresses challenges posed by ethnic and religious tensions. Implemented by the Khadija Foundation for Development, the project aims to build youth capacity by involving them in advocacy campaigns and raise civic awareness by creating youth networks. The goal is to engage youth on how to build peace beyond the life of the project.

25 Mar 2017 description
report Sudan Tribune

March 24, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudanese government said on Friday it has no plans to prevent humanitarian access to civilians in the conflict-affected areas where assistances are required, stressing it provides unhindered access.

25 Mar 2017 description
report IRIN

Samuel Oakford, Freelance journalist based in New York, and regular IRIN contributor

A look at the options, mission by mission

25 Mar 2017 description
report Kenya Daily Nation


It is 10 years since they were displaced from their homes. They are still clinging to hope that the government will compensate them as promised.

The memories of 2007-2008 post-election violence brings them to tears.

Theirs is a long wait for the Sh200,000 compensation promised by the government that they hoped would wipe away their tears and give them consolation that someone cared after all.

This is the fate of over 14,000 displaced people in Kisii who used to live in different parts of Rift Valley when the violence broke out.

25 Mar 2017 description

As of 19 March 2017 (epidemiological week 11), a total of 1407 suspected cases of meningitis and 211 deaths (case fatality rate: 15%) have been reported from 40 local government areas (LGAs) in five states of Nigeria since December 2016. Zamfara, Katsina and Sokoto account for 89% of these cases. Twenty-six LGAs from all five states reported 361 cases in epidemiological week 11 alone. Twenty-two wards in 15 LGAs have crossed the epidemic threshold. Three of these LGAs share borders with Niger. NmC is the predominant serotype in this outbreak.

25 Mar 2017 description

24.03-2017, Nairobi, Kenya – Ministers responsible for interior, security and refugee affairs of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) today reviewed the regional draft declaration seeking durable solutions for Somali refugees at Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Nairobi, Kenya.

Also in attendance were representatives from Yemen, the African Union Commission, UN agencies and civil society organizations, as well as humanitarian and development partners under the IGAD Partners Forum (IPF) and international bank institutions.

25 Mar 2017 description
report European Union

The European Commission, on behalf of the European Union, has today renewed its strong support for the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) in Ukraine, under its recently extended mandate, for the full implementation of the Minsk agreements.