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08 Dec 2018 description

The country hosts the largest number of refugees in Africa – more than a million

By: Sulaiman Momodu

From Africa Renewal: December 2018 - March 2019

As thousands of desperate men, women and children flee conflicts and natural disasters in search of a place of refuge, some countries are debating whether to accept or reject asylum seekers. But Uganda has opened its doors to refugees in record numbers.

27 Apr 2018 description

The Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, met with the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) leaders in New York to discuss the ongoing crisis in South Sudan.

07 Feb 2018 description


South Sudan

Our colleagues from the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said today that more than 300 child soldiers have been released by armed groups in Yambio. A total of 700 children have been screened and registered for release in phases — 563 from the South Sudan National Liberation Movement and 137 associated with the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition. Eighty‑seven of the children released today are girls.

22 Dec 2017 description



Following consultations with the Executive Board of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Secretary‑General is announcing the appointment of Henrietta H. Fore of the United States as the Fund’s new Executive Director.

24 Sep 2016 description

New York, 23 September 2016 [as prepared for delivery]

We are here to support and consolidate peace in South Sudan.

We know that South Sudan is a long way from resolving its many challenges and problems.

When President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar came together in April to inaugurate the Transitional Government of National Unity, there was a sense of hope.

But that hope was lost with the resumption of violence in Juba in July, followed by the collapse of the security arrangements and power-sharing provisions of the peace agreement.

02 Oct 2014 description



On 29 September 2014, the United Nations-African Union Joint Task Force on Peace and Security held its ninth consultative meeting at United Nations Headquarters in New York, on the margins of the sixty-ninth session of the United Nations General Assembly. The United Nations Secretariat and African Union Commission were represented by senior officials from the two organizations.

03 Jul 2014 description

A ministerial-level open debate on peacekeeping and regional partnerships would be among the highlights of the Security Council’s work plan in July, Eugène-Richard Gasana ( Rwanda) said at a Headquarters press conference today.

Mr. Gasana, the organ’s incoming President, noted that Rwanda’s presidency of the Security Council this month was all the more “special” as the country celebrated its twentieth anniversary of liberation and marked the day when the Rwandan Patriotic Front took control of Kigali to stop the genocide.

06 Feb 2014 description

Protection of civilians, rule of law, and the situation in Syria would be among the Security Council’s top priorities in February, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania said at a Headquarters press conference today.

07 Jan 2014 description

The Central African Republic would figure prominently on the Security Council’s agenda in January, Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein (Jordan), that body’s President for January, said at a Headquarters press conference today.

16 Dec 2013 description

Au cours d’une conférence de presse bilan de fin d’année, tenue cet après-midi au Siège de l’ONU à New York, M. Hervé Ladsous, Secrétaire général adjoint aux opérations de maintien de la paix, a présenté les activités menées par son Département au cours d’une année qui, selon ses mots, aura été « très active ». M. Ladsous a passé en revue les situations en République démocratique du Congo (RDC), au Mali, au Soudan, au Soudan du Sud, en Syrie et en République centrafricaine.

15 Dec 2013 description

United Nations peacekeeping operations had made significant headway in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Mali this year, a senior official overseeing those missions told reporters at a Headquarters press conference today.

“It has been an active year,” said Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, as he recalled major developments, including the Congolese army’s victory against the 23 March Movement (M23) armed group.

30 Sep 2013 description


Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson’s remarks at the Sudan-South Sudan Consultative Forum, in New York on 27 September:

I am very pleased to open this second ministerial meeting of the Sudan-South Sudan Consultative Forum. The last Forum was held on the day Sudan and South Sudan signed nine ground-breaking cooperation agreements designed to lay the foundations for future security and prosperity.

02 Jul 2013 description

Despite the fragile situation in southern Lebanon, both sides were respecting resolution 1701 (2006) — which calls for a full cessation of hostilities between Hizbullah and Israel — the Commander of United Nations troops in the area said at a Headquarters press conference today.

“Calm is prevailing,” said Major General Paolo Serra, Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which is mandated to monitor the cessation of hostilities, assist the Government and Armed Forces of Lebanon and support the local population.

24 Jun 2013 description

Bolder action was needed on the part of the international community — and the Security Council in particular — to end political and ethnic violence that had been on the rise in Sudan since the South declared independence nearly two years ago, said representatives of several non-governmental organizations as they introduced their reports on the matter at a Headquarters press conference today.

07 Feb 2013 description

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In a Headquarters briefing today that focused on the role in 2013 of United Nations peacekeeping in Mali, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Head of the Department said there was a shared desire in the international community to do what needed to be done in Mali to end the conflict and resolve the issues that provoked it, and that a United Nations peacekeeping operation was “the way to go”.