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Ukrainian envoy, UN Secretary General address de-escalation around Kiev (TASS)

Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN Sergey Kyslytsya and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres have discussed the possible assistance of the organization’s head in de-escalation around Ukraine, the press service of the permanent mission stated on its Twitter page. “Today, Permanent Representative of Ukraine Sergey Kyslytsya and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres met to […]

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Rights groups want UN to ban Bangladesh’s RAB from peacekeeping (Al Jazeera)

Human rights organisations documenting abuses committed by the Bangladesh’s Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) have requested the United Nations to ban the unit’s members from its peace operations. In a letter to Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix made public on Thursday, 12 human rights groups voiced concern “that individuals who have served with [RAB] are being sent […]

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UN boss cites ‘demonstrable effort’ for Ethiopia peace after call (Al Jazeera)

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has said there is a “real opportunity” for an end to more than 14 months of fighting between government and Tigrayan forces, following a call with the African Union’s special envoy. Guterres’s statement on Wednesday gave no details about his conversation with Olusegun Obasanjo, which followed the envoy’s latest visit to  Ethiopia’s […]

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UN food agency suspends North Darfur operation after attacks (Al Jazeera)

The World Food Programme (WFP) has suspended its operations across Sudan’s North Darfur state following attacks this week on all three of its warehouses in the capital, El Fasher, including the theft of more than 5,000 metric tons (tonnes) of food. The move is expected to affect close to two million people in the area in 2022, […]

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UN confirms record 38C temperature for the Arctic (Al Jazeera)

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has confirmed that a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit) reached in a Siberian town last year was a record for the Arctic. The United Nations’ agency said on Tuesday the temperature that hit Verkhoyansk on June 20, 2020, came during a prolonged heatwave amid conditions which averaged as much […]

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UN launches record humanitarian appeal for 2022 as needs soar (Al Jazeera)

The UN has warned that the need for humanitarian aid is skyrocketing worldwide and will reach an all-time high next year, as the pandemic, climate change and conflict push more people to the brink of famine. The United Nations’ humanitarian agency OCHA on Thursday appealed for a record $41bn to help 183 million people who […]

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Those guilty of chemical attacks must be held accountable, says UN Chief (Arab News)

At start of conference devoted to a nuclear-free Middle East, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also called on all parties to work to salvage the 2015 Iran nuclear deal Expansion of existing nuclear-free zones around the world would lead to more robust disarmament and non-proliferation norms, he added Those guilty of chemical attacks must be held accountable, […]

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Russia’s draft resolution on OPCW not approved over US pressure, Foreign Ministry says (TASS)

The US has put pressure on the representatives of a number of countries at the UN in order to prevent the review of Russia’s draft resolution on the activity of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) by the General Assembly, Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Office in Geneva Andrey Belousov […]

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Top UN officials urge Sudan coup leaders to reverse course (Al Monitor)

The head of the United Nations’ High Commission for Human Rights condemned last week’s coup in Sudan and urged Sudanese military leaders to reinstate civilian government officials. Michelle Bachelet urged Sudan’s military leaders “and their backers” on Friday to “step back in order to allow the country to return to the path of progress towards institutional and […]

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Affirming Our Enduring Support for Operation ALTHEA and the Role of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina (US Department of State)

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States welcomes the action of the United Nations Security Council to unanimously renew the mandate for EUFOR’s Operation ALTHEA. Rooted in the Dayton Peace Accords, EUFOR’s Operation ALTHEA remains critical to maintaining the stability, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). The Office of the […]

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UN Security Council Extends Bosnian Peacekeeping Force After Russia, China Appeased (RFE RL)

The UN Security Council extended a peacekeeping force in Bosnia-Herzegovina in a unanimous vote on November 3 that came after any mention of the office of an international peace envoy was removed from the text of the resolution to win support from Russia and China. The vote authorizes the 600-strong European Union-led peacekeeping force, known […]

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UN calls on Sudan’s military to restore transitional government (Al Jazeera)

The United Nations Security Council has issued its first statement since the military dissolved the country’s power-sharing transitional government, expressing “serious concern” but falling short of issuing a stronger condemnation of the coup. In a press statement approved by all 15 council members on Thursday, the UN’s most powerful body expressed “solidarity” with the Sudanese people […]