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From the Field: One teen's journey from refugee camp to US school principal

After escaping from two years of captivity at the hands of Mai Mai rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Bertine Bahige was relieved to end up in a UN refugee agency (UNHCR) camp, in faraway Mozambique

He’d been forcibly taken from his family at 13, and thrown into the horrifying world of being a child soldier, before escaping his captors. In 2004, he was one of the lucky ones to be resettled in Maryland, United States, where he landed a job taking out the trash at…

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    • MONUSCO/Alain Likota Voters look for their names in the lists during Presidential and Legislative elections in in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (30 December 2018)
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‘Refrain from violence’ UN chief urges, as presidential election result is announced in DR Congo

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appealed for all parties to “refrain from violence” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), following the announcement of the provisional results of the long-delayed presidential election

The vote – initially scheduled to take place two years ago – if upheld, marks the vast central African nation’s first democratic transfer of power since independence nearly 60 years ago. According to news reports, the preliminary results announced by the independent electoral commission, known by its French acronym, CENI,…

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    • Jean Pierre Lacroix, USG of UN Peace Operations, and Smail Chergui, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, (center left and right) during their closing press conference after a two days visit in CAR to relaunch the dialogue between the government of the Central African Republic (CAR) and armed groups under the auspices of the African Union (AU) initiative
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‘Everyone must be on board’ for peace in Central African Republic: UN’s Lacroix

The agreement by the Government and armed groups in the Central African Republic to hold talks later this month (CAR) is “an important step to resolve the country’s crisis”, said the UN peacekeeping chief, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, on Thursday

“Now there is a path, it is the path of dialogue. There is a date to start this dialogue, it's 24 January,” said the head of the Department of Peace Operations (DPO), speaking to reporters in the capital Bangui. “There is an organization…which will convene and organize these discussions in…

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    • UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia briefs the Security Council meeting on the situation in Somalia, on 3 January 2019
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‘Milestones are clear’ for ‘significant progress’ in Somalia during 2019, Security Council hears

Nicholas Haysom commended the Office of the Prime Minister “for leading Government efforts to tackle corruption”, and praised improvements in public financial management

Somali Government efforts to build a lasting peace through political reform and transformation have progressed along a “positive trajectory” but everyone involved in the process needs to “pull in the same direction”, the UN Special Representative in the country told the Security Council on Thursday. Nicholas Haysom commended the Office…

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Peacekeeping chief honours Tanzanian troops in Zanzibar, a year on from deadly DR Congo attacks

Besides the 15 Tanzanian peacekeepers serving under the blue flag who lost their lives, 44 others were wounded

A year on from the brutal killings of 15 United Nations peacekeepers from Tanzania in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the head of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) paid a visit to some of the victims’ families on Friday, to honour the memory of the soldiers who died in what…

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UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations visits Tanzania to attend ceremony to honour Fifteen fallen Tanzanian peacekeepers

He will participate in an event on 14 December to commemorate the first anniversary of the attack

The Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, will travel to Tanzania on 13th and 14th December to pay homage to the fifteen Tanzanian UN Peacekeepers who were killed in an attack carried out by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in Semuliki, DRC on 7 December 2017. He will participate in an…

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Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on killings in the Central African Republic

The Secretary General is greatly concerned at the rise in violence in recent days in the Central African Republic

An attack on an IDP camp in the town of Alindao left at least 37 people dead on 15 November. The attack was attributed to the UPC (Union for Peace in the Central African Republic). In a separate attack on a base of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the…

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Update on the UN Biodiversity Conference (17– 29 November 2018, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt)

In collaboration with the Government of Egypt, the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will hold its 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP14)

Media accreditation remains open; Press conferences available for booking; Live and on demand webcasting of conference available; Online press kit available; Sign up for conference mailing list In collaboration with the Government of Egypt, the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will hold its 14th meeting of the Conference of the…

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Egypt and the United Nations Celebrate a Successful Partnership of 73 Years

The celebration also featured a bazaar featuring products developed with the technical support of various UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes and their partners

The United Nations in Egypt in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, organized a ceremony under the slogan “United for a Sustainable Future” at the Opera house in Cairo yesterday. The celebration was on occasion of United Nations Day which is held on October 24th every year to…

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'Reasons to hope’ for sustainable peace in Central African Republic – UN Mission chief

Civil conflict between Christian and the Muslims communities in CAR broke out in 2013 and, after a short respite in 2015, intensified again the following year, throwing the country into a new spiral of violence

The top United Nations official in the Central African Republic (CAR), said on Tuesday he is “hopeful that the necessary foundations to build sustainable peace” have been established and that long-lasting stability will depend on the will of its people, and support from the international community. Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, who also…