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UN criticized over peacekeeping invite to Myanmar

Published March 13, 2014 by The Washington Post
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WASHINGTON — Human Rights Watch criticized the United Nations Thursday for raising the possibility of Myanmar contributing troops to the U.N.’s peacekeeping force, describing the nation’s military as among the most abusive in the world.

Cross-Cutting Report: Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

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Security Council Report
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December 20, 2013

During the period covered by this report, the Council continued to grapple with a number of serious protection challenges in situations on its agenda, with mixed results. While the Council was able to respond to the crisis in Mali to stabilise the situation there and prevent further attacks against civilians, it remained deadlocked over the situation in Syria, where the killing of civilians continued unabated.

Afghanistan: UN lauds appointment of media commission as key step for 2014 elections

Published December 4, 2013 by UN News Centre
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4 December 2013 – As preparations continue for next year’s presidential and provincial council elections in Afghanistan, the United Nations mission there today welcomed the appointment of the Media Commission as another important step towards holding credible polls.

UN mission welcomes latest phase of voter registration for 2014 Afghan polls

Published November 13, 2013 by UN News Centre
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13 November 2013 – The United Nations today welcomed the completion of the third phase of Afghanistan’s voter registration exercise which has resulted in the addition of an additional three million voters set to take part in next year’s presidential and provincial council elections.

More than a third of the 3,007,668 people who registered during the three phases of the exercise are women, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) noted in a statement.

Afghanistan: UN mission condemns deadly attack resulting in civilian deaths

Published October 28, 2013 by UN News Centre
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28 October 2013 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has condemned yesterday’s attack in the south-eastern province of Ghazni that killed 19 civilians travelling on a mini bus.

Sixteen women and children were among those killed when the improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in Andar district. Another four women suffered serious injuries, according to a statement issued by the mission.

Afghanistan: UN mission condemns attack on mosque that killed government official

Published October 15, 2013 by UN News Centre
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15 October 2013 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today strongly condemned an attack on a mosque, which killed the governor of the Logar Province, Arsala Jamal.

Peacekeeping, development in focus as UN chief meets Chinese Foreign Minister

Published September 22, 2013 by UN News Centre
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22 September 2013 – United Nations peacekeeping and a global sustainable development in the years after 2015 were on the agenda during talks today between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

During their meeting at United Nations headquarters, Mr. Ban expressed his appreciation for “China's active leadership role in the United Nations and its contributions to the Organization,” according to a UN spokesperson.

Sustainable management of natural resources can bring peace to Afghanistan – UN report

Published June 24, 2013 by UN News Centre
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Sustainable and equitable management of Afghanistan’s natural resources such as land, water, forests and minerals can contribute to peacebuilding in the country, according to a United Nations report released today.

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At start of visit to China, UN chief highlights partnership for peace, stability

Published June 19, 2013 by UN News Centre
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Meeting with Chinese leaders in Beijing today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed a range topics central to the agenda of the United Nations regarding peace and security, human rights and development, as well as the situation in Syria and the Korean peninsula.

UN Special Envoy, Chinese Observers Attend Kachin Peace Talks

Published May 28, 2013 by Irrawaddy News
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The UN’s special envoy to Burma, Vijay Nambiar, attended peace talks on Tuesday between the Burmese government and Kachin rebels in Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State, the first time the UN high official has participated in such negotiations.

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