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Guterres appoints former German President Köhler as his Western Sahara envoy

16 August 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Horst Köhler, former President of Germany, as his Personal Envoy for Western Sahara. The new Personal Envoy succeeds Christopher Ross of the United States who completed his assignment on 30 April 2017. The Secretary-General is grateful for Mr. Ross’ tireless efforts and dedication to facilitate negotiations between the parties in order to achieve a just, durable and mutually acceptable political solution, which would provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara. Mr. Köhler brings more than 35 years of experience in government and international organizations, including as President...

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Emergency food distributions launched to assist thousands displaced in DR Congo – UN agency

16 August 2017 – Food assistance will be provided to food insecure people displaced by conflict in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), says the United Nations food agency. The World Food Programme (WFP) and its partner World Vision have launched an emergency operation to provide food assistance to 42,000 food insecure people who, due to conflict, have fled their villages in the country’s Kasai and Kasai Central provinces. “We launched this emergency response as soon as funds became available,” said Claude Jibidar, WFP Representative and Country Director in DRC, in a press statement. “We targeted...

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UN chief condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Borno state, Nigeria

16 August 2017 – Condemning a series of terrorist attacks in north-eastern Nigeria, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called for those responsible for these “repeated heinous acts” to be brought to justice. In a statement from his spokesman late Tuesday, the Secretary-General extended his deep condolences to the Government and people of Nigeria, and wished those injured a speedy recovery. “He calls for those responsible for these repeated heinous acts in Nigeria and neighbouring countries to be swiftly brought to justice,” according to the statement. Mr. Guterres reiterated the UN’s solidarity and support to the Government in its fight against terrorism and...

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Police busts armed robbers’ hideout in Enugu, nabs 3 suspects

7 August 2017 –In its renewed fight against crime and criminality, the Enugu State Police Command at the weekend raided a hideout of suspected criminals in the state, arresting three members of a gang. The raid followed an intelligence information by its operatives at the Oji River Division. The suspects are believed to have over time, terrorised motorists plying Ugwuoba/Awka/Oji Road and its environs. The suspects, who gave their names as Sale Haruna, Emmanuel Ephraim and Uduku Sampson, were nabbed when their hideout at Gariki Ugwuoba area of the state was uncovered on Saturday evening by operatives acting on intelligence...

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New UN human rights office to open in Liberia in early 2018

4 August 2017 – Although Liberia has made significant progress since the civil war ended, precarious human rights conditions have prompted the United Nations to open an office there early next year to monitor and report on the situation. “Liberia has progressed dramatically since my last visit just after the brutal civil war,” said UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour after wrapping up a three-day visit to Liberia. After commending the efforts of the Government and the Liberian people, he noted that the human rights gains are “still precarious, hence the vital need for the UN to continue our...

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