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Eradicating sexual violence in Colombia requires investment in communities – UN envoy

In eradicating sexual violence related to Colombia’s internal armed conflict, the main challenge now is translating resolve into tangible solutions in communities where the crime continues to occur, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Sexual Violence said at the conclusion of her trip to the Latin American country.

UN special envoy joins demands for release of child soldiers by all parties in South Sudan

The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, today demanded the release of hundreds of child soldiers forcibly recruited by militias and groups aligned with the warring factions or the South Sudan Government, saying “there needs to be accountability for child recruiters and those who commit grave violations against children.”

UNICEF fears scores of kidnapped children in South Sudan could be sent to front lines

Hundreds of children seized by armed men from a village in South Sudan have generated fears that “they are going from the classroom to the front line,” says the top United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) representative in that country who demanded their immediate release.

In Chile, UN chief says 'time to take stand' for gender equality

The international community must work for a stronger world and a better future for all with equal rights for both men and women, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon affirmed today as he emphasized the need for swift global action on gender parity.

‘Political will, steady action’ can end violence against children, UN envoy tells Indonesia

During her visit this week to Jakarta, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, stressed that violence against children is never justified and commended Indonesia for addressing the scourge.

‘Women must be at the decision-making table at all levels’ UN tells high-level meeting in Chile

The world must unite to end violence and discrimination against women and girls, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged at a high-level event in Chile on women and decision-making at a today, citing that progress over the past two decades has been made slow and uneven.

UN chief ‘deeply saddened’ by loss of life in Afghanistan avalanches

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he is deeply saddened by the loss of life in Afghanistan as a result of avalanches, landslides and floods in the northern part of the country including in the Kabul, Parwan, Panjsher, Kapisa, Badakhshan and Nuristan provinces.

UNICEF condemns abduction of children by armed group in South Sudan

The United Nations children's fund has condemned in the strongest terms the abduction of scores of boys, some as young as 13, by an armed group near Malakal in the north of South Sudan.

On Mother Language Day, UN spotlights role of native tongue in education

Mother tongue education is not only a force for quality learning, it is also essential to bolster multilingualism and respect for linguistic and cultural diversity at a time when societies are transforming quickly and many languages are under threat, the United Nations agency mandated with promoting education said today.

UN mission chief welcomes commitment to ensure accountability for sexual violence in South Sudan

Any peace agreement reached to end the conflict in South Sudan should reflect the commitments made at the end of 2014 to ensure accountability for sexual violence crimes, the UN Secretary-General’s Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict said today.