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Dangerous partnership: The UN & private military & securities companies (PMSCs)

11 Jul

By Lou Pingeot

The United Nations is increasingly hiring Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs) for a wide array of security services. The UN’s leadership says these services are needed to protect the organization’s staff and worldwide operations from growing threats and unprecedented dangers. But many reports from governments, NGOs and the media have shown how PMSCs have committed serious human rights abuses, killed or injured innocent civilians, engaged in financial malfeasance and committed many other breaches of the law. Given the track record of these companies, serious questions
arise as to whether PMSCs are appropriate UN partners for the complex task of creating a secure, just and lawful world. Opacity around the UN’s use of PMSCs has so far prevented a healthy debate.

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UN Envoy Sees Possible ‘Breakthrough’ in Somalia Talks

22 May

By Peter Heinlein

ADDIS ABABA – The United Nations special envoy for Somalia says the “Road Map” peace deal signed last September is on track to produce a breakthrough in ending the Horn of Africa country’s 20-year political vacuum.
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Security Council gives Sudan-South Sudan two weeks to resolve crisis

2 May

2 May 2012 – The Security Council today called on Sudan and South Sudan to immediately end hostilities and resume negotiations within two weeks to resolve all outstanding issues, and voiced its intention to take “appropriate measures” if the parties do not comply.
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UN Secretary-General’s blueprint on global sustainability launched from Addis Abeba

31 Jan

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin

Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A future worth choosing, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s blueprint “for creating a sustainable planet, a just society and a growing economy” was launched Monday from Addis Abeba, where he is attending the 18th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union.
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