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June 11, 2012

Remembering peacekeepers killed in Cote d'Ivoire

The Presbyterian Ministry at the Untied Nations joins the international community in grieving for the recent attack in Côte d'Ivoire in which seven peacekeepers, erving with the United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI),were killed.

The peacekeepers, from Niger were on patrol in the proximity of Para village, near the border town of Tai in the country's south-west on Friday, when they were attacked by a group of unidentified armed elements.

The United Nations Secretary-General, the President of the General Assembly and the Security Council have condemned the attack.

Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U ...

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September 30, 2011

A prayer for those who serve in the United Nations system

Redeemer and Reconciler,

We give thanks for the work of the United Nations and for our sisters and brothers whom you have called to serve within that system. We are thankful that you call women and men from every land. We honor their work, their gifts, and their sacrifice. We pray for those who have given their lives in service; for their families and communities who grieve such loss.

 We ask for your strength to be with each individual:  

who cares for brothers and sisters who are made vulnerable and are oppressed;

who bears witness to evil and seeks healing ...

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June 27, 2011

UN Security Council acts on Abyei, Sudan

Deeply concerned by the violence, escalating tensions and population displacement in Sudan’s Abyei region and recognizing that the situation demanded an urgent response, the Security Council today authorized the deployment of a peacekeeping force to the disputed area, which straddles Northern and Southern Sudan and is claimed by both.

Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, issued the following statement on the adoption of Security Council Resolution 1990:

This morning, the United States voted in favor of UN Security Council Resolution 1990, establishing the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA). We are pleased ...

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June 21, 2011

Statement by Secretary Clinton on Agreement To Withdraw Forces from the Abyei Area of Sudan

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton

Secretary of State
Washington, DC
June 20, 2011

Read the statement on the Department of State Web site

Earlier today, the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement signed an agreement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which will reduce tensions in Abyei and improve the security and humanitarian situation on the ground. I spoke with leaders from both sides in Addis Ababa last week and I have had more phone discussions with Sudanese leaders since. I know these negotiations have not been easy. I commend both parties for resolving their differences peacefully after ...

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April 29, 2010

Learn about UN peacekeeping operations

Learn about United Nations peacekeeping operations around the globe. UN peacekeeping is the second largest deployment of troops around the world, with 17 peacekeeping operations from Haiti to Afghanistan, Iraq to Timor-Leste. This new site is designed to show how...

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