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Will the UN save us from hell?

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon retires at the end of 2016 Mary Altaffer/AP/SIPAIf we want UN missions to succeed, they must be highly trained and properly equipped.

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Op-ed: A New Era of Opportunity - Ban Ki-moon

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations Seventy years ago, the United Nations was created from the ashes of the Second World War. Seven decades later, in Paris, nations have united in the face of another threat – the threat to life as we know it due to a rapidly warming planet.

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Burundi opposing factions reject UN mediators

President of Burundi Pierre Nkurunziza. Photo©ReutersBurundi may hold peace talks between the ruling party and the opposition without United Nations mediators, as the international community tries to find a peace agreement and return to civility and rule of law in the East African nation.

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Tunisia: 'These monstrous minorities do not frighten us' - President

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi. Photo©ReutersTunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi has declared war on terror, vowing to defeat extremists, while reaffirming the nation's faith in democracy.

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Africa in 2014: African voices in the development debate

Maternal and child mortality are two targets of the MDGs. Photo©Jan GRARUP/LAIF-REAOne of the chief criticisms of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the United Nations (UN) anti-poverty targets that include reducing child mortality by two-thirds and halving the proportion of people living on less than $1.25 per day by 2015 – was that they were drawn up without consulting African countries.

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Who will pull DRC's trigger?

Frantz Fanon's evocation of Africa as shaped like a revolver with Congo as its trigger is as apposite today as when the Martinique-born philosopher coined it half a century ago.

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World Bank: Dealing with Africa in a non-ideological perspective - Jim Yong Kim

World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim. Photo©ReutersThe Africa Report had a long interview with the new World Bank president, Jim Yong Kim, on July 15, covering the arguments over how to kickstart industrialisation, tax evasion, the history of the Bank's interventions in Africa, and the science of delivery, a subject close to the President's heart.

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World Bank dollars and UN peacekeeping on the offensive in Great Lakes

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group/Photo©UN Photo/Rick Bajornas  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank leader, Jim Yong Kim made a historic trip to the DRC, Rwanda and Uganda. This unique partnership is part of a new strategy to resolve conflicts and boost economic development in the region.

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Egypt: UN muscles in

Almost 900 people, including more than 100 soldiers and police officers, have been killed since the authorities forcibly dispersed Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins in Cairo on Wednesday/Photo©ReutersUnited Nations has moved to hold discussions with Egypt's interim government, its military and the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo "with a focus on how the United Nations can best support initiatives to restore peace and forge reconciliation in Egypt".

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In Africa's Great Lakes region, peace dividend must follow peace deal

Africa's Great Lakes region today has the chance to achieve something that has eluded its war-weary people for several decades.  

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