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Security Council demands 'immediate and unconditional' release of abducted Nigerian girls
9 May 2014 – The Security Council today demanded the “immediate and unconditional” release of the schoolgirls abducted a few weeks ago by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria, and called on the international community to work closely with the authorities to ensure their safe return
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UN rights office warns Boko Haram over ‘sale’ of Nigerian schoolgirls, as new kidnappings reported

6 May 2014 – The United Nations human rights office today lashed out at the militant group known as Boko Haram which claimed responsibility for kidnapping more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria and now, referring to the girls as “slaves”, says it plans to sell them “in the market” and “marry them off”.

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UN Secretary-General ‘shocked and saddened’ by deadly Nigeria bus bombing
14 April 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his shock and sadness after a bomb attack at a bus station near the Nigerian capital of Abuja claimed dozens of lives, and called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.
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UN chief commends Guinea-Bissau people for orderly, peaceful elections
14 April 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has applauded the people of Guinea-Bissau for their orderly and peaceful participation in yesterday’s presidential and legislative elections, and called on all candidates to respect the upcoming results.
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As Guinea-Bissau votes in bid for stability, UN urges respect for results
11 April 2014 – With preparations supported by the United Nations, voters in Guinea-Bissau head to the polls this Sunday in presidential and parliamentary elections many hope will bring stability to the tiny West African nation.
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Security Council: UN envoy says solid basis for reform needed to consolidate Liberia’s peace
20 March 2014 – As Liberia enters its second post-conflict decade, it faces great challenges to institutionalizing critical sector reforms and building capacity for effective governance, a senior United Nations official said today, adding that seizing the present “window of opportunity” would be critical for consolidating the country’s hard-won peace and charting a future of inclusive development.
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With political drawdown in Sierra Leone, UN shifts to development-focused presence
5 March 2014 – The United Nations today launched a new phase of support in Sierra Leone with the transitioning of its political mission to a more development-focused UN presence, a sign of the West African nation’s sustained recovery from a brutal civil war and an example to follow for countries still grabbling with conflict.
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Top UN official in West Africa urges end to ‘unprecedented’ spate of violence in Nigeria
4 March 2014 – Concerned about the escalation of acts of terrorism in north-eastern Nigeria, including along the border with Cameroon, the head of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA) today strongly condemned the latest wave of “unspeakable” violence in the region and demanded an end to attacks targeting innocent civilians.
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Urgent electoral reforms needed ahead of polls in Côte d’Ivoire – UN expert
24 February 2014 – Côte d’Ivoire must adopt urgent reforms before the presidential elections scheduled for October, a United Nations independent expert today warned following an official visit to the country.
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UN seeks $2 billion in international aid for Africa’s Sahel region
3 February 2014 – The United Nations and its global humanitarian partners today appealed for $2 billion on behalf of some 20 million people desperate for food in Africa’s Sahel region, where violence and insecurity has created protracted internal displacement and where population growth is outstripping food production.
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