There Are Still Far Too Few Women Peacekeepers

Message of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the International Day of Peacekeepers, 29 May 2009

The international community’s reliance on United Nations peacekeeping continues to deepen. Deployment is at a record high, with the number of troops, civilians and police totaling more than 113,000.

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Myanmar: UNESCO chief deplores arrest of pro-democracy leader

Aung San Suu Kyi

20 May 2009 – The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has expressed his grave concern over the arrest and trial of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, coinciding with when her house arrest was due to end, to the leader of the ruling military junta.

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Ban urges end to fighting along Chad-Sudan border

Chadian soldiers patrol near the border with Sudan

18 May 2009 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, concerned by recent violence and tensions in the border area between Chad and Sudan, today urged an end to the hostilities.

Mr. Ban “calls on all parties to cease fighting,” his spokesperson said in a statement.

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Ghanaian troops join UN mission in Chad, Central African Republic

14 May 2009 – Over 100 Ghanaian soldiers have joined the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the war-ravaged nations of Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR), it was announced today.

In a move welcomed by the mission, known as MINURCAT, 131 Ghanaian troops are in transit and will replace departing forces in the Farchana area of eastern Chad.

They will join 71 Ghanaian blue helmets deployed to MINURCAT last March, and at full strength, the mission will include 800 peacekeepers from Ghana.

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Governments, oil workers focus on impact of economic crisis at UN forum

11 May 2009 – Representatives of governments, oil companies and workers today began a week-long meeting hosted in Geneva by the United Nations labour agency to discuss the impact of the global economic downturn on employment in the oil and gas sector.

The meeting will focus on a new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) which forecasts a deficit of more than 6,000 skilled workers in the oil industry by 2010.

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