Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently visited war-torn Central African Republic, where the security situation is deteriorating and human rights abuses continue.

"My first message is to the people of the country: You are not alone. The United Nations is honoured to be by your side," he said.

On Thursday the UN Security Council established a peacekeeping mission in the country which, as of September, will comprise of up to 10,000 military personnel. Find out more in this video.

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Meet Moossa, a 6 months old boy from Baghdad – and sadly, Iraq’s first victim of polio in 14 years.
“I never thought that my child could be paralyzed,” says his father, who deeply regrets not having his children vaccinated against this debilitating disease.
Since the detection of Moossa’s case, polio vaccination campaigns have begun in Iraq, Syria and Egypt to reach all children under 5. Read more in our latest blog post: http://uni.cf/1kJIAAk  

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Meet Moossa, a 6 months old boy from Baghdad – and sadly, Iraq’s first victim of polio in 14 years.

“I never thought that my child could be paralyzed,” says his father, who deeply regrets not having his children vaccinated against this debilitating disease.

Since the detection of Moossa’s case, polio vaccination campaigns have begun in Iraq, Syria and Egypt to reach all children under 5. Read more in our latest blog post: http://uni.cf/1kJIAAk  

An estimated 130–150 million people globally have chronic hepatitis C infection, which results in 350,000 to 500,000 deaths a year.For the first time, World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a guidance for the treatment of hepatitis C and will be working with countries to introduce the guidelines as part of their national treatment programmes.Find out more and learn how to prevent it here. 

An estimated 130–150 million people globally have chronic hepatitis C infection, which results in 350,000 to 500,000 deaths a year.

For the first time, World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a guidance for the treatment of hepatitis C and will be working with countries to introduce the guidelines as part of their national treatment programmes.

Find out more and learn how to prevent it here

Over 1 billion people practice open defecation.  One-third of humanity—2.5 billion people—does not have access to a toilet or latrine. Why does this matter in the fight against poverty & disease?

Watch this new video featuring UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson to find out and share to help break the silence surrounding sanitation and open defecation.

Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the Afghan people for historic presidential and provincial elections on Saturday, which marked an important step forward in the country’s path to democracy. “The millions of women and men who cast their ballots are a testament to the courage and the commitment of Afghans to exercise their rights and shape their future,” said the Secretary-General.  Noting the strong participation of women in the polls, he said the elections also marked “another step forward for Afghan women in taking their rightful place in society and having a say in their country’s future.”

Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the Afghan people for historic presidential and provincial elections on Saturday, which marked an important step forward in the country’s path to democracy.

“The millions of women and men who cast their ballots are a testament to the courage and the commitment of Afghans to exercise their rights and shape their future,” said the Secretary-General.

Noting the strong participation of women in the polls, he said the elections also marked “another step forward for Afghan women in taking their rightful place in society and having a say in their country’s future.”

In Kigali, at Monday’s commemoration ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, Ban Ki-moon said that:  “Our first duty must always be to protect people — to protect human beings in need and distress… We are sure to face other grave challenges to our common values. And we must meet them. We must not be left to utter the words “never again”, again and again”.  
Read more here See survivor testimonies, photos, an interactive timeline & more, and find out how you can get involved in supporting survivors here. Photo via Flickr account of Paul Kagame

In Kigali, at Monday’s commemoration ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, Ban Ki-moon said that:

“Our first duty must always be to protect people — to protect human beings in need and distress… We are sure to face other grave challenges to our common values. And we must meet them. We must not be left to utter the words “never again”, again and again”. 

Read more here

See survivor testimonies, photos, an interactive timeline & more, and find out how you can get involved in supporting survivors here.

Photo via Flickr account of Paul Kagame