About This Source - United Nations
The United Nations (UN) was established after World War II with the aim of preventing future wars. The organization is financed by assessed and voluntary contributions from its member states.
The UN’s chief administrative officer is the Secretary-General, currently Portuguese politician and diplomat António Guterres, who began his five year-term on 1 January 2017.
Recent from United Nations:
Briefing by Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, on the situation in Sudan and South Sudan during the Security Council Open VTC on 28 April 2020.
UN Peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix briefed on the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA).
He said “Despite the improving relation between Sudan and South Sudan it remains very unlikely that progress will be made in determining the final status of the Abyei area in the short to medium term.”
Mr. Lacroix seeked the continued support of the Security Council to extend the mandate of UNISFA for a further period of 6 months until 15 October 2020.
Learn more on the situation in the region: Report of the UN Secretary-General on the situation in Abyei: https://bit.ly/3aJfUHB
In This Story: South Sudan
It includes the vast swamp region of the Sudd, formed by the White Nile and known locally as the Bahr al Jabal meaning “Mountain Sea”.
South Sudan has a population of 12 million, mostly of the Nilotic peoples, and it is demographically among the youngest nations in the world, with roughly half under 18 years old. The majority of inhabitants adhere to Christianity or various traditional faiths.
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In This Story: Sudan
Sudan’s history goes back to the Pharaonic period. Independence from the British was proclaimed on 1 January 1956.
Islam was Sudan’s state religion and Islamic laws applied from 1983 until 2020 when the country became a secular state. The economy has been described as lower-middle income and relies on oil production. Sudan is a member of the United Nations, the Arab League, African Union, COMESA, Non-Aligned Movement and the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation.
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In This Story: United Nations
The United Nations (UN) is an intergovernmental organization that aims to maintain international peace and security.
At its founding, the UN had 51 member states; with the addition of South Sudan in 2011, membership is now 193, representing almost all of the world’s sovereign states.