protection of civilians
In many areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo, citizens are still vulnerable to brutal violence from armed groups and in some cases from government, including the police, army and local officials.
The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty will "enter-into-force" and become international law on December 24, 2014.
In South Sudan, peace seemed like a lost dream after conflict erupted in December 2013.
In South Sudan, peace seemed like a lost dream after conflict erupted in December 2013. But many are trying to keep hope alive.
Agencies fear recent improvements will be wiped out as the number of severely hungry people will rise by one million in first three months of 2015.
The first international Arms Trade Treaty entered into force on 24 December 2014, ratified by more than 50 states.