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19 stories found over the past 45 days
Strengthening UN peacekeeping tops agenda as chiefs of defence meet in New York

07 July 2017 – In the ongoing effort to improve the overall performance of United Nations peacekeeping missions, the heads of the armed forces of around 100 countries met at UN Headquarters in New York today to discuss issues such as rapid deployment, training, increasing the number of female peacekeepers, and conduct and discipline.


‘Disproportionate emphasis’ on security would undercut sustaining peace in Sahel – UN deputy chief

28 June 2017 – The United Nations deputy chief today stressed the need to “avoid a disproportionate emphasis on security” when carrying out a strategy to help Africa’s Sahel region achieve sustained peace and development.


Colombia: UN mission collects nearly all remaining weapons from FARC-EP

27 June 2017 – The peace effort in Colombia today reached a milestone, with nearly all of the remaining number of weapons held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) turned over to the United Nations for registering and storing.


Upcoming Cyprus Conference 'a unique opportunity,' says UN negotiator

27 June 2017 – A fresh round of talks on Cyprus will last “as long as it takes,” but there are no guarantees of success, the United Nations negotiator facilitating the process said today.


INTERVIEW: Afghans need to see their Government taking the reins – UN envoy

23 June 2017 – Afghans need to see their Government taking the reins for security in the country, delivering much needed services and creating jobs, says the United Nations envoy to the country, Tadamichi Yamamoto.  


The people of South Sudan are ‘desperate for peace,’ but political crisis persists – UN peacekeeping chief

21 June 2017 – Deliberate actions by the Government and opposition armed forces as well as other actors to advance their political goals continue to severely undermine efforts to get the country back on the path to peace and development, the top United Nations peacekeeping official has warned.


Afghan Government must work to build trust in an 'increasingly fragile environment' – UN envoy

21 June 2017 – Warning that the recent surge of violent attacks in Afghanistan could signal a much worse and more fragile period ahead, the United Nations envoy for the country today called for urgent action to strengthen stability, including through improving the Government's credibility, and urged all parties to exercise restraint and avoid violence.


Mali: UN condemns terrorist attack at hotel on the outskirts of Bamako

20 June 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the terrorist attack carried out at a hotel on the outskirts of Bamako on 18 June and offered his full support to the Government of Mali to bring the perpetrators to justice.


UN envoy strongly condemns attack on popular restaurant in Somali capital

15 June 2017 – The United Nations envoy for Somalia today strongly condemned last night's attack on a pizza restaurant and an adjacent hotel in Mogadishu that reportedly killed at least 19 people.