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13 stories found over the past 45 days
Mali: UN civilian staffer killed in attack, Ban reaffirms commitment to peace efforts

24 November 2015 – A civilian staff member of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali was killed today in an explosive device attack on a convoy, but the world Organization will not be deterred from its efforts to bring peace to the West African, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

UN Police play crucial role for success of peacekeeping missions, top officials tell Security Council

13 November 2015 – Though generally far less numerous than the military component in United Nations peacekeeping operations, UN Police play a vital role in protecting civilians and training local forces, facing multiple challenges and dangers in fulfilling their mission, the Security Council heard today.

Burundi: Security Council calls for political talks to resolve crisis peacefully

12 November 2015 – The United Nations Security Council today called on all parties in Burundi to engage in peace talks, warning of further action against those who incite more violence in the Central African country, where a recent upsurge has threatened hard-won stability after decades of ethnic strife and could lead to “potentially devastating consequences” for the entire region if it persists.

DR Congo: Security Council calls for total neutralization of foreign, local armed groups in east

09 November 2015 – The United Nations Security Council today called for the elimination of local and foreign armed groups which have for decades devastated the eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and urged the immediate resumption of joint operations between the UN peacekeeping force’s Intervention Brigade and the national army.

Amid ‘unpredictable’ situation in Darfur, senior UN peacekeeping official urges political settlement

28 October 2015 – Warning of an “unpredictable” political and security situation in Darfur, a senior United Nations peacekeeping official told the Security Council today that a comprehensive resolution of the Darfur conflict, which would allow for the return of over 2.6 million displaced persons, required first and foremost a political settlement between the Government and the armed movements.

“It’s so valuable to have women on the ground, whether as a civilian or in a uniformed position” – Lisa Buttenheim

28 October 2015 – On 31 October 2000, the United Nations Security Council adopted the historic resolution 1325, drawing attention to the differential impact of armed conflict on women, their exclusion from conflict prevention and resolution, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, and the inextricable links between gender equality and international peace and security.

Ahead of the anniversary, the UN News Centre spoke with Lisa Buttenheim, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). The United States national, who has extensive experience with the UN in the political and peacekeeping areas, reflects on the impact of resolution 1325 both in the wider world and within the Organization itself.

Moments and Milestones: Photo exhibit provides snapshot of UN’s 70-year history

22 October 2015 – In the wake of catastrophic war, and following months of intense negotiations, representatives of 51 countries laboured in 1945 to overcome differences and founded an enduring global institution for peace, security and human progress. They called it the United Nations. A new photo exhibit opening at UN Headquarters in November takes a look back at the Organization’s 70-year journey and some of the formative events that shaped its history.

At Security Council, heads of main UN bodies highlight ‘mutually reinforcing’ areas of concern

20 October 2015 – During a debate on the working methods of the Security Council, the President of the General Assembly, as well as the Deputy Secretary-General and the Vice President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) emphasized the need for continued and improved interaction between the main bodies of the United Nations.

‘Actions by States are increasingly transnational,’ UN expert warns, stressing prohibition against torture

20 October 2015 – The UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Méndez today urged governments across the world not to allow a vacuum of human rights protection even when they act beyond their borders, saying “torture is torture here, there and everywhere.”

In Rome, Ban says refugee and migration crisis is a ‘defining moment for Europe and the world’

15 October 2015 – The current refugee and migration crisis is a “defining moment” for Europe and the world, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared in Rome today, where in an address to Italian Government officials, he thanked Italy for its “compassionate and courageous response” while continuing his strong call on all countries to bear more of the responsibility.