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“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.

UN human rights chief sends assessment mission to South Sudan following reports of rights abuses

26 October 2015 – After reports of alleged violations and abuses of human rights committed by both parties to the conflict in South Sudan, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is deploying a 10-member mission to the country to assess the situation.

In New York’s Central Park, Ban unveils sculpture depicting ‘great hope all of us have invested in the UN’

24 October 2015 – As worldwide celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations kicked into high gear, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and a host of senior UN officials gathered this evening in New York's Central Park to unveil a new sculpture, Enlightened Universe, comprised of a sphere surrounded by a spiral of 70 human figures – one for each of the 70 years since the UN was created, which Mr. Ban said, “depicts the great hope that all of us have invested in the [Organization].”

United Nations remains 'beacon for all humanity,' says Ban ahead of 70th anniversary

23 October 2015 – Marking the 70th anniversary of the Organization ahead of UN Day on 24 October, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said there is only one flag that belongs to everyone – the blue flag of the United Nations.

World lights up in UN blue to mark Organization's milestone anniversary

22 October 2015 – From Australia to Azerbaijan, Indonesia to Iraq, Saudi Arabia to South Sudan, some 300 sites around the world will be lit in 'UN blue' beginning on Friday as part of the global celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.

South Sudan: UN calls for immediate access to conflict-affected areas to prevent ‘catastrophe’

22 October 2015 – Three United Nations agencies today warned that extreme hunger is pushing people to the brink of a catastrophe in parts of South Sudan, as a new analysis found that 3.9 million people nationwide now face severe food insecurity.

UN human rights chief urges recognition of 'dignity and worth of every human being'

21 October 2015 – The turmoil and crises the international community faces clearly demonstrate the disasters that may occur when human rights are “neglected and ground down,” the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, said today in a wide-ranging address to UN Member States in New York.