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31 stories found over the past 45 days
UN condemns terror attacks on Coptic churches in Egypt

09 April 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the Security Council today condemned the bombings of two Coptic churches in Tanta and Alexandria, Egypt, which killed at least 41 people and injured more than 100 others.


Adapting UN peace operations to changing world a 'shared responsibility,' Guterres tells Security Council

06 April 2017 – United Nations peacekeepers face a raft of challenges – terrorism, hostile host governments, floods of illicit weapons, and sometimes being deployed to places where peace itself is at stake – Secretary-General António Guterres said today, underscoring that all parts of the UN have a role to play in making sure 'blue helmets' can deliver on the mandates assigned to them.


At Security Council, new UN peacekeeping chief urges faster implementation of Mali peace deal

06 April 2017 – The new United Nations peacekeeping chief today stressed the need for the parties to the conflict in Mali to redouble their efforts to accelerate the implementation of their 2015 peace agreement while expressing a concern about the volatile security situation in the landlocked West African country.


Protecting refugees, ensuring security of countries 'complimentary goals, special UN forum told

05 April 2017 – Protecting refugees and assuring the safety of countries that receive them are complementary goals, a senior United Nations official today said in a special security forum that discussed denying safe havens to people who finance or commit terrorist acts, or to terrorists who try to abuse the asylum system.


UN envoy for Iraq condemns suicide bombings in Tikrit

05 April 2017 – The top United Nations official in Iraq has strongly condemned the multiple suicide attacks that took place yesterday in Tikrit, which resulted in many casualties.


Approval of Somalia’s new cabinet a ‘green light for action,’ says UN envoy

31 March 2017 – Welcoming the Somali Federal Parliament’s approval of a new cabinet, the United Nations envoy for the country expressed hope that the new Government will be able to address the challenges confronting the Horn of Africa nation.


In Iraq, UN chief Guterres urges more support for those who have 'suffered enormously'

31 March 2017 – Highlighting the lack of resources for United Nations programmes assisting those displaced by the fighting in Iraq's Mosul Secretary-General António Guterres urged the international community to do more to help the people who have “suffered enormously and go on suffering.”


In Baghdad, UN chief Guterres pledges solidarity with Iraqi government and people

30 March 2017 – On what he called a “visit of solidarity” with Iraq, Secretary-General António Guterres today welcomed the commitment of the country’s leaders to civilian protection and national dialogue, and pledged the ongoing support of the United Nations as the Government seeks to bolster aid delivery to needy populations and rebuild Iraq institutions.


In Jordan, UN chief calls for 'new Arab world,' united to tackle common challenges

29 March 2017 – Addressing the League of Arab States Summit in Jordan today, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted the importance of unity among the countries in the region to confront the challenges it is facing.


Mosul: UN rights chief urges civilian protection as sniper fire, airstrikes kill dozens

28 March 2017 – The top United Nations human rights official today deplored the massive loss of civilian lives in the western sections of Iraq’s Mosul city in recent days due to actions by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) terrorists as well as airstrikes by the Government forces.