News by topic: Peace and Security


At Security Council, top UN political official outlines status of resolution on Iran’s nuclear programme

18 January – Briefing the United Nations Security Council on its resolution 2231, which endorsed a plan of action on Iran’s nuclear programme, the top UN political official called on the international community for continued support and contribution to the implementation of the agreement.


Mali: UN condemns suicide bombing of Gao military camp as ‘direct attack’ on peace process

18 January – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned the suicide-vehicle attack earlier today perpetrated against a military camp in the northern Mali city of Gao that reportedly left at least 50 people dead and dozens injured.


At Security Council, senior UN envoy cautions against 'unilateral' action in Middle East

17 January – Unilateral actions threaten to unravel the two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians, the United Nations focal point on the Middle East today told the Security Council, stressing that both sides must do their part to create the necessary conditions to launch direct negotiations.


UN agency envoy Forest Whitaker honoured for work in peacebuilding, conflict-resolution

16 January – Actor and United Nations agency special envoy Forest Whitaker is today being celebrated as a leader in peacebuilding and conflict-resolution, empowering young people in communities touched by violence and poverty.


UN envoy in Yemen meeting with President, senior officials to push for greater aid access

16 January – The United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, is today in Aden, highlighting the need for a truce to allow in humanitarian aid and move along the peace process.


UN mission in South Sudan confirms discussions on regional protection force continuing

15 January – The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan has confirmed that it continues its discussions with the transitional national unity Government on a 4,000-strong regional protection force, which was authorized by the Security Council last August but has yet to be deployed.


International conference is ‘watershed moment’ for Cyprus negotiations – UN envoy

13 January – Speaking in Geneva a day after the start of a United Nations-supported Conference on Cyprus, a UN advisor said the open and frank exchanges at the meeting’s opening confirmed two things: “first that there are difficult issues to overcome; and second that there is a will to overcome them.”


Central African Republic: UN-backed humanitarian plan aims to save 2.2 million lives

13 January – The Government of the Central African Republic (CAR) and the United Nations humanitarian country team today launched the nearly $400 million response plan for the 2017-2019 period to meet the basic needs of 2.2 million Central Africans.


Amid progress in West Africa and the Sahel, UN envoy warns of region’s political challenges

13 January – Briefing the Security Council on the situation in West Africa and the Sahel region, a senior United Nations official cited a “rising tide of democracy” throughout the continent, noting that a number of countries had recently held elections which largely complied with electoral norms and standards, upholding their status a model in the region and beyond.


Humanitarian crisis in Lake Chad Basin 'growing in dramatic fashion,' Security Council told

12 January – Briefing the Security Council today, senior United Nations officials underlined the significant challenges and deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Lake Chad Basin region, including in particular those posed by the militant group, Boko Haram, and urged for sustained support to national and regional security, political and humanitarian action.