News by topic: Peace and Security


South Sudan: UN urges all sides to cease hostilities; regional force starts to arrive

29 April – Disturbed by the escalation of violence and subsequent suffering of civilians in South Sudan as a result of the recent government offensive, the United Nations today urged the Government and other warring parties to cease hostilities, uphold their responsibility to protect civilians.


Western Sahara: UN welcomes withdrawal of Polisario Front from Guerguerat area

28 April – The United Nations today welcomed the withdrawal of all Polisario Front elements from the Guerguerat area, between the berm and the border with Mauritania, as confirmed by observers of the UN Mission on Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara, on 27-28 April.


Korean Peninsula: Conflict prevention 'our collective priority' but onus also on DPRK, says UN chief

28 April – Preventing armed conflict in north-east Asia is the international community's collective priority while the onus is also on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to refrain from further nuclear testing and explore the path of dialogue, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council today.


UN calls for restraint following violence in former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

28 April – The United Nations today called for restraint and calm in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia following violence directed at democratic institutions and elected officials.


Afghanistan: UN urges protection of civilians as casualties remain high in first quarter

27 April – The United Nations mission in Afghanistan today urged all parties to the conflict to take immediate and concrete measures to better protect civilians from harm, as the latest data for 2017 shows continued high numbers of civilian casualties.


Syria: UN aid officials urge end to airstrikes on hospitals

26 April – Following reports of airstrikes that damaged hospitals in northern Syria, two senior United Nations humanitarian officials today called for an end to such attacks.


‘Progress under threat,’ warns UN chief on twentieth anniversary of chemical weapons convention

26 April – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today warned that progress made in eliminating the world’s declared stockpiles of chemical weapons is threatened by belligerents in the Middle East.


South Sudan’s political process ‘not dead’ but needs ‘resuscitation’ – UN envoy

25 April – The political process in South Sudan is not dead but requires significant resuscitation, the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the crisis-torn country told the Security Council today.


UN calls for probe and accountability following possible landmine blast in eastern Ukraine

24 April – The United Nations today called for an investigation into a possible landmine explosion in eastern Ukraine after a member of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission was killed and two others were injured.


UN welcomes release of 26 Qatari abductees in Iraq

22 April – The United Nations has welcomed the release and return to their country of 26 Qatari nationals abducted in Muthanna governorate, Iraq, in December 2015.