News by topic: Peace and Security


Conference on Cyprus off to constructive start but hard work remains, says UN facilitator

28 June – On the opening day of the Conference on Cyprus, a senior United Nations official expressed hope that the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders as well as the guarantors – Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom – have the determination to overcome the challenges and resolve the issues before them.


International cooperation key to keeping WMDs away from terrorists, Security Council told

28 June – The United Nations disarmament chief today called for stronger international cooperation to prevent terrorists from accessing and using weapons of mass destruction, warning that technological advances – such as unmanned aerial vehicles, 3-D printers and the Dark Web – make it easier for terrorist groups to effectively use such weapons.


Perpetrators of suicide attacks in Nigeria must be held accountable – UN chief

27 June – Condemning violent attacks in Maiduguri, in Nigeria's restive Borno state, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has underscored the Organization's resolve to support the country in its fight against terrorism.


Despite progress, challenges remain for Liberia to consolidate peace gains, UN Security Council told

27 June – In spite of “remarkable” progress in Liberia since the signing of the comprehensive peace agreement in 2003, the presence of challenges that risk a reversal of the gains made warrant continued international support and attention, the United Nations envoy for the country has cautioned.


UN envoy maps out 'ideal trajectory' to next round of intra-Syrian talks in Geneva

27 June – The United Nations mediator for the conflict in Syria today mapped out what needs to happen in the next two weeks before the next round of intra-Syrian talks begins on 10 July in Geneva, Switzerland.


Colombia: UN mission collects nearly all remaining weapons from FARC-EP

27 June – The peace effort in Colombia today reached a milestone, with nearly all of the remaining number of weapons held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) turned over to the United Nations for registering and storing.


UN welcomes major partnership initiative with tech giants to counter terrorism online

27 June – A senior United Nations official has called for sustained joint efforts to combat terrorism and welcomed a partnership initiative with tech giants Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube to counter terrorism and violent extremism online.


Upcoming Cyprus Conference 'a unique opportunity,' says UN negotiator

27 June – A fresh round of talks on Cyprus will last “as long as it takes,” but there are no guarantees of success, the United Nations negotiator facilitating the process said today.


INTERVIEW: Afghans need to see their Government taking the reins – UN envoy

23 June – Afghans need to see their Government taking the reins for security in the country, delivering much needed services and creating jobs, says the United Nations envoy to the country, Tadamichi Yamamoto.  


In visit to Haiti, Security Council delegation to reaffirm support for country's stability and development

23 June – The United Nations Security Council on Thursday began a three-day visit to Haiti to reaffirm its support for the Haitian Government and people in strengthening institutions to contribute to the country's stability and development.