News by topic: Peace and Security


As violence in Libya escalates, UN mission says country risks 'all-out war'

28 December – The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has condemned a series of airstrikes on targets in the city of Misrata amid an upsurge in fighting across the war-torn North African country, adding that any further escalation in hostilities could plunge the nation back into “all-out war.”


Libya: UN urges end to 'senseless cycle of violence' as country reels from latest attack

27 December – The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) today strongly condemned the latest spate of violence to afflict the country as unidentified gunmen renewed attacks against Libyan oil installations leaving numerous storage tanks ablaze and further destabilizing the security situation in the war-torn nation.


Somalia: UN condemns deadly attack on African Union base

26 December – The UN has condemned an attack on the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which resulted in the death of a number of AMISOM soldiers and civilian contractors.


UN Peacebuilding Commission commends Liberia for peaceful elections

24 December – The United Nations Peacebuilding Commission has congratulated the Government and people of Liberia for the peaceful conduct of their senatorial elections which took place on 20 December.


Libya: UN condemns sectarian murder as ‘alien’ to country’s tradition of tolerance

24 December – The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has strongly condemned the murder of an Egyptian Coptic doctor and his wife in the city of Sirte, as well as the abduction of the couple’s 18-year-old daughter, in the latest spate of sectarian violence in the North African country.


UN chief appoints Malian national as deputy envoy for South Sudan

24 December – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Moustapha Soumaré of Mali as his Deputy Special Representative (Political) for the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS).


Somalia: UN chief hails appointment of new Prime Minister

24 December – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the Parliamentary endorsement of Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke as the new Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia in a step towards resolving the country’s current political crisis.


Despite Gaza clashes, Israelis and Palestinians must maintain ceasefire, says UN official

24 December – The United Nations Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, James Rawley, has said he is deeply concerned by reports of exchange of fire between Palestinian militants and the Israeli Defense Forces in the southern Gaza Strip today.


2014: A look back at some of the year's major developments

24 December – Conflict, disease, human rights abuses and food insecurity combined to make 2014 a year marked by untold human misery. From the rise of violent extremism to the spread of Ebola, from war in Gaza to unrest in Ukraine, UN peacekeeping, diplomacy and humanitarian capabilities were pushed to the limit


Haiti: UN and partners welcome consensus on appointment of interim Prime Minister

23 December – The United Nations and its international partners today welcomed the designation of Florence Guillaume as Haiti’s interim Prime Minister.