News by topic: Peace and Security


UN Security Council strongly condemns terrorist attack in Egypt

21 October – Condemning “in the strongest terms” the terrorist attack that took place Friday in Egypt's El Wahat desert, the United Nations Security Council underlined the need to bring the perpetrators and sponsors of such “reprehensible acts” to justice.


‘Cycle of violence must end,’ says UN chief, condemning latest attacks in Afghanistan

20 October – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned today’s attacks at mosques in Afghanistan’s Kabul city and Ghor Province during Friday prayers.


Watchful of the situation in Raqqa, Syria, UN chief urges need to revive political process

19 October – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres is urging all sides involved in the fight for Raqqa, Syria, to protect civilians, abide with international law, and allow humanitarian access to those in need.


Iraq: Security Council voices concern over reported violence in Kirkuk

18 October – The Security Council on Wednesday expressed concern over recent reports of violence near the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq.


UN strongly condemns terrorist attacks across Afghanistan

18 October – Secretary-General António Guterres and the United Nations Security Council have condemned yesterday's attacks in Afghanistan's Paktya and Ghazni provinces, which left many dead and injured.


With ‘cautious optimism,’ UN political official reports positive developments on Middle East peace

18 October – A senior United Nations political affairs official on Wednesday highlighted at the Security Council some positive developments on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, particulalry on intra-Palestinian reconciliation efforts.


UN chief announces trip to Central African Republic, where crisis is 'far from media spotlight'

18 October – Speaking to the press at United Nations Headquarters, in New York, Secretary-General António Guterres announced that he will be travelling to the Central African Republic early next week to draw attention to the fragile situation in the country “that is often far from the media spotlight.”


Myanmar: Plight of refugees focus of top UN political official's meetings

17 October – Concluding a visit to Myanmar, the top United Nations political official has underscored the importance of accountability and non-discriminatory rule of law and public safety as part of the comprehensive approach needed to address the fears and distrust among communities in Rakhine.


South Sudan's leaders must pull country back from 'impending abyss,' UN peacekeeping chief

17 October – Amid worsening security and the dire humanitarian and human rights situation in South Sudan, the head of United Nations peacekeeping operations on Tuesday called on the international community to demand that the country's leadership act in a manner that is expected of them.


UN envoy discusses implementation of intra-Palestinian agreement with Prime Minister Hamdallah

16 October – Meeting the Palestinian Prime Minister today, the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, and discussed the implementation of the intra-Palestinian agreement signed in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on 12 October.