News by topic: Peace and Security


In Juba, UN peacekeeping chief urges political solution for South Sudanese crisis

21 March – The security situation in South Sudan is “very worrisome,” the head of United Nations peacekeeping operations today said, warning that the number of people fleeing the country showing no signs of slowing, and calling for a political solution to the hostilities.


Deteriorating security situation in DR Congo 'a source of major concern,' warns UN envoy

21 March – The United Nations envoy for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today stressed the need for both the Government and the opposition groups there to show the same level of commitment and compromise which led to the signing on 31 December of an agreement on the electoral process, while also citing the UN peacekeeping mission's readiness to adapt to the deteriorating security situation.


Put Libya ahead of ‘narrow interests,’ UN envoy urges as situation worsens across the country

20 March – Warning of escalating tension across the North African country due to mobilization of forces, worsening security situation in capital, Tripoli, as well as recent violence in Misrata and Benghazi, the United Nations envoy for Libya today called on all parties to unite and to put the country ahead of their “own narrow interests.”


Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in Afghanistan for one year

17 March – The Security Council today extended the mandate of United Nations assistance operation in Afghanistan until 17 March 2018, stressing the political mission’s role in supporting an inclusive Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.


In Europe, UN envoy urges political and financial support for Yemenis

17 March – The United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen today called on the international community to do everything in its power to stop the fighting in the country, provide humanitarian aid, and promote a negotiated political settlement to the two-year long conflict.


Peace in Syria an imperative ‘that cannot wait,’ UN chief Guterres says as war enters seventh year

15 March – As the brutal war in Syria enters its seventh year, peace “is a moral and political imperative both for the Syrian people and for the world,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said today, urging the conflict parties to fully back a fragile ceasefire and ensure aid access, as well as to support UN-facilitated talks set to pick up again late this month.


UN envoy for Somalia condemns bomb blasts in Mogadishu

13 March – The United Nations envoy for Somalia has strongly condemned this morning’s bomb blasts at two locations in Mogadishu that reportedly killed a number of civilians.


Syria: UN chief Guterres condemns terrorist attacks in Damascus

12 March – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the terrorist bombings in the Syrian capital of Damascus yesterday, his spokesman said today.


Security Council encourages Syrian parties to take part in UN-supported talks ‘without preconditions’

10 March – Looking forward to the early resumption of the United Nations-facilitated intra-Syrian negotiations, the Security Council today encouraged the Syrian parties to return to talks in good faith “and to engage constructively and without preconditions” on the agenda set out by UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura when they resume.


Nation-building amid insurgency ‘an uphill struggle’ for Afghanistan – UN envoy

10 March – The United Nations envoy for Afghanistan today highlighted both the visible progress the conflict-torn country has made and the challenges lie ahead, urging the Government to redouble efforts while calling for continued international political and financial support.