News by topic: Peace and Security


Yemen's 'man-made catastrophe' is ravaging country, senior UN officials tell Security Council

18 August – Warning about escalating suffering in Yemen's man-made catastrophe, senior United Nations officials today addressed the Security Council, calling on the international community to push for a political solution to the more than two-year-old conflict.


UN condemns deadly terrorist attack in Barcelona

17 August – Condemning today's terrorist attack on Barcelona, Spain, Secretary-General António Guterres said the United Nations stands in solidarity with the Government and people of Spain in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism.


Post-election Kosovo entering period of uncertainty that will demand strong leadership – UN envoy

16 August – Following the parliamentary elections of 11 June, which took place without “major irregularities or incidents,” Kosovo has entered a “period of uncertainty” marked by reconfiguring the political landscape and a “functional void,” the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Kosovo Zahir Tanin told the Security Council today.


As tensions on Korean Peninsula grow, UN chief urges world to 'dial up' diplomacy

16 August – Addressing the growing tensions on the Korean Peninsula, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today said it was important “to dial down rhetoric and dial up diplomacy.”


UN observers conclude FARC-EP arms removal process in Colombia

16 August – More than 8,000 weapons and over one million burned cartridges were transported to a central warehouse in Colombia as the United Nations political mission in the country concluded the process of the laying down of individual weapons of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) combatants.


UN chief condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Borno state, Nigeria

16 August – Condemning a series of terrorist attacks in north-eastern Nigeria, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called for those responsible for these “repeated heinous acts” to be brought to justice.


Security Council told African-led force on terrorism in the Sahel operational but challenged

15 August – The joint task force by the so-called Group of Five (G5) – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – to tackle the threat of terrorism in Africa's Sahel region is now operational, but a number of challenges remain, including funding, the United Nations Security Council was today told.


UN, Security Council condemn deadly attacks on peacekeeping mission in Mali

14 August – The United Nations and the Security Council today condemned the attacks against camps of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali in Douenza and Timbuktu on Monday, which resulted in the deaths of one UN peacekeeper, a Malian soldier and a member of the Malian gendarmerie, along with six Malian contractors.


UN chief Guterres condemns terrorist attack in Burkina Faso

14 August – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the terrorist attack carried out yesterday in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso.


With devastating impact on civilians, conflict is 'major cause of famine' – UN Security Council

9 August – Expressing its grave concern about the threat of famine facing some 20 million people in conflict-affected Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and north-east Nigeria, the United Nations Security Council today requested the Secretary-General to provide early warning when a conflict could lead to famine.