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UN Assistant-Secretary-General Oscar Fernandez-Taranco addresses the UN Security Council and speaks about evolution of peacebuilding throughout the last decades. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine FEATURE SERIES: What is UN peacebuilding and its role in preventing conflicts?
27 July 2016

In conflicts, the United Nations is commonly associated with peacekeeping and UN ‘blue helmets,’ but increasingly the international community’s focus is on «peacebuilding» — the idea of supporting a country throughout all stages of a conflict, including post-conflict recovery and socio-economic development, and on preventing the outbreak of fighting.

Jane Holl Lute, Special Coordinator on improving the United Nations response to sexual exploitation and abuse, gives an interview for the UN News and Media Division's news outlets.  UN Photo/Mark Garten FEATURE: ’We all have to do what we can’ to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse — Jane Holl Lute
26 July 2016

The United Nations has a «zero tolerance» policy towards sexual abuse by anyone working under the blue flag.

The matter is one of such weight for the Organization that earlier this year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Jane Holl Lute as the Special Coordinator on improving the UN response to sexual exploitation and abuse.

A street scene in Mogadishu, the Somali capital. Photo: AU-UN IST/Stuart Price Somalia: UN condemns terrorist attack near Mogadishu airport
26 July 2016

The United Nations chief and his envoy for Somalia have denounced today's terrorist attack in the vicinity of Mogadishu International Airport that killed at least a dozen people.

A wide view of the Security Council in session. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz (file) Security Council extends UN mission in Cyprus for six months
26 July 2016

The United Nations Security Council today extended the mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) for six months, until 31 January 2017, and welcomed the progress of the negotiations between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders to reach a comprehensive settlement.

Inspection of rehabilitation work being undertaken by MINUSCA at the Ngaragba prison in Bangui, the Central African Republic (CAR) capital. Photo: MINUSCA\Nektarios Markogiannis Security Council extends UN Central African Republic Mission through 2017
26 July 2016

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping operation in the Central African Republic (CAR) until 15 November 2017, keeping an authorized troop ceiling of 10,750 military personnel intact and providing time for the mission to assess the post-transition process in the country.

At a press conference in Kabul, (left) Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-Generalís Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, and (right) Danielle Bell, Director, Human Rights Unit, UNAMA, present latest report on civilian casualties. Photo: UNAMA/Fardin Waezi. Afghan civilian casualties hit half-year record, with 5,166 dead or maimed – UN
25 July 2016

In the first six months of this year, 5,166 civilians were either killed or maimed in Afghanistan, a half-year record since counting began in 2009, a United Nations report published today shows.

Photo: UNAMA/Fardin Waezi Afghanistan: UN condemns terrorist attack that leaves scores dead in Kabul
23 July 2016

Senior United Nations officials as well as the UN Security Council have strongly condemned an attack on a peaceful demonstration the Afghan capital that killed at least 80 people and injured more than 230 others, they also expressed deep condolences to the families of the victims.

Blue helmets and uniforms of UN Peacekeepers.  UN Photo/Marco Dormino UN launches e-learning training to tackle sexual exploitation and abuse
22 July 2016

The United Nations department providing logistical support to field missions announced today the launch of a new mandatory online programme for all uniformed and civilian personnel to strengthen training on the standards of conduct, with a special focus on sexual exploitation and abuse.

Wide view of the Security Council Chamber. UN Photo/Loey Felipe (file) Security Council authorizes countries to help Libya destroy chemical weapons
22 July 2016

Following a request from the main international organization working to achieve a world free of chemical weapons, the United Nations Security Council today adopted a resolution authorizing the transfer of such weapons out of Libya for their safe, timely destruction.

UN peacekeepers on patrol in Kidal, Mali. Photo: MINUSMA/Blagoje Grujic Mali: UN condemns renewed clashes between armed groups in country's north
22 July 2016

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, along with the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), condemned the recent clashes in Kidal between forces of The Platform Movement and those of the Coordination of movements of Azawad (CMA), both of which are signatories to the country's peace agreement.


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