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The Taliban has taken territory in Khanabad district in the Afghanistan province of Kunduz on the other side of a bridge pictured here in August 2015. Photo: <a href=http://bit.ly/1JQ0BaH>Bethany Matta/IRIN</a> UN mission ‘seriously concerned’ by Taliban threats against Afghan media outlets
13 October 2015

Expressing serious concerns at recent statements made from the Taliban that identified specific Afghan media outlets and its staff as targets, the United Nations Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMA) today urged all parties to the conflict to respect and protect the right to freedom of expression.

Delegates in the Security Council Chamber before the start of an all-day open debate on women, peace and security to review implementation of resolution 1325, the first resolution of the Council to address the disproportionate and unique impact of armed conflict on women. UN Photo/Cia Pak Security Council renews commitment to landmark resolution on women, peace and security
13 October 2015

Marking the 15th anniversary the adoption of the United Nations Security Council’s resolution 1325, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today declared his commitment to the inclusion of women in peace-building processes, while the Council adopted a new text by which it decided to integrate women, peace and security concerns across all country-specific situations on its agenda, within relevant contexts.

United Nations Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards, British actor Daniel Craig (right), visiting Cyprus on a two-day visit with the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). Photo: UNFICYP UN global advocate Daniel Craig visits Cyprus, highlights need for continued de-mining efforts
13 October 2015

In his new role as the United Nations Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards, renowned actor Daniel Craig underscored the humanitarian importance of the UN's de-mining efforts in Cyprus, his first country visit for the Organization.

Mogens Lykketoft (right), President of the seventieth session of the General Assembly, chairs a meeting on how best to strengthen United Nations peace operations. At his side is Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard Ban calls for urgent and collective action to reform UN peace operations
12 October 2015

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged immediate action to strengthen the Organization’s peace operations, telling the 193-member UN General Assembly that is essential to act now and «not wait, as in the past, for crisis or tragedy to propel reform.»

A street scene in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic (CAR). Photo: MINUSCA UN mission in Central African Republic on ‘high alert’ as armed group threatens capital
12 October 2015

The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) has reported that it is on "high alert" as the situation in the war-torn country remains fragile, with armed groups threatening to destabilize its capital city, Bangui.

An all-female Formed Police Unit from Bangladesh, serving with the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti, arrives in Port-au-Prince to assist with post-earthquake reconstruction. UN Photo/Marco Dormino Peace endures when women can participate meaningfully in peace talks, says new UN report
12 October 2015

A new report on women, peace and security, launched today to coincide with the 15th anniversary of the landmark United Nations Security Council resolution on the issue, highlights the important gains to be made by the greater empowerment of women in peacebuilding efforts.

International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)in Kandahar City, Afghanistan in June 2010. Photo: ISAF/PAO/Matthew Chlosta Afghanistan: UN urges prompt investigation into murder of mission staff member
12 October 2015

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is deeply troubled and saddened over today’s killing in Kandahar of Ms. Toorpaki Ulfat, a staff member of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

Child soldiers released in South Sudan. Photo: UNICEF/2015/South Sudan/Sebastian Rich African Union-UN mission in Darfur welcomes rebel group order to ban recruitment of child soldiers
12 October 2015

The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) today welcomed as a «significant step» an order by the rebel Justice and Equality Movement known as JEM that prohibits the recruitment and use of children in its ranks.

A wide view of the Security Council in session. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz (file) Security Council extends UN mission in South Sudan, urges inclusive dialogue towards lasting peace
9 October 2015

Extending for two months the mandate of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS), the Security Council urged the parties to implement a recent peace deal and adjusting the operation’s activities, requesting the Secretary-General to prioritize the deployment if unarmed unmanned aerial systems and to make available technical assistance for setting up a hybrid court as called for in the peace agreement.

Special Representative for Libya Bernardino León speaks at a press conference in Skhirat, Morocco. Photo: UNSMIL Top UN officials urge Libyan parties to endorse proposals on new unity government
9 October 2015

Following the proposal of the names of candidates for the presidency for a national unity government in Libya, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged parties to the Libyan “not to squander this opportunity to put the country back on the path to building a State that reflects the spirit and ambitions of the 2011 revolution.”


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