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Secretary-General António Guterres (front left) addresses the Security Council meeting on the protection of civilians and medical care in armed conflict. At right is Rodolfo Nin Novoa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Uruguay and President of the Council for May. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Attacks on hospitals and medical staff ‘symptoms of grave disregard’ for international law — UN chief
25 May 2017

Parties to conflict are treating hospitals and clinics as targets, rather than respecting them as sanctuaries, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned today during a Security Council debate on the protection of civilians in armed violence.

 
Women at the FAO-supported farm centre in Maiduguri, northeastern Nigeria. Photo: FAO/Pius Utomi Ekpei On Africa Day, UN chief says world must move from ‘managing crises to preventing them’
25 May 2017

‘Africa Day’ 2017 comes at an important moment in the continent’s endeavours towards peace, inclusive economic growth and sustainable development United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said, urging humanity to listen and learn with the people of Africa.

 
Special Representative in South Sudan and head of the Mission known as UNMISS David Shearer (left), attends the signing of an agreement to cease hostilities between Jonglei and Boma regions. Photo: UNMISS Top UN official in South Sudan urges Security Council to advance ‘common strategy’ on political process
24 May 2017

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan today urged the Security Council to unite behind a common strategy for advancing the political process and peace in the crisis-torn country.

 
Secretary-General António Guterres (right) lays a wreath in honour of all peacekeepers who lost their lives while serving under the UN flag. UN Photo/Mark Garten Marking International Day, UN honours dedication and service of peacekeepers
24 May 2017

While the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is 29 May, the Organization today held ceremonies to pay tribute to the more than 3,500 people who have died on duty since 1948 and acknowledge the dedication and courage of those serving on the ground.

 
Pictured from left: Atul Khare, Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, Ambassador Burhan Gafoor of Singapore and Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix. Photo: Steven Bornholtz/DPKO-DFS New secure Internet app aids UN peacekeeping maintain and share statistics
23 May 2017

The United Nations peacekeeping office today announced a new software application that is enhancing efficiency and situational awareness in the field.

 
A member of the UN Police Unit during a patrol in the Malian city of Timbuktu. Credit: MINUSMA/Harandane Dick FEATURE: "We invest in peace"
23 May 2017

More than 100,000 UN peacekeepers serving around the world will be honoured this month as the United Nations celebrates the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, observed annually on 29 May.

 
MINUSMA peacekeepers patrol the streets of Kidal, Mali. Photo: MINUSMA/Sylvain Liechti Two UN ‘blue helmets’ killed in attack in northern Mali
23 May 2017

Two peacekeepers of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) were killed and another injured on Tuesday morning in an ambush in the northern Kidal region.

 
Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix. Photo MINUSMA/Sylvain Liechti INTERVIEW: ‘Our peacekeepers are saving lives every day’ — new UN peacekeeping chief
22 May 2017

With United Nations peace operations being carried out in highly complex environments and facing multiple challenges, Secretary-General António Guterres recently stressed the need to adapt peacekeeping to «our changing world.»

It is in this context that Jean-Pierre Lacroix took up his post as the new Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations at the beginning of April. The French national, who has more than 25 years of political and diplomatic experience, currently oversees 16 UN peacekeeping operations deployed on four continents.

 
Two refugee children who have arrived in Democratic Republic of the Congo with a group of more than 400 other refugees from the region around Yei in South Sudan. Photo: UNHCR/Andreas Kirchof South Sudan: UN report exposes human rights violations against civilians in Yei
19 May 2017

A United Nations report has documented human rights violations and abuses against civilians that may amount to war crimes or crimes against humanity, in what used to be a peaceful multi-ethnic town in South Sudan.

 
Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres speaks in the the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Behind him Antonio Tajani,  President of the European Parliament. Photo: European Union 2017- Source: EP Secretary-General Guterres praises a united Europe as 'fundamental pillar' of strong UN
17 May 2017

Secretary-General António Guterres today stressed that the European Union's contribution is absolutely essential for the United Nations, from support to peacekeeping to protecting human rights, solving conflicts, advancing the agenda for sustainable development and fighting climate change.

 

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