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Strengthen measures to counter threats posed by returning foreign terrorist fighters, Security Council urges

“Gravely concerned” over risks posed by foreign terrorist fighters returning from conflict zones, the United Nations Security Council on Thursday called on Member States to strengthen their efforts to counter the threat through measures on border control, criminal justice, information-sharing and counter-extremism.

Security Council to consider set of elements in peacekeeping reviews

The United Nations Security Council on Thursday expressed its intention to consider a set of elements when reviewing mandates and configuration of peacekeeping missions.

Secretary-General extends mandate of UN-backed Lebanon tribunal for three more years

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres extended for another three years the mandate of the tribunal set up to try those accused of carrying out the February 2005 attack in Beirut, which killed 22 people, including the former Prime Minister of Lebanon, Rafiq Hariri, and injured many others.

UN peacekeeping operations will keep aiming to reduce their environmental impact – Security Council

The Security Council on Thursday said that United Nations peacekeeping missions will continue to consider ways to reduce the environmental impact of their operations, in line with relevant UN resolutions and mindful of the goals set out in international accords on the environment, including the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Afghan parties must agree on ‘convincing peace process’ to end 40 years of conflict, says UN envoy

The United Nations envoy for Afghanistan on Thursday highlighted the need for the country to achieve a political settlement with the armed opposition, pointing to an upcoming February meeting between the parties as an opportunity not to be missed.

Aid has not reached ‘a single soul’ in Syria’s besieged areas in December, says UN advisor

The list of people requiring life-saving medical help in Syria is getting shorter not because they were evacuated, but because they died, a senior United Nations advisor warned Thursday.

Conflict casts shadow on fight to end hunger in some regions – UN agriculture agency

Conflict and protracted crises in a handful of countries in the Near East and North Africa are hindering efforts to eradicate hunger in the region by 2030, according to a United Nations report published Thursday.

UN tribunal for former Yugoslavia leaves behind culture of accountability, says Guterres

The United Nations tribunal dealing with atrocities committed during the Balkans wars of 1990s has been a pioneer in creating the contemporary architecture of international criminal justice, and “gave a voice to victims,” Secretary-General António Guterres said Thursday.

UNICEF airlifts six million doses of vaccines to children in Yemen

A plane charted by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) landed in Sana’a, Yemen, on Thursday, delivering nearly 6 million doses of essential vaccines to protect millions of children at risk of preventable diseases, including the current diphtheria outbreak that has reportedly infected over 300 people and killed 35.

States must boost efforts to fill capability, personnel gaps in peacekeeping, UN official tells Security Council

Partnership and resources are key to ensuring that every United Nations peacekeeping mission is supported by properly‑trained, well‑equipped and motivated troops and police, a senior UN peacekeeping official told the Security Council on Thursday, during its discussion on how best to fill critical capability gaps.