Peace and Security

UN condemns attack that kills dozens near shrine in Kabul

The United Nations strongly condemned the deadly attack earlier Wednesday in the Afghan capital, Kabul, near a major religious shrine where people had gathered to celebrate Nowruz – the traditional New Year and the arrival of spring.

Acts that undermine the Libyan State must not become the ‘new normal,’ UN Security Council told

Libya’s shaky financial position, looming humanitarian crisis and the inability of State authorities to provide services have created a “vicious cycle” where groups with vested interests are trying to step in and undermine the Government, the United Nations envoy to the north African warned on Wednesday.

Displacement surges as twin military offensives drive thousands from Afrin and east Ghouta – UN

The humanitarian crisis in Syria is reaching new peaks as hundreds of thousands of people flee the escalating fighting in Eastern Ghouta and Afrin, the latest flashpoints in the long-running conflict, United Nations relief agencies said Tuesday.

Thousands suffering amid harrowing conditions in east Ghouta and Afrin – UN

The United Nations in Syria is appealing urgently for help to ease the catastrophic situation for tens for thousands of people impacted by fighting in Eastern Ghouta, outside Damascus, and the northern town of Afrin.

Brief ceasefire in Douma only piece of good news for civilians in war-torn Syria, UN envoy says

The United Nations mediator for the Syrian conflict told the Security Council on Friday that its three-week old demand for a ceasefire across the war-ravaged country was still not being implemented, and while progress had been made in Douma in Eastern Ghouta, “the bottom line is, too many civilians are still suffering.”

Gaza requires changed political reality, renewed commitment to avoid total collapse

The lack of a political process to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to be the single largest impediment to Palestinian development, and an escalation in hostilities could completely break down service delivery in Gaza, a United Nations report said Friday.

Pakistan: UN chief condemns attack at police checkpoint near Lahore

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned yesterday’s attack at a police checkpoint near a mosque in the outskirts of Lahore.

Ukraine: UN calls for protection of civilians after attacks on water facility workers

Following recent shelling of water treatment workers in eastern Ukraine, a senior United Nations official has called on all parties to the conflict to protect those civilians who maintain critical infrastructure.

UN Security Council calls for all Yemen’s ports to remain fully open to all aid imports

The Security Council has urged warring parties in Yemen to allow humanitarian convoys to safely reach all conflict-affected governorates without hindrance, while also asking that all Yemen’s ports remain fully open to commercial and relief supply imports.

In Rome, UN chief urges international community to remain strongly committed to stability in Lebanon

Calling Lebanon “a fundamental pillar of stability” in the Middle East, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday told a high-level meeting in Rome that it is absolutely essential for the international community to show strong solidarity with the country.