Peace and Security

Ukraine: Cycle of death, destruction, dislocation, and disruption ‘must stop’ 

The “horrific conflict,” in Ukraine shows no signs of abating, the UN political and peacebuilding chief told the Security Council on Tuesday, pointing out that since her last update on 5 April, “countless Ukrainian civilians” have been killed in indiscriminate attacks, cities and towns levelled, and much of the country’s arable land “horribly disfigured by shelling”.  

Syria: Decade of brutal war left nearly 307,000 civilians dead

Between 1 March 2011 and 31 March 2021, 306,887 civilians were killed in the on-going war in Syria - the highest estimate yet of conflict-related deaths in the country, according to a new report published by the UN rights office (OHCHR) on Tuesday.

Ukraine: Dozens dead and injured as UN condemns ‘utterly deplorable’ shopping centre attack

At least ten people have reportedly been killed by what Ukrainian authorities have said was a Russian missile strike on a crowded shopping centre, and attack which the UN condemned on Monday as “utterly deplorable”.

Mali: Latest attack against UN peacekeepers leaves Guinean 'blue helmet' dead

The Secretary-General strongly condemned on Sunday, an attack in Kidal, a city in northern Mali, against a convoy of UN peacekeepers that claimed the life of a blue helmet.

Building peace: Plotting a route towards democracy in The Gambia

After two decades of dictatorship, The Gambia is on the road towards democracy and respect for human rights, The UN is working closely with the government on this journey, a process that involves facing up to the country’s violent past.

Sudan: One-third of population faces acute food insecurity 

One-third of Sudan’s population, or 15 million people, are facing acute food insecurity, according to a new assessment released on Thursday by the World Food Programme (WFP). 

Myanmar: Cycle of ‘human rights violations and abuses’ continues, warns Bachelet

Still suffering from the devastating consequences of the February 2021 military coup, the UN rights chief said on Tuesday that the people of Myanmar remain “trapped in a cycle of poverty and displacement, human rights violations and abuses”.

Myanmar’s multidimensional crises have ‘deepened and expanded dramatically’

The political crisis unleashed in Myanmar following the 1 February military coup last year, has “opened new frontlines that had long been at peace,” the UN Special Envoy told the General Assembly on Monday, noting that challenges in the country have “both deepened and expanded dramatically.”

Mali: Support ‘deep aspiration’ for reform, top envoy urges Security Council

Long-term uncertainty related to the length of the transition period in Mali has made it even more difficult to achieve progress on implementing the 2015 peace agreement, the top UN official in the country told the Security Council on Monday. 

‘Great progress’ being made bringing Da’esh/ISIL terrorists to justice, Security Council hears

Crimes committed by the Da’esh terror network in Iraq constitute some of the “most gruesome acts we have seen in recent history”, the UN Special Advisor reminded the Security Council on Wednesday.