Peace and Security

Peacekeepers saved many lives despite challenges, UN officials stress at year's end

Despite a particularly deadly year for United Nations peacekeepers – with more than 60 'blue helmets' killed in hostile acts – the Organization in 2017 completed its peacekeeping objectives in Côte d'Ivoire, refocused its work in Haiti and will soon complete its mandate in Liberia.

Two years on, Iran nuclear accord at a ‘critical crossroads,’ UN Security Council told

The United Nations political chief told the Security Council Tuesday that the UN Secretariat is not yet in a position to confirm whether the ballistic missiles launched at the Saudi cities of Yanbu and Riyadh were Iranian Qiam-1 missiles, as assessed by Saudi authorities.

Unified action needed in Central Africa to defuse regional tensions, Security Council told

Despite some positive developments, the overall situation in Central Africa still requires concerted action at all levels to address sociopolitical tensions, economic difficulties and abuses by armed groups, a United Nations envoy for the region said Wednesday.

Not enough being done to shield civilians from violence in Somalia – UN report

The armed conflict in Somalia continues to exact a heavy toll on civilians, damaging infrastructure and livelihoods, displacing millions of people, and impeding access to humanitarian relief for communities in need, according to a United Nations report launched today in the country's capital, Mogadishu.

UN chief contacts New York City Mayor, US Ambassador to extend condolences in wake of deadly attack

A day after the deadly attack in New York City, Secretary-General António Guterres spoke to Mayor Bill di Blasio and reaffirmed his solidarity with the people of New York.

UN chief stresses prevention, support for victims in counter-terrorism speech

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today reiterated the importance of preventing terrorism by addressing its root causes, supporting victims of terrorism and enhancing human rights, in a world where security threats and challenges are rapidly evolving.

UN chief Guterres, US President Trump commit to work together to address common challenges

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres met Friday with United States President Donald Trump and discussed, among others, tensions in the Korean Peninsula and the fight against terrorism.

At Security Council, top counter-terrorism officials stress ‘All of UN’ approach to tackle scourge

Addressing the Security Council, the head of the newly-created United Nations counter-terrorism office today outlined a framework to devise a cohesive, well-coordinated programme to support Member States as well as the priority areas of such work.

Security Council renews mandate of UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Lebanon for one year.

Security Council extends mandate of UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus

The Security Council today renewed the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Cyprus for six months, until 31 January 2018, following the recent failure to reach a settlement to the longstanding conflict between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots on the Mediterranean island.