Peace and Security

Upcoming elections will signal Liberia's ‘irreversible course’ towards democracy, President Sirleaf tells UN

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly just 22 days ahead of historic elections in Liberia, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf today said the polls will signal the “irreversible course” that the country has embarked upon to consolidate its young, post-conflict democracy.

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.

Guterres appoints former German President Köhler as his Western Sahara envoy

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Horst Köhler, former President of Germany, as his Personal Envoy for Western Sahara.

Post-election Kosovo entering period of uncertainty that will demand strong leadership – UN envoy

Following the parliamentary elections of 11 June, which took place without “major irregularities or incidents,” Kosovo has entered a “period of uncertainty” marked by reconfiguring the political landscape and a “functional void,” the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Kosovo Zahir Tanin told the Security Council today.

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.

UN chief ‘deeply sorry’ as Cyprus talks conclude without agreement

Secretary-General António Guterres says that he is “deeply sorry” that, despite very strong commitments and the engagement of all delegations, the United Nations-facilitated Conference on Cyprus concluded without reaching an agreement.

INTERVIEW: 'Disarmament matters' in times of crisis, stresses new High Representative

Izumi Nakamitsu has taken the helm of United Nations disarmament affairs at a time when needs are greatest for the world to invest in conflict prevention.

On anniversary of Somalia's independence, senior UN official urges political unity

Marking the 57th anniversary of Somalia's independence, the top United Nations official in the country today urged all Somalis to seize a moment of opportunity and work towards peace and stability.

INTERVIEW: Afghans need to see their Government taking the reins – UN envoy

Afghans need to see their Government taking the reins for security in the country, delivering much needed services and creating jobs, says the United Nations envoy to the country, Tadamichi Yamamoto.  

Afghan Government must work to build trust in an 'increasingly fragile environment' – UN envoy

Warning that the recent surge of violent attacks in Afghanistan could signal a much worse and more fragile period ahead, the United Nations envoy for the country today called for urgent action to strengthen stability, including through improving the Government's credibility, and urged all parties to exercise restraint and avoid violence.