Peace and Security

UN chief following Mali crisis ‘with concern’ as Security Council strongly condemns arrests

The UN Security Council met behind closed doors on Wednesday to discuss the derailing of Mali’s transitional government following the apparent forced departure of both the President and Prime Minister on Tuesday, by the leader of last August’s military coup.

5 things you should know about ICAO, the UN aviation agency

In response to the apparent forced landing of a commercial passenger plane in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, the International Civil Aviation Organization, ICAO, convened an urgent diplomatic meeting on Thursday. What is ICAO saying about the incident, and what powers does the agency have? 

During relative calm, growing humanitarian suffering in Syria, a ‘tragic irony’  

Violent conflict, terrorism and human rights abuses continue in Syria as its besieged population suffers economic destitution, displacement, detention and abduction, the UN’s Special Envoy for the country told the Security Council on Wednesday. 

Tools to protect civilians in conflict exist, but not the will to apply them, Lowcock tells Security Council

The international legal framework and tools are all there to protect civilians caught up in conflict, and now it’s time for governments and armed groups to apply them, the UN relief chief told the Security Council on Tuesday.

Somali leaders walk ‘back from the brink’, resume talks on critical elections

A summit involving leaders of Somalia’s political factions is underway in Mogadishu, a welcome relief after months of escalating tension, the senior UN official in the country told the Security Council on Tuesday, expressing hope that a consensus on electoral plans will be announced imminently.

Lack of clean water far deadlier than violence in war-torn countries, says UNICEF report

Attacks on water and sanitation facilities in conflict zones around the world are putting the lives of millions of children around the world in danger, and are a much greater threat than violence itself, warns the UN Children’s agency, UNICEF, in a report released on Tuesday.

Guterres deeply concerned over ‘forced landing’ and arrest of Belarus opposition journalist, as condemnation grows

The UN Secretary-General said on Monday he was “deeply concerned” over the apparent forced landing of a commercial passenger jet over Belarus, and the subsequent detention of a prominent dissident and journalist by authorities there.

WFP scales up support in Yemen but fears response could be hampered

Although the World Food Programme (WFP) is ramping up support to people in Yemen’s worst hunger hotspots, in efforts to prevent famine, sustaining response through the rest of the year is uncertain, the UN agency warned on Monday.

One blue helmet lost is ‘one too many’: UN peacekeeping chief reports spike in 2021 fatalities

 UN blue helmets face an increasing number of attacks throughout the complex environments in which they work, the head of the Organization’s peacekeeping operations told the Security Council on Monday. 

Military Gender Advocate of the Year highlights ‘crucial gender dimensions’ in Darfur 

The UN chief on Monday, commended an award-winning Kenyan peacekeeper for her gender-mainstreaming work while serving in the restive Darfur region of Sudan.