Peace and Security

In Vienna, Ban says UN and Austria will continue cooperation in promoting shared goals

Kicking off what is likely to be his final overseas trip before leaving office at the end of the month, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Austria today, meeting the President-elect, foreign ministry officials, and press in Vienna.

Liberia ‘stable’ but needs continued attention, Security Council told

Briefing the Security Council on the situation in Liberia, the United Nations peacekeeping chief today underlined that the country remained stable and that since the security transition in June this year, there had been no incident serious enough to warrant an armed response from the UN mission in the country, known as UNMIL.

Ban voices deep concerns over renewed violence in the Central African Republic

Expressing deep concerns over last week's renewed violence in the Central African Republic that has reportedly claimed dozens of lives and displaced more than 11,000 persons – many civilians – United Nations Secretary-General has called on the armed groups to immediately and to “genuinely” commit to peace.

Ban 'deeply concerned' about deteriorating situation along 'Line of Control' in Kashmir

“Deeply concerned” about the deterioration of the situation along the Line of Control in Kashmir in recent days, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all involved to prioritize the restoration of calm and stability in order to prevent any further escalation and loss of life.

UN deputy chief urges donors to support peace consolidation in Central African Republic

In Brussels, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today urged an international conference for the Central African Republic (CAR) to show solidarity and pledge the necessary financial support to the Government-identified priorities and reforms needed for the African country’s rehabilitation and stabilization.

Kosovo situation yielding ‘fewer results than hoped’ in 2016, UN envoy tells Security Council

Many of the political expectations with which Kosovo began the year yielded fewer results than hoped, the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission there said today, expressing hope that next year will see clear progress on political dialogue accompanied by necessary progress at community level.

INTERVIEW: Upcoming visit a chance for Security Council to see, firsthand, challenges facing people of South Sudan

A delegation from the United Nations Security Council is expected to visit South Sudan this week.

INTERVIEW: The Syrian forces and ISIL used toxic chemicals as weapons – report

The Syrian Airforce and ISIL used toxic chemicals as weapons, according to a new report issued on Tuesday by Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and United Nations Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM), and mandated by the UN Security Council.

Ban 'deeply concerned' over tensions in south-western Western Sahara

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is deeply concerned over the tense situation that has developed in the narrow buffer strip in south-western Western Sahara between the Moroccan berm and the Mauritanian border as a result of changes in the status quo and the introduction of armed units from Morocco and the Polisario Front in close proximity to each other.

Diary from Syria: An eyewitness account of broken families, grief and survival

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) supports more than 4 million people inside Syria with food assistance. Heading its operation there since December last year is Swiss national Jakob Kern.