Peace and Security

Pakistan: UN chief condemns attack at police checkpoint near Lahore

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned yesterday’s attack at a police checkpoint near a mosque in the outskirts of Lahore.

Ukraine: UN calls for protection of civilians after attacks on water facility workers

Following recent shelling of water treatment workers in eastern Ukraine, a senior United Nations official has called on all parties to the conflict to protect those civilians who maintain critical infrastructure.

UN Security Council calls for all Yemen’s ports to remain fully open to all aid imports

The Security Council has urged warring parties in Yemen to allow humanitarian convoys to safely reach all conflict-affected governorates without hindrance, while also asking that all Yemen’s ports remain fully open to commercial and relief supply imports.

In Rome, UN chief urges international community to remain strongly committed to stability in Lebanon

Calling Lebanon “a fundamental pillar of stability” in the Middle East, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday told a high-level meeting in Rome that it is absolutely essential for the international community to show strong solidarity with the country.

The Netherlands and UN peacekeeping: Helping countries navigate the difficult path from conflict to peace

From air transport in the Congo to truce observation in the Golan and assistance in the transition to independence in Namibia, the Netherlands has a long history with United Nations peacekeeping.

Security Council renews UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan

The United Nations Security Council on Thursday renewed the mandate of UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan for another year and demanded that all parties immediately end the fighting countrywide.

UK letter to Security Council says ‘highly likely’ Russia behind nerve-agent attack; Russia denies responsibility

During a heated debate in the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday, the United Kingdom said that it was “highly likely” that Russia was behind an attack using a deadly nerve-agent, which has left Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, hospitalized in critical condition.

UN envoy urges hold-out armed groups to sign accord for durable peace in Sudan’s Darfur

While the security situation in Sudan’s Darfur region remained stable, the causes of the conflict – and their related consequences – have been largely unaddressed, the head of the African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission said Wednesday, calling on hold-out armed groups to sign the foundational 2011 peace agreement without delay.

As Syria conflict enters eighth year, UN agencies join call for peace and safe aid delivery

Two United Nations relief agencies on Wednesday joined a chorus of international organizations and partners in the quest to end seven years of conflict in Syria, urging warring parties to allow humanitarian access for the delivery of life-saving assistance to those desperately in need. 

Rohingyas could face further violence if they return to Myanmar, UN adviser warns

International crimes were committed against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and those who fled the country could face further persecution if they return now, a senior United Nations official said Tuesday.