Peace and Security

Culture of non-violence starts with communities and individuals, Ban says

The work of creating and sustaining a culture of peace and non-violence begins in the hearts of committed men and women, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a message marking the International Day of Non-Violence.

UN pays tribute to peacekeepers’ work and sacrifices in world’s hot spots

The United Nations celebrated on 28 May the dedication and courage of the men and women who play an indispensable role in the cause of peace around the world, while honouring the sacrifices of those who paid the ultimate price in that service.

Around the world, UN peacekeepers honour their own during annual event

With the laying of wreaths, cultural activities, parades and photo exhibitions, United Nations personnel serving across the globe are honouring those peacekeepers who have fallen and those who continue to serve in the cause of peace.

DR Congo: UN deploys nearly all its 17,500 peacekeepers to strife-torn east

More than 90 per cent of the nearly 17,500 United Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are now deployed in the strife-torn east of the vast country, including over 6,000 in North Kivu province which has seen an upsurge of fighting between various rebels groups and the national army.

Marking Hiroshima anniversary, Ban sees hope for nuclear-free future

Commemorating the 63rd anniversary of the first-ever atomic bomb attack, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed optimism for a world free of nuclear weapons.

Security Council stresses need for peaceful end to dispute over Abyei, Sudan

The Security Council today welcomed the recent joint plan unveiled by the Sudanese Government of National Unity’s main parties to resolve their dispute over the situation in the oil-rich area around Abyei, which lies close to the boundary between the north and south of the country.

Sudan: Ban welcomes agreement to resolve dispute over Abyei

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed an agreement to resolve a dispute over the town of Abyei, which lies in an oil-rich area close to the boundary between northern and southern Sudan, and has recently been the scene of violent clashes that have displaced as many as 50,000 people.

UN renews call for total nuclear ban on 60th anniversary of bombing of Japan

The United Nations is marking the sombre 60th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with renewed calls for a nuclear-weapons-free world, and for all States to prevent the spread of such weapons by reaffirming their commitment to international nuclear non-proliferation treaties and accords.

Condemning violence in Kosovo, Security Council demands return to rule of law

Denouncing "the large-scale inter-ethnic violence" that has led to the deaths of at least 31 people in Kosovo since yesterday, the United Nations Security Council today called for the province's authorities to ensure that the rule of law is maintained, all ethnic communities feel properly secure and the perpetrators of crimes are brought to justice.

Top UN envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello killed in terrorist blast in Baghdad

The top United Nations envoy in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, was killed today when terrorists blew up the UN headquarters in Baghdad, killing at least 14 others and injuring dozens more in what Secretary-General Kofi Annan denounced as an inexcusable “act of unprovoked and murderous violence.”