Peace and Security

At high-level debate, UN officials urge boosted efforts for security sector reform

Security sector reform, good governance, the rule of law, and accountable institutions are critical building blocks for a sustainable future, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson declared today as he urged a greater international focus on security sector reform as part of an effort to strengthen the links between peace and security, development, and human rights.

INTERVIEW: all parties want calm across Israeli-Lebanese border, says former UN envoy

While there are still outstanding issues and underlying tensions, all parties want to maintain calm across the so-called ‘Blue Line’ that separates Israel and Lebanon, according to a former United Nations official tasked with monitoring the issue.

Deputy UN chief urges greater national ownership, funding for security sector reform

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson has urged greater national ownership and more funding towards security sector reform as part of an effort to strengthen the links between peace and security, development, and human rights.

PHOTO FEATURE: A day in the life of Nicholas Haysom, UN deputy chief in Afghanistan

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is a special political mission established by the Security Council in 2002 at the request of the Government to assist it and the people of Afghanistan in laying the foundations for sustainable peace and development in the country.

FEATURE: The UN General Assembly’s Fourth Committee – special political and decolonization issues

Established in 1945, at the end stages of World War II, the United Nations General Assembly serves as the world body's principal policy-making and deliberative organ, providing a forum for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the UN Charter.

Secretary-General discusses range of global issues with France's Foreign Minister

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met today with the Foreign Minister of France, Laurent Fabius, for talks which covered a range of issues on the global agenda.

Ban welcomes Papua New Guinea’s decision to go forward with elections

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the decision by Papua New Guinea to carry out elections within the timeframe stipulated by the constitution, following recent uncertainties in relation to the country’s next parliamentary elections, and stressed that they should be carried out in a transparent and peaceful manner.

Ban voices concern about leadership deadlock in Papua New Guinea

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern today about mounting political tensions in Papua New Guinea, where two prominent politicians each say they are the Pacific country’s rightful leader.

Somalia has best chance for peace in years, says UN envoy

Somalis currently have a rare opportunity to advance peace in their country and establish a fully functioning government, says the United Nations envoy to the Horn of Africa nation.

Recent gains provide hope to advance Somali peace process – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Somali leaders and their international partners to take advantage of recent gains and to advance the peace process and stabilize the Horn of Africa nation.