Peace and Security

Welcoming new Somali Roadmap to peace, Ban calls on world to provide more aid

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the international community to provide additional resources to Somalia’s transitional leaders following their adoption of a plan to bring unity, peace and stability to a country that has been torn by factional strife for the past 20 years.

Somalia: UN-backed meeting endorses roadmap to end transition, restore stability

Delegates attending a United Nations-backed meeting on ending Somalia’s transitional period today endorsed a roadmap that spells out priority measures to be implemented before the current governing arrangements end in August next year.

Upcoming meeting in Mogadishu critical for restoring stability in Somalia – UN envoy

The upcoming meeting of Somali leaders in Mogadishu, the first major conference in the capital for many years, will be “hugely significant” for restoring peace and stability in the strife-torn nation, says a senior United Nations official.

Security Council urges all Somali groups to attend consultations on governance

The Security Council today stressed the need for all Somali groups to participate in next month’s consultative meeting convened to seek agreement on a roadmap on key priorities to be implemented over the next year by the country’s Transitional Federal Institutions (TFIs).

World must aid Somalia at historic juncture on its road to stability – UN envoy

Recent political and military improvements in war-torn Somalia offer an “extraordinary moment” of opportunity for progress and great challenges, including from warlords and terrorists, the top United Nations envoy in the country said today, urging the world community to provide more financial and logistical support.

UN envoy welcomes news of Al-Shabaab vacating Somali capital

The United Nations envoy for Somalia today welcomed the news that the Islamic insurgent group Al-Shabaab has begun to leave the capital, Mogadishu, and called on the strife-torn Horn of Africa nation's government to use the opportunity to ensure aid delivery to civilians in need.

UN report warns of disturbing trend of attacks against schools during armed conflicts

An increasing number of parties to armed conflicts around the world are deliberately attacking schools or forcing them to close in a disturbing and growing trend, according to a United Nations report released today.

Armed groups in Central African Republic continue to recruit children – UN report

A new United Nations report voices serious concern about the continued recruitment of children by armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) and calls for measures to address the ongoing “protection crisis” in the country.

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.