Peace and Security

Syria ‘bleeding inside and out’ as conflict enters eighth year, says UN chief

Despite a United Nations Security Council demand to institute a 30-day ceasefire across Syria, airstrikes, shelling and ground offensives have intensified in Eastern Ghouta, Secretary-General António Guterres reported Monday, warning that the conflict is entering its eighth year with the “grimmest” reality on the ground.

Encouraged by proposed DPRK-US talks, Guterres reiterates support for peaceful denuclearization of Korean Peninsula

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday said he is “encouraged” by the announcement of an agreement between the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to hold a summit meeting by May.

Service and Sacrifice: Mongolia continues to strengthen its contribution to UN peacekeeping

Mongolia first joined United Nations peacekeeping in 2002 with the deployment of two unarmed military observers to the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara.  Soon after that, it sent two more officers to the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Since then, Mongolia has continued to expand its contributions to UN peace operations in hot spots around the world.

Trust must be rebuilt to address Ukraine crisis, European security entity tells at UN

The conflict in eastern Ukraine is testing the core shared values, and the only way to rebuild trust between warring parties is “more dialogue, more political will and more concrete action on the ground,” the chairperson of an European intergovernmental security organization told the United Nations Security Council on Thursday.

Despite unrest, DR Congo must press ahead with preparations for credible elections, says UN envoy

Highlighting political tensions and the disintegrating security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Leila Zerrougui, briefing the Security Council for the first time as head of the UN stabilization mission in the contry, said significant progress is being made on preparations for upcoming polls. 

Security Council renews UN mission in Afghanistan; debate highlights women’s power

The Security Council on Thursday renewed the mandate of the United Nations political mission in Afghanistan for another year to continue providing assistance to the Government and the people of the conflict-plagued country.

UN chief urges completion of planned aid delivery to Douma in Syria’s east Ghouta

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on parties to the conflict in Syria to allow a humanitarian convoy to complete the delivery of supplies to Douma in eastern Ghouta planned for Thursday.

Security Council condemns attack on education workers in Central African Republic

The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday denounced an attack against education workers that killed six, including one UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) consultant, who were traveling in the north-western prefecture of the Central African Republic (CAR).

‘Protect the momentum’ and seize opportunities offered by latest inter-Korean talks, urges UN chief

Welcoming the progress in the latest talks between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea, the United Nations Secretary-General has highlighted the need to utilize the opportunities it offers to find a peaceful path forward.

DR Congo: Flaring tensions could ‘plunge Kasai region into new violence,’ UN warns

The United Nations refugee agency warned Tuesday that ongoing instability in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) poses a grave risk to civilian safety, including for several hundred refugees recently returned there from Angola.