Peace and Security

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.

Ban Ki-moon hails Nobel laureates Al Gore, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed the awarding of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and urged governments to build on the momentum they have generated by adopting a new set of binding commitments to contain greenhouse gas emissions.

Accepting Nobel Prize, UN nuclear agency chief lays out vision for peace

Accepting this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei has laid out a three-point programme to save the world from self-destruction by ensuring that nuclear weapons have no place in the collective conscience and no role in security.

UN nuclear agency agrees to use Nobel Peace Prize money to developing countries

The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), this year’s Nobel peace Prize co-laureate, has agreed to use its share of the award money to funding the needs of developing countries in the peaceful application of nuclear energy and, especially in connection with human health and food production.

Annan praises UN nuclear watchdog agency on winning Nobel Peace prize

Hailing their “vital mission” in stemming the proliferation of nuclear weapons, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today lauded the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and its Director General, Mohamed ElBaradei, on winning the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize, the latest in a long series of UN laureates.

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.