Peace and Security

Azerbaijan: UN rights expert on displaced persons urges progress in peace process

Progress is needed in the ongoing peace negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region so that internally displaced persons (IDPs) can find a durable solution to their predicament, an independent United Nations human rights expert has said.

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.

Security Council expands criteria of violations against children during conflict

The Security Council today called on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to expand his list of parties who recruit child soldiers to include those who kill, maim, rape or commit other forms of sexual violence against children in wartime.

Ban declares recruitment, use of child soldiers as ‘unacceptable’

On the occasion of Red Hand Day which seeks to mobilize people worldwide to bring an end to the forced recruitment and use of children as soldiers, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stated that the practice violates human decency and must be eradicated.

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.