Peace and Security

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.

Laos invites UN Member States to meeting on convention on cluster munitions

Laos, one of the countries most affected by cluster munitions, today invited Member States to a meeting later this year on the implementation of the United Nations-backed pact banning the deadly weapons, saying the gathering will be an opportunity to reaffirm opposition to their use.

Secretary-General welcomes peaceful staging of referendum in Zanzibar

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the peaceful staging of a referendum in Zanzibar, saying it will help with long-term reconciliation efforts in the semi-autonomous Tanzanian islands.

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.

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.