Peace and Security

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.

$16 million needed to held stave off 'silent' food crisis in Niger, UN says

Nutritional surveys and food security data show a critical situation in vulnerable areas of Niger affected by last year's desert locust infestation and drought, the United Nations said today, appealing for just over $16 million to turn back the "silent crisis" threatening the country.

UN officials in Burundi call for peace during elections

The United Nations envoy for Burundi, Carolyn McAskie, today called on political leaders to refrain from violence or incitement as Burundians move on to much-delayed elections after having approved a national constitution earlier this year.

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.

UN envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello begins final journey home

Sergio Vieira de Mello, veteran United Nations servant, defender of human rights and protector of refugees, began his final journey home today, his body borne aboard a Brazilian Presidential plane at Baghdad airport amid prayers, praise and pledges to continue his mission.

Top UN envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello killed in terrorist blast in Baghdad

The top United Nations envoy in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, was killed today when terrorists blew up the UN headquarters in Baghdad, killing at least 14 others and injuring dozens more in what Secretary-General Kofi Annan denounced as an inexcusable "act of unprovoked and murderous violence."

'Useful and frank' UN-Iraq talks end; next round planned within one month - Annan

Following three days of talks between senior United Nations and Iraqi officials on returning UN weapons inspectors to the country, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today reported that the discussions had been "useful and frank" and predicted that a new round could be held within a month.

Security zone between Ethiopia, Eritrea remains calm, UN mission says

The United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) said today there were no troubling developments to report in the buffer zone between the two nations, which remained quiet.

Preparations for Inter-Congolese Dialogue set to begin in July, Security Council mission says

The first preparatory session of the Inter-Congolese Dialogue will take place on 16 July, the head of the Security Council mission to the Great Lakes region told journalists this morning in Lusaka, Zambia.

At UN centre, Pakistani students donate funds to help Afghan child mine victims

Dozens of Pakistani students in Islamabad today donated funds to be channelled through the United Nations for Afghan children who have been victimized by landmines.