Peace and Security

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.

Accord reached for release of hijacked UN food aid ship in Somalia

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced an agreement with local leaders and Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) for the release of an agency-chartered ship, its 10-member crew and its cargo after it was hijacked off the coast six weeks ago while bringing aid to tsunami victims.

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.