Armed Conflict

‘Tens of millions of Yemenis’ devastated by unabated war and COVID-19 

More than five years of war have “devastated the lives of tens of millions of Yemenis”, with experts estimating that up to one million may have been affected by COVID-19, the UN chief told the General Assembly on Thursday. 

Guterres calls for ‘immediate and lasting’ end to Syria fighting as Turkey and Russia agree ceasefire

The UN Secretary-General said on Thursday that he hoped the latest ceasefire agreement between Russia and Turkey to end fighting across Syria’s stricken Idlib region, would finally lead to “an immediate and lasting cessation”, that would protect civilian lives.

News in Brief 17 January 2020

  • Libya: ‘Dire and untenable’ situation for children: UNICEF chief
  • Syria: Ceasefire fails to protect civilians
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Libya: ‘Dire and untenable’ situation for tens of thousands of children in unrelenting conflict

The world should not accept the “dire and untenable” situation facing children in wartorn Libya the head of the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said on Friday.

UN and Red Cross chiefs appeal for end to use of explosive weapons in cities

With some 50 million people in urban areas suffering from the impact of armed conflict, war in cities “cannot be back page news”, the UN Secretary-General and the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Wednesday.

‘Great cause of concern’ UN chief tells Security Council, surveying 'bleak' state of civilian protection

Marking 20 years since the UN Security Council added the protection of civilians to its agenda, Secretary-General António Guterres told the chamber on Thursday that while safeguards were stronger, “compliance has deteriorated”.  

News in Brief 10 January 2019

  • UN Chief calls for calm following disputed Congo election result
  • Regional Somalia elections praised by UN
  • Conflict in North-East Nigeria ‘has created a humanitarian tragedy’
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UN humanitarian coordinator condemns Central African Republic hospital attack as 'inhuman and unworthy'

Weapon-toting militiamen forced their way into a hospital in the conflict-ridden Central African Republic (CAR) on Saturday; an act that was condemned by the United Nations humanitarian coordinator on the ground, as  “an outrageous violation of international humanitarian law.”

“Be serious about resources” for reintegrating child soldiers: UN expert

The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict has bemoaned the call of the international community to integrate child soldiers into society without providing the necessary financial resources.

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Darfur “very different place from 2003,” says head of UN-AU Mission

The Darfur region of Sudan is a very different place from what it was like in 2003 when the armed conflict began, the head of the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has said.

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