Armed Conflict

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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INTERVIEW: UN marks 20 years of work to improve protection of children affected by conflict

The senior United Nations advocate for children caught up in conflict is reaching out to parents, elders, and the entire international community to keep children away from armies and militias – a UN role that over the past two decades has helped more than 115,000 child soldiers regain their youth.

Former child soldiers are victims not “security threats”

Former child soldiers should be treated as victims and not security threats in the year ahead, the UN special envoy for children and armed conflict has urged.

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Iraqi citizens at risk and struggling to return to normal life: UN envoy

Civilians in Iraq are living under constant threat of mines and explosives, the UN has said.

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Call for wider protection for children caught in armed conflict

Despite an ever-changing global security landscape, children continue to pay the highest price in wartime.

That was the message delivered by the UN Secretary-General to the Security Council on Tuesday.

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