The special adviser on Colombia for United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called on the Government and rebels to restart that country's peace process, urging the two sides to meet before the current agreement on the demilitarized zone ends early next year.
Despite the growing media attention recently to the fate of civilians caught in armed conflict, the realities faced by millions of people around the world remain grim, the United Nations top relief official said today.
Responding to the harmful and widespread affect of war on children, the United Nations Security Council today adopted a wide-ranging resolution calling on various actors to take steps to protect youngsters from armed conflict and its consequences.
The Security Council today expressed its commitment to take "early and effective action" to prevent armed conflict by employing all appropriate means at its disposal, including - with the consent of the receiving States - its missions to areas of potential conflict.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said that he has asked two United Nations departments to develop a plan to better coordinate efforts within the world body in the protection of civilians in armed conflict.
The need to make preventive action a key part of the international security system in the 21st century was a central theme in the Security Council today as it held an open debate on a set of far-reaching measures put forward by Secretary-General Kofi Annan in a recent report on the prevention of armed conflict.
Noting that the prevention of armed conflict is "far better and more cost-effective than cure," Secretary-General Kofi Annan today issued a wide-ranging set of recommendations aimed at forestalling outbreaks of violence.
Wrapping up a meeting today in Belgium, representatives of 38 governments have made significant strides towards creating a certification system to stop illegal trafficking of diamonds to fuel armed conflicts, in accordance with a United Nations resolution calling for solutions to the problem.