UN adviser on Colombia urges Government, rebels to restart peace talks

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 more media attention, civilians in armed conflict face grim realities: UN official

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.

Security Council calls for protection of children from war and its consequences

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.

Former child soldier to address Security Council debate on children and armed conflict

A 14-year-old former child soldier from Sierra Leone will be among those scheduled to address the United Nations Security Council tomorrow as it takes up the issue of children and armed conflict.

Annan recommends concrete steps to protect children in war

In a just issued report to the United Nations Security Council, Secretary-General Kofi Annan recommends that the international community take concrete steps to protect children in war-affected areas.

Security Council pledges to take early action to prevent conflicts

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.

Annan says UN to develop coordinated efforts to better protect civilians in armed 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.

Security Council debates Annan's proposals for conflict prevention

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.

Annan issues far-reaching recommendations for preventing 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.

UN-mandated effort on conflict diamonds makes progress in latest meeting

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.