Security Council updates measures to protect civilians caught in war

Seeking to protect innocents caught and even targeted during armed conflict, the United Nations Security Council today updated a list of steps to shield women, children, refugees and other civilians from the ravages of war.

UN system has the tools, but some world leaders lacking, says UN relief official

The United Nations system has the tools, the technical expertise and the logistical capacity to provide faster and better humanitarian relief to civilians caught in armed conflict, but the world's political, military and economic leaders still do not make humanitarian principles a reality, the UN's senior relief official told the Security Council today.

Preventing conflicts, reducing poverty key concepts for UN, says rights chief

The United Nations' flagship concepts over the next 25 years should be conflict prevention, the alleviation of poverty and the promotion of democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights, the top UN human rights official said today.

Children in war zones are being maimed, murdered, or forced to fight - UN

Children in war zones have sometimes been murdered or disfigured and many thousands have been recruited into government and rebel fighting forces, according to a new report from United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the UN General Assembly and Security Council.

Annan calls for expanded laws against environmental damage in war

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan called today for tougher international laws to protect the environment in times of armed conflict.

Information about war-affected children not translated into useful response - UN

A great deal of information about the abuse and brutalization of children in wars has been disseminated, but has not been translated into coherent and concerted action to protect the rights of those youngsters, the senior United Nations official overseeing war-affected children says in a report released today.

Delegates laud UN resolution on role of civil society in conflict prevention

Delegates attending an open meeting on the role of civil society in armed conflict prevention today praised the recent adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of a resolution recognizing the important role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the global efforts for peace.

ECOSOC and Security Council work together on post conflict situations in Africa

Continuing its efforts to enhance the relationships among the top bodies within the United Nations on challenging international issues, the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today provided the Security Council an update on work underway to assist African countries emerging from conflict.

Annan hails Security Council text on protecting UN workers in conflict zones

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today hailed a Security Council resolution on the protection of United Nations personnel and other workers serving in conflict zones, saying the measure would send an unambiguous message to those who target the "servants of humanity."

Condemning violence, Security Council calls for protection of UN workers

One week after the terrorist attack against United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, the Security Council today strongly condemned all forms of violence against relief workers and urged countries to ensure that crimes against such personnel did not go unpunished.