UN urges greater protection for over 1 billion children caught in conflict

The United Nations today called for urgent action to protect more than one billion children living in areas of the world affected by armed conflict, some 300 million of whom are under the age of five.

UN chief presents funds from benefit football match for children in conflict

Weeks after the final whistle had blown on a United Nations fundraising football match, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today scored the winning goal by passing a cheque for $11,000 to children who have suffered the ravages of war in Sierra Leone.

UN Ambassadors face off in fundraising soccer diplomatch

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be in a crowd of supporters cheering on two teams of United Nations Ambassadors in New York this evening as they forget diplomacy and go head-to-head using only their football skills in a fundraising soccer match.

All parties to conflicts must be held to account in protection of civilians – UN official

Citing the “dreadful beginning” of 2009 for civilians caught up in armed conflict, the top United Nations humanitarian official told the Security Council today that strict respect for international law by all parties to fighting was critical to end the suffering.