UN rights body adopts landmark text on women and conflict

A key United Nations human rights body has provided authoritative guidance to countries that have ratified the women’s rights convention on measures they need to take to ensure women’s rights are protected before, during and after conflict.

UN and African Union sign plan to protect children in armed conflict

The United Nations and the African Union have agreed to strengthen protection of conflict-affected children in Africa, where despite progress, grave child rights violations including under-age recruitment, continue.

Countries in conflict must boost measures to protect children from violence – UN official

With millions of children unable to go back to school this year because of conflict in their countries, a senior United Nations official today called on the international community to step up measures to protect them from armed violence.

Security Council strengthens efforts to end impunity for conflict-related sexual violence

The Security Council today sent a strong signal to perpetrators of sexual violence in conflict that their crimes will not be tolerated, adopting a new resolution to strengthen efforts to end impunity for a scourge that affects not only large numbers of women and girls but also men and boys.

Terror tactics making children more vulnerable during conflict – UN officials

The evolving nature and tactics of conflict are creating unprecedented threats for children, United Nations officials told the Security Council today, stressing that despite progress in protecting youngsters during war, dangerous new trends are making them even more vulnerable.

As UN marks Buddhist holiday, Ban says spiritual ideals can help tackle global challenges

The teachings of Buddhism can offer significant insights on how to face today's most pressing challenges, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, in a message marking Vesak Day, which commemorates the birth, enlightenment and passing of the Buddha.