Secretary-General Ban stresses Darfur, Middle East and conflict prevention as key issues

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today told the Security Council that stepping up efforts to resolve the Darfur crisis is one of his top priorities, warning of an ever worsening humanitarian crisis in this strife-torn part of Sudan, as he also highlighted the Middle East and UN peacekeeping worldwide as other key challenges.

DR Congo, Middle East and Côte d’Ivoire to dominate Security Council in January

The situations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Côte d’Ivoire, as well as instability in the Middle East and general threats to international peace will dominate the Security Council’s work in January, the 15-member body agreed today after holding its first consultations of 2007.