Lebanon, Myanmar, Darfur among hotspots on Security Council agenda – President

Lebanon, Myanmar and the situation in the war-ravaged Darfur region of Sudan are among the top issues to be dealt with by the Security Council this month, its president said today.

Migiro: rule of law drives work and mission of UN

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today underscored the central role played by the rule of law in the work of the United Nations.

Five non-permanent Security Council members elected for seats starting next year

The General Assembly today elected Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, Croatia, Libya and Viet Nam to serve as non-permanent members of the Security Council for two-year terms starting 1 January 2008.

Africa to be Security Council’s top priority this month, says President

The President of the Security Council for September today announced that issues affecting Africa will dominate the 15-member body’s work programme this month.

Security Council calls for boosting UN’s role in preventing, resolving conflicts

Conflicts between and within nations have grown so complex in recent years that the United Nations’ capacity to deal with the world’s most difficult crises needs to be enhanced, the Security Council stressed today.

African crises set to top Security Council agenda this month

The crises and conflicts in Africa and the Middle East are expected to dominate the agenda at the Security Council this month, its President for July, Ambassador Wang Guangya of China, said today.

Agreement should synchronize actions with African Union – Security Council

A new agreement between the Security Council and its African Union (AU) counterpart will allow the two bodies to better harmonize their actions in the interest of international peace and security, the Council heard today.

Secretary-General welcomes agreement on details of UN human rights review

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the Human Rights Council’s agreement setting out how its universal periodic review mechanism will work, saying it “sends a clear message” that the rights record of every country faces serious and meaningful examination.

UN Human Rights Council agrees to details for reviewing countries

The United Nations Human Rights Council wrapped up its fifth session today by agreeing to a package of new measures that includes how the “universal periodic review” mechanism – which allows the human rights records of every country to be scrutinized – will work.

Security Council members head to Addis for talks on UN-African Union cooperation

The first stop for members of the United Nations Security Council travelling on a week-long mission to Africa will be the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, where they will focus on cooperation between the world body and the African Union (AU), as well as ongoing efforts for peace and development in Sudan and Somalia.