UN agencies issue urgent funding appeal to meet critical needs in DPR Korea

Five United Nations agencies have issued an urgent appeal for $29.4 million to meet the most critical health and nutrition needs of the people of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) for the rest of this year.

UN chief expresses support for dialogue on reopening Korean industrial complex

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today affirmed support for inter-Korean dialogue, following the Republic of Korea’s offer to hold talks with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on reopening the Kaesong Industrial Complex, which he considers a valuable bridge between the two countries.

UN sees 'important' step in suspension of officers implicated in mass rapes

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has suspended for further investigation the commanding officers of two of its battalions implicated in mass rapes and other human rights violations in what the United Nations today called “an important signal of the commitment of the Congolese authorities to hold the perpetrators of these crimes accountable.”

UN chief urges DPR Korea to refrain from ‘further’ provocation

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to refrain from taking “any further provocative measures” following reports that the country is planning a new missile launch.

Ban ‘deeply concerned’ at rising tension on Korean peninsula

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he is “deeply concerned and troubled” by the rising tension on the Korean Peninsula, and called on all parties concerned to help calm the situation.

Korean peninsula crisis has ‘gone too far,’ warns UN chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the current crisis on the Korean peninsula “has already gone too far,” following an announcement by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to restart its Yongbyon nuclear reactor.

DR Congo: UN peacekeepers protect civilians after fighting in Kitchanga

United Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have provided protection to some 1,500 civilians after renewed clashes between national forces and an armed group, a spokesperson for the world body said today.