Irish military personnel serving under the UN flag in the Golan have been “well trained to deal with challenging situations,” according to the head of the contingent there. UN News's Daniel Dickinson has been talking to the commander of the Irish forces, Lieutenant Colonel Louis Flynn.
Expressing his faith in the United Nations and its commitment to responding to challenges such as the disasters presently plaguing Latin America and the Caribbean, Simon Coveney, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, said that and other issues require the UN to “move from debate to action.”
A woman in Ireland who was forced to choose between carrying her foetus to term, knowing it would not survive, or seeking an abortion abroad was subjected to discrimination and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment as a result of Ireland’s legal prohibition of abortion, United Nations experts have found.
An independent United Nations expert today stressed that although the environment in Ireland is favourable for human rights defenders, the country could do more to raise awareness among its citizens of their role in society.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed news of the formation of a new power-sharing government in Northern Ireland involving politicians from the British province’s Protestant and Roman Catholic communities.
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on all sides in the Northern Ireland dispute to seize the “unique opportunity” offered by the decommissioning of weapons by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) to advance the 1998 Good Friday agreement laying out a framework for a peaceful and democratic settlement.
Adequate security, a well-defined and realistic mission and long-term commitment to success are among the key requirements for successful peacekeeping, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in Ulster, Northern Ireland.