peace

Afghanistan conference draws donor pledges and calls for lasting ceasefire 

International donors pledged financial and political support for Afghanistan’s peace process at the 2020 Afghanistan Conference in Geneva on Tuesday, anticipating a sustainable ceasefire that will help the country rebuild and heal after decades of conflict. 

New highland outposts reflect UN’s long-term commitment to Papua New Guinea

The opening of two provincial offices for UN agencies operating in Papua New Guinea, reaffirms the Organization’s commitment to sustainable peace and development.  

Gianluca Rampolla, the UN Resident Coordinator for the country, spoke to Julia Dean at the UN Information Centre in Australia about the new investment.  

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Guterres: UN working ‘relentlessly’ to advance women, peace and security agenda

Armed conflict has a disproportionate impact on women and girls – a key reason why women’s “full, equal and meaningful participation” in UN peacekeeping is such a priority, the Secretary-General said on Thursday. 

Put peace in Libya first, UN chief urges summit on war-shattered nation 

A “rare opportunity” for peace in Libya should be seized by all those involved directly or indirectly in the conflict, António Guterres said on Monday, at a High-Level virtual meeting convened to end the fighting. 

Crisis-affected communities hold UN ‘in high regard’, says senior woman peacekeeper

Female Peacekeepers add an extra dynamic to teams in the field, breaking barriers that allow women civilians to describe what’s really going on inside their communities.

That’s the view of Major Fiona Bruce, from the Australian Defence Force, who served in the UN’s Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) in both Lebanon and Syria.

In an interview ahead of UN Peacekeeping Day marked on 29 May, Major Bruce highlights the fact that people going through crisis and conflict still ‘view the UN in high regard’.

Julia Dean from our UN Australia Country Team, spoke to her online, and began by asking about her old daily routine, serving in Lebanon.

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News in Brief 15 January 2020

  • Peace agreement remains only path for peace in Mali: Lacroix 
  • UNICEF opens African ‘drone academy’ to aid youth  
  • Darfur: Resort to violence, a ‘lose-lose’ option says UN mission chief
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News in Brief 26 December 2019

  • Ending war only ‘real hope’ for prosperous Afghanistan: UN mission chief
  • Independent UN rights experts raise alarm over ‘incommunicado detention’ of Chinese scholar
  • Violent attack in Burkina Faso leaves dozens of women dead, draws censure of UN chief
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Friday’s Daily Brief: Listen to protesters urges Guterres, unplanned pregnancies, CAR in the Security Council, Nigeria, Libya updates  

A recap of Friday’s main stories: ‘Real people with real problems’ must be heard, Guterres tells world leaders; one-in-four pregnancies unplanned; Security Council on the situation in Central African Republic; displaced in northeast Nigeria; Libya, Colombia developments.  

Monday’s Daily Brief: Online hate, gender equality in Africa, Chile protests, African migrants in Europe, Security Council in South Sudan

A recap of Monday’s main stories: companies ‘failing’ to address offline harm incited by online hate; gender equality ‘precursor’ to sustaining peace; UN rights chief urges ‘immediate dialogue’ to resolve Chile crisis; African migrants would make perilous Europe journey again; Security Council visits South Sudan. 

Thursday’s Daily Brief: Fragile hope for Yemen, TB and Afghanistan updates, Paris's fresco for sustainable development

A recap of Thursday’s stories: Hope rises as violence abates in Yemen; TB infections slowdown but not fast enough; civilian casualties in Afghanistan hit record level; thousands paint picture of sustainable development in Paris; labour research finds strategies to tackle poverty.