Peace and security

International crime gangs amass ‘staggering’ profits in conflict zones, expert tells Security Council

During a Tuesday briefing to the Security Council, Tuesday Reitano, Deputy Director of the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, described the problem as a “global and accelerating phenomenon, and a threat to international peace and security,” that, in conflict areas alone, is generating around $31.5 billion in illicit profits.

PODCAST: Disarm, for ‘the future of our planet’

Disarmament is too important to be left to the experts. That’s the view of Renata Dwan, Director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), who says young people and civil society have a vital role to play in arms control, at this turbulent time in world history. For our latest Lid Is On podcast Ms. Dwan sat down with UN News’s Paulina Greer.

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At UN Security Council, world leaders debate Iran, North Korea sanctions and non-proliferation

President Donald Trump told the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday that the United States would impose sanctions on Iran that would be “tougher than ever before” in the coming months, following its unilateral withdrawal earlier this year from the deal brokered to restrict Iran’s nuclear programme, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

News in Brief 30 August 2018

  • UN Syria Envoy warns of potential ‘perfect storm’ in Idlib
  • Cholera cases in Yemen on the rise
  • Top UN officials conduct missions to Mali
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News in Brief 15 August 2018

  • ‘Defend the people, not the States’, says outgoing UN human rights chief
  • Afghanistan: top UN official denounces ‘extreme’ suffering of civilians in Ghazni
  • UN Human Rights experts commend court decision against Monsanto
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News in Brief 16 July 2018

  • The international community must continue to support Libya’s recovery: UN Envoy
  • In Gaza, UN Envoy calls all parties to de-escalate the situation
  • In Syria, humanitarian needs re-assessed as control shifts on the ground
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Somalia Partnership Forum puts politics, security and the economy firmly on the agenda

Somali politics, security and the economy, will all be on the agenda next week at an international meeting in Brussels where the Somali Government and its partners will be looking for ways to enhance peace and development across the Horn of Africa country.

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‘Listen to girls and women’ in countries on brink of ‘hope and despair’: Swedish Foreign Affairs Minister

The views of women and girls are crucial to the future of countries like Niger, which has been described as being on the cusp of “hope and despair”, according to the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden and President of the Security Council, Margot Wallström. Daniel Dickinson asked her about the importance of seeing conditions in the field for themselves.

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News in Brief 09 July 2018

  • UN ‘cannot afford to fail in Africa’: Guterres
  • UN Mission in Haiti calls for ‘constructive dialogue’ following violent protests
  • New world fishing report highlights its value in fight against hunger
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‘Wind blowing in the direction of peace’ in Africa: UN Secretary-General

Recent developments in Africa indicate that the continent is increasingly moving in the “direction of peace” and enhanced security, the United Nations Secretary-General told journalists in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Monday.