peacebuilding

Guinea-Bissau: Upcoming elections vital to prevent ‘relapse’ into instability, says UN envoy

Highlighting the importance of the upcoming legislative elections in Guinea-Bissau, the top United Nations official in the country reiterated the importance of “far-reaching” reforms to prevent a relapse into political and institutional instability.

Africa’s Sahel must be a top priority for UN peacebuilding efforts, says commission

The vast Sahel region of Africa, which is facing multiple threats and challenges – including destructive climate change, drought, terrorism and organized crime – must continue to be a top priority for United Nations peacebuilding efforts, the Security Council heard on Friday. 

UN official sees ‘unprecedented opportunities’ to make progress on peace in Afghanistan

The coming months will present critical opportunities for the international community to review assistance to Afghanistan, as the country works towards a lasting peace, stable democracy and self-reliance, the top United Nations official there told the Security Council in New York on Tuesday.

The ‘Long Walk’ to peace is a mix of idealism and practicality, says UNESCO

How good is the United Nations at promoting peace? That’s the subject of a book that’s just been published by the UN cultural agency,  UNESCO, in collaboration with Abat Oliba University in Barcelona. Nada Al-Nashif, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences, speaks to Daniel Johnson of UN News in Geneva.

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At Security Council, UN chief calls for ‘quantum leap’ in funding activities to prevent conflict, address root causes

Peacebuilding and sustaining peace require a more coherent United Nations strategy, as well a ‘quantum leap’ in funding activities that prevent the outbreak, escalation, continuation and recurrence of conflict, Secretary-General António Guterres said Wednesday.

News In Brief 24 April 2018

  • UN has “exhausted its resources to respond” to Syria crisis, says humanitarian relief chief
  • To ensure peace and development ‘we need greater unity and courage’ says UN chief
  • World Immunization Week aims to make sure ‘we are all protected together’
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Security sector reform ‘core element’ of sustaining peace, say top UN officials

Top United Nations officials have underscored the importance of security sector reform, which they say could mean the difference between peace and conflict, and between life and death.

‘Save peace while it lasts,’ says General Assembly President, ahead of UN summit on sustaining peace

The world needs a new approach to peace, which is why the United Nations General Assembly will hold a major meeting next week to discuss ways to foster peace by focusing on conflict prevention, mediation, dialogue and diplomacy, the 193-member body’s President has said.

Amid ongoing political tensions, situation in Burundi ‘not suitable’ for credible elections – UN official

Urgent efforts are needed to keep the “hard-won” gains in Burundi from eroding, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council on Monday, noting that while the security situation is calm, there is still the potential for volatility as political tensions persist.

UN, African Union voice concern over protracted political crisis in Guinea-Bissau

The top leaders of the African Union and the United Nations on Saturday expressed concern over the prolonged political crisis in Guinea-Bissau, condemning the recent actions taken by the national authorities to prevent a political party from holding its conference.