peacekeeping

UN mission welcomes Afghan government’s announcement of Eid holiday ceasefire

After a surge in hostilities in Afghanistan over the past weeks, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomed on Monday the Government’s announcement of a conditional ceasefire for the Eid al-Adha holiday and called on warring parties to use this “momentum” to put an end to the conflict.

Central Africa: Security Council concerned by 'grave security situation', calls for better agency cooperation

With Central African countries beset by ongoing terrorist activity, instability and the effects of climate change, the Security Council has asked the United Nations Secretary-General to review the work of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), and recommend areas for improvement.

UN chief welcomes DR Congo President’s promise to stand down

The United Nations Secretary-General has commended the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Joseph Kabila’s decision on Thursday, not to stand in elections scheduled to take place on 23 December.

South Sudan peace deal a ‘big step forward’: UN mission chief

There was jubilation in the streets of South Sudan’s capital overnight on Sunday, as residents celebrated a new agreement that the top UN official in the country has described as “a big step forward” towards ending nearly five years of brutal conflict.

‘Good buzz’ in south Lebanon as country enjoys ‘gift of peace’ — UNIFIL Force Commander

With a gradual return of better economic conditions and a generation of children growing up without the horrors of conflict, there is a “good buzz” in southern Lebanon, says General Michael Beary of Ireland, concluding his two-year tour as Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

Audio -
10'13"

UN receives 70 new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse in three months

The United Nations received 70 new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse across all its entities and implementing partners, between the beginning of April to the end of June this year, UN Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq, announced on Monday, with 18 cases involving peacekeeping operations, and 25 from “agencies, funds and programmes.”

Make Sunday ‘an important celebration of democracy’ UN chief urges voters in Mali

On the eve of Mali’s crucial presidential election, the United Nations Secretary-General said that despite clear security challenges, voters in the arid African nation of around 18 million, needed to ensure that the key poll was first and foremost “an important celebration of democracy”.

Mali: Any dispute over key Sunday vote must be resolved peacefully, says UN envoy

With key presidential elections in Mali just two days away, the top United Nations official there on Friday stressed that candidates must accept the results and ensure that the democratic process in Mali is “irreversible”.

Peacekeeping remains an ‘important tool’, even as risks grow and resources shrink: UN Peacekeeping chief

Despite a diminishing budget and rising casualties among ‘blue helmets’, peacekeeping remains “a very important tool” in the promotion of peace and stability, according to Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations. In an interview with UN News, Mr. Lacroix stressed the need to prepare peacekeepers for “more dangerous environments”, while cautioning against over-reduction of resources.

Audio -
8'44"

INTERVIEW: Cuts 'cannot go too far', says UN Peacekeeping chief, as risks grow and resources shrink

Amidst a diminishing budget and rising casualties among ‘blue helmets’, peacekeeping remains “a very important tool” in the promotion of peace and stability, according to the United Nations peacekeeping chief.