INTERVIEW: Amid increased suffering, responsibility to protect all the more necessary - UN Special Adviser

In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the outcome of the World Summit in which it, inter alia, underscored that each individual State has the responsibility to protect its populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.

Ban calls for three-pronged strategy to implement ‘responsibility to protect’

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has outlined in a new report a three-pronged approach to implement the ‘responsibility to protect,’ a doctrine that holds States responsible for shielding their own populations from genocide and other major human rights abuses and requires the international community to step in if this obligation is not met.

UNICEF heralds new children’s protection laws in South Africa

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has welcomed the signing of new laws in South Africa on the protection of children, calling them “a major step” forward in ensuring the well-being of the country’s young people.

World’s protected areas top 100,000, exceed size of India and China – UN report

Crucial progress is being made towards conserving the world’s most spectacular habitats and wildlife, with protected areas now topping 100,000 in number and exceeding by far the land surface of India and China combined, according to a United Nations draft report released today, the most comprehensive ever on the issue.

Terrorism among key new challenges to protecting civilians in wartime, Annan reports

The sexual exploitation of civilians, plundering of natural resources and terrorism are all emerging as challenges to the international community's efforts to protect non-combatants in times of war, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a report to the Security Council released today.