Category: Peace and Security

Security Council strongly condemns ballistic missile test by DPR Korea

Wide view of the Security Council. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

Strongly condemning yesterday’s ballistic missile launch conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United Nations Security Council vowed to “fully and comprehensively implement all measures” imposed on the country and strongly urged all other UN Member States to do the same. In a press statement, Council members expressed their utmost concern over […]

UN releases new funding to support critical aid operations in Central African Republic

Severe food insecurity affects eight per cent of the population of Ouham-Pendé, Central African Republic, while another 48 per cent are just moderately food secure. Photo: OCHA Central African Republic

Against the backdrop of a continuingly complex humanitarian scenario in the Central African Republic (CAR) – marked by multiplication of hotspots, increased displacement and growing needs – the head of United Nations humanitarian operations in the country today released $9 million for the most urgent and critical relief operations. However, even with this new funding, […]

The 2016 Global Peace Index (GPI): The world became less peaceful in the last year, reinforcing the underlying trend of declining peace over the last decade

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The 2016 GPI report provides a comprehensive update on the state of peace. It shows that amidst the global deterioration the world continues to spend enormous resources on creating and containing violence but very little on peace. The key to reversing the decline in peace is through building Positive Peace – a holistic framework of […]

Syria: ‘Glimmers of humanity’ overshadowed by brutality of attacks on civilians, says UN aid chief

Families evacuated from East Ghouta, Syria, congregate in the courtyard of the Dahit Qudsayya collective shelter for basic aid. Photo: OCHA/Josephine Guerrero

With fighting intensifying on numerous fronts in Syria over the past months, the top United Nations humanitarian official today urged consolidation of the nationwide ceasefire, most importantly a pause in fighting on the outskirts of Damascus, to enable the delivery of aid. “The Secretary-General has said time and again that there will be no military […]

‘Progress under threat,’ warns UN chief on twentieth anniversary of chemical weapons convention

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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned that progress made in eliminating the world’s declared stockpiles of chemical weapons is threatened by belligerents in the Middle East. “The recent attack in Syria was a horrific reminder of the stakes,” said Mr. Guterres in a video message to the commemorative ceremony for the 20th anniversary of the […]

Syria: UN aid officials urge end to airstrikes on hospitals

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Following reports of airstrikes that damaged hospitals in northern Syria, two senior United Nations humanitarian officials called for an end to such attacks. In a joint statement, Kevin Kennedy, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, said that “it is completely unacceptable that facilities and people who are trying to save lives are being bombed.” […]