Category: Peace and Security

Restoring prospect of peace in Middle East is ‘our shared responsibility’ UN envoy tells Security Council

Violence is on the rise in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Israeli authorities are continuing to demolish and confiscate Palestinian-owned homes and property, in contravention of international law, the United Nations envoy for the Middle East Peace Process said on Thursday. Briefing the Security Council, Nikolay Mladenov called on Israel to stop the […]

UN chief welcomes re-opening of key Gaza border crossing

The decision by Israel to reopen the only functional commercial crossing point into Gaza which has been closed to most deliveries for weeks, has been welcomed by the United Nations Secretary-General. UN humanitarians expect some 400 truckloads of goods will now be able to enter Gaza after the Kerem Shalom crossing became operational on Wednesday morning; roughly a […]

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. President Salva Kiir together with his chief rival and former deputy, Riek Machar, […]

India and the UN: Celebrating 70 years of invaluable service to the cause of peace

From protecting civilians, disarming ex-combatants and helping countries transition from conflict to peace, Indian men and women in uniform have served the cause of peace from the earliest years of United Nations peacekeeping and continue to do so in some of the most challenging missions. “UN peacekeeping operates in increasingly complex environments and we are grateful for […]

Despite challenges and ‘unfinished business’, Colombia celebrates progress towards lasting peace, Security Council hears

Amid a long series of challenges, the implementation of the peace process in Colombia is moving forward and has achieved important milestones in recent months, according to a new report by the United Nations Secretary-General presented to the Security Council on Thursday. On 20 July – Colombia’s Independence Day – as a new Congress was inaugurated, including […]

‘We must fight terrorism together’ without sacrificing legal and human rights, declares UN chief

With new solutions proposed, and new partnerships established, the United Nations Secretary-Generaltold delegates from Member States attending the first ever High-Level Conference on Counter-Terrorism, that he was committed to meeting the challenge of “keeping your citizens safe”. “We must fight terrorism together, with methods that do not compromise the rule of law and human rights,” said […]