Category: Peace and Security

‘Racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism or Islamophobia are poisoning our societies’ – UN chief

Secretary-General António Guterres speaks to journalists at a press encounter. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Urging people everywhere to speak out against hate speech and hate crimes, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today reiterated his call for tolerance, respect for the other and the importance of recognizing diversity. “Racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism or Islamophobia are, as I mentioned yesterday, poisoning our societies,” the Secretary-General told journalists today at a briefing at the UN […]

In Iraq, UN Youth Envoy says young people are ‘most valuable force we have to shape a better future’

The UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, at a special International Youth Day event in Baghdad, hosted by the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Iraq. Photo: UNAMI/Ivan Djordjevic

As International Youth Day events kicked off worldwide today, at a special event in Iraq, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, pledged to do everything in her power to ensure the voices of youths, including those working to build peace, are heard. “Today, thousands of young women and men work tirelessly, often under very […]

On eve of elections, UN experts call on Kenyan authorities to ensure peaceful polls

08-08-2017 Kenya Voting

The Government of Kenya should urge all parties to maintain the highest standards of behaviour before, during and after Tuesday’s general elections to avoid a repeat of the violence that took place in 2007, three United Nations human rights experts have said. “We call on the Kenyan authorities to do their utmost to ensure peaceful elections, […]

On anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing, UN chief calls for intensified effort on nuclear disarmament

Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome). Photo: UNESCO/G. Boccardi

With the presence of some 15,000 nuclear weapons on earth, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today urged all States to intensify their efforts in the shared pursuit of a nuclear-weapons-free world. “Our dream of a world free of nuclear weapons remains far from reality,” said Mr. Guterres in his message delivered on his behalf by High Representative for Disarmament […]

UN Security Council toughens sanctions on DPR Korea over ballistic missile launches

The UN Security Council unanimously adopts a resolution on non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and the intercontinental ballistic missile programme (ICBM) by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). UN Photo/Kim Haughton

In response to the launches of ballistic missiles of possible intercontinental range by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United Nations Security Council today moved to strengthen sanctions on the Northeast Asian country’s exports. In a resolution adopted unanimously, the 15-member body strongly condemned the DPRK’s ballistic missile launches on 3 July and […]