Month: February 2022

Russia blocks Security Council action on Ukraine

UN Photo/Mark GartenSecurity Council votes on draft resolution on Ukraine, 25 February 2022. Russia vetoed a UN Security Council resolution on Friday that would have demanded that Moscow immediately stop its attack on Ukraine and withdraw all troops, a move several Council members said was deplorable, but inevitable. While 11 of the Council’s 15 members voted […]

Secretary-General’s press encounter on Ukraine

As you know, I have cut short an overseas visit – including a very important summit of African leaders – to rush back to UN headquarters.     Our world is facing the biggest global peace and security crisis in recent years – certainly in my tenure as Secretary-General.   We face a moment that I sincerely […]

Stop violence at European borders and protect refugees – UNHCR

UN PhotoThe UN refugee agency, UNHCR, warns of increasing violence and human rights violations at European borders.  21 February 2022 Migrants and Refugees UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi urged on Monday for greater protection for refugees and asylum-seekers in Europe.   He said in a statement that violence, ill-treatment, and pushbacks continue to be regularly reported at […]

Ukraine crisis: UN political affairs chief calls for ‘maximum restraint’

© UNICEF/Christopher MorrisA soldier stands guard at the last government checkpoint on the contact line in Bakhmutka, Donetsk region, Ukraine. (file)    17 February 2022Peace and Security Amid competing narratives of events unfolding swiftly in and around Ukraine – one detailing the withdrawal of Russian troops from the borders and another proclaiming that an attack is imminent […]

Guterres opens Global Disability Summit with inclusivity call

© UNOCHA/Maxime NamaDisabled girls play basketball in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.    16 February 2022Human Rights The Global Disability Summit began on Wednesday in Oslo, where UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged all countries to do more to put people living with disabilities “front and centre” of their post-COVID recovery plans. In opening comments to the meeting – […]