Category: Peace and Security

Libya: ‘Dire and untenable’ situation for tens of thousands of children in unrelenting conflict

© UNICEF/Giovanni Diffidenti A child runs through the debris and wreckage in downtown Benghazi, Libya. The world should not accept the “dire and untenable” situation facing children in wartorn Libya the head of the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said on Friday. “Children in Libya, including refugee and migrant children, continue to suffer grievously amidst the […]

‘Three-country crisis’ across central Sahel puts whole generation at risk, warns UN food agency

Violent attacks by extremists “almost every day” in the Sahel nations of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso have displaced nearly one million people and caused emergency levels of malnutrition, UN humanitarians have said. Warning of an impending humanitarian crisis, the World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday said that if nothing is done to tackle hunger in the […]

Protests around the world: Politicians must address ‘growing deficit of trust’, urges Guterres

UN Bolivia/Patricia Cusicanqui Demonstrators protest on the streets of La Paz, Bolivia. Protests in cities across the world in recent days show that “people are hurting and want to be heard” by political leaders who must now address a “growing deficit of trust”, said the UN chief on Friday. Speaking to correspondents at UN Headquarters in New York, António […]

UN and Red Cross chiefs appeal for end to use of explosive weapons in cities

With some 50 million people in urban areas suffering from the impact of armed conflict, war in cities “cannot be back page news”, the UN Secretary-General and the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Wednesday. António Guterres and Peter Maurer have issued a joint appeal which calls on countries and warring parties […]

‘Whole spectrum of Afghan society’ must get behind peace talks, UN envoy tells Security Council

The long Afghan conflict can only be resolved by “direct talks” between its own people, the chief of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) told the Security Council on Tuesday, underscoring that they must be inclusive and represent “the whole spectrum of Afghan society”. “The events of recent days and weeks have shown, more […]