Category: Peace and Security

The natural environment is also a casualty of war, Guterres warns

UNEP/GRID-Arendal/Tim Freccia An orphaned gorilla released in its new habitat, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Healthy gorilla populations are becoming increasingly isolated due to habitat loss and conflict across the region.   The UN Secretary-General has called for better management of natural resources and ecosystems, highlighting that doing so could pave a path towards peace in war-torn […]

Amid COVID-19, UN commitment to peace ‘more urgent than ever’

UNIFIL Since the onset of COVID-19 pandemic, UNIFIL and its peacekeeping troops have maintained their daily operational activities along the Blue Line in South Lebanon.     COVID-19 threatens not only hard-won development and peacebuilding gains, but also “risks exacerbating conflicts or fomenting new ones”, the UN chief reminded the Security Council on Wednesday, during a briefing […]

Hong Kong urged to drop prosecutions of leading activists, not to silence peaceful protest

UN NewsThe skyline of Hong Kong harbour, seen at night.     Independent UN human rights experts urged Hong Kong authorities on Wednesday to immediately drop the criminal prosecution of 15 pro-democracy activists who participated in peaceful protests across the Special Administrative Region of China last year. “Nobody should be subjected to administrative or criminal sanctions for taking […]

Attacks on civilians, arbitrary arrests, top list of abuses in Libya: ICC Prosecutor

©UNICEF/Giovanni DiffidentiA Somali woman sits with her one-year-old child, in the Ganfoda Detention Centre near Benghazi, after fleeing violence in her country and illegally entering Libya.     Unabated violence, particularly in and around the Libyan capital, has now been raging for more than a year, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) told the Security […]

Sudan Prime Minister survives attempted assassination

  Sudan’s Prime Minister survived a reported assassination attempt in the capital Khartoum on Monday, tweeting after the incident that he was “safe and in good shape”. Briefing reporters, the UN’s Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, said UN chief António Guterres was “shocked and saddened” to learn of the attack, and expressed “full solidarity” with the Prime Minister and people of […]

As children freeze to death in Syria, aid officials call for major cross-border delivery boost

Humanitarian assistance needs to be scaled up significantly to more than a million people displaced by fighting in northwest Syria, a senior UN aid official said on Monday, amid reports that children are freezing to death on the Turkish border. “People are traumatized and frightened and urgently need better access to shelter, food, sanitation, basic […]