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2024

  • 24 Jan 2024

    Nine people were killed and 75 injured on Wednesday in a direct hit on a training centre turned shelter in southern Gaza run by the UN agency that assists Palestinians, UNRWA, according to initial reports.

  • 24 Jan 2024

    The UN Security Council will hold a second day of debate on Wednesday in search of an end to the devastating conflict in Gaza amid growing tensions in the Middle East, as UN humanitarians reiterated grave concerns for extremely vulnerable Palestinians forced once again to flee the war and evacuation orders.

  • 24 Jan 2024

    When fighting between rival militaries erupted last April across the Sudanese capital, UN worker Mohammed Ginish went from providing humanitarian aid to internally displaced persons to becoming displaced himself in Port Sudan, along with many of his colleagues.

  • 24 Jan 2024

    Work harder to end the war in Gaza and recognize the State of Palestine were the messages once more from many countries on Wednesday, taking part in the two-day Security Council debate over the Middle East crisis.

  • 24 Jan 2024

    In just a matter of years, Africa has become the “global epicentre of terrorism”, with groups such as Da’esh, Al-Qaida and their affiliates exploiting local conflicts and fragilities to serve their own ends, the UN Secretary-General said on Wednesday, calling for violent extremism to be rooted out.

  • 24 Jan 2024

    Houthi authorities in Yemen on Wednesday have ordered UN and other humanitarian staff holding US and UK passports to leave the country within a month.

  • 24 Jan 2024

    Nine people were killed and 75 injured on Wednesday in a direct hit on a training centre turned shelter in southern Gaza run by UNRWA, the UN agency that assists Palestinians, according to initial reports.

  • 24 Jan 2024

    When fighting between rival militaries erupted last April across the Sudanese capital, UN worker Mohammed Ginish went from providing humanitarian aid to internally displaced persons to becoming displaced himself in Port Sudan, along with many of his colleagues.

  • 23 Jan 2024

    Amid continuing heavy fighting in Gaza on Tuesday morning including reported attacks on hospitals in the southern city of Khan Younis, UN humanitarians expressed deep concern for patients and others seeking treatment who had “no way in and out”.

  • 23 Jan 2024

    Top diplomats debated the deepening crisis in the Gaza Strip and the whole Middle East in the UN Security Council on Tuesday against the backdrop of Israel’s unrelenting military operation, mounting death toll and escalating global calls for an immediate ceasefire. The UN Secretary-General told ambassadors and foreign ministers that any refusal to accept a two-State solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict "must be firmly rejected", as the Council is poised to reconvene on Wednesday afternoon to hear more from the wider UN membership.

  • 23 Jan 2024

    The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Ukraine on Tuesday condemned the latest round of Russian air strikes on the two biggest cities in the country, which killed at least seven people and wounded dozens more, according to news reports. 

  • 22 Jan 2024

    “Intense” Israeli bombardment in Gaza continued on Monday along with rocket fire into Israel by Palestinian armed groups as UN humanitarians reported that more than 25,000 have died in the enclave since war began on 7 October.

  • 22 Jan 2024

    The human rights expert appointed by the UN High Commissioner to monitor Sudan, Radhoune Noucier, told UN News on Monday that everything from basic human rights to the economy and the legal system, have been decimated by the on-going war between rival militaries.

  • 22 Jan 2024

    The UN human rights office (OHCHR) on Monday strongly condemned a weekend attack on the Russian-occupied city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine which left scores dead and injured.

  • 22 Jan 2024

    “Intense” Israeli bombardment in Gaza continued on Monday along with rocket fire into Israel by Palestinian armed groups as UN humanitarians reported that more than 25,000 have died in the enclave since war began on 7 October.

  • 21 Jan 2024

    Developing countries must lead efforts to reform outdated multilateral institutions and frameworks, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in remarks to the third summit of the Group of 77 (G-77) and China, which opened in Kampala, Uganda, on Sunday.

  • 21 Jan 2024

    Developing countries must lead efforts to reform outdated multilateral institutions and frameworks, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in remarks to the third summit of the Group of 77 (G-77) and China, which opened in Kampala, Uganda, on Sunday.

  • 20 Jan 2024

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres repeated his call for a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza and the unconditional release of all hostages, in an address to the latest summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), which concluded in Kampala, Uganda, on Saturday.

  • 19 Jan 2024
    A brief roundup of United Nations-related political and peacebuilding events and developments around the world. 

    Special Representative Salvador emphasizes importance of Multinational Security Support Mission for Haiti

    On 18 January, the 4th meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Situation in Haiti of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) took place in Paris. In a tweet, the UN Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) said that the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of BINUH, María Isabel Salvador (pictured above, center), underlined at the meeting that the expected deployment of the Multinational Security Support Mission, an autonomous and non-UN mission, would be essential for restoring security and fostering conditions conducive to the holding of credible, participatory and inclusive elections in Haiti.  

    Peacebuilding Commission meets on peace consolidation in São Tomé and Príncipe

    On 15 January, the Peacebuilding Commission discussed peace consolidation in São Tomé and Príncipe. Coordinated by the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), DPPA's Peace Building Support Office (PBSO), the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) and the Resident Coordinator for the country, the meeting raised awareness of the challenges the country faces in the security and justice sectors. Prime Minister Patrice Trovoada highlighted the case for prevention and called for international support. Member States welcomed the preventive approach taken by the Government, noting the need for coordinated collaboration between national authorities, the UN, and International Financial Institutions to support the country in achieving its reforms.

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    Security Council Affairs Division publishes 2023 highlights of practice

    The Security Council Affairs Division (SCAD) of DPPA recently published its “Highlights of Security Council Practice 2023.” Produced every year since 2011, the Highlights paper provides an overview of significant procedural and constitutional matters relating to the activities of the Council and it subsidiary bodies over the past year. In 2023, the Security Council held 290 formal meetings and 124 consultations of the whole; it adopted 50 resolutions and six presidential statements; it considered 47 agenda items and invited a record number of participants — 479 — under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure. 

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    Special Coordinator meets with senior officials to discuss security and stability for Lebanon

    This week, Special Coordinator of the Secretary-General for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka met with Lebanese political and security officials to discuss ways of promoting peace and stability. Wronecka met with Deputy Parliament Speaker Elias Bou Saad and highlighted Resolution 1701 as essential to restore security and stability along Lebanon’s southern border with Israel. She also spoke with the Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces, General Joseph Aoun (pictured above, right), about the crucial role of the Lebanese army in that regard. With the former Director of General Security Abbas Ibrahim, the Special Coordinator spoke about the need to consolidate elements of security and stability. In separate meetings with the Ambassadors of Qatar, China and Russia, Wronecka emphasized the importance of preserving Lebanon’s security and stability through institutional stability.

    Deputy Special Representative Cordone meets with Iraqi and Iranian officials

    On 18 January, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) for Iraq for Political Affairs and Electoral Assistance, Claudio Cordone, met in Baghdad with Iraq National Security Advisor Qasim Al-Araji (pictured above, right). DSRSG Cordone briefed on his recent visit to three camps for Iranian Kurdish opposition groups in the Kurdistan Region, which were coordinated with the Federal and Kurdistan Region authorities. DSRSG Cordone also met with Iranian Ambassador to Iraq Mohammad Kazem Al Sadegh. They discussed security issues, including the implementation of the Iraq-Iran security agreement relating to Iranian Kurdish opposition groups.

    Deputy Special Representative Isaczai highlights five-year UN Cooperation Framework for Iraq

    On 15 January, the Deputy Special Representative, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (DSRSG/RC/HC) for Iraq, Ghulam Isaczai, met separately in Baghdad with Iraq Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Planning Mohammed Ali Tamim and Iraq's Minister of Health Salih Al-Hasnawi (pictured above, right). In his meetings, Isaczai spoke about continued UN-Iraq collaboration in the context of the new five-year UN Cooperation Framework for Iraq (UNSDCF). On 16 January, DSRSG/RC/HC Isaczai met with Iraq Minister of Education Ibrahim Namis Al-Jubouri. Discussions focused on education, digitalization, increasing budget allocations, and supporting education for internally displaced persons, returnees, and refugees.

    Special Representative Leonardo Santos Simão speaks with UN News about situation in Sahel

    This week, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) Leonardo Santos Simão spoke to UN News about the situation in the region.

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    Project for former combatants in Cauca, Colombia, yields export crop of avocados

    On 16 January, the UN Verification Mission in Colombia visited a project for the cultivation and distribution of Hass avocado, in the municipality of Silvia, department of Cauca. The project is being carried out by former combatants and follows international commercial standards. This initiative expects to produce three tons of avocados for export and local trade during the current harvest cycle. The former combatants' cooperative is also developing a fish farming project in the village of Pueblo Nuevo. The Mission has supported the project since its inception, and both initiatives are supported by the Agency for Reintegration and Normalization (ARN) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

    Next Week

    On 22 January, the Security Council will discuss the situation in Ukraine. On 23 January, an open debate on the Middle East will take place. On 25 January, the Council will hold a briefing and consultations on Haiti.

  • 19 Jan 2024

    Women and children account for roughly 70 per cent of people killed in the war in Gaza, with two mothers killed every hour since hostilities erupted more than 100 days ago, according to a UN Women report published on Friday. 

  • 19 Jan 2024

    Unprecedented flooding in the Republic of the Congo has left more than 350,000 people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, the UN aid coordination office OCHA said on Friday.

  • 19 Jan 2024

    Babies are being “delivered into hell” in Gaza with many others likely dying as a result of conflict with Israel and increasingly dire conditions in the enclave, UN humanitarians warned on Friday.

  • 19 Jan 2024

    The President of the UN General Assembly on Friday reiterated his call for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and the release of all hostages as the “only credible course of action” to address the conflict.

  • 18 Jan 2024

     

    New York, 18 January 2024. The members of the Security Council reiterated their full and unanimous support for the peace process in Colombia. They stressed the importance of ensuring the...

  • 18 Jan 2024

    Mogadishu – A United Nations-contracted cargo plane today crashed while landing on an air-strip in El-Barde in Somalia’s South West State.

    The aircraft was transporting humanitarian...

  • 18 Jan 2024

    Medicines for Israeli hostages were reportedly allowed into Gaza for the first time on Thursday along with a consignment of relief supplies for Palestinians, under an agreement brokered by Qatar and France.

  • 18 Jan 2024

    The UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday said he was “deeply concerned” over tit for tat airstrikes carried out by Iran and Pakistan.

  • 17 Jan 2024

    Unremitting conflict in Gaza has already sparked regional insecurity and is clear evidence that the international community needs to throw its weight behind a two-State solution in the Occupied Palestinian Territory to resolve the enduring crisis “once and for all”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday.

  • 17 Jan 2024

    The World Health Organization (WHO) is continuing to do all it can to deliver critical medicines, supplies and fuel to Gaza hospitals, where the health system is collapsing, an agency official said on Wednesday. 

  • 17 Jan 2024

    The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, has appealed for restraint in the wake of protests and heightened tensions following Sunday’s presidential elections in the Comoros.

  • 17 Jan 2024

    The UN Senior Humanitarian and Reconstruction Coordinator for Gaza visited Al-Arish, Egypt, on Wednesday in efforts to scale-up assistance to the enclave, where more than 100 days of war between Israel and Hamas militants have left most of the population in dire need of food, water, medicines and other basic items. 

  • 17 Jan 2024

    KABUL - On 7 November 2023, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Indrika Ratwette of Sri Lanka as his new Deputy Special Representative (Development) for Afghanistan in the United Nations...

  • 16 Jan 2024
  • 16 Jan 2024

    The UN Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the killing of a Cameroonian peacekeeper on Monday who was serving with the Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

  • 16 Jan 2024

    Recent weeks have seen a steep increase in civilian casualties in Ukraine following an intensification of Russian attacks, the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in the country, HRMMU, said in a new report issued on Tuesday. 

  • 16 Jan 2024

    The Israeli authorities have continued to block lifesaving aid from reaching northern Gaza 102 days since Hamas-led terror attacks triggered the war, UN humanitarians have insisted, just as UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned that “the long shadow of starvation” stalks the people of Gaza.

  • 15 Jan 2024

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres has emphasized the imperative of establishing “basic conditions” to facilitate safe and full-scale aid delivery to civilians in Gaza while stressing that only a ceasefire will prevent the crisis from escalating.

  • 15 Jan 2024

    After more than 100 days of war in Gaza and no let-up in sight, senior UN humanitarians issued a rare joint appeal for greater aid access on Monday, expressing renewed fears of death due to famine and disease unless there is a “fundamental step change” in procedures. 

  • 13 Jan 2024

    The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, expresses his concern about recent developments involving Yemen.

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  • 12 Jan 2024
    A brief roundup of United Nations-related political and peacebuilding events and developments around the world. 

    USG DiCarlo warns "we are on the brink of the third year of the gravest armed conflict in Europe since the Second World War—with no end in sight"

    On 10 January, Under Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo, briefing the Council on Ukraine, said that the country had suffered some of the worst attacks since the beginning of the illegal war, with the Russian Federation’s missiles and drones targeting numerous locations across the country. She pointed out that the Council has already met more than 100 times in various formats to discuss the war and had heard numerous testimonies about the horrors endured by Ukrainian civilians. “We have consistently voiced clear warnings about the risks of further escalation and spill-over outside Ukraine’s borders and even beyond,” she said, warning: “And yet, here we are, on the brink of the third year of the gravest armed conflict in Europe since the Second World War — with no end in sight”.   

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    Head of UNOWAS highlights concerns over security situation and governance in West Africa and the Sahel

    On 11 January, Leonardo Santos Simão, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), briefed the Security Council on peace consolidation in West Africa. Simão evoked the persistence of socio-political tensions, the growing insecurity in the Sahel alongside a worsening of the humanitarian situation, as well as the negative impact of climate change on peace and security in the sub-region. "Despite the significant progress that has been made in consolidating democracy, the security situation and governance challenges remain major concerns," he said.

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    Special Representative Ruiz Massieu tells Security Council of opportunity to "broaden the scope of peace" in Colombia

    On 11 January, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and the Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, briefed the Council on recent developments in the country. "The year that just passed showed the clear linkages between the implementation of the Agreement and the dialogue initiatives with other armed actors undertaken by the Government”, he said, adding that “recent developments also illustrate the need to move forward coherently in these processes, which, if conceived holistically, have the potential to address persistent challenges and to broaden the scope of peace.”

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    Special Coordinator Wronecka pushes for de-escalation on Blue Line

    This week, Special Coordinator of the Secretary-General for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka held meetings with Lebanese political and security officials to encourage de-escalation between Israel and Hizbullah along the Blue Line. In separate meetings with Lebanon’s caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati and caretaker Foreign Minister Abdallah Bouhabib, she noted the need for diplomatic efforts to reinforce security and stability. She discussed with the Director of Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces Imad Othman, the Acting Director of General Security Elias Bayssari and the head of military intelligence Tony Kahwagi the need for robust security apparatus, and with former Minister Tarek Mitri feasible ways to further the implementation of Resolution 1701. Wronecka also exchanged views with caretaker Minister of Interior Bassam Mawlawi on his ministry’s priorities for 2024. 

    Special Coordinator Wronecka joins USG Lacroix in Beirut meetings

    This week, Special Coordinator Joanna Wronecka joined Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix in his meetings with Lebanese officials to stress the importance of shielding Lebanon from an expansion of the war in Gaza and the importance of implementing Resolution 1701. In addition to the meetings with the caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati, Speaker Nabih Berri and Foreign Minister Abdallah Bouhabib, the Special Coordinator attended a meeting with USG Lacroix and UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) troop-contributing countries. 

    UNAMI supports Iraq-Iran border security dialogue

    On 10 January, in coordination with Iraqi federal and Kurdistan Region authorities, the Deputy Special Representative for Iraq for Political Affairs and Electoral Assistance, Claudio Cordone, visited three camps for Iranian Kurdish opposition groups in the Kurdistan Region. Their representatives affirmed commitment to civilian status and requested assistance. The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) support continues regarding the Iraq-Iran dialogue on border security.

    UNAMI Deputy Special Representative Cordone meets officials on Kurdistan region elections

    Deputy Special Representative Cordone met in Erbil with Kurdistan Regional Government Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani. They discussed relations with Baghdad and the regional parliamentary elections in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). Cordone also met with the KRI President’s Chief of Staff Fawzi Hariri and discussed the holding of the Kurdistan Region Parliament's elections. In a meeting in Baghdad on 11 January, DSRSG Cordone congratulated Judge Omar Mohammed, Iraq High Electoral Commission Chair, on the successful conduct of the Governorate Councils elections, while waiting for final certification of the results.

    UNAMI Human Rights Office holds workshops on climate change and human rights

    On 9 and 10 January, the UNAMI Human Rights Office organized two workshops in Sulaymaniyah and Halabja on climate change and its impact on human rights. The workshops were attended by journalists, volunteers, activists, and representatives of civil society organizations. Participants discussed the relationship between human rights and climate change, and proposed actions to address environmental concerns in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

    UN Verification Mission in Colombia helps promote indigenous connectivity in Cauca

    On 6 January, the UN Verification Mission in Colombia participated in a dialogue between the incoming and outgoing indigenous authorities in the San Andrés de Pisimbala reservation, municipality of Inzá, department of Cauca, in the framework of its mandate to verify the Ethnic Chapter of the Peace Agreement. At the meeting, the Mission gave communication equipment to the community, in order to increase their connectivity and to help with emergencies and other situations that could impact the local population.

    Next Week

    On 16 January, the Council will hold consultations on Yemen.

    On 15 January at 10 am, the Peacebuilding Commission will hold an Ambassadorial-level meeting on Peace Consolidation in São Tomé and Príncipe in Conference Room 1.

  • 12 Jan 2024

    Assistant Secretary-General Khaled Khiari’s remarks to the Security Council on

    maintenance of international peace and security

    New York, 12 January 2024

     

    Je vous remercie, Monsieur le President [French Permanent Representative Nicolas de Rivière],

    On 11 January, the military forces of the United States and the United Kingdom, supported by four countries, reportedly conducted over fifty air strikes and missile strikes on targets across Yemen including in Sana’a, Taiz, Hudaydah, Hajja, Sa’ada, Dhamar, and Ibb. According to the Houthis’, this resulted in five dead and six wounded fighters. The United Nations cannot independently verify these figures at this time. As of this afternoon, no UN staff or premises were reported as having been affected.

    Yesterday’s strikes follow the continued Houthi targeting of vessels in the Red Sea, including what was reported as “the largest attack to date” on 9 January, which involved a combination of drones and missiles that were intercepted by the United States and the United Kingdom naval forces. Subsequent to the adoption of Security Council resolution 2722 (2024) on 10 January, the Houthis reportedly launched another attack using an anti-ship ballistic missile on 11 January. The former attack was claimed by the Houthis to be a “preliminary retaliation” for the killing of Houthi fighters by US naval forces in an incident reported on 31 December.

    Monsieur le President,

    We are witnessing a cycle of violence that risks grave political, security, economic and humanitarian repercussions in Yemen and the region. Recent humanitarian improvements in the country are fragile and could easily be reversed if there are further incidents, while progress on reaching a political settlement to end the war in Yemen could also be undermined, leaving the people of Yemen facing the impact of continued conflict.

    These developments in the Red Sea and the risk of exacerbating regional tensions are alarming. The Houthis’ attack following the adoption of the Security Council resolution and yesterday’s events further demonstrate that the region is on a dangerous escalatory trajectory, which could potentially impact millions in Yemen, the region and globally.

    In a statement issued today, the Secretary-General called upon all parties involved not to escalate even more the situation in the interest of peace and stability in the Red Sea and the wider region. All concerned parties must do their utmost to avoid further escalation, reduce tensions and exercise restraint. We also reaffirm the importance of ensuring the safety and security of maritime navigation in the region, as emphasized in resolution 2722 of this Council. In that regard, we also call for the immediate release of the “Galaxy Leader” which was seized by the Houthis on 19 November and the release of her crew.

    Monsieur le President,

    We call on this Council to continue its efforts in actively engaging with all concerned parties to prevent further escalation from exacerbating regional tensions or undermining regional peace, security, or international trade.

    Je vous remercie.

  • 12 Jan 2024

    Mogadishu – The United Nations in Somalia strongly condemns a mortar attack which killed a member of the UN Guard Unit on Thursday.

    “The UN Guard Unit plays an integral role in...

  • 12 Jan 2024

    The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS),...

  • 12 Jan 2024

    As the Gaza conflict approaches the 100-day mark, an immediate ceasefire is “more urgent than ever”, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Friday. 

  • 12 Jan 2024

    Israel strongly rejected accusations by South Africa of genocidal intent against Palestinians on Friday at the United Nations’ highest court, insisting that it was engaged “in a war it did not start and did not want” in Gaza.

  • 12 Jan 2024

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres has urged countries to avoid an escalation in the situation in the Red Sea, where Houthi rebels in Yemen have been attacking commercial vessels amid the ongoing war in Gaza. 

  • 12 Jan 2024

    The UN Security Council met on Friday for briefings on the worsening situation across the Middle East, looking first at threats of forced displacement from Gaza and then the escalating conflict in and around the Red Sea – all as the war in Gaza approaches the 100-day mark.

  • 11 Jan 2024

    Special Coordinator Joanna Wronecka meets Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati at the Grand Serail

    This week, UN Special Coordinator Joanna Wronecka held...

  • 11 Jan 2024

    Special Coordinator WWronecka Joins USG Jean-Pierre Lacroix in Meeting with UNIFIL troop contributing countries (UNIFIL Photo)

    This week, UN Special Coordinator Joanna Wronecka...

  • 11 Jan 2024

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    Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, highlighted...