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  • 27 Nov 2023

    On 28 November 2023, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat convened the seventh African Union-United Nations Annual Conference in New...

  • 27 Nov 2023
    On 28 November 2023, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat convened the seventh African Union-United Nations Annual...
  • 27 Nov 2023

    Remarks for Mr. Khaled Khiari, Assistant Secretary-General for the Middle East and Asia and the Pacific



    New York, 27 November 2023

    Mr. President, members of the Security Council,

    At 10:42 PM local time on 21 November, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) launched a rocket “Chollima-1" loaded with the reconnaissance satellite "Malligyong-1", from the Sohae Satellite Launching Station. The DPRK’s National Aerospace Technology Administration (NATA) announced that the rocket flew normally along the pre-set flight track and that the satellite entered orbit at 10:54 PM. It also announced that the DPRK would be “launching several reconnaissance satellites in a short span of time”. This follows previous failed attempts on 31 May and 24 August this year, also using the "Chollima-1" rocket.

    The DPRK’s launches represent a serious risk to international civil aviation and maritime traffic. While the DPRK issued a pre-launch notification to the Japanese Coast Guard, it did not issue airspace or maritime safety notifications to the International Maritime Organization, the International Civil Aviation Organization, or the International Telecommunications Union.  

    Mr. President,

    While sovereign states have the right to benefit from peaceful space activities, Security Council resolutions expressly prohibit the DPRK from conducting any launches using ballistic missile technology.

    On 21 November, the Secretary-General strongly condemned the launch of yet another military satellite using ballistic missile technology. He reiterated his call on the DPRK to fully comply with its international obligations under all relevant Security Council resolutions and to resume dialogue without preconditions to achieve the goal of sustainable peace and the complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

    Mr. President,

    The DPRK continues to implement its five-year military plan unveiled in January 2021. It should be recalled that developing a military reconnaissance satellite was part of the plan, along with various other weapons systems including so-called tactical nuclear weapons.

    On 27 September, the DPRK adopted a constitutional amendment further enshrining its policy on nuclear forces in the Constitution. As such, the DPRK has consistently demonstrated its strong intention to continue pursuing its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes, in violation of relevant Security Council resolutions. We emphasize once again our call on the DPRK to refrain from such actions.

    Mr. President,

    The increase in nuclear rhetoric on the Korean Peninsula is deeply concerning. The Secretary-General has consistently noted that the only way to prevent the use of nuclear weapons is to eliminate them. All states must reinforce and recommit to the nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime built over decades, including the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, which has yet to enter into force.

    Pending the complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, it is imperative that the DPRK maintains the highest level of safety at its nuclear facilities.

    Mr. President,

    With growing tensions on the Korean Peninsula, the importance of re-establishing communication channels and off-ramps is essential, particularly between military entities. Exercising maximum restraint is critical to avoid unintended accidents or miscalculations.

    We call on Security Council Members to unite and explore practical measures to halt the current negative trend, making full use of the tools of dialogue, diplomacy, and negotiation, while adhering to all Security Council resolutions.

    Mr. President,

    On a separate note, I would like to highlight once again concerns regarding the humanitarian situation in the DPRK. The United Nations is ready to assist the efforts of DPRK in addressing the basic needs of its vulnerable populations. We continue to closely follow the easing of DPRK border restrictions and urge the DPRK to allow the unimpeded re-entry and rotation of the international community, including the United Nations Resident Coordinator and other international UN staff. A collective return would positively impact international support to the people of the DPRK, including on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

    Thank you, Mr. President.

  • 27 Nov 2023

    As part of the mandate entrusted to it by the United Nations Permanent Advisory Committee on Security Issues in Central Africa (UNSAC) during its 55th...

  • 27 Nov 2023

    The recent launch of a reconnaissance satellite by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), presents a ‘serious risk’ to international civil aviation and shipping, the Security Council heard on Monday. 

  • 27 Nov 2023

    Desperate Gazans in the north of the enclave had their first sip of clean water in weeks on Monday as a continuing pause in fighting enabled broadening aid access to the Strip, UN humanitarians said. 

  • 27 Nov 2023

    The look on people’s faces in Gaza reveals “the trauma, the stress, as if sorrow and sadness have taken root here in Gaza”, according to James Elder, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) spokesperson who has joined the aid effort in the besieged enclave.

  • 26 Nov 2023

    Dakar, 26 November 2023 - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Leonardo Santos...

  • 25 Nov 2023

    Sixty-one trucks hauled aid to northern Gaza on Saturday – the largest number since 7 October, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

  • 25 Nov 2023

    Sixty-one trucks hauled aid to northern Gaza on Saturday – the largest number since 7 October, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

  • 25 Nov 2023

    Mogadishu – Marking the start of the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the United Nations in Somalia today called for more progress in fighting...

  • 24 Nov 2023
    A brief roundup of United Nations-related political and peacebuilding events and developments around the world. 

    Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo visits Middle East  

    From 19 to 22 November, Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo visited Israel, the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Jordan. Throughout her visit, DiCarlo expressed her deep concern over the continued loss of life in Gaza following the abhorrent attacks of 7 October. She also listened to the views of her interlocutors regarding ending the conflict, emphasizing the absolute need for all to commit to a political horizon through a two-state solution allowing Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace, security and dignity. 

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    Special Coordinator Wennesland welcomes deal to secure release of hostages and humanitarian pause 

    On 24 November, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland welcomed the start of the implementation of the agreement reached on 22 November to release Israeli hostages held in Gaza and start a four-day humanitarian pause. Thirteen Israelis abducted by Hamas and others on 7 October were released, while 39 Palestinians were freed from Israeli prisons. He further welcomed the release of a number of foreign workers held in Gaza, and noted he looked forward to additional releases over the coming days. “Today’s humanitarian pause went into effect with relative calm allowing truckloads of aid to go into Gaza,” Wennesland continued, underscoring that “These developments are a significant humanitarian breakthrough that we need to build on.”

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    Secretary-General highlights “A New Agenda for Peace” in Security Council debate on peace and development 

    On 20 November, in an open debate in the Security Council on sustaining peace through common development, the Secretary-General said his policy brief "A New Agenda for Peace" contained proposals framed around the core principles of the Charter and recognized the interlinked nature of the many challenges the world faces. “A New Agenda for Peace” also sets out "a vision for preventing conflict, sustaining peace and advancing development that applies to everyone, in all countries, at all times,” he added.

    "New grim milestone" reached in war in Ukraine, says ASG Jenča

    On 21 November, Assistant Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia and the Americas Miroslav Jenča said the Russian invasion of Ukraine had reached a “new grim milestone”, with more than 10,000 civilians killed and over 18,500 injured, according to figures recorded by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. He warned that there were indications that attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure might escalate further during the winter months.

    Peacebuilding Commission visits Mozambique 

    From 16 to 20 November, Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) Chair Ivan Šimonović and Vice-Chairs Muhammad Abdul Muhith and Thomas Peter Zahneisen visited Mozambique to discuss methods to sustain peacebuilding gains achieved during the Maputo peace process and to explore ways to further advance Mozambique’s peacebuilding priorities. The PBC delegation participated in a national conference on peace and security hosted by the President of Mozambique, Philipe Nyusi. It also held discussions with senior government officials, local administration, the UN country team, regional and financial institutions, and civil society in Maputo and Cabo Delgado on how to support the country in its efforts to mobilize international political, financial, and technical assistance to meet its peacebuilding needs. The PBC Chair will prepare a visit report and will debrief PBC members on the visit.

    ASG Jenča visits Armenia and Georgia 

    This week, Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) for Europe, Central Asia and the Americas Miroslav Jenča visited Armenia and Georgia. On 17 November in Yerevan, he met with Deputy Foreign Minister of Armenia Vahe Gevorgyan and discussed UN-Armenia relations, support for Karabakh Armenians and the situation in the South Caucasus, including perspectives on the peace process. In Tbilisi, on 20 November, the ASG met with Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia Lasha Darsalia and State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality Tea Akhvlediani, focusing on UN-Georgia relations and ways to promote peace and security in Georgia and the South Caucasus. In both capitals, the ASG discussed cooperation on the implementation of A New Agenda for Peace and preparations for the Summit of the Future and the Pact for the Future, as well as regional connectivity and the promotion of Women, Peace and Security and Youth, Peace and Security agendas. In Georgia, ASG Jenča also visited conflict-affected populations and UN-approved projects.

    ASG Khiari addresses ASEAN-UN Regional Dialogue on Climate, Peace and Security  

    This week, the ASEAN-UN Regional Dialogue on Climate, Peace and Security was held in Jakarta, Indonesia, jointly organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation and the United Nations. Senior officials from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the UN, academics, civil society and other regional partners met to discuss the impacts of climate change. Noting that the “far-reaching effects of climate change, in the words of the United Nations Secretary-General, are a danger to peace”, Assistant Secretary-General for Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Khaled Khiari said: “We can – and must – do more to prevent the unavoidable impacts of climate change from putting lives and stability at risk.” 

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    Secretary-General announces appointment of new Envoy for Sudan 

    On 21 November, Secretary-General António Guterres announced the appointment of Ramtane Lamamra of Algeria as his Personal Envoy for Sudan.

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    Winners of Great Lakes photography competition

    On 20 November, the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) hosted a photo exhibit to mark the culmination of the "The Great Lakes Region Through Your Lens" photo contest organized by the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region (OSESG-GL). The exhibit provided a platform to recognize the contestants' work and to shed light on the diverse narratives of the region. It was launched by the Special Envoy alongside the Democratic Republic of the Congo Coordinator of the National Oversight Mechanism (NOM) of the Peace and Security Cooperation (PSC) Framework. 

    UNOAU supports the African Union Security Sector Reform Policy Framework  

    On 21-22 November, the UN Office to the African Union (UNOAU) supported the 10th anniversary commemoration of the African Union’s Security Sector Reform policy framework, held in Addis Ababa. Participating in the event, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of UNOAU Parfait Onanga-Anyanga noted that addressing Security Sector Governance and Reform (SSGR) needs to be part of a comprehensive approach and larger peacebuilding and development strategies.

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    Colombia commemorated the seventh anniversary of the Peace Agreement

    From 18 to 24 November, Colombia commemorated the seventh anniversary of the Final Peace Agreement between the Colombian government and the former FARC-EP guerrillas with forums, academic events, exhibitions and an entrepreneurship fair. Under the slogan “Caring for life, fulfilling the Agreement,” the commemorative events were led by the Colombian Government's National Unit for the Implementation of the Peace Agreement; peace signatories, representatives of the political party Comunes, the Commission for Monitoring, Promotion and Verification of the Implementation of the Final Agreement (CSIVI), and the support and accompaniment of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia. Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the Verification Mission in Colombia Carlos Ruiz Massieu highlighted this anniversary as a cause for celebration for Colombia, as well as an opportunity to renew and revive the commitments of the final peace agreement. 


    UNAMI Office of Electoral Assistance assists with IHEC briefing to women candidates 

    This week, the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), together with the Office of the National Security Adviser, organized a three-day briefing to women candidates in Baghdad, a briefing that is being replicated throughout the country at the governorates, for women candidates in those governorates. The UNAMI Office of Electoral Assistance worked closely with the IHEC on the formulation of the agenda and training/briefing methodology. 

    Chief of UNAMI Human Rights Office highlights importance of the arts to promote rights 

    As part of global celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), TARKIB Organization for Arts and Culture, in collaboration with UNAMI Human Rights Office, launched a week-long, human rights-themed art exhibition entitled "CYCLE – UDHR75". The exhibition presents a mix of artwork by 20 Iraqi artists, including paintings, sculptures, photography, installations, and digital works. Speaking at the opening, Chief of UNAMI Human Rights Office Dimiter Chalev highlighted the importance of the arts as an effective tool to promote human rights.

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    UNAMI promotes green environment in UN offices and accommodation in Baghdad  

    This week, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and UNICEF Iraq partnered on a wastewater treatment plant. This initiative will contribute to better management and re-use of treated wastewater for irrigating landscapes and plant fertilization. UNAMI Chief of Mission Support Harish Joshi said of the project with UNICEF that "our collaboration will help to meet our climate action plan targets as well as our targets for the Global Goals".  

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    Next Week

    The Security Council will meet on 28 November to discuss political and humanitarian situation in Syria. On 29 November, the Council will hold a monthly briefing on the Middle East Peace Process. On 30 November, the Council is expected to act on a draft resolution on the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS).

    On 30 November, DPPA and InterPeace will co-host the inaugural Civil Society Organization-UN Dialogue on peacebuilding in New York. The event will offer a unique opportunity for 70+ peacebuilders to connect, exchange expertise, and share best practices on peacebuilding.   

  • 24 Nov 2023

    UNOAU STATEMENT | SRSG ONANGA-ANYANGA’S REMARKS on the Call to Action for the 16 Days of Activism: UNiTE! Invest to Prevent Violence Against Women & Girls                                           


  • 24 Nov 2023

    United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, Media Stakeout at UN Headquarters in New York (...

  • 24 Nov 2023

    Trucks with relief supplies continued to enter Gaza through the Rafah crossing from Egypt on Friday after the entry into force of a four-day pause in fighting, UN humanitarians said.

  • 24 Nov 2023

    Humanitarians are urgently scaling up aid in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where an escalating crisis is again unfolding, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, and the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said on Friday.

  • 24 Nov 2023

    On a sunny day, Ivan, a burly retired welder in his fifties, stood in front of his ruined house in Posad-Pokrovske, in the Kherson region of Ukraine.

  • 24 Nov 2023

    Trucks with relief supplies continued to enter Gaza through the Rafah crossing from Egypt on Friday after the entry into force of a four-day pause in fighting, UN humanitarians said.

  • 23 Nov 2023

    On 24th November 2023, AUC WGYD, UNOAU and UN Women organized and held an advocacy walk at the AUC compound. The advocacy walk was held to launch the 16 Days of Activism campaign with the theme, "From...

  • 23 Nov 2023

    Humanitarian agencies preparing to go into Gaza continued to build up stocks of desperately needed aid for the war-torn enclave on Thursday, amid delays in the implementation of a temporary halt in fighting and the release of hostages held by Hamas militants. 

  • 23 Nov 2023

    A feminist activist and acclaimed writer from the United States, Gloria Steinem has been on the front lines of social activism for decades and received countless honors, including the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, for her service to humanity.

  • 23 Nov 2023

    Tripoli 23 November 2023 – Following intensive consultations with a broad range of Libyan stakeholders as part of his efforts to advance the political process, the...

  • 22 Nov 2023

    Dakar, 22 November 2023 - The Colloquium on “Security Council Resolution 2601 (2021): the nexus between security, access to education, and...

  • 22 Nov 2023

    In line with its strategic objective to support regional efforts to enhance democratic governance, the respect for the rule of law and human rights,...

  • 22 Nov 2023

    @OSESGY-Group photo

    The Office of the UN Special Envoy for Yemen (OSESGY) and UN Women convened a consultation meeting with 33 Yemeni...

  • 22 Nov 2023

    The heads of three UN agencies on Wednesday highlighted the disproportionate suffering faced by women and girls amidst the ongoing crisis in Gaza, urging a collective response to protect the most vulnerable and a commitment to lasting peace for the women and girls caught in the crossfire.

  • 22 Nov 2023

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned the latest launch of a military satellite using ballistic missile technology by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

  • 22 Nov 2023

    A deal on Wednesday to release hostages taken during the Hamas terror attack on Israel has been welcomed by UN chief António Guterres, who added that the UN stood ready to “maximize” the positive humanitarian impact of the agreement.

  • 22 Nov 2023

    Tor Wennesland, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, briefs reporters after the Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the...

  • 21 Nov 2023








    Remarks at the Security Council meeting on Maintenance of Peace and Security of Ukraine


    21 November 2023

    Mr. President,


    Last weekend, we reached a new grim milestone in the war in Ukraine.


    The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has confirmed that to date, more than 10,000 civilians have been killed, and more than 18,500 injured, since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, in violation of the UN Charter and international law.


    Hundreds of children are among the victims.


    The full toll of this war is likely to be much greater - as there is no sign of an end to the violence.


    Instead, there are indications that attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure may escalate further during the upcoming coldest season.  The impact for millions of Ukrainians will be dire as they brace themselves for the second war-time winter. 


    Since I last briefed this Council less than two weeks ago, Russian aerial attacks across the country have continued to inflict death and destruction to areas near and far from the frontlines.   


    On 11 November, Kyiv was attacked by missiles - first time in two months. While the capital was spared from casualties that night, attacks on Kyiv and its region have continued.  The city was attacked by drones just this weekend.


    On the same day, strikes killed four people: two in Kherson, one in Dnipropetrovsk, and another in Zaporizhzhia region, according to local officials.


    The city of Kherson, recaptured by Ukraine over a year ago, has continued to suffer regular intense bombardments, resulting in civilian deaths.


    Last week, at least nine people were reportedly killed in the region, and 25 more, including a two-month-old child, injured.


    In the Black Sea, the risk of escalation and spillover remains.


    On 9 November, in Odesa, a missile reportedly hit a cargo vessel - killing a port worker and wounding crew members of the ship. Landmines posing risks to civilian navigation have been reported.


    A military incident in the Black Sea – whether intentional or not - could result in a dangerous escalation.


    Global food security depends on the ability of food exports to move safely and predictably through international waters, including in the Black Sea.


    We once again stress that attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure are prohibited under international law.


    Wherever they occur, they are unacceptable, and must stop immediately.


    Mr. President,


    Amidst fresh waves of attacks against energy infrastructure and in anticipation of frigid weather conditions, humanitarian needs are on the rise.


    Last Friday’s drone strikes alone resulted in power cuts in more than 400 towns and villages in the south, southeast and north of the country. They also damaged an oil depot in Odesa.


    This year’s Winter Response Plan, developed by the United Nations and its partners in full cooperation with Ukrainian authorities, is already in full swing.


    International solidarity and support for winter and beyond, including through timely donor contributions, remains essential.  Some 360,000 people have already received winter support. But 435 million US dollars are still urgently required to deliver house repair materials, winter clothes, heating appliances, fuel and repairs to district water and heating systems for 1.7 million people in need.


             Continued contributions are also needed for the 2023 Humanitarian Response Plan for Ukraine - currently only 54 per cent funded.  


             UN agencies have provided humanitarian assistance to over 10 million people this year. We aim to reach 11 million by the end of 2023.


             Regrettably, around four million Ukrainians in need cannot be reached in Russian-controlled areas of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions of Ukraine due to lack of access. They receive only minimal aid through local actors, in partnership with the UN and international non-governmental organizations.


    Humanitarian partners are ready to expand operations in these areas - if given access and adequate support.


    Mr President,


    The destruction wrought on the country will take years, decades to overcome. The United Nations is actively working towards long-term recovery and rebuilding of the country’s energy sector.


    We focus on infrastructure support for energy generation and transmission for the functioning of basic utilities - heating, water, and sewage - in war-affected areas.


    In collaboration with the Government of Ukraine, the World Bank, and the European Union, the United Nations has initiated the Third Ukraine Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment. It will guide the Ukrainian Government’s investment priorities for recovery and reconstruction next year.


    The previous assessment had estimated recovery costs for Ukraine at over 400 billion US dollars.


    We are committed to advancing an inclusive recovery, based on rights and local needs, in communities affected by the war - leaving no one behind.


              Regrettably, this war continues to cause often irreversible damage to Ukraine’s education sites and hinder children’s right to education. The Ukrainian authorities have reported that 365 educational institutions were destroyed and at least 3,428 damaged.


             We are also concerned about the disregard of international law in the regions of Ukraine currently under Russian control. Russian officials are holding so-called elections, appointing Russian judges, and applying Russian law, even retroactively. Policies aimed at forcefully changing or imposing institutions and identities have far-reaching consequences and are unacceptable. 


             The UN Human Rights Office has also continued to document cases confirming that the use of torture has been widespread in the context of arbitrary detention in territories of Ukraine that are currently under Russian control.


    Accountability for all violations of human rights must be ensured, in line with international norms and standards.


    Mr. President,


    In September, the Secretary-General urged all countries to do their part to prevent further escalation in Ukraine, and to lay the foundations for sustainable peace. Instead, attacks have increased and conditions on the ground deteriorated.


    While prospects for peace may seem distant, and the risk of further escalation looms, urgent efforts must be undertaken to minimize the impact on civilians.


    Amidst global challenges and crises, the international community must sustain its focus on Ukraine and end the suffering caused by this war.


    As the Secretary-General underlined, peace in Ukraine must remain a priority - a just and lasting peace, in line with the Charter, international law, and the resolutions of the General Assembly. We remain ready to support all meaningful efforts to that end.


    Thank you.

  • 21 Nov 2023

    Security Sector Reforms and Governance remains a vital element of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA), and is recognized as an essential precondition for good governance,...

  • 21 Nov 2023

    Today, the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka and the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix...

  • 21 Nov 2023

    Ahead of the Summer Olympics in Paris next year, the UN General Assembly has urged countries to maintain the ancient Greek tradition of observing peace worldwide before, during and after the Games.

  • 21 Nov 2023

    A “tragic…entirely avoidable surge” in child deaths is expected in Gaza where some 160 youngsters are already being killed every day, UN humanitarians warned on Tuesday, after six weeks of aerial bombardment by Israeli forces in response to the 7 October Hamas terror attacks on southern Israel that claimed 1,200 lives and some 240 hostages.

  • 21 Nov 2023

    At least 10,000 civilians, including over 560 children, have been killed and more than 18,500 injured since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February last year, the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission there said on Tuesday.

  • 21 Nov 2023

    The meeting in Kigali, which started in the conference room of the Rwandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation, took place in a cordial atmosphere. Photos...

  • 20 Nov 2023

    Statement by Mr. Parfait Onanga-Anyanga

    Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the

  • 20 Nov 2023

    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

    On 15 November, UNRCCA held an online seminar with the Preventive Diplomacy Academy (PDA) Alumni network...

  • 20 Nov 2023

    The UN Secretary-General on Monday outlined the crucial link between development and sustaining peace, highlighting that socio-economic advances are often among the first casualties of war.

  • 20 Nov 2023

    Stronger action is needed to uphold children’s rights in a world where they are increasingly under threat due to conflicts, rising poverty and climate impacts, the head of the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said on Monday. 

  • 20 Nov 2023

    The UN chief said on Monday that in the current conflict between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants in Gaza, the world is witnessing an "unparalleled and unprecendented" level of civilian death, compared to any other conflict since he became Secretary-General in 2017.

  • 20 Nov 2023

    The UN chief said on Monday that in the current conflict between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants in Gaza, where thousands of children have been killed in the past few weeks, the world is witnessing a level of violence unprecedented during his time as Secretary-General. 

  • 19 Nov 2023

    Spikes in casualties, attacks on schools and shelters, including the death of a UN worker, and crippling fuel shortages blocking aid deliveries rippled across Gaza over the weekend, as the World Health Organization (WHO) helped to evacuate 31 babies in critical condition at the besieged Al-Shifa Hospital and the UN chief called for a humanitarian ceasefire amid the ongoing Israel-Palestine crisis.

  • 19 Nov 2023

    Dakar, 18 November 2023 - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS),...

  • 19 Nov 2023

    Mogadishu – Wrapping up her second visit to the Horn of Africa country, the Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights in Somalia today highlighted the interlinkages of...

  • 19 Nov 2023

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  • 18 Nov 2023

    UNOAU participated in the Uganda Level 2 Field Hospital Predeployment Verification (PDV), in Jinja, Uganda from 14 to 19 November 2023. Other...

  • 18 Nov 2023

    From 14-19 November, UNOAU participated in a Pre-Deployment Verification (PDV) mission of the Uganda Level 2 Field Hospital in Jinja, Uganda. Participants...

  • 18 Nov 2023

    Security Council

    “A joined-up mediation approach” on Sudan is essential to ensure ceasefire and civilian political tracks are harmonized, ASG Pobee tells Council

    On 16 November, Assistant-Secretary-General for Africa Martha Ama A. Pobee briefed the Security Council on Sudan, underlining that the conflict had been raging for seven months with no sign of de-escalation. On the contrary, hostilities had intensified in recent weeks. In Darfur, the Rapid Support Forces had made significant military gains, gaining control of the Sudanese Armed Forces bases in Nyala Zalingei and El Geneina between 26 October and 4 November. While both warring parties have declared a readiness to negotiate a ceasefire, their actions on the ground suggest otherwise, she said. Given the changed circumstances since the outbreak of the conflict, the Secretary-General had initiated a strategic review of the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) to provide the Council with options on how to adapt the Mission’s mandate to better fit the current context. During the 16 November Council briefing, the Government of Sudan announced its decision to terminate the Mission with immediate effect. On 17 November, the Secretary-General appointed Ramtane Lamamra as his Personal Envoy for Sudan. The Personal Envoy will continue to engage closely with all actors, including the Sudanese authorities and members of the Council, on next steps.  

    Security Council votes to renew Panel of Experts and Sanctions on Yemen

    On 14 November, in a show of unity, the Council voted unanimously to renew a travel ban and assets freeze imposed on specific individuals and entities in Yemen for one year, and also to extend the mandate of the Panel of Experts tasked with assisting the Council’s Yemen sanctions committee.

    Peacebuilding Commission

    PBC provides written advice to the Security Council on the Central African Republic

    On 11 November, the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) provided written advice to the Security Council on the Central African Republic (CAR). The advice called for continued support towards the implementation of the Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in the Central African Republic (APPR-CAR) and the disarmament and demobilization process as an essential means to fostering greater security and stability in CAR. The PBC noted the valuable role of the PBF in supporting projects that promote the reintegration of ex-combatants, as well as community resilience, through the engagement of youth and women. The Commission also underscored the enduring relevance of MINUSCA’s deployment and mandate and noted that the upcoming local elections offer a unique opportunity to make further progress in the political and peace processes.