Bienvenue aux Nations Unies

Reports and Policy Documents

2024

  • 23 mai 2024

    Living conditions in Gaza continue to deteriorate, with reports of an increase in diarrhoea and suspected cases of Hepatitis A, UN humanitarians warned on Thursday.

  • 23 mai 2024

    Peace is the key to unlocking Africa’s future and for strengthening the continent’s voice and influence in building peace globally, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Thursday. 

  • 23 mai 2024

    SRSG for Central Asia and Head of UNRCCA Kaha Imnadze at the opening event of the Central Asia Women Leaders’ Caucus (23 May, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic)

    ...
  • 23 mai 2024

    SRSG for Central Asia and Head of UNRCCA Kaha Imnadze at the opening event of the Central Asia Women Leaders’ Caucus (23 May, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic)

    ...
  • 22 mai 2024

    UN Special Coordinator Joanna Wronecka held a round of farewell meetings with Lebanese political and religious leaders ahead of her departure...

  • 22 mai 2024

    Haiti’s health system is now “on the verge of collapse” UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative in Haiti Bruno Maes warned on Wednesday, amidst an alarming decrease in the number of hospitals still functioning in the violence-wracked Caribbean nation.

  • 22 mai 2024

    Hostilities across Gaza reportedly continued on Wednesday, fuelling already alarming aid access problems and dire food insecurity as the main entrance routes for relief convoys remained closed or too dangerous to access, UN aid workers warned.

  • 22 mai 2024
    The agreement will benefit about 1,280 peace signatories, who count for about 70% of the 1,884 people in the process of reintegration who recognize themselves as...
  • 21 mai 2024

    Bamako, 21 May 2024 - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for...

  • 21 mai 2024

    The UN expressed new concerns on Tuesday over a rise in displacement and humanitarian needs in Ukraine’s northeastern Kharkiv region amid “relentless” Russian air and ground attacks.

  • 21 mai 2024

    The plight of civilians affected by war in 2023 was “resoundingly dire”, as the world witnessed horrors not only in Gaza and southern Israel but also the intense suffering of populations in other crisis hotspots around the globe, senior UN officials said on Tuesday.

  • 21 mai 2024

    As bombardments by the Israeli military reportedly continued overnight across Gaza, along with ground incursions and heavy fighting, the head of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) issued an alert on Tuesday for staff and patients at besieged Al-Awda Hospital in the north of the enclave.

  • 21 mai 2024

    Ahead of her departure from Somalia at the end of her assignment, UN Special Representative Catriona Laing sat down for an interview with the ‘Path to Peace...

  • 20 mai 2024
  • 20 mai 2024

    For the second time in less than a month, the UN Security Council failed to adopt a Russian-sponsored draft resolution aimed at preventing an arms race in outer space. This follows Russia’s veto of a text co-led by the US and Japan in April.

  • 20 mai 2024

    The establishment of a multinational security support mission for Haiti is moving closer as the Caribbean nation continues to face a crisis of violence and insecurity caused by entrenched criminal gang activity.

  • 20 mai 2024

    Arrest warrants are being sought for the leaders of Hamas and Israel for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity linked to the war in Gaza, the International Criminal Court (ICC) said on Monday.

  • 20 mai 2024

    At least 810,000 people have fled Rafah in just two weeks, UN humanitarians said on Monday amid reports of ongoing Israeli military operations in the southern city and in the north of Gaza.

  • 20 mai 2024

    Gaza stands at “yet another precipice of further catastrophe” as the latest round of hostage negotiations in Cairo failed to reach an agreement, a senior UN official warned the Security Council on Monday.

  • 20 mai 2024

    The establishment of a Multinational Security Support mission for Haiti is moving closer as the Caribbean nation continues to face a crisis of violence and insecurity caused by entrenched criminal gang activity.

  • 19 mai 2024

    United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert of the Netherlands as his new Special Coordinator for Lebanon...

  • 18 mai 2024

    The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Colombia spoke in Bogotá and Leticia on Thursday and...

  • 18 mai 2024

    Garowe – Continuing her farewell visits with Somali leaders, the top United Nations official for Somalia today visited Puntland where she discussed the world body’s...

  • 18 mai 2024

    Edited for clarity

    It's been wonderful to be in Puntland for my fifth and final farewell visit to say goodbye to President Deni and his team, and I'm particularly grateful to...

  • 18 mai 2024

    Edited for clarity

    It's been wonderful to be in Puntland for my fifth and final farewell visit to say goodbye to President Deni and his team, and I'm particularly grateful...

  • 18 mai 2024

    Roughly 800,000 people have been forced to flee Rafah since Israel launched a military operation in the area on 6 May, the head of UN Palestine refugee agency UNRWA said on Saturday in a renewed appeal for greater protection of civilians in Gaza, safe humanitarian access and, ultimately, a ceasefire.

  • 18 mai 2024
    A brief roundup of United Nations-related political and peacebuilding events and developments globally.

    Despite persistent and serious challenges, "Iraq is on the rise," SRSG Hennis-Plasschaert tells Council

    On 16 May, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, in her last briefing to the Security Council before the end of her tenure, said the country today looked very different from the one to which the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) was first deployed some 20 years ago. “We are, so to speak, witnessing an Iraq on the rise," she said. However, she continued, corruption, factionalism, impunity, undue interference in State functions and armed actors operating outside State control remained. "There are persistent and serious challenges, but Iraq’s horizon is replete with opportunities,” she said. “And yes, the country is also teeming with people who are ready and willing to seize them.”

    Read more

    Instability in Middle East hampering progress in Yemen, Special Envoy Grundberg says

    On 13 May, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen Hans Grundberg told the Council that the “precarious environment in the wider region” continued to hamper progress towards a peaceful solution for Yemen. The international community must not lose sight of the intrinsic value of long-term peace, he said, and called for support from both the region and the Council, “The Yemeni people expect nothing less.” 

    Read more

    Peacebuilding Commission visits São Tomé and Príncipe

    At the invitation of Patrice Trovoada, Prime Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe, the Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission, Sérgio França Danese, visited São Tomé and Príncipe from 13-15 May, accompanied by the SRSG for Central Africa and Head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), Abdou Abarry; Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, Elizabeth Spehar; and Mangaral Bante, Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) Commission. The delegation met with stakeholders to encourage coordination among partners in support of justice and security sector reforms and to mobilize additional support to implement recommendations of the UN-ECCAS assessment of April 2023. During the visit, the ASG and the Prime Minister jointly signed the document for the first Peacebuilding Fund project in São Tomé and Príncipe, which aims to strengthen the justice and security sectors.

    UN Special Coordinator discusses importance of State institutional stability in Lebanon

    This week, the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka held a round of meetings to discuss state institutional stability during a period of crisis. She discussed with the Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces Gen. Joseph Aoun the critical role of the army in safeguarding security. She also met with caretaker Finance Minister Youssef Khalil to discuss the economic situation. With the caretaker Minister of Information Ziad Makary, Wronecka discussed how best to communicate on the Syrian refugee crisis. She also raised the need to address Lebanon’s economic challenges with Mohammad Choucair, the head of the Beirut Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She also met the President of the National Council for Lebanese Women, Claudine Aoun, on the challenges and opportunities in implementing Security Council resolution 1325 and the Jaafari Mufti Sheikh Ahmad Kabalan (pictured) on the role of religious leaders in encouraging social cohesion. 

    UN Special Coordinator meets with members of diplomatic community in Lebanon

    In a round of meetings with members of the diplomatic community in Lebanon, Special Coordinator Wronecka discussed the international efforts to support the country. She met with the ambassadors of Saudi Arabia and France, who are members of the Quintet committee for Lebanon, to discuss their efforts in trying to help end the presidential vacuum, as well as with the ambassador of Jordan on his country's work with regard to Lebanon. She also discussed international assistance with the ambassador of the European Union.

    SRSG Hennis-Plasschaert meets with Iraqi leaders

    On 13 May, SRSG Hennis-Plasschaert met separately in Baghdad with the Head of the Taqaddum Party, Muhammad Al-Halbousi, and Engineer Muthana al-Samaraiee, Azim Alliance leader. In her meetings, the SRSG discussed the current political developments in Iraq and the region. On 9 May, the SRSG met in Erbil with Qubad Talabani, Deputy Prime Minister, Kurdistan Region (pictured). They discussed the current political developments in Iraq, including the Kurdistan Region. 

    UNAMI Human Rights Office organizes a training to combat harassment of women in the workplace

    On 12 May, the UNAMI Human Rights Office organized a training titled, “Violence and harassment against women in the world of work” for staff members of the Women Affairs Department in Salah al-Din governorate. Participants received a brief on Iraqi and international legislation on workplace violence and harassment of women and discussed how to identify cases and their impact. They were encouraged to reflect on their role in addressing this issue and develop measures to make the workplace a safe space for women.

    UNAMI Human Rights office holds roundtable in Basra

    On 13 May, the UNAMI Human Rights Office held a roundtable discussion in Basra with the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights, local officials, and civil society representatives including human rights defenders, journalists, lawyers, and academics. They discussed the role of civic space in the promotion and protection of human rights.

    SRSG Parfait Onanga-Anyanga participates in AU Exhibition Day

    On 13 May, the UN Office to the African Union (UNOAU) participated in the Peace and Security Council of the African Union's Exhibition Day on Humanitarian, Peace, and Security in Addis Ababa. The event showcased the efforts to address humanitarian situations across the continent over the last 20 years. In his remarks, SRSG Parfait Onanga-Anyanga reiterated the UN's commitment to its partnership with the AU and emphasized the critical links between climate change and security, urging renewed efforts in conflict prevention and climate action.

    Read more

    UNRCCA co-organizes inaugural meeting of Regional Expert Council on Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Returnees

    On 14 May, in Tashkent, The UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), in close partnership with the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, among other entities, organized the first meeting of the Regional Expert Council on Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Returnees. The main objective of the high-level event was to strengthen regional and country specific efforts regarding the repatriation, rehabilitation and reintegration of people coming from conflict zones, by institutionalizing the exchange of information and capacity building activities.

    Read more

    Preventive Diplomacy Academy participants learn about the Women, Peace and Security Agenda

    On 16 May, UNRCCA's Political Adviser Andrey Khanzhin briefed participants on the ongoing UNRCCA activities under UN Security Council resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS). Participants discussed progress and challenges in WPS implementation in Central Asia and Afghanistan and on the global level.

    UNOWAS-ECOWAS plan joint activities

    This week, the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) met in Dakar to develop a joint workplan as part of their continued engagement to enhance regional and sub-regional partnerships to address cross-border and cross-cutting threats to peace and security in West Africa. SRSG for West Africa and the Sahel Leonardo Simão said that the meeting provided a richer understanding of the challenges facing West Africa, as well as the work of the two institutions towards finding lasting solutions.

    SRSG Simão participates in meeting of special envoys for the Sahel

     

    In Brussels, SRSG Simão participated this week in the 14th meeting of the special envoys for the Sahel. In his opening remarks, he underlined the need to jointly overcome challenges that no one country or small group of countries will be able to sustainably address alone.

    A commitment to justice and reparation in Nariño

    This week, the UN Verification Mission in Colombia accompanied the visit of three magistrates from the Amnesty or Pardon Chamber of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (SJP) to the former Territorial Area for Training and Reintegration (TATR) La Variante, located in the rural area of Tumaco, Nariño. The Mission and magistrates held an event, where they presented amnesty certificates to 89 peace signatories. The SJP also held a day of educational events and dialogue to learn about and resolve former combatants' doubts and concerns about restorative justice and projects with restorative content.

    Next Week

    On 21 May, there will be an open debate in the Council on the protection of civilians in armed conflict. On 23 May, there will be an open debate on strengthening the role of the African state in addressing global security and development challenges.

  • 17 mai 2024

    The UN’s top human rights official has personally intervened to try to stop spiralling violence in Sudan that’s having a terrifying impact on millions of civilians, who humanitarians say are “staring famine in the face”.

  • 17 mai 2024

    Trucks carrying desperately needed aid into Gaza have started moving ashore on the temporary floating dock built by the United States military, but this is not enough to meet the needs of civilians, UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, said on Friday. 

  • 17 mai 2024

    The UN’s top human rights official has personally intervened to try to stop spiralling violence in Sudan that’s having a terrifying impact on millions of civilians, who humanitarians say are “staring famine in the face”.

  • 16 mai 2024

    UN chief António Guterres reiterated his warning on Thursday against a full-scale assault on Rafah, just as aid teams issued increasingly urgent appeals for safe passage throughout Gaza, to replenish dangerously low stocks of lifesaving supplies.

  • 16 mai 2024

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres repeated his longstanding call for a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, the release of all hostages held in the enclave, and unimpeded access for aid delivery, in remarks to the Summit of the League of Arab States in Bahrain on Thursday. 

  • 16 mai 2024

    The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Ukraine condemned air strikes in Kherson city on Thursday, which injured dozens of civilians, including two children, and damaged homes and an education facility. 

  • 16 mai 2024

    Iraq is a nation brimming with potential but still haunted by legacies of past turmoil, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for the country, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, said in a briefing to the Security Council on Thursday.

  • 16 mai 2024

    The International Court of Justice (ICJ) began public hearings on Thursday stemming from South Africa’s recent request for emergency provisional measures to immediately halt Israeli operations under way in Rafah, in southern Gaza, where more than one million Palestinians were sheltering during the seven-month-long war in the besieged enclave.

  • 16 mai 2024

    A renowned Palestinian orthopaedic surgeon’s death in Israeli detention has been labelled “horrifying’ by a UN human rights expert, prompting calls for an independent international investigation.

  • 16 mai 2024

    As the world celebrates the International Day of Living Together in Peace, marked annually on 16 May, we are taking you back to the 1950s, when the UN deployed its first ever peacekeeping force to the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula to help bring an end to the Suez Canal crisis.

  • 16 mai 2024

    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan

    On 16 May, UNRCCA Political Adviser Andrey Khanzhin...

  • 15 mai 2024

    Amid some of the fiercest reported fighting in Gaza yet, UN humanitarians on Wednesday repeated warnings that famine is still an imminent threat because of aid restrictions and a lack of safe access.

  • 15 mai 2024

    The international community must give greater attention and resources to war-ravaged Sudan, where millions are “trapped in an inferno of brutal violence”, the top UN aid official in the country said on Wednesday. 

  • 15 mai 2024

    TASHKENT, Uzbekistan

    On 14 May 2024, the first...

  • 15 mai 2024

    New York – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the designation of James Swan of the United States as his Acting Special Representative for Somalia...

  • 14 mai 2024

    From 13 to 14 May, UNOAU participated in a workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, organized by the African Union (AU) on strengthening the investigative processes and mechanisms for addressing misconduct in AU peace support operations (PSOs). Participants included representatives from the United Nations (UN), the AU, Regional Economic Communities/Regional Mechanisms (RECs/RMs); Troop and Police Contributing Countries (T/PCCs); ATMIS, and MNJTF. The UN Office of Internal...

  • 14 mai 2024

    GHADAMES – 14 May – Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General and Resident Coordinator, Georgette Gagnon, launched UNSMIL’s new youth engagement strategy, #YouEngage in a...

  • 14 mai 2024

    Hargeisa – Continuing her farewell meetings, United Nations Special Representative Catriona Laing today visited Hargeisa where she met Somaliland’s leadership...

  • 14 mai 2024

    Two women involved in the day-to-day operations in Haiti of the UN’s humanitarian air service, known as UNHAS, say they have to manage “unknowns” and “dangers and stress” in order to keep aircraft flying.

  • 14 mai 2024

    A fresh arson attempt was made late Monday on the headquarters of the UN agency for Palestine refugees UNRWA in occupied Jerusalem, the second attempt in five days, the agency’s chief said.

  • 14 mai 2024

    Escalating Russian attacks in northeast Ukraine have killed civilians, sparked further displacement and caused massive destruction to railways and other infrastructure, a senior official with the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, told the Security Council on Tuesday. 

  • 14 mai 2024

    The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced at the UN Security Council on Tuesday that the investigative stage of the legal proceedings into alleged war crimes in Libya is expected to conclude by the end of 2025, transitioning into the judicial stage.

  • 14 mai 2024

    UN Secretary-General António Guteres is appalled by the escalation of Israeli military activity in and around Rafah in southern Gaza, his spokesperson said in a statement on Tuesday.