Category - united nations

  • January 3, 2017

    On his first day at the helm of the United Nations, Secretary-General António Guterres has pledged to make 2017 a year for peace.

  • December 30, 2016

    The United Nations envoy for Syria has welcomed the announcement of a nationwide ceasefire between the Government and armed opposition groups that came into effect at midnight 29 December 2016.

  • December 27, 2016

    The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the adoption of a Security Council resolution which states that the establishment of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, have “no legal validity”, constitute a “flagrant violation” under international law and are a “major obstacle” to a two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace.

  • December 19, 2016

    In his last press conference as UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon delivered stark warnings on two issues at the forefront of international concern: that “the carnage in Syria remains a gaping hole in the global conscience;” and that South Sudan faces a risk of genocide as the country leaders have “squandered a peace agreement.”

  • December 12, 2016

    Former Prime Minister of Portugal António Guterres is set to be sworn in today as the next United Nations Secretary-General, succeeding Ban Ki-moon who steps down at the end of the month.

  • December 11, 2016

    Veteran journalist Peter Oborne rightly has a reputation for integrity and intellectual rigour.

  • December 6, 2016

    The UN Security Council yesterday failed to adopt a resolution calling for a seven-day ceasefire in Aleppo that would allow humanitarian aid to reach people trapped in the war-ravaged Syrian city.

  • November 30, 2016

    The UN has warned mass starvation in Aleppo is a real prospect if aid is not allowed in. As the city comes under further bombardment and food is about to run out, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Sikh and Hindu faith leaders have called on the UK Government to act.

  • November 29, 2016

    As the number of children living under siege has doubled in less than one year to nearly 500,000 amid escalating violence across Syria, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called forthe  lifting of sieges and allowing of immediate humanitarian access.

  • November 22, 2016

    The extent to which violence is embedded in society means that uprooting it is everyone’s job, senior UN officials said yesterday (21 , lamenting that violence against women and girls continue to be a low priority on the international development agenda and urging more action and more funding to end the pandemic of such violence now, once and for all.