With increasing wartime assaults on and patterns of systematic destruction of health facilities in countries affected by conflict, the UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution to strengthen protection for health care workers, the sick and wounded, hospitals and clinics, in war zones.
During a visit to Geneva on 29 April 2016, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the first-ever Olympic refugee team to compete in the international event, and received the Olympic Cup Award on behalf of the UN.
The United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council have concurrently adopted resolutions on the organisation’s peacebuilding architecture, providing renewed momentum for the focus within the UN system on ‘sustaining peace.’
The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the firing of a submarine-launched ballistic missile by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), reiterating that such activities increase tension in the region and beyond.
With their signatures of the landmark Paris climate accord, “governments made a covenant with the future,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the end of a United Nations ceremony which puts the world on a path towards low-carbon growth and a more sustainable future.
The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has called on Saudi Arabia to revoke the death sentences of three juveniles arrested for attending protests, in a document that has emerged as President Obama visits the country.
Faith-based organisations presented a significant input at a United Nations civil society hearing in New York City, on 6 April 2016, a prelude to a UN High Level Meeting on HIV in New York on 8-10 June.
In a boost to international humanitarian efforts in Syria, the United Nations World Food Programme yesterday has delivered aid by air for hungry people trapped in the besieged eastern city of Deir Ezzor, an area controlled by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh).
Global security has been a key concern of the ecumenical movement for more than a century, and was in many ways integral to the very formation of the World Council of Churches. This was at the heart of a lecture given by the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit in a contribution to York Minster’s lecture series Global Security and the United Nations: 70 years on.