• September 16, 2016

    The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria said yesterday that the ceasefire following the Russia-United States agreement is largely holding but that desperately awaited humanitarian convoys are unable to move due to a delay in getting permits from the Syrian Government.

  • August 23, 2016

    Emphasising the need for a 48-hour pause to the fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo, the UN humanitarian chief yesterday urged the US and Russia to reach rapid agreement on the security guarantees and operational modalities for a ceasefire so aid workers can deliver life-saving assistance to those in desperate need.

  • July 28, 2016

    Aid agencies have warned that South Sudan faces a spiralling humanitarian crisis as the recent surge in fighting prevents them from providing urgent help to millions of people in need.

  • July 25, 2016

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, along with the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali, condemned the recent clashes in Kidal between forces of The Platform Movement and those of the Coordination of movements of Azawad, both of which are signatories to the country's peace agreement.

  • July 13, 2016

    The United Nations Mission in South Sudan has reported that the ceasefire in the crisis-gripped country appears to be “largely holding, barring sporadic gunfire”, while the UN refugee agency has urged countries to keep their borders open for people fleeing tensions in Juba, where the human rights wing has warned the situation is “deteriorating rapidly.”

  • December 28, 2015

    The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria has set 25 January 2016 as the target date to begin talks between the parties aimed at ending the five-year-old conflict, his spokesperson has announced .

  • July 29, 2015

    Speaking at the Security Council, the top United Nations humanitarian official has pressed the international community to redouble its efforts for a ceasefire in Yemen.

  • August 27, 2014

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the announcement of an open-ended ceasefire for Gaza and expressed hopes for a political process towards a durable peace.

  • July 29, 2014

    The UN Secretary-General has urged Israelis and Palestinians to stop fighting now, “in the name of humanity” and agree a ceasefire, allowing delivery of urgently needed humanitarian assistance to the Gaza Strip.

  • July 27, 2014

    Welcoming the broadly observed 12-hour humanitarian pause in the Gaza conflict, the UN Secretary-General has renewed his appeal for a week-long ceasefire as a prelude to restarting political negotiations.