Archive for March, 2013

Afghanistan: Security Council extends mission amid calls for continued UN support

20th March 2013 Uncategorized

New York – The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations mission in Afghanistan for another year, after Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other speakers urged continued UN support to the Government as it assumes full responsibility in most areas by 2014. (more…)

UN officials welcome surrender of wanted Congolese rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda

20th March 2013 Uncategorized

New York – United Nations officials today welcomed the surrender of rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda, who is wanted by an international court for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), including recruiting children, murder and rape. (more…)

Secretary-General’s message for the International Day of Happiness – New York, 20 March 2013

19th March 2013 Uncategorized

New York – The pursuit of happiness lies at the core of human endeavours.  People around the world aspire to lead happy and fulfilling lives free from fear and want, and in harmony with nature. (more…)

UN chief urges consensus on robust arms trade treaty as conference begins

19th March 2013 Uncategorized

New York – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged participants of the United Nations Final Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to conclude work by 28 March on a comprehensive instrument that would establish standards for international trade in conventional weapons. (more…)

Head of UN food aid agency urges support for Mali and entire Sahel region

19th March 2013 Uncategorized

New York – The international community must continue its efforts to help feed people in the Sahel, the head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today, following a visit to the West African region marred by high levels of food and nutrition insecurity, as well as the effects of the conflict in Mali. (more…)