UN chief welcomes peaceful parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, 18 August 2015 – Applauding the people of Sri Lanka for their peaceful and broad-based participation in yesterday’s parliamentary elections, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has encouraged the new Government to make further progress on good governance, accountability and reconciliation. More »

South Sudan: UN chief looks forward to President Kiir’s endorsement of peace agreement

South Sudan, 18 August 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the signing by former South Sudan Vice President Riek Machar and the Former Detainees of the compromise peace agreement put forth by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development Partners Forum (IGAD) mediation, meant to end the conflict raging in the country for the past 20 months. More »

Security Council welcomes Ban’s pledge to strictly enforce ‘zero tolerance’ against sexual abuse by UN personnel

New York, 18 August 2015 – Welcoming Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s commitment to strictly enforce his ‘zero tolerance’ policy against sexual exploitation or abuse by United Nations personnel, the Security Council today stressed the importance of the UN quickly investigating the most recent allegations of misconduct by peacekeepers, and if substantiated, working with the troop contributing countries involved to ensure those responsible are held accountable. More »

Libya: UN human rights office alarmed by reports of ISIL-led violence, reprisal killings

Libya, 18 August 2015 – The United Nations human rights office today expressed concern over violence in Sirte, Libya, involving militants claiming allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). More »

Guinea-Bissau: Security Council says dialogue key to peaceful resolution of country’s crisis

Guinea-Bissau, 17 August 2015 – Expressing concern over the current political developments in Guinea-Bissau, the United Nations Security Council has called on leaders to seek dialogue and consensus in resolving the crisis in the interest of peace in the country. More »