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Angola + 16 others
Strong landmark African Declaration to ban cluster bombs - only South Africa calls for exceptions to the ban

(Livingstone, Zambia, 1 April 2008) At the conclusion of the first ever meeting of African countries on cluster bombs, 38 out of 39 countries attending the meeting endorsed a strong political "Livingstone Declaration", committing them to negotiating a global ban on the weapons in Dublin next month. Only South Africa, one of the continent's two producer states, called for exceptions to the ban.

"This is the first time that African states have met to consolidate their position to ban cluster bombs and

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Afghanistan + 12 others
Report of the UN SG on the relationship between the UN and regional organizations, in particular the AU, in the maintenance of international peace and security (S/2008/186)

Summary

In its presidential statement of 28 March 2007 (S/PRST/2007/7), the Security Council requested that I provide a report, in consultation with the relevant regional organizations, in particular the African Union, on specific proposals on how the United Nations can better support further cooperation and coordination with regional organizations on Chapter VIII arrangements.

In presenting this report, I have considered the important issues that define the nature of the collaborative partnership in international peace and security between the United Nations and regional

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Afghanistan + 12 others
Rapport du Secrétaire général sur les relations entre l'ONU et les organisations régionales, en particulier l'Union africaine, aux fins du maintien de la paix et de la sécurité internationales (S/2008/186)

Résumé analytique

Dans la déclaration de son président en date du 28 mars 2007 (S/PRST/2007/7), le Conseil de sécurité m'a prié de lui présenter, en consultation avec les organisations régionales compétentes, en particulier l'Union africaine, un rapport qui avancerait des propositions indiquant comment l'ONU pourrait mieux appuyer des mécanismes propres à resserrer la coopération et la coordination avec les organisations régionales concernant les arrangements au titre du Chapitre VIII.

Dans ce rapport, j'ai examiné les questions

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Afghanistan + 8 others
Under-Secretary-General cites lack of sustained international interest as critical to difficulties of maintaining peacekeeping gains made in key conflict areas


GA/PK/196

Special Committee on
Peacekeeping Operations
201st & 202nd Meetings (AM & PM)

As Special Committee Opens 2008 Session, Assistant Secretary-General Sees Growing Understanding of Field Support Functions

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Afghanistan + 12 others
Press conference by Security Council President

The President of the Security Council, Vitaly Churkin, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation, told correspondents today at Headquarters that one of the key events of the Russian presidency would be an open debate on Afghanistan, to take place on 12 March.

Mr. Churkin said his presidency had started in a stormy way, with meetings on Gaza on Saturday, 1 March, and a meeting on non-proliferation in Iran on 3 March. On 19 March, there would be a Council meeting on counter-terrorism issues in the light of the mandated