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20 May 2011 description

With more than 47 million people around the globe falling under the mandate of the United Nations refugee agency, the upcoming anniversaries of two landmark conventions would be an opportunity to get States to recommit to their responsibilities and to adapt the treaties to new circumstances, an agency official said at Headquarters today.

25 Mar 2011 description


25 March 2011

Adopts 40 Resolutions, Creates Mandate on Iran, Decides to Dispatch Commission to Côte d'Ivoire, and Extends Mandates of Special Procedures on Human Rights Defenders, Violence against Women, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Myanmar and others

25 Mar 2011 description

Adopts Texts on Humanitarian Flotilla, Review of Work of the Council, International Cooperation and Human Rights, Right to Development and Social Forum

25 Mar 2011 description

25 mars 2011

Il adopte également une résolution sur la situation des droits de l'homme au Myanmar et une autre sur l'incident de la flottille humanitaire pour Gaza

02 Feb 2011 description


Following is the 2011 Cyril Foster Lecture, on "Human Protection and the Twenty-First Century United Nations", delivered by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's at Oxford University on 2 February:

Thank you, Mr. Vice-Chancellor, for your very kind introduction and for this invitation. I am honoured to have this opportunity after my distinguished predecessors, as the fourth United Nations Secretary-General to speak before you in this very esteemed and one of the oldest universities.

01 Feb 2011 description

Secretary-General plans for progress on a broad front in 2011

"You, the UN Member States, are displaying your confidence in the Organization by calling upon it to do more than ever before," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his year-opening address to the General Assembly on 14 January.

14 Oct 2009 description

Mme Radhika Coomaraswany, qui présentait cet après midi son rapport devant l'Assemblée générale a accueilli avec ferveur les récentes résolutions 1882 et 1889 du Conseil de sécurité.

23 Jul 2009 description

HD background paper July 2009

Mike Davis


This article summarises the case for mediators giving greater consideration to the economic dimensions of conflicts - particularly those concerning natural resources. It also looks at some of the ways in which mediators might address this issue.

The recent United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) publication, From Conflict to Peacebuilding - the Role of Natural Resources and the Environment provides some arguments for giving this area greater attention.

29 Apr 2009 description

Madame Chairperson, Excellencies,

Ladies and gentlemen,

I thank you for convening this open debate of the Security Council on Children and Armed Conflict. Chairperson, your presence here today testifies to the commitment of the Council to this issue and the crucial leadership of Mexico as new chair of the SCWG following the exemplary leadership of France.

Señora Presidenta,

You have before you the 8th report of the Secretary General on children and armed conflict.

20 Apr 2009 description
report Human Rights Watch

For a full decade, the UN Security Council has addressed the severe abuses that children experience in armed conflict. Its response has included a series of six resolutions (1261, 1314, 1379, 1460, 1539, and 1612), the creation of a specialized working group, and the initiation of a monitoring and reporting mechanism on violations against children in armed conflict. The working group has now been functioning for 3 years, issuing 20 sets of conclusions on 11 country situations. The monitoring and reporting mechanism is now active in 13 countries.

02 Jul 2008 description

The Middle East, African issues, and an open debate on children and armed conflict will constitute the focus of the United Nations Security Council's work programme during July, Le Luong Minh, Permanent Representative of Viet Nam and Council's President for the month, told correspondents at a Headquarters press conference in New York today.

Briefing on the Council's programme of work during his country's presidency, Mr.