Humanitarian crisis in Iraq
A humanitarian crisis is under way in Iraq with thousands of civilians fleeing from their homes with nothing, because of the attacks against religious minorities by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who have taken control of great areas in the north. According to the UN over the last 48 hours 200,000 civilians have fled the advance of ISIL.
Iran not invited to Syria peace conference
More than 30 UN member states have been invited to participate in the international conference of peace on Syria Preparations for the long-sought international conference on Syria, but Iran, the main Syrian ally, is not among them yet
UN: Chemical weapons used repeatedly in Syria
The United Nations team probing the use of chemical weapons in Syria, which in September found “clear and convincing evidence” of Sarin gas attacks against civilians, including children, in the Damascus area, today reported “credible information” that such weapons were used in other parts of the country, the UN news services informs.
Jordan replaces Saudi Arabia at the Security Council
Jordan was elected to serve on the UN Security Council for two-years beginning on 1 January 2014 and fill the seat that Saudi Arabia won and rejected earlier in November.
Nelson Mandela 1918-2013
Nelson Mandela has died at age 95. An intense life. From 27 years in prison to leading South Africa out of the apartheid, become its first black president, Nobel laureate, one of the world’s most influential men of the last decades.
Syria Peace Conference set for January
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that he would convene in Geneva on 22 January the long-sought international conference on Syria bringing together the Government and the opposition to a negotiating table for the first time since the conflict started in March 2011.
UN Security Council unanimously approves resolution on Syria
The UN Security Council has voted unanimously a resolution to secure and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile. If Syria doesn’t comply would bring about “sanctions or stronger coercive action”.
UN inspectors says rockets with gas sarin were used in Ghouta attack
UN investigators says in their report that surface to surface rockets armed with gas sarin were used in the attack against Goutha in Syria, killing civilians among then many children. This is the conclusion of the report of the UN investigation team made public Monday. Read the full remarks of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to the Security Council about it.
Chemical war in Syria
Images of scores of dead civilians without wounds after an attack outside Damascus on Wednesday convinced many that the accusations of the use of chemical weapons in Syria are credible. The UN wants an investigation “as soon as possible”. But what Syria needs is this kind of attacks to stop.
UN official talks in the Security Council against drone attacks
A United Nation senior official voiced concern over armed drone attacks in counterterrorism actions during a meeting with the Security Council that coincided with World Humanitarian Day.