Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

18 May

More than 1,000 migrants have died or disappeared since 2014 while trying to leave East Africa and the Horn of Africa, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) says.  Most were travelling to the Arabian Peninsula or South Africa.  Migrants face violence, abandonment by smugglers, limited access to medical care and detention, among other dangers.

Despite Improved Financial Situation, Member States Must Act Now to Avoid Looming Liquidity Crisis, United Nations Controller Warns Fifth Committee

17 May

The United Nations Controller urged delegates in the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today to act to avert a looming liquidity crisis that could impact the delivery of the Organization’s mandates and services next year.

Security Council Extends Mandate of Interim Security Force in Abyei for Six Months, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2630 (2022)

12 May

The Security Council, acting unanimously today, extended for six months the mandate of its interim security force in Abyei, a contested region on the border of Sudan and South Sudan, as well as its tasks related to border monitoring.

Fourth Committee Approves without Vote Text Forwarding Report on Peacekeeping Operations for Adoption by General Assembly

20 Apr

Amidst concerns about transparency and working methods, the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) approved, without a vote, a draft resolution forwarding the latest report of the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations for adoption by the General Assembly.

Briefing Security Council on Serbia, Kosovo, Top United Nations Official, Speakers Urge Restraint, Continued Dialogue Amidst Violence, Rising Tensions, Accusations

20 Apr

As senior officials from Serbia and Kosovo asserted discordant opinions regarding where the blame for regional insecurity should lie, the United Nations top official in Pristina, along with Security Council members, urged restraint amidst recent violence and called for continued dialogue, even as some questioned whether the Organization’s continued presence in Kosovo was warranted.

Amid Executions, Forced Disappearances in Mali, Mission Head Tells Security Council Little Progress Made towards Implementing Peace Agreement

7 Apr

A year and half after the military took power by force in Mali, there has been “no notable progress” in implementing the 2015 peace agreement, the top United Nations official in the country told the Security Council today, as delegates called for an independent investigation into reports of summary executions of civilians in the town of Moura in March.