• Security Council

    Saving Timbuktu’s Manuscripts, One Ancient Page at a Time

    by  • August 25, 2014 • Africa, Security Council, UN Peacekeeping • 
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    Technicians working for Savama, digitizing the manuscripts.

    BAMAKO, Mali — The deliberate burning of thousands of ancient manuscripts by the Islamic jihadists who seized Timbuktu and other parts of northern Mali in 2012 dealt an emotional blow to the culture and scholars there and far beyond. To add insult to injury, some of the manuscripts, which were destroyed in the Ahmed...

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    UN Aviation Agency Plays a Limited Role in Malaysia Crash Inquiry

    by  • August 11, 2014 • Security Council, UN Agencies • 
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    OSCE Foreign experts searching the body parts at the crash side of Malaysian airlines MH-17 near the will age of Rossipne, Eastern Ukraine 5 August 2014.

    An international mission of forensic experts and unarmed police led by the Netherlands, with Australian and Malaysian participation, has temporarily suspended its investigation and recovery work at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine. The mission, which lasted just five days until it stopped on Aug. 6 because of the...

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    UN Security Council Sanctions Six Terrorists Operating in Iraq and Syria

    by  • August 17, 2014 • Middle East, Peace and Security, Security Council • 
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    Mark Lyall Grant

      If there is one anarchic group that every member of the United Nations Security Council currently finds abhorrent it is the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which has seized large regions of Iraq this summer, astonishing most of the world. So, all 15 council members — including Russia and China — passed...

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    With a New UN Resolution Approved, More Aid Could Get Inside Syria

    by  • July 14, 2014 • Humanitarian Aid, Peace and Security, Security Council • 
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    Valerie Amos, UN humanitarian aid chief

    Attempting a second time this year to ease the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria as a result of its three-year civil war and no political solution in sight, the United Nations Security Council has displayed a rare unified front on the matter by passing a resolution to better ensure that aid can get through conflict...

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    The Limits of Diplomacy: Israeli Settlements

    by  • July 10, 2014 • Middle East, Peace and Security, Security Council • 
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    A Palestinian boy climbs Israel's barrier during clashes with Israeili security forces in the West Bank.

    Many Israelis reacted with surprise and dismay when United States Secretary of State John Kerry blamed Israel’s seemingly insatiable appetite for settlements for the collapse of the latest round of Middle East peace talks. The negotiations were already on hold when Israel announced it was opening the door to yet another 700 new housing...

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    In Synch, China and Russia Vote No on Syria Referral to ICC

    by  • May 22, 2014 • Security Council • 
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    Gerard Araud, the French ambassador to the UN, addresses the Security Council on May 22, 2014, to vote on a resolution that would have referred the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court. It failed to pass.

    Russia and China have once again blocked a United Nations Security Council resolution on Syria. The latest resolution, proposed with great consideration by France and co-sponsored by 65 countries, including the United States, was to take a long-awaited, assertive step forward by referring the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court for investigation...

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    More Women Sit on the UN Security Council, but What Does It Mean?

    by  • April 30, 2014 • Security Council, Women's Issues • 
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    Joy Ogwu, Nigerian ambassador to the UN

    As increasing numbers of women embark on careers as diplomats, the United Nations headquarters in New York is slowly but surely undergoing a big change in demographics: the female-to-male ratio of diplomats is becoming — dare it be possible — more balanced. Of the UN’s 193 member countries, about 30 women currently represent their...

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    Graphic Photos Reveal Syria’s Deadly Mix of Torture and Starvation

    by  • April 22, 2014 • Middle East, Security Council • 
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    Syrian starvation victim

    Systematic widespread torture and starvation of prisoners held by the Syrian government has been documented by a team of forensic pathologists and confirmed by international legal experts using evidence provided through a former Syrian military official, according to a recent presentation held by France at the United Nations. High-resolution images projected on a screen...

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    UN Peacekeepers Heading to the Central African Republic by the Fall

    by  • April 10, 2014 • Asia, Child soldiers, Peace and Security, Security Council • 
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    SG Ban Ki-moon with IDPs at a mosque in Bangui, Central African Republic

    The United Nations Security Council has authorized yet another peacekeeping force for an African country, the Central African Republic, approving up to 12,000 military and police personnel who are not likely to arrive until mid-September. The goal of the force is broad, given the nation’s crippled affairs: restore law and order, protect civilians, provide...

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    Russia Supplies the Single Vote Against UN Action on Ukraine

    by  • March 15, 2014 • Peace and Security, Security Council • 
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    Security Council Meeting on the situation in Ukraine. Letter dated 28 February 2014 from the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2014/136).

    Facing near-unanimous Security Council support over the situation in Ukraine, Russia supplied the single veto needed to nix a resolution that aimed to de-legitimize the scheduled referendum on Crimea’s seceding from the country, to be held March 16, in a vote today in the United Nations Security Council. Russia’s veto on the resolution was...

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