Mladic refuses to testify for old ally Karadzic at U.N. tribunal

Mladic refuses to testify for old ally Karadzic at U.N. tribunal

Former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic refused on Tuesday to give evidence in support of one-time ally Radovan Karadzic, denouncing the U.N. war crimes tribunal as "satanic".


UN rights office urges Tunisian politicians to ensure 'peaceful' steps in transition

Following Tunisia's adoption of a new constitution, the United Nations human rights office today added its voice to Ban Ki-moon's in encouraging politicians to ensure that the next steps in the country's democratic transition are conducted in a “peaceful, inclusive and transparent" manner.

Geneva II

Talks stall over power transition

The key issue of a transitional government in Syria has deadlocked talks at the Geneva 2 peace conference which has so far focused on humanitarian issues. 


UN delivers aid to displaced Libyans in the South, urges end to violence

The United Nations in Libya is preparing to deliver in the next 48 hours more food, medicines and other supplies to displaced families in Sabha, in the southern part of the country, the top UN humanitarian official in the country said expressing concern about the ongoing violence.

Holocaust Memorial Day

UN calls for unflagging vigilance to prevent new genocide

The United Nations today paid tribute to the 6 million Jews and countless others massacred in the Nazi Holocaust with a solemn ceremony in the General Assembly Hall, a rebuke to Holocaust deniers, and a warning from Ban Ki-moon of the perils of anti-Semitism and hatred of any kind.


Central African Republic at critical juncture

Warning that the Central African Republic (CAR) is now at a critical juncture, the United Nations human rights chief today called on the international community to help restore security in the country, including by boosting the peacekeeping effort there.


UN atomic watchdog endorses plan to ensure peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme

The recently concluded action plan aimed at allaying international concerns about Iran’s nuclear programme is an important development, the head of the United Nations atomic watchdog said today, while adding that there is still a long way to go in this effort.



GA elects one Judge for former Yugoslavia Tribunal

The General Assembly on Monday voted to elect one permanent judge to the International Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia since 1991.


500 Togolese peacekeepers in Cote d’Ivoire receive the United Nations Medal

The Force Commander of the United Nations Operation in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI) , General Muhammad Iqbal Asi, presided over the award ceremony for the Togolese Battalion held at their cantonment site in Abidjan on Wednesday.


UN welcomes donors’ €3.25 billion pledge to help rebuild Mali

The United Nations today welcomed the international community’s pledge of €3.25 billion to support a recovery plan for Mali, which is emerging from a recent crisis that saw its northern territory overtaken by extremists and hundreds of thousands of people uprooted by conflict.

Historic milestone

UN chief commends Tunisia's adoption of new constitution

Ban Ki-moon today commended “another historic milestone” in Tunisia's democratic transition with the adoption of the country's new constitution. In a statement from his spokesperson, Mr. Ban encouraged Tunisia's political actors to ensure the next steps of the transition are conducted in a “peaceful, inclusive and transparent manner”.


Despite insecurity, UN provides food for hundreds of thousands

The United Nations today called for security to be re-established along the main roads in strife-torn Central African Republic (CAR) to allow access for vital aid and humanitarian staff as 38 trucks with a month’s supply of food for 155,000 people remained blocked at the frontier.


Fresh clashes uproot 140,000 people in Anbar province

The United Nations refugee agency said today that more than 65,000 people had fled the conflict in the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi in central Iraq’s Anbar province over the past week, bringing the total number of people uprooted since fighting began at the end of 2013 to over 140,000.