Latest United Nations Security Council News

UN envoy to Yemen says momentum to end the war is building

Nov. 22, 2019 2:50 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Yemen said Friday the momentum to end the country’s devastating five-year war is building, pointing to a nearly 80 percent drop in airstrikes nationwide in the last two weeks, a strengthened cease-fire in the key port of Hodeida, and the beginning of the kind...

Somali official: 2020 could see first election in 50 years

Nov. 21, 2019 9:22 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of Somalia’s electoral commission told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that 2020 is “a pivotal year” for the country whose citizens have been denied the right to political participation for 50 years and are hoping for an election with universal...

UN Security Council members rebuke US on Israel settlements

Nov. 20, 2019 4:37 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In a sharp rebuke to the Trump administration, the 14 other U.N. Security Council members on Wednesday strongly opposed the U.S. announcement that it no longer considers Israeli settlements to be a violation of international law. They warned that the new American policy undermines a...

Iran will seek new fighter jets, tanks as 2020 embargo lifts

Nov. 19, 2019 3:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iran will likely buy new advanced fighter jets and tanks next year when a U.N. Security Council arms embargo is scheduled to be lifted, a senior U.S. intelligence official said Tuesday as the Defense Intelligence Agency released a new assessment of Iran’s military capabilities. The...

UN envoy: Libya peace possible if outside interference ends

Nov. 18, 2019 5:49 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An agreement between Libya’s warring parties to end their conflict is possible, but only if all Libyans reject outside interference, the U.N. envoy for the oil-rich North African nation said Monday. Ghassan Salame told the Security Council that preparations for an international...

UN extends peacekeepers in Central African Republic

Nov. 15, 2019 7:48 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Friday to extend the U.N. peacekeeping force in Central African Republic for a year, with a mandate to protect civilians, support peace efforts, and assist in preparing for elections starting in 2020. The French-drafted resolution welcomed...

UN adds explosive components ban to Somalia arms embargo

Nov. 15, 2019 6:30 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Friday extended an arms embargo on Somalia and a ban on trade in charcoal, a key source of funds for al-Shabab extremists — and it imposed a new ban on ingredients for explosive devices the group is increasingly using. The vote on the...

UN aid chief: Over 11 million Syrians need humanitarian aid

Nov. 14, 2019 6:26 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Over 11 million people across Syria need aid — more than half the country’s estimated population — and the U.N. and other organizations are reaching an average of 5.6 million people a month, the U.N. humanitarian chief said Thursday. Mark Lowcock told the Security...

UN chief: Terrorists strengthen foothold in Africa’s Sahel

Nov. 13, 2019 7:25 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning that terrorist groups have strengthened their foothold across Africa’s Sahel region, which is experiencing escalating violence. The U.N. chief said in a report to the U.N. Security Council circulated Wednesday that the expanding...

Germany, France, UK, condemn North Korean missile launches

Nov. 13, 2019 6:10 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Germany, France and Britain on Wednesday strongly condemned the dozen sets of ballistic missile launches by North Korea since May and urged Pyongyang to engage in “meaningful negotiations” with the United States on its nuclear and missile programs. The three European...