UN Day at the UK Mission to UN
On 24 October the world marked UN Day, the day the UN Charter entered into force in 1948. The UN is 68 years old.
As part of UN Day, UK Mission representatives posted videos to Instagram highlighting the UN’s work.
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Today marks the International Day of Peacekeepers. The UK pays tribute to over 100,000 UN personnel currently serving in 14 peacekeeping missions today. The British Government is proud to join others around the world to thank the men and women of UN peacekeeping for the essential role they play, and have played over the last 65 years since the establishment of the first UN peacekeeping mission, in protecting those most vulnerable across Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and Europe. Without their presence, their dedication and determination, many more people would face displacement, sexual violence, destruction of their livelihoods and their communities, and other devastating impacts of violent conflict.
We also take time to remember the many sacrifices made by peacekeepers in the pursuit of peace, honouring those who have died protecting others and those who still bear the scars and memories of serving in some of the most challenging environments around the globe.
The UK is strongly committed to supporting the UN’s vital contribution to world peace and stability, and will remain steadfast in that support.
Mark Simmonds, Foreign Office Minister for Conflict Issues
Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt discusses the Middle East peace process
On a recent visit to Washington, Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt highlights the efforts of the Foreign Office in promoting a two state solution which would guarantee the security of the state of Israel and recognize an independent Palestinian State.
(Video via ukforeignoffice)
It is important Egypt enters the coming elections in an atmosphere of calm and mutual respect. The clashes between police and protesters in Tahrir Square and across Egypt are deeply concerning and the loss of life and injuries deeply regrettable.
I condemn the violence, and call on all sides to find a peaceful way forward, committing themselves to dialogue and the completion of a transfer to democratic civilian rule on the basis of a credible timetable.
I welcome today’s historic announcement that the Nobel Peace Prize has been jointly awarded to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman. I send my warmest congratulations to all three of these remarkable women on their achievement. They have been tireless advocates for peace and have unstintingly promoted the safety of women and women’s rights through non-violent struggle. The values of democracy and freedom demand equality for all. These three women are a clear example of what can be done to change the world for the better.
What we want to see is negotiations that bring about a Palestinian state, the so called two state solution of Israel being able to live in peace and security but a viable Palestinian state alongside it. That has been the goal of British policy for a long time. So the best outcome of all the negotiations and discussions taking place here in New York this week would be if Palestinians and Israelis agreed to go back in to negotiations together.
Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague are leading the UK delegation to the United Nations General Assembly.
David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague, will be active throughout the Assembly, meeting key counterparts and advancing UK foreign policy across the board. They will be accompanied by seven other Ministers from across Government.
UK priorities will include the Middle East Peace Process, the Arab Spring, Somalia, Commonwealth issues, the emerging powers and trade issues. The Prime Minister will make a speech to the UN General Assembly which will focus on prosperity and the Arab Spring. He will also visit the British Garden commemorating the 10 year anniversary of 9/11. The Foreign Secretary will attend Foreign Ministers meetings on the Middle East, the Commonwealth, Somalia, preventive diplomacy and a high level meeting on Nuclear Safety. More›
Foreign Secretary William Hague will attend an informal meeting of EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs – the “Gymnich” on 2-3 September.
Issues due to be discussed include Libya, Syria and the Middle East Peace Process, the EU’s Eastern Partnership, and EU initiatives towards the southern neighbourhood. More›
Foreign Office Minister Henry Bellingham has condemned the decision of the Israeli Government to build housing units in the illegal West Bank settlement of Ariel.
Speaking today the Foreign Office Minister said:
I condemn the decision of the Israeli Government to build 277 housing units in the illegal West Bank settlement of Ariel, 16 kilometres inside the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Israel has again ignored the calls of the international community to refrain from actions which make a return to negotiations more difficult. These repeated actions, illegal under international law, undermine confidence and threaten a two state solution.
The Syrian regime has besieged towns and cities across the country, using anti-aircraft guns against civilians, a disproportionate and unacceptable response to peaceful demonstrations. President Assad has so far failed to call back his troops. As long as the killing and detentions continue, his proposed reform package is irrelevant: there is nothing to discuss. The Syrian people are calling for peaceful change; the international community is calling for an immediate end to the violence. Now is the time for President Assad to act in response to these calls. He is fast losing the last shreds of his legitimacy. He must stop the violence immediately.