Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need for a "peaceful and diplomatic solution" to the crisis in the Ukraine and urged Russian and Ukrainian leaders "to deescalate the situation, avoid hasty actions, and immediately engage in direct and constructive dialogue to resolve all these problems."
Violence against civilians is continuing in Syria despite a UN Security Council resolution calling for increased and unhindered humanitarian access. The UN Humanitarian Coordinator said the situation of millions of people has not improved, adding that conflict and violence have intensified in the past four weeks with many people killed and injured. UNTV / FILE
The Human Rights Commission asked the General Assembly to refer the human rights situation in the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) to the Security Council for possible referral to international criminal justice tribunals. CH UNTV
The Security Council extended for one year the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) – along with its Intervention Brigade – French Ambassador Gerard Araud called the creation of the intervention brigade a, "breakthrough" for the organization. UNTV/FILE
The United Nation’s top human rights body extended its probe of suspected abuses in Syria for another year. CH UNTV