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25 May With focus on natural disasters, UN risk reduction forum opens in Mexico Attacks on hospitals and medical staff ‘symptoms of grave disregard’ for international law – UN chief On Africa Day, UN chief says world must move from ‘managing crises to preventing them’ UNICEF urges G7 leaders to adopt six-point action plan to keep refugee children safe Formal trade in Africa can improve region, prospects for women – UN agency reports 24 May Yemen: UN envoy raises concern over attack on his convoy during visit to Sana’a South Sudan: ‘Fighting must stop now’ so millions can be spared from famine, say UN agency chiefs Preserving cultural heritage, diversity vital for peacebuilding in Middle East – UNESCO chief UN rights chief concerned about health of Palestinian hunger strikers in Israel jails ‘All roads should lead to universal healthcare,’ says new WHO chief Top UN official in South Sudan urges Security Council to advance ‘common strategy’ on political process Violence in North Africa, Middle East puts health of 24 million children in jeopardy – UNICEF Marking International Day, UN honours dedication and service of peacekeepers Senior UN official appeals for aid to stop 'unprecedented' spread of cholera in Yemen DR Congo: 400,000 children in Greater Kasai at risk of severe acute malnutrition, UNICEF warns 23 May New secure Internet app aids UN peacekeeping maintain and share statistics Samples from alleged chemical attacks in Syria reveal evidence of sulfur mustard, sarin – UN official FEATURE: "We invest in peace" UN resilience ‘scorecard’ to help cities curb disaster losses from climate change, other risk drivers Two UN ‘blue helmets’ killed in attack in northern Mali Ethiopia’s Tedros Adhanom elected to top UN health post One year after humanitarian summit, UN stresses reforms to put people ‘at heart’ of decision-making With funding ‘down to a trickle,’ UN agency renews warning over Burundi refugees INTERVIEW: Achieving global development goals ‘inconceivable’ without reducing disaster risk, stresses UN official UN chief, Security Council strongly condemn terrorist attack on Manchester concert Despite progress, life for children in Myanmar's remote areas remains a struggle, UNICEF warns On International Day, UN agency urges 'hope, healing, dignity' for fistula sufferers 22 May Security Council strongly condemns ballistic missile test by DPR Korea In final address, UN health chief urges world body to ‘remember the people’ behind the facts and figures UN forum aims to ensure 'promises made are promises kept' on financing for development UN refugee agency ramps up response as Libya’s humanitarian crisis deepens Syria: Amid 'promising' diplomatic steps, UN envoy says hostilities continue on the ground Persistent persecution of Bahá’í in Yemen ‘unacceptable,’ and must stop, says UN expert On Day for Biological Diversity, UN says tourists must protect nature that draws them Climate-vulnerable islands in spotlight ahead of UN disaster risk reduction forum in Mexico It is in this context that Jean-Pierre Lacroix took up his post as the new Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations at the beginning of April.