Press releases

  • Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Western Sahara

    08 Jan 2018 - Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Western Sahara The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about recent increased tensions in the vicinity of Guerguerat in the Buffer Strip in southern Western Sahara between the Moroccan berm and the Mauritanian border.
  • New Head of MINURSO arrives in Laayoune

    04 Jan 2018 - New Head of MINURSO arrives in Laayoune Laayoune, 3 January 2018                        On 28 December, Colin Stewart, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Western Sahara and Head of MINURSO, arrived in Laayoune. He was met by  MINURSO senior staff and local authorities.
  • 17 Sep 2017 - New York - The Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara, Horst Koehler, took up his functions on 8 September in New York, where he held meetings and consultations until 16 September. Mr. Koehler met with the Secretary-General and senior United Nations officials, representatives of the parties and neighbors, Member States and the African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security. 
  • 31 Aug 2017 - On 29 May each year, the United Nations commemorates the International Day of Peacekeepers. The Peacekeepers Day is an opportunity to remember and honor the men and women who have lost their lives while serving the United Nations as peacekeepers, more than 3,400 perished since 1948. The theme of the 2017 International Day of UN Peacekeepers is “Investing in Peace Around the World.”
  • 23 Mar 2017 - Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for International Women’s Day, observed on 8 March: Women’s rights are human rights.  But, in these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed.  Empowering women and girls is the only way to protect their rights and make sure they can realize their full potential.
  • 23 Mar 2017 - Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message today on the launch of the report “Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse:  A New Approach”: One of my most unforgettable experiences has been listening to the victims of rape, sexual violence, exploitation and abuse.  Their haunting stories and chilling testimony will stay with me forever.
  • 23 Mar 2017 - Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at the commemoration of International Women’s Day in Nairobi today: Today, on International Women’s Day, we have thousands of meetings like this one — meetings that clearly proclaim the need for gender equality.
  • 11 Oct 2012 - On 27 September, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara and Head of Mission, Wolfgang Weisbrod-Weber, awarded Force Commander, Major General Abdul Hafiz, along with twelve other military personnel, the United Nations Medal for their service in MINURSO.
  • 11 Oct 2012 - Hervé Ladsous, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, arrived in Laayoune on 10 October. He will be visiting MINURSO to review operations and to meet with the Mission leadership. He plans to travel to two Team Sites, west and east of the berm, as well as to Tindouf and Rabat where he will meet with officials from both parties, Morocco and Polisario.
  • 23 Sep 2011 - This year - on its 30th anniversary - the theme of the United Nations International Day of Peace is "Peace and Democracy: make your voice heard". The Officer in Charge of MINURSO and Force Commander, Major-General Abdul Hafiz, presided over a short and simple ceremony celebrating the Day at the Mission Parade Ground.