Humanitarian workers in Yemen suffered some 400 violence acts in 2019, the UN Secretary-General said Wednesday.
The world today salutes more than one million men and women served as peacekeepers around the globe, Antonio Guterres added in his speech to a UN Security Council debate on the international peacekeeping day.
The UN chief thanked 95,000 civilians, policemen and servicemen currently deployed throughout the world.
They face the largest challenges as honoring missions tasked to them in peace and security, while at the same time helping nations to counter COVID-19.
Women can easily contact with local communities served by the UN, so "we can improve civilians' protection, promote human rights and upgrade the performance in general," Guterres added.
Woman should have equal representation in all peace and security fields, and efforts should be continued to defeat COVID-19 pandemic, he said.
"The United Nations Support Mission in Libya documented at least 58 civilians killed and 190 injured between 1 April and 18 May," the Secretary-General said, calling on the international community to protect civilians in areas witnessing armed conflicts.