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This week’s features: 

Security Council: Exercise of sovereignty in maintenance of peace, security over the last 70 years

The Security Council held an open debate on international peace and security on 23 February commemorating the 70th anniversary of the United Nations. The debate provided an opportunity for Member States to reaffirm their commitments to the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, and to discuss ways to more effectively maintain peace and security. Photo story athttp://tmblr.co/ZaTV2m1eYbcrf 

Interview with outgoing Special Representative and head of UNAMI, Nickolay Mladenov

Injustice, poverty, and lack of human rights and human dignity create an ideal environment for extremism. Outgoing Iraq envoy Nickolay Mladenov on what the UN is doing to counter extremism and support peace efforts in Iraq. Watch: http://youtu.be/xb9583VxIXE
What is needed to ensure a future of peace and development in Iraq? Watch: http://youtu.be/aF942qBYTUA 
Iraq: What will it take to top ISIL? Watch: http://youtu.be/IfhZsMWBRA0
Iraq: How is the UN helping to make violence less pervasive? Watch http://youtu.be/FZJEfsEvVoA
Amidst violence in the Middle East, how can the UN be most effective? Watch: http://youtu.be/z3Hvcgw3-sM


Sri Lanka: Supporting long-term peace by combining political and development analysis

Following his visit to Myanmar, Under-Secretary-General Jeffrey Feltman will visit Sri Lanka starting on 28 February. He is due to meet with senior officials of the Government, political parties and civil society groups in Colombo and Jaffa.

Earlier this month, we introduced you to Gita Sabharwal, the UN Advisor on Reconciliation and Development in Sri Lanka. Revisit her story at 

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