Thursday’s Daily Brief: Safeguarding civilians, strengthening Ebola response in DR Congo, marking Fistula Day, updates on CAR and Syria

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Thursday’s main stories include: Better safeguards to protect civilians in conflict; UN ramps up coordination to beat Ebola in DR Congo; Obstetric fistula continues to afflict women; UN mission condemns attack in Central African Republic Better safeguards to protect civilians amidst deteriorating compliance Marking […]

‘Great cause of concern’ UN chief tells Security Council, surveying ‘bleak’ state of civilian protection

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Marking 20 years since the UN Security Council added the protection of civilians to its agenda, Secretary-General António Guterres told the chamber on Thursday that while safeguards were stronger, “compliance has deteriorated”. “We are rightly critical when assessing the state of the protection of […]

DR Congo: ‘No time to lose’ says newly appointed UN Ebola response coordinator

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. With the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s worst ever Ebola outbreak now in its tenth month, the United Nations on Thursday announced measures to strengthen its response, with the Organization’s newly appointed Emergency Coordinator (EERC) declaring there is “no time to lose”. Amidst a surge […]

End ‘shame, isolation and segregation’ of fistula sufferers, urges UN reproductive health chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Although obstetric fistula has largely been eliminated in developed countries, more than two million women and girls still live with the painful and disfiguring condition, according to UN data. Marking the International Day on 23 May to end the almost entirely preventable condition, the […]

Somalia’s population, international partners must be energized to sustain country’s ‘upward trajectory,’ says senior UN official

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Despite Somalia’s persistent security threats, recurrent political crises, capacity constraints and the difficulties in navigating political obstacles to its reform agenda, the Horn of Africa country remains on a “positive trajectory,” the UN Security Council was told on Wednesday. Briefing the Council, Raisedon Zenenga ,the Deputy Head […]

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Women boost work profits, saving biodiversity, UK loses Chagos Islands vote, Gaza funding, malaria-free in Argentina, Algeria

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Today’s top stories include: boosting profits at work by hiring more women leaders; saving biodiversity to beat climate change; General Assembly condemns UK over Chagos Islands; just a month of funding left for Gaza; celebrating malaria-free Algeria and Argentina; and justice experts dicuss how […]

Palestine refugees’ relief chief warns Security Council money to fund Gaza operations will run out in mid-June

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The head of the UN relief and works agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) warned on Wednesday that despite weathering a “truly existential crisis” over funding last year, money to continue operations this year in the Gaza Strip will only last until mid-June. Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl told […]

Preserving biodiversity vital to reverse tide of climate change, UN stresses on International Day

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The food people eat around the world is becoming “alarmingly homogenous” according to UN data, even though access to a wide variety of nutritious food has never been greater. That warning comes as the world marks the International Day for Biological Diversity on Wednesday, which this year highlights the impact […]

With potential to boost profits by up to 20 per cent, a woman’s place is at work, says UN labour agency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Businesses perform better – sometimes by as much as 20 per cent – when they employ more women in top positions, UN labour experts said on Wednesday, warning nonetheless that most still pay lip-service to the idea of gender equality in the boardroom. In a report […]

Iraq needs support to ‘leave violent past behind’, says UN envoy as Security Council extends UN mission for one year

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Iraq’s democratic transition – weighed down by political infighting, weak institutions, corruption, and the constant threat of ISIL – needs more international support, “lots of time and lots of hard work,” the top United Nations official in the country said on Tuesday. In a briefing to the Security Council, Jeanine […]

Amidst high trade tensions and policy uncertainty, UN cuts economic growth forecast

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Against a backdrop of unresolved trade tensions, high international policy uncertainty and softening business confidence, the UN on Tuesday announced a broad-based slowdown in the global economy and cut its growth predictions. The data comes from the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) in its mid-year World Economic Situation and […]

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Libya civil war, African displacement, global trade tensions, terrorists’ children ‘secretly detained’, and more

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Tuesday’s stories include: Libya facing “permanent division”, regional war; Africa event highlights forcible displacement; terrorists’ children ‘secretly detained’ in Syria; Venezuelans need protection; global trade tensions rise. Libya on ‘verge’ of civil war, threatening ‘permanent division’, top UN official warns Security Council The damage done […]

UN highlights need to solve growing burden of forcibly displaced Africans

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. With 24.2 million Africans forced from their homes in 2017  ̶  4.6 million more than the previous year  ̶  the UN is hosting a three-day event at UN headquarters, focusing on finding durable solutions to the problem, which is a growing burden on the continent’s economy, environment and communities which host those displaced. The 2019 Africa Dialogue Series, (ADS) which began on Monday under the theme “Towards durable solutions for forcibly displaced persons in Africa,” brings […]

Children of ISIL terrorists likely held in ‘secret detention facilities’, UN human rights office warns

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. In Syria, it is suspected that children whose fathers fought for terrorist group ISIL are being held in unidentified “settlements” and “secret detention facilities” away from their mothers, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) said on Tuesday. The UN office cited information suggesting that […]

Libya on verge of civil war, threatening ‘permanent division’, top UN official warns Security Council

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The damage done to Libya will already take “years to mend” but unless fighting around the capital Tripoli stops, the country risks “descending into a civil war which could lead to the permanent division of the country”. That was the blunt assessment of UN […]

Children in crisis-torn eastern Ukraine ‘too terrified to learn’ amid spike in attacks on schools

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Schoolchildren are bearing long-lasting mental and physical scars of eastern Ukraine’s conflict, the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Monday, as the agency warned of an “alarming” increase in attacks on schools during the first four months of 2019. Since the […]

Monday’s Daily Brief: WFP mulls ‘last resort’ Yemen aid suspension, top peacekeeping awardee announced, abuzz over Bee Day, Ebola threat ‘very high’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. This Monday, headline stories include: WFP mulls “last resort” aid suspension in Yemen; highest UN peacekeeping award to be given on Friday; busy pollinators are focus of World Bee Day; Ebola threat still “very high”. Hunger in Yemen: WFP considers aid suspension in face […]

Hunger in Yemen: WFP considers aid suspension in face of repeated interference by some Houthi leaders

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN emergency food relief agency said on Monday that without full access and “freedom to decide” who receives lifesaving aid, in Houthi rebel-controlled areas of Yemen, it could be forced to implement a “phased suspension”. In a statement, Senior Spokesperson for the World […]

Sacrifice of fallen ‘blue helmet’ to be honoured with UN’s highest peacekeeping award

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. In recognition of his “brave and selfless” action under fire in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)  ̶  saving the life of a fellow ‘blue helmet’ and helping his colleagues repel an armed group  ̶  the late Malawian soldier Chancy Chitete, will be honoured with the UN’s highest peacekeeping award this coming Friday, by the UN Secretary-General. Private Chitete was killed in November 2018, during an operation in the eastern part of the country to […]

FROM THE FIELD: Saving the tree kangaroos of Papua New Guinea

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The survival of an endangered animal which looks part kangaroo and part lemur has been secured thanks to a project in Papua New Guinea (PNG) supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The tree kangaroo which is only found in the rainforests of Australia, […]

On World Bee day, human activity blamed for falling pollinator numbers

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. If you think you’re busy, then spare a thought for the world’s bees; for they, along with other insects and animals, are responsible for pollinating more than 75 per cent of the planet’s favourite food crops. The problem is, pollinators are under threat, and […]

Cambodia: Giving back to UN peacekeeping

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. It’s an overcast morning, in South Sudan’s capital Juba, and growling thunder announces the start of some light rain. Standing in the drizzle in his military police uniform, is Colonel Channy Vongvannak, the commander of the Cambodian Force Military Police at the United Nations […]

Promoting ‘a healthy sustainable future’, the UN health agency engages young and young at heart to ‘Walk the Talk’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Celebrating the importance of fitness, on Sunday morning in the Swiss city of Geneva, the United Nations health agency kicked off its second “Walk the Talk: The Health for All Challenge”. In the lead up to Monday’s 72nd annual World Health Assembly (WHA), the […]

UPDATED: Guterres condemns armed attack against UN peacekeepers in Mali

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A violent attack against the United Nation’s Integrated Stabilization Mission for Mali (MINUSMA) that left one peacekeeper dead on Saturday, drew strong condemnation from Secretary-General António Guterres. Mr. Guterres is “deeply saddened at the death of a Nigerian peacekeeper who succumbed to his wounds […]

UN blue helmets in South Sudan use Sustainable Development Goals to help build peace

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has concluded the week by harnessing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to support the nation, including by offering free medical services, encompassing SDG 3’s target on health coverage. By Friday, UNMISS Bangladeshi peacekeepers in Wau, a […]

UN chief calls for ‘enlightened self-interest’ from world leaders to save ‘the whole planet’ from climate change

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Concluding a week-long visit to the South Pacific, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called on the world’s decision-makers to make “enlightened” choices on climate action because “the whole planet” is at stake. “Over the past week, I have witnessed first-hand the impacts of climate […]

‘The time for action is now’ senior UN peacekeeping official says, urging support for regional force combating Sahel terrorism

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The five-year-old force working to stabilize Africa’s Sahel has shown great potential, but needs more support from the international community to reach full operational capacity, a top UN peacekeeping official said on Thursday, calling for enhanced political and economic solutions to help tackle the […]

‘Climate change is the battle of my life’, UN chief tells students living on the frontline in Fiji

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres saw the frontline of “the battle against climate change” for himself on Thursday, by taking to the tropical waters of the South Pacific off the coast of Fiji, on a solar-powered boat. Mr. Guterres was greeted on board the […]

Thursday’s Daily Brief: Ebola in DR Congo, malnutrition in Laos, baby health, support for Sahel force, #ClimateAction

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. On Thursday, we cover: more support needed for Sahel force, fears in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as Ebola response funding dwindles; food and nutrition concerns in Laos; an update on low birthweight babies across the world; and the UN chief’s trip […]

‘Starvation’ now a reality for displaced Syrians stranded in camp near Jordanian border

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Starvation “is already starting” in a camp for displaced people in south-east Syria, a senior UN official said on Thursday, while condemning ongoing airstrikes and retaliatory shelling in opposition-held territories in the north-west. Now in its ninth year, as Syrian Government forces and allies […]

UN chief lauds Fijians as ‘natural global leaders’ on climate, environment, hails ‘symbiotic relationship’ with land and sea

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Fiji’s strong traditions of community and social responsibility, and its “symbiotic relationship” with its surroundings, has made its people “natural global leaders on climate and the environment”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told the nation’s Parliament on Thursday. “Fiji has taken on the sceptics […]

vSudan: UN chief calls for ‘positive momentum’ as civilian rule talks stall between military and opposition

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN Secretary-General has commended the progress made so far between Sudan’s military leaders and opposition forces towards agreeing a timetable for a return to civilian rule, following the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir just over a month ago. On Tuesday, the Transitional Military […]

Countries must up their game to reduce low birth weights, warns UN-backed report

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Many countries need to invest more and take greater action to reduce the number of babies born with low birth weights which put their health at risk, urges a United Nations-backed report released on Wednesday. Around one-in-seven babies worldwide weighed less than 5.5 pounds, […]