More children killed by unsafe water, than bullets, says UNICEF chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A lack of safe water, is far deadlier for children than war in more than a dozen conflict-affected countries, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday, in a report launched to coincide with World Water Day, marked on 22 March. UNICEF’s 16-nation study into […]

Education critical to ensure future of forests, and reverse their destruction

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN drew attention to the vital role that forests play in addressing some of the world’s greatest environmental challenges on Thursday, and the importance of tackling the issues that threaten them, such as deforestation, and land degradation. The UN drew attention to the […]

Service and Sacrifice: Malaysian peacekeepers in Lebanon proud to serve their homeland and the United Nations

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Peacekeepers from Malaysia serving under the United Nations flag in Lebanon face a “a totally new experience” according to the commander of the Malaysian contingent in the country. Currently, 850 military personnel, including 38 women, are deployed to the UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon, […]

‘Massive and protracted’ humanitarian crisis in DR Congo can be ‘beaten back’ if donors step up

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. “Urgent and sustained funding” for a Government-led response to what is now a “massive and protracted” humanitarian crisis across the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is required, said the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN relief chief on Thursday. […]

Marking international day, UN experts call for urgent action to end racial discrimination, in wake of New Zealand anti-Muslim attack

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. States must take urgent action, to “stem the tide of hate and discrimination” and ramping up of “ethno-nationalist populism”, which helped fuel the deadly shootings in two New Zealand mosques last Friday by a self-declared white supremacist, several top UN officials and human rights […]

Idai disaster: Stranded victims still need rescue from heavy rains as UN scales up response

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Dire conditions persist in vast areas of southern Africa affected by Cyclone Idai as heavy rain continues to cause “massive destruction”, the UN said on Thursday, while aid teams scale up efforts to reach those most in need. Warning that the situation is likely […]

‘Growing alarm’ over Fall Armyworm advance, with cash crops ‘under attack’ across Asia

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The Fall Armyworm pest is continuing to sweep across the globe, having moved eastwards from their native Americas, onto Africa, before arriving in Asia only last summer, where they now threaten to cost farmers from India to Thailand, billions of dollars in lost production. The […]

Venezuela: ‘A worrying destabilizing factor in the region’, Bachelet tells Human Rights Council

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Expressing deep concern at the “magnitude and gravity of the human rights impact” of Venezuela’s current crisis, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said on Wednesday that the country had become “a worrying destabilizing factor in the region.” Amid a protracted crisis […]

UN court increases sentence of former Bosnian-Serb leader to life imprisonment

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A United Nations appeals court on Wednesday increased the 40-year sentence initially imposed on Radovan Karadžić, former leader of the Republika Srpksa region of Bosnia and head of the Bosnian-Serb Army, to life imprisonment. In 2016, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia […]

Libya stands at a ‘critical juncture’, UN mission head tells Security Council

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Predicting that the “days ahead will prove foundational to the years ahead for Libyans and the region”, the top United Nations official in the country told the Security Council on Wednesday, that it was no exaggeration to describe the oil-rich nation as having reached […]

Global South cooperation ‘vital’ to climate change fight, development, Guterres tells historic Buenos Aires summit

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. South-South cooperation is key to the world’s sustainable development and the fight against global warming said the United Nations Secretary-General on Wednesday, as the opening session of the Second UN Conference on South-South Cooperation got underway in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires. António Guterres reminded top politicians, business and […]

UN allocates $20 million in emergency funding, as Cyclone Idai disaster unfolds

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. As the full scale of the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai in South-West Africa continues to be assessed, the UN and humanitarian partners are ramping up the provision of emergency food, shelter, water and health care supplies to hundreds-of-thousands who have been affected across […]

UN launches ‘South-South Galaxy’ knowledge-sharing platform in Buenos Aires

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. When countries of the Global South forged an historic technical cooperation deal among themselves 40 years ago, digital technology was a thing of the future, but developing nations have come a long way since then. China, for example, has managed to send an exploration vehicle to […]

Safe drinking water, sanitation, are ‘basic human rights’: new UN Water Development report

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Safe water and access to proper sanitation are essential to eradicate poverty, build peaceful societies and ensure that no one is left behind on the path towards sustainable development, according to the 2019 UN World Water Development Report, launched on Tuesday in Geneva. In collaboration with the UN […]

First peaceful transfer of power in DR Congo ‘an extraordinary opportunity’ for advancing rights

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The election of President Felix Tshisekedi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), marks “an extraordinary opportunity” for the country to advance civil and political rights, said a senior UN official, on Tuesday at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. UN Assistant Secretary-General […]

Cyclone Idai: emergency getting ‘bigger by the hour’, warns UN food agency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The full scale of the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Idai in south-west Africa is becoming clearer, the UN said on Tuesday, warning that the emergency “is getting bigger by the hour”. Five days after the storm made landfall in Mozambique, causing widespread damage […]

What is ‘South-South cooperation’ and why does it matter?

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. This week in Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, over one thousand people, including high level government delegations and representatives from the private sector and civil society, will gather for the Second High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation, or BAPA+40. The Conference marks the 40th […]

Gaza investigators call on Israel to review ‘rules of engagement’ as Gaza protest anniversary looms

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Human Rights Council-appointed investigators urged Israel on Monday to revise its military rules of engagement, shortly before the one-year anniversary of the start of mass demonstrations at the country’s border fence with Gaza, that have left hundreds of Palestinians dead and thousands more injured. Speaking […]

UN will do ‘utmost to prevent and mitigate any risk of violence’ in DR Congo, pledges Mission chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Despite the relatively peaceful passage of December’s presidential election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the UN Special Representative to the country told the Security Council she “remained concerned” over developments in the east, where dozens of armed groups continue to operate. […]

Encouraging progress made in 2018, in ‘zero tolerance’ effort to end sexual exploitation and abuse across UN

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The United Nations recorded a total of 259 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) during 2018, according to the latest report by Secretary-General António Guterres presented to the General Assembly. Although the figures rose compared with the previous two years, the report shows […]

Despite progress, companies face gender equality ‘backlash’: UN business body

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Although the drive to reach gender equality has picked up speed, and diversity initiatives have been put into place in companies and organizations, a significant level of resistance and backlash remains, according to a leading UN business group. On the side-lines of the Commission […]

‘Break the cycle’ of disaster-response-recovery, urges top UN official, as death toll mounts from Cyclone Idai

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The destruction unleashed by Cyclone Idai on Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, continues to claim lives and displace thousands, in what the UN’s top disaster risk reduction official called on Monday “the worst extreme weather event to occur so far this year”. “Cyclone Idai underlines […]

UN chief expresses solidarity with Indonesian authorities after flash floods kill dozens in Papua

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. More than 70 have died and dozens are missing in Indonesia’s eastern province of Papua, which was hit by flash floods and landslides on Sunday, and more than 4,000 have reportedly been displaced. In a statement from his office, Secretary-General António Guterres said that he […]

UN standing with Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique as Southern Africa death toll from deadly cyclone mounts

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN chief has expressed his sadness at the loss of life and displacement across Zimbabwe, as a result of the deadly Tropical Cyclone Idai, which has pounded Southern Africa in recent days, leaving at least 150 dead in Malawi alone, according to latest […]

UN Middle East Coordinator strongly condemns ‘arrests and violence’ by Hamas security forces during Gaza protests

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process has strongly condemned the violent response by security forces in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip during the past three days, towards Palestinian protests over the deteriorating economic situation there. Palestinians took to the streets on […]

‘Moral obligation and political imperative’ to support Syria on path to peace: Guterres

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Governments across the world have a “moral obligation” to help Syrians “unite around a vision for their common future”, finally bringing an end to eight years of brutal conflict, said the UN Secretary-General on Friday. “As the conflict enters its ninth year, Syrians continue […]

In tech-driven 21st century, achieving global development goals requires closing digital gender divide

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Bridging the ‘gender digital divide’ is about more than ensuring that women and girls have basic access to the Internet and cell phones; it means providing training so they have the skills to use information and communications technologies (ICTs) to their benefit, and taking […]

Voices of young climate action activists ‘give me hope’ says UN chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. In the wake of Friday’s demonstrations by schoolchildren across the world against climate change inaction, the UN Secretary-General has said he understands their fears, but is hopeful for the future. In a direct message to the youth activists who took to the streets, UN […]

UN ‘comes together in sadness and solidarity’ to honour staff who died on board Ethiopian Airlines flight

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Ceremonies were held at UN Headquarters in New York and Geneva on Friday, to remember and honour the staff who died on board Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, which crashed near Addis Ababa last Sunday, killing all 157 passengers and crew. We come together in […]

‘Stand united against anti-Muslim hatred’ urges Guterres, after mosque shootings in New Zealand leave 49 dead

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN Secretary-General António Guterres has urged the international community to ‘stand united against anti-Muslim hatred’ following a mass shooting in New Zealand on Friday targeting two mosques, which has left at least 49 dead and many others wounded, some critically. “I’m saddened and […]

Tropical Cyclone Idai affects 1.5 million across Mozambique and Malawi, as UN ramps up response

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A major aid operation is under way in Mozambique and Malawi to help victims of Tropical Cyclone Idai, which has reached the densely-populated Mozambican port city of Beira, after registering maximum wind speeds of nearly 200 kilometres per hour, UN agencies said on Friday. […]

Service and Sacrifice: Guinean peacekeepers make their mark in Mali

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. As the sun rises over Mali’s vast desert, a group of 20 peacekeepers prepare their equipment and line up to receive instructions before heading out for their first patrol of the day on one of the most dangerous roads in the region. They are […]

Drug laws must be amended to ‘combat racial discrimination’, UN experts say

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. At every stage of the criminal justice system, people of African descent around the world are discriminated against, including death sentencing for drugs-related crimes, United Nations human rights experts said on Thursday, calling on Member States to do more to “combat racial discrimination”. In […]