UN chief seeking ‘renewed commitment’ to global rules and values, as world leaders head to New York

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. UN chief António Guterres on Thursday called for a “renewed commitment to a rules-based global order” and to the organization he leads, highlighting his key themes for discussion during the High-Level week of the General Assembly, beginning on Monday. In a press conference for journalists based at […]

Globally, youth are the largest poverty-stricken group, says new UN report

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Half of all people living in poverty are younger than 18 years old, according to estimates from a new report released on Thursday by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and partners. The new figures in the 2018 global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) show […]

Conflicts and extreme climate change threatens access to food in 39 countries – UN agriculture report

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Unrelenting conflict and rapid climate change is continuing to reshape agriculture across the world, and contributing to major food shortages across 39 countries, which continue to rely on help from the United Nations to meet their food needs, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) […]

6 things to know about the General Assembly as UN heads into high level week

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Every year, in September, global leaders and change-makers gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York for two weeks, to discuss the burning issues of our time and set the global agenda for the year ahead. The 73rd session of the UN General Assembly opened this […]

Idlib deal could save three million ‘from catastrophe’ says UN chief, as militants are urged to lay down arms

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A deal reached between Russia and Turkey to create a demilitarized buffer zone protecting citizens “from catastrophe” in Syria’s Idlib region is a welcome development, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday, before urging all parties to make a “strong commitment” to it. “I welcome the […]

It’s ‘time for concrete action’ says UN chief, welcoming inter-Korean agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, on Thursday welcomed the outcome of the third inter-Korean summit this year, and the “important agreements” contained in the Pyongyang Joint Declaration, issued by the leaders of the two Koreas. He commended the “determination and diplomacy” shown by the leaders of […]

Indigenous peoples ‘lag behind on all social and economic indicators’: UN deputy human rights chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Progress that destroys traditional culture, language, land and human heritage “is not development, but willful destruction”, the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Wednesday, in defence of indigenous peoples everywhere. Kate Gilmore’s comments were followed by the UN Special Rapporteur on […]

A third of world’s out-of-school youth live in conflict, disaster-affected countries: UNICEF report

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Childhood is a time for growth, a time for school. But conflict or disaster are depriving 104 million young people between the ages of five and 17 of that foundation, according to a new study by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The report, A […]

Artificial Intelligence: a danger to mankind, or the key to a better world?

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Siri, Alexa and Cortana are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Artificial Intelligence (or A.I.), which is playing an increasingly pervasive role in our lives. In the background, AI is being used in a huge range of settings, from helping […]

Economy and living standards of Gaza ‘eviscerated’ by crippling blockade – UN trade and development report

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The Occupied Palestinian Territory now suffers the highest unemployment rate in the world, with incomes and agricultural production going down, the United Nations trade and development agency said on Wednesday, noting that women and young people were worst affected, as the Israeli occupation continues. […]

‘Collective endeavour’ needed to strengthen peacekeeping further, says top UN official

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Highlighting complex and evolving challenges, the head of UN peacekeeping on Wednesday called for heightened vigilance and a more robust response to existential threats against both peacekeepers and those they strive to defend. “Improving peacekeeping is, by its very essence, a collective endeavour,” Jean-Pierre […]

Cancer is a growing global threat and prevention is key, UN study shows

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. More than 18 million new cases of cancer are expected this year and it’s estimated that 9.6 million people will die from various forms of the disease in 2018, the UN’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said on Wednesday. According to IARC, a […]

A record one million Syrians displaced over six months, during six key battles: UN investigators

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. All parties to the seven-year Syria conflict and the States that support them should do “everything in their power” to prevent a full-scale military assault on Idlib, a high-level United Nations-appointed panel of investigators said on Wednesday. “All the other disasters would be minor events compared […]

Alarming level of reprisals against activists, human rights defenders, and victims – new UN report

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. An alarming and “shameful” level of harsh reprisals and intimidation against those who cooperate with the United Nations in an effort to uphold human rights, has been revealed by a new UN report launched on Wednesday. The ninth annual report of Secretary-General António Guterres details the level of […]

Yemen: UN envoy asks Security Council for more support ‘to move back’ to the negotiating table

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. United Nations Special Envoy Martin Griffith told the Security Council on Tuesday that he never expected an easy mission when he convened Intra-Yemeni Consultations in Geneva last week, for which the Houthis delegation failed to show up. “The level of confidence is at its lowest and […]

Devastating storms like Hurricane Florence ‘unusual this far north’: UN weather agency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. In another manifestation of extreme weather conditions, hurricanes as strong as the Category 4 storm Florence – barreling towards the coast of the Carolinas in the United States – are rarely seen so far north, the United Nation’s weather agency (WMO) confirmed on Tuesday. […]

‘More support’ vital to put Afghanistan back on a ‘positive trajectory’ – top UN officials

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. After four decades of conflict and insecurity, and with elections to be held in the coming months against a backdrop of growing humanitarian need, Afghanistan needs more support than ever to tackle its challenges, said the United Nations humanitarian and refugee chiefs on Monday after a […]

Pervasive corruption costs $2.6 trillion; disproportionately affects ‘poor and vulnerable’ says UN chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Corruption is present in all countries, “rich and poor, North and South, developed and developing,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Monday, at a session on tackling corruption for the sake of peace and international security. “Numbers show the startling scope of the […]

New UN rights chief pledges to push back on ‘centuries of prejudice and discrimination’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN’s newly appointed High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, intends to push back “centuries of prejudice and discrimination” against vulnerable groups including women and the peoples of the Global South, by pushing for more consensus between Member States, she said on Monday. Speaking […]

‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ clean-up project launches trial run: UN Environment

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A trial run of an innovative system designed to clean up the world’s seas and oceans, founded by UN Environment Programme (UNEP)  “Champion of the Earth” laureate Boyan Slat, has set off from San Francisco, in a bid to begin the removal of the so-called […]

Get off the path of deadly emissions, UN chief Guterres to urge in key climate change speech

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres is to use a landmark speech later on Monday to urge greater involvement and leadership on the part of everybody, to protect the planet and its people, from the disastrous consequences of runaway climate change. “Climate change is undeniable” […]

UN condemns ‘cowardly’ attack on Libya’s national oil corporation headquarters

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has strongly condemned Monday’s attack on the National Oil Company (NOC) headquarters in Tripoli. An armed group reportedly stormed the building, which is in the centre of the city, and witnesses say they heard blasts and gunfire. […]

800,000 people commit suicide every year: WHO

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Every year, close to 800,000 people commit suicide, the second leading cause of death amongst people aged 15-29 in 2016. Ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day on Monday 10 September, a toolkit to help communities to prevent suicides has been released by the World Health Organization, WHO, and the Mental […]

Egyptian death sentences a ‘gross miscarriage of justice’: UN human rights chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. An Egyptian court’s confirmation of 75 death sentences on Saturday has been condemned by Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, as being the result of an unfair trial. Ms. Bachelet expressed her extreme concern at the decision which, if carried out, would amount […]

Uneven progress on climate action at Bangkok conference

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Climate change talks wrapped up in Bangkok today, leaving several issues still to be resolved. The talks were part of series of meetings set up to develop guidelines for countries to implement the Paris Climate Change Agreement, an important element in ensuring transparent and practical climate action […]

Madagascar: UN Secretary-General reaffirms support for electoral process

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, has welcomed the appointment on 7 September of Rivo Rakotovao, President of the Madagascar Senate, as acting president of the country. On Friday evening, the President of Madagascar, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, resigned in a message to the nation, […]

Horn of Africa: UN chief welcomes Djibouti agreement between Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed Thursday’s meeting in Djibouti with the foreign ministers of Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia with the Djiboutian head of diplomacy. The meeting, held on 6 September in Djibouti, resulted in the signing of a cooperation agreement between Eritrea, Ethiopia and […]

Human traffickers in Libya are posing as UN staff, says Refugee Agency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, has called on Libyan authorities to take action against  criminals targeting desperate refugees and migrants, amid reports that smugglers and traffickers in the country are impersonating Agency staff. The Agency says that reliable sources and refugees have reported criminals using […]

Yemen consultations have started, insists top UN negotiator

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A positive environment exists for building trust between the opposing parties involved in discussions for a political solution to the Yemen conflict, despite the absence of one of the delegations in Geneva and insecurity on the ground, UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths said on […]

144 years on, Universal Postal Union meets to define its 21st Century role

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The Universal Postal Union (UPU), one of the world’s oldest international organizations, has met in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to improve its working practices and define its role in the modern world. Established in the Swiss capital Berne in 1874, the Universal Postal […]