Global Goals top General Assembly President’s priority list

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The President of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly on Monday set out his 2020 priorities, which aim to make the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality by the start of the next decade. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, spelled out that these encompass […]

‘No shortcuts to a healthier world’: WHO chief sets out health priorities for the decade

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The head of the UN health agency, WHO, has set out his urgent global health challenges for the next ten years – designated the “Decade of Action” by the UN General Assembly” – and underscored the importance of investing in public health, in a […]

Colombia: ‘Significant strides’ towards integrated peace, UN envoy tells Security Council

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Colombia has continued to make “significant strides in its peace process”, the top UN envoy in the country told the Security Council on Monday. Special Representative Carlos Ruiz Massieu, who also heads the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, pointed out that even in the […]

UN health agency urges China to continue search for source of new virus, as Thailand case emerges

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. It is “essential” for China to continue investigating the source of a previously unknown strain of coronavirus, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared on Monday, following confirmation that an infected patient is being treated in Thailand. In its statement, WHO identified the patient as […]

UN committed to helping Haiti build better future, says Guterres, marking 10-year anniversary of devastating earthquake

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. On 12 January 2010, a 7.0 magnitude quake struck Haiti, devastating its capital, Port-au-Prince. About 220,000 people were reportedly killed, among them, 102 UN staff who lost their lives when the building housing the stabilization mission there, known as MINUSTAH, collapsed. Some 300,000 people were injured and 1.5 million become homeless […]

UN chief pays tribute to ‘enduring contributions’ to regional, international diplomacy of Oman’s late Sultan Qaboos

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. UN Secretary-General António Guterres has extended his profound condolences to the Royal family, the Government and people of Oman on the passing of Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, who passed away late Friday at the age of 79. “Sultan Qaboos led Oman for 50 years and […]

FROM THE FIELD: West Africa’s wishful gold diggers

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The mining of gold in unregulated and often hand-dug pits in West Africa, can be a deadly occupation, but one which many impoverished people in the region are pushed into by necessity, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). An artisanal miner holds a small nugget of gold dug in […]

Security Council beats midnight deadline, renews Syria cross-border aid in contentious vote

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The Security Council on Friday evening renewed a UN operation delivering humanitarian aid across the Syrian border to millions of civilians, but some of the body’s members expressed disappointment that the “watered down” measure cut in half the number of crossing points and duration […]

Inaction over climate emergency ‘not an option’ says UN Assembly chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Inaction when it comes to the fight back against damaging climate change is not an option, the President of the UN General Assembly told a major energy conference in Abu Dhabi on Friday. Tijani Muhammad-Bande was addressing the International Organization for Renewable Energy High-Level meeting […]

Killings and violence targeting ethnic group in DR Congo ‘may amount to crimes against humanity’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The targeting of the Hema community in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with violence, including killings and rape, may amount to crimes against humanity, said the UN on Friday. An investigation carried out by the UN Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) in […]

New El Salvador law, a victory for forced displacement victims: UN refugee agency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A new law in El Salvador opens a door for tens of thousands of forced displacement victims in the country to access to life-saving humanitarian assistance and have their basic rights restored, said the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) on Friday. The legislation, which was […]

Protecting refugees in Europe: UNHCR calls for a ‘year of change’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is calling on the European Union (EU) to make 2020 “the year of change for robust refugee protection”. On Thursday, the agency issued a set of new recommendations, as Croatia and German preside over the EU Council during the […]

Secretary-General upholds value of UN Charter for a world in turmoil

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Amid an era of rising geopolitical tensions and declining trust between nations, the United Nations Secretary-General has encouraged countries to “come home” to a defining document of the international community: the UN Charter. António Guterres was addressing the Security Council which on Thursday held a debate on upholding the founding treaty of the […]

FIRST PERSON: An artist’s ‘obsession’ with New Orleans tradition

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The International Labour Organization (ILO) marked its centenary in 2019 and as part of the commemoration has launched a photography project called “Dignity at Work: The American Experience”, to document the working life of people across the United States. UN News joined the ILO on a visit to […]

Security Council calls for dialogue in Haiti

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN Security Council has stressed the need to resolve the ongoing political impasse in Haiti between President Jovenel Moïse and a surging opposition movement. Members issued a statement on Thursday night outlining the immediate necessity for parties to engage in an inclusive and open dialogue to form a government that responds to the needs of […]

Ukraine jet crashes in Iran, killing 176: UN chief offers deepest condolences

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A Ukrainian airliner crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran on Wednesday morning, killing all 176 passengers and crew members on board. In a statement, UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ offered his deepest condolences, saying he was “deeply saddened by the crash”. “He expresses his deepest […]

‘Unprecedented terrorist violence’ in West Africa, Sahel region

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The top UN official in West Africa and the Sahel updated the Security Council on Wednesday, describing an “unprecedented” rise in terrorist violence across the region. “The region has experienced a devastating surge in terrorist attacks against civilian and military targets,” Mohamed Ibn Chambas, UN Special […]

Iran-US attack in Iraq: Guterres pledges ‘active engagement’ in further de-escalation efforts

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. In the wake of an Iranian ballistic missile attack on air bases which house US forces in Iraq, the UN Secretary-General said on Wednesday that he would “continue his active engagement” to de-escalate tensions and avert full-scale war. In a statement released by his […]

More international support needed to curb deadly measles outbreak in DR Congo

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Countries are being asked to step up assistance to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) which is facing the world’s worst measles epidemic, with more than 6,000 deaths since the start of last year. The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday said some 310,000 suspected cases of […]

Spread of polio still an international public health concern

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The spread of polio internationally remains a global public health concern, experts meeting in Geneva have concluded. The opinion comes in a statement released on Tuesday following the latest meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) that provides technical advice on international public health emergencies. “The Committee unanimously agreed […]

FROM THE FIELD: Crisis in Kassala FROM THE FIELD: Crisis in Kassala

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. An economic crisis in Sudan which has driven up food prices in the African country has contributed to an increase in the number of people needing aid; that’s according to the UN’s humanitarian affairs agency, OCHA. Some 9.3 million people, nearly a quarter of […]

Investing in health workers yields ‘triple dividend’, WHO chief says in New Year’s message

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. At the start of the new year and new decade, the head of the United Nations health agency thanked “the brave health workers” around the globe and asked that the world do better in supporting them. “They are doing life-saving work every day, including […]

UNICEF chief hopes 2020 will be ‘a year of peace’ for Syria’s children

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Only an end to the war in Syria can bring safety to children there, the head of the UN child rights agency said on Thursday. The statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore came in a New Year’s appeal on behalf of millions of children trapped in a […]

UN envoy commends successful conclusion of Guinea-Bissau presidential election

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) has underlined the Organization’s support for Guinea-Bissau following the conclusion of its presidential election. Former Prime Minister Umaro Sissoco Embaló was on Wednesday declared the winner of a run-off vote held on 29 December, beating rival Domingos Simões Pereira, another ex-Prime Minister. UN Special Representative Mohamed […]

Secretary-General calls for global participation in UN75 dialogues for better future for all

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The United Nations on Wednesday launched the biggest global conversation on the world’s future: the UN75 dialogues.  Views and ideas gathered throughout the year will be shared at a high-level event in September to mark the Organization’s 75th anniversary. The UN75 initiative is  described as a “global reality check” to spark […]

Nine children killed or maimed in Afghanistan every day: UN Children’s Fund

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. An average of nine children have been killed or maimed every day in Afghanistan so far this year, according to a new report from the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, which describes the country as “the world’s most lethal warzone”. The report, entitled “Preserving Hope […]

Peace will be ‘paramount’ issue for incoming Afghan Government: UN mission chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The search for peace will remain of “paramount importance” to Afghanistan as the country awaits the outcome of the recent presidential election, the top UN official in the country told the Security Council on Monday. Tadamichi Yamamoto, head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), updated ambassadors on developments since voting took place in late […]

West Africa ‘shaken by unprecedented violence’, UN envoy tells Security Council

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN envoy for West Africa and the vast Sahel region, told the Security Council on Monday that in recent months, the region has been “shaken by unprecedented violence”. An “horrific attack against the Inates military camp, in Niger, still haunts the region”, he […]

At this ‘critical moment’, UN chief urges anti-corruption conference to adopt united front

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. As we enter the Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the world must “unite against corruption” to stop precious resources from being drained by illicit financial flows, an international conference on the issue heard on Monday in Abu Dhabi. “You […]

Bold, innovative measures for refugees and their hosts sought, at first ever Global Forum

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. As refugee numbers approach 26 million, heads of state, top UN diplomats, powerful figures from the private sector and civil society are heading to Geneva to agree on “bold, new” ways to help, at the first ever Global Refugee Forum, which got underway on […]

One third of poorer countries face both undernutrition and obesity: WHO report

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. With one in three low and middle-income countries facing the two extremes of malnutrition – undernutrition and obesity – the UN’s health agency WHO is calling for a new approach to deal with rapidly changing food systems. A new report, published in the British […]

Progress made at COP25, despite lack of agreement to increase climate ambition

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Negotiations at the COP25 UN climate conference in Madrid finally ended on Sunday, wrapping up an event which saw much progress made by the private sector, and by national, regional and local governments. However, there was widespread disappointment that no overall consensus was reached […]

As COP25 goes into the night, Guterres calls for more climate ambition

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. With national delegations thrashing out an outcome agreement at the UN COP25 climate change conference in Madrid, the UN chief has called on countries to be more ambitious, side strongly with science, and commit to stronger action. “Today is the last day of the […]