In Gaza, UN envoy urges Israel, Palestinian factions to step back from brink of a war that ‘everybody will lose’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. With a ceasefire largely holding after a day-long flare-up in fighting between Israel and Gaza militants, the United Nation envoy on the Middle East peace process was in the enclave on Sunday urging Israelis and Palestinians to pull back from the brink of a confrontation […]

UN Forum examines three pillars of 2030 Global Goals

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The first week of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) concluded on Friday at United Nations Headquarters in New York, with a review of the progress made so far by countries on nature preservation, partnerships for development, and the need to ensure no […]

Iceland to take vacated US seat on Human Rights Council

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Iceland has for the first time been elected to the Human Rights Council, filling the seat vacated by the United States, which withdrew from the body last month, citing bias.   The United Nations General Assembly on Friday elected Iceland to serve on the […]

Fresh airstrikes kill dozens in conflict-ravaged Syria

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Despite the return of tens of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) to Syria following local agreements and changes in territorial control, the United Nations said on Friday that fresh airstrikes have reportedly killed dozens of civilians “in several areas” of the country.   […]

Civilian deaths in Afghanistan hit record high – UN

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The number of civilians killed in Afghanistan hit a record high in the first half of the year, despite last month’s unprecedented ceasefire between the Afghan Government and the Taliban, the United Nations reported on Sunday. According to the latest figures released on Sunday […]

‘Historic moment’ for people on the move, as UN agrees first-ever Global Compact on migration

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. For the first time ever, United Nations Member States have agreed an all-encompassing Global Compact to better manage international migration, address its challenges, strengthen migrant rights and contribute to sustainable development.   After more than a year of discussions and consultations among Member States, […]

Pakistan: UN strongly condemns terrorist attack that leaves scores dead and wounded at election rally

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the terrorist attack in south-west Pakistan that killed more than 120 people and left scores wounded at an election rally Friday.   In a press statement, the Security Council denounced the attack as “heinous and cowardly” […]

Security Council downsizes AU-UN mission in Darfur, eying eventual exit

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The Security Council on Friday extended the mandate of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping operation in Sudan’s Darfur until the end of June next year, but reduced the number of troops deployed in the field with an eye towards the mission’s eventual exit. […]

Security Council imposes arms embargo on South Sudan

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The Security Council on Friday narrowly passed a measure aimed at stopping the flow of weapons to armed groups in South Sudan, with those Members in favour saying it would protect civilians, while abstainers voiced concerns that it would undermine the ongoing peace process […]

Villages ‘reduced to ash’ amid ‘barbaric violence’ in DR Congo, reports UN refugee agency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Humanitarian needs are enormous in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, has reported accounts of “barbaric violence”. In all, 350,000 people are estimated to have fled months of ethnic clashes between the Hema and Lendu groups, in the […]

UN forum spotlights cities, where struggle for sustainability ‘will be won or lost’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Although cities are often characterized by stark socioeconomic inequalities and poor environmental conditions, they also offer growth and development potential – making them central to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and a main focus of the third day of the United Nations High-Level […]

UN forum spotlights cities, where struggle for sustainability ‘will be won or lost’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Deeply concerned about the continuing and intensifying violence in Nicaragua, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday deplored the loss of life in the protests and the attack against Catholic Church mediators in the National Dialogue. “The Secretary-General recognizes the important mediation role of […]

Visiting North Korea, UN relief chief spotlights funding shortfall to meet humanitarian needs

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The United Nations is seeking to raise $111 million to meet humanitarian needs in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), where millions of people face malnutrition, a shortage medicines, and lack of access to safe drinking water, the Organization’s top relief official said […]

Rohingya cannot become ‘forgotten victims,’ says UN chief urging world to step up support

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. “Small children butchered in front of their parents. Girls and women gang-raped while family members were tortured and killed,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Tuesday in a Washington Post opinion piece, adding: “Nothing could have prepared me for the bone-chilling accounts.” The continuing […]

Fragile countries risk being ‘stuck in a cycle of conflict and climate disaster,’ Security Council told

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Climate change ­– and the shortages of water and food that come from it – is becoming increasingly linked to conflict, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council on Wednesday, warning that countries most vulnerable to drought and crop failure are also […]

World Population Day: ‘A matter of human rights’ says UN

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Family planning was affirmed to be a human right 50 years ago, leading to what would become the annual observation of World Population Day, which focuses attention on the impact the number of children born, has on the world. In her message for the […]

Health conditions for citizens of Yemen’s key port city ‘remain critical’ says UN agency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Even before the escalation of conflict in Hudaydah, conditions in Yemen’s port city were some of “the most dire in the country,” according to the United Nations health agency on Tuesday. The World Health Organization (WHO) said that Hudaydah had registered the highest incidences […]

Security Council hails ‘historic and significant’ joint peace declaration by Ethiopia and Eritrea

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday described the Joint Declaration, signed by the leaders of Eritrea and Ethiopia, as “a historic and significant” move with “far-reaching consequences” for the whole Horn of Africa region and beyond. The Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship […]

Achieving targets on energy helps meet other Global Goals, UN forum told

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today, including poverty eradication, gender equality, adaptation to climate change, food security, health, education, sustainable cities, jobs and transport, speakers told a key United Nations forum on sustainable development on Tuesday. […]

South Sudan: ‘Horrific acts’ by government may constitute ‘war crimes’ says UN, demanding justice

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Multiple killings and a campaign of sexual violence that may amount to war crimes have been documented by United Nations rights monitors in South Sudan’s Unity state, prompting a call for government and opposition forces to be held to account. The UN human rights […]

Women vital for ‘new paradigm’ in Africa’s Sahel region, Security Council hears

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Women across Africa’s Sahel region can be agents for a “new paradigm” for peacebuilding and development that benefits all people there, the United Nations Security Council heard on Tuesday. Making the case was UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, fresh from a mission to South […]

North Korea: ‘Time to talk human rights’, says UN expert

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A United Nations human rights expert on Tuesday urged North Korea to open a dialogue with him in parallel to the ongoing diplomatic efforts being undertaken on peace and denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. “As recently as just several months ago, the world was […]

Thai cave boys spared thundershowers, highlighting extreme climate disruption: UN weather agency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Thundershowers that have been forecast in northern Thailand luckily did not materialize, easing the extraordinary rescue of a boys’ football team and their coach, who spent well over two weeks trapped in a cave complex there, UN weather experts said on Tuesday. Clare Nullis, […]

FROM THE FIELD: A UN peacekeepers-eye view of DR Congo

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Africa is projected to have the highest demand for moving people to safety next year, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has the greatest needs of all, according to the United Nations refugee agency’s Projected Global Resettlement Needs 2019 report. The report […]

New UN agriculture agency report underscores value of fishing in fight against global hunger

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The vital role that fishing and fish-farming play in supporting some of the poorest families across the world, came under the spotlight on Monday with the publication of the annual United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report on the global industry. According to […]

Security Council urges countries to factor child protection into conflict prevention efforts

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Countries have been urged to mainstream child protection into the policies they introduce aimed at preventing conflict, in line with a Security Council resolution adopted on Monday. The Council met to debate the latest UN annual report on Children and Armed Conflict which revealed […]

‘Laser-sharp focus’ needed to achieve Global Goals by 2030, UN political forum told

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Progress has been made on achieving global goals to end poverty and hunger but meeting the targets by the deadline of 2030 will require a laser-sharp focus and a true sense of urgency, a key United Nations forum on sustainable development heard on Monday. […]

‘Wind blowing in the direction of peace’ in Africa: UN Secretary-General

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Recent developments in Africa indicate that the continent is increasingly moving in the “direction of peace” and enhanced security, the United Nations Secretary-General told journalists in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Monday. António Guterres was there to take part in the second annual […]

FEATURE: Niger’s girls find sanctuary in fistula treatment centres

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Twenty-three-year-old Kodi Moumdau laughs with a group of young women in brightly coloured shawls in her ward at the National Fistula Centre [Centre National de Référence de Fistule Obstétricale] in the outskirts of Niamey, the capital of Niger. They can consider themselves amongst the […]

Three-quarters of South Sudanese children have known nothing but war, says UNICEF

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Since South Sudan became the world’s youngest country in 2011, 2.6 million of the 3.4 million babies have been born in war, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) revealed Saturday. “As South Sudan turns seven, a seemingly endless war continues to devastate the lives […]