Senior UN adviser sees ‘rare’ victory for humanitarian diplomacy as aid convoy reaches desert camp in Syria

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Following successful delivery of lifesaving aid to tens of thousands of displaced Syrians in the ‘desolate’ area around Rukban camp last week, the United Nations is working urgently to send another convoy of supplies by mid-December, Jan Egeland, Senior Advisor to the UN Special […]

UN chief condemns killing of ‘blue helmets’ in DR Congo, as violence erupts prior to elections

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. United Nations Secretary-General António Gutteres condemned the killing of seven peacekeepers on Wednesday serving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which is also confronting a lethal Ebola outbreak. His spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, said on Thursday that one Tanzanian and six Malawian ‘blue […]

Ukraine: Temperatures plunge amid rising humanitarian needs

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Amidst an ongoing active conflict that seems to have fallen off the international community’s radar, temperatures in eastern Ukraine dropping well below zero and leaving millions are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance, said the United Nations, calling for support. In Geneva on Thursday, […]

Sahel States need international support ‘now more than ever’– UN peacekeeping chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Africa’s crisis-torn Sahel region needs support from the international community “now more than ever,” the head of United Nations peacekeeping operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, told the Security Council on Thursday. In a briefing on the G5-Sahel Joint Force, the regional body designed to improve security and development and […]

‘Let the children live’: UN prepares to ramp up food aid to Yemen as famine risk grows

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. As the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) prepares to ramp up aid to Yemen, in the face of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, David Beasley, Executive-Director of the agency, issued a heartfelt plea for all warring parties to end “this horrible war.” Mr. Beasley was […]

Return of Kuwaiti property by Iraq, signals hope of ‘full normalization’ between nations: UN Chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The Iraqi government’s latest moves toward constructive engagement with Kuwait mark a step towards “the full normalization” of relations between the two countries following decades of strained relations, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday. “The Secretary-General commends the efforts of the Governments of […]

Everyone’s ‘buy-in’ needed to restore peace in Kosovo, UN envoy tells Security Council

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The leaders of Serbia and Kosovo have confirmed their “mutual intention” to continue working towards a negotiated settlement but the situation on the ground remains marred by “frequent adversarial actions,” with real consequences for people on the ground, a senior United Nations official told […]

Farmers on the frontline in battle against drug-resistant microbes: UN health agency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has revealed that as some 700,000 people are dying each year from antimicrobial resistant infections, an untold number of sick animals are also suffering from diseases that do not respond to treatment. Marking World Antibiotic Awareness Week, FAO […]

Eritrea sanctions lifted amid growing rapprochement with Ethiopia: Security Council

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A range of international sanctions imposed against Eritrea nearly a decade ago, were unanimously lifted by the Security Council on Wednesday, four months after the signing of an historic peace agreement with Ethiopia in July. It was hailed by UN Chief António Guterres at the time […]

‘Make healthy choices’ urges UN agency, to prevent and manage chronic diabetes

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The global prevalence of adult diabetes has nearly quadrupled since 1980, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, World Diabetes Day, with the call to “eat healthily, be physically active and avoid excessive weight gain.” Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the […]

Building climate resilience and peace, go hand in hand for Africa’s Sahel – UN forum

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. To build a sustainable peace in Africa’s Sahel region, “urgent attention” is needed to mitigate the effects of climate change, and ensure that communities have access to sufficient opportunities, a joint meeting between the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the UN Peacebuilding […]

‘Terror and panic’ among Rohingya who may be forced to return to Myanmar – UN rights chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. There is “terror and panic” among Rohingya refugees in southern Bangladesh, who are at imminent risk of being returned to Myanmar against their will, the United Nations top human rights official has said, warning that the returns would seriously endanger the lives of those […]

Outgoing UN official praises Iraq’s ‘exemplary peaceful transfer of power’ at the top

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. In his last briefing as the top United Nations official in Iraq, Ján Kubiš updated the Security Council on the country’s post-election political settlement, commending the “exemplary peaceful transfer of power” between Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and his successor, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, who was sworn […]

UN receives ‘Humanium’ wristwatch gift, symbolizing peaceful transformation

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. On Friday, the United Nations disarmament chief was presented with a watch that does more than just tell the time. Made from “Humanium” – a metal processed from confiscated firearms in El Salvador – it symbolizes how peaceful transformation can be wrought from bloody […]

United States: UN chief ‘deeply saddened’ by deadly California wildfires

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has expressed “deep sadness” over the loss of lives and damages caused by devastating wildfires in the state of California in the United States. In a statement issued by his office, on Monday, the Secretary-General extended his heartfelt condolences to the families of […]

Gaza: deadly violence continues to escalate, top UN officials work to restore calm

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. As violence in the Gaza Strip is once again flaring up reportedly following a raid and bombings by Israeli forces and multiple rocket launches from inside the Palestinian enclave, the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, said on Tuesday that he was following developments closely, while […]

UN food agency appeals for access to key storage facility amid fight for Hudaydah

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. UN humanitarian agency the World Food Programme (WFP) has appealed for access to a key storage facility in the port of Hudaydah, which is now under the control of a Saudi-led military coalition that supports the internationally recognized Government. The development comes amid fierce […]

‘12 million’ stateless people globally, warns UNHCR chief in call to States for decisive action

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. An estimated 12 million people may be victims of statelessness the impact of which is “immediate and can be dire”, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday. Echoing that message, UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi appealed for “decisive action” from governments to eliminate the […]

CLIMATE CHANGE FOCUS: Cows, coffee and sustainable farming

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Small-scale farms in Panama are helping to heal land degraded by extensive cattle ranching and extreme rainfall or drought associated with climate change, thanks to a project supported by the UN Development Programme, (UNDP). The farms are combining trees, food crops, fodder for animals […]

UN forum to bring ‘big space data’ benefits to disaster response in Africa

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Outer space and disaster response experts, on Monday, gathered at a United Nations forum in Bonn, Germany, to discuss how “big data” including social media, crowdsourcing and satellite imaging, can reduce the risk of natural disasters in Africa and support response efforts when they […]

When nations work together, hope prevails and collective solutions can be found – UN chief tells Peace Forum, marking World War centenary in Paris

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. From conflict and economic downturn to disease and climate change, global problems require “more than ever” a strengthening of international cooperation, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told world leaders at the Paris Peace Forum on Sunday, commemorating 100 years since the end of the First World […]

Somalia: UN Security Council condemns terrorist attack in which dozens were killed or injured

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The members of the United Nations Security Council, on Saturday, condemned “in the strongest possible terms” Friday’s car bomb attack in Somalia, in which dozens of innocent women, children and men were killed or injured, and reiterated that any acts of terrorism are “criminal and […]

UN chief appoints Luis Alfonso de Alba as Special Envoy for the 2019 Climate Summit

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on Friday the appointment of Luis Alfonso de Alba of Mexico as his Special Envoy for the 2019 Climate Summit. Mr. de Alba will be the task of providing “leadership, guidance and strategic direction” towards Summit and will be engaging […]

States with power and influence to end suffering of Yemenis must take action ‘immediately’ – UN rights chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. “Outraged” by the “unconscionable toll” caused by the escalation of hostilities in Yemen, the UN human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, on Saturday, urged the warring parties and those supplying them with weapons, to take immediate steps to end the suffering of civilians. “The Saudi-led coalition and pro-Hadi […]

US must abide by humanitarian refugee accords: UN refugee agency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Responding to United States President Donald Trump’s proclamation which would deny political asylum to migrants crossing illegally into the country,  the UN refugee agency UNHCR, released a statement on Friday saying that the US must abide by international refugee protection accords. The Presidential Proclamation would reportedly ban migrants applying for […]

UN nuclear watchdog will help verify DPRK nuclear programme, if agreement forthcoming

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. North Korea’s continuing nuclear programme is clearly in violation of Security Council resolutions and “deeply regrettable,” the United Nations top nuclear official has said. Briefing the General Assembly, Yukia Amano, the head of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said that the UN agency […]

Somalis ‘will not be deterred’ by Friday’s terror attacks – UN chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Following Friday’s bomb attacks and gunfire in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, UN Chief António Guterres on Friday expressed his faith that Somalis “will not be deterred” in their pursuit of lasting peace and political stability. In a statement attributable to his Deputy Spokesman Farhan […]

On Kristallnacht anniversary, UN chief urges renewed fight against ‘crime’ of anti-Semitism

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Political leaders have not yet taken up their responsibility to speak out loudly against neo-Nazism, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Friday, warning that anti-Semitism is on the rise. Meeting Norbert Strauss on the 80th anniversary of the Nazi Kristallnacht attack on Germany’s Jews, the Secretary-General said that […]

Humanitarian aid convoy to Syria’s Rukban camp: Mission Accomplished

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The United Nations and partners concluded a six-day humanitarian aid operation, providing lifesaving aid to around 50,000 mostly women and children living in southeast Syria’s Rukban camp ­– the first supplies they had received since January. “Children and women in Rukban have had extremely limited access to […]

Fleeing violence, Cameroonian refugee arrivals in Nigeria pass 30,000, reports UN refugee agency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The number of Cameroonians fleeing violence and seeking refuge in neighbouring Nigeria has crossed the 30,000-mark, the United Nations refugee agency has said, highlighting that the needs on the ground are outpacing assistance efforts. According to Babar Baloch, a spokesperson for the UN refugee agency […]