UNICEF urges ‘transformative shift’ in family-friendly work policies to reap ‘huge’ benefits

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Because the “earliest years” of life are the most crucial, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) published a list of new family-friendly policy recommendations on Friday it says will likely reap “huge” benefits. “There is no other time more critical to children’s lives than […]

‘Stay together and step up’ action to meet Global Goals, ECOSOC President tells development forum

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. We can realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 “if we all stay together and step up our actions”, Inga Rhonda King, President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ESOSOC), said on Thursday. “Even though the global picture is mixed”, she stated […]

Carnage must stop in northwest Syria demands Lowcock, as attacks intensify

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. After 80 days of intensifying attacks, many on health facilities, “the carnage must stop” in northwest Syria, said the UN relief chief on Thursday, noting that more than 70 civilians had been killed this month alone across the last rebel-held enclave of the country. […]

Stronger partnerships with post-conflict countries needed to ensure ‘path towards durable peace’: UN chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. As UN missions are drawn down and eventually closed, stronger partnerships are needed to ensure that countries recovering from conflict can transition successfully to a phase of durable peace and development, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Thursday. The UN chief […]

World ‘off track’ to meet most Sustainable Development Goals on hunger, food security and nutrition

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Key parts of the Global Goals agenda linked to achieving zero-hunger are “off-track”, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Thursday, in an appeal for much greater public investment in farming. Four years since the international community agreed to implement the 17 […]

Yemen: UN Envoy ‘guilty’ of optimistic hope that war is ‘nearing the end’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. With Yemen once again at a “crucial moment” the UN Special Envoy trying to facilitate peace there told Security Council members on Thursday that despite the dangers of being over optimistic, he could not help thinking the country could finally be “nearing the end of its […]

Monsoon rains turn millions of children’s lives ‘upside down’ across South Asia

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Heavy rainfall, severe flooding and landslides across Nepal, India and Bangladesh have killed at least 93 children, and put the lives of millions more at risk, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which is “responding urgently”. “Millions of children have seen their […]

Asia and Pacific on course to miss all Sustainable Development Goals, says UN region chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Unless progress is accelerated, Asia and the Pacific are on course to miss all of the 17 Goals of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Executive Secretary of the UN regional commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), told UN News at […]

‘Severe’ new US asylum restrictions will put vulnerable families at risk, UN refugee agency says

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Deeply concerned about the new rule barring from asylum the majority of people crossing the southern land border of the United States, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has warned that the ‘severe’ measure will endanger vulnerable people in need of international protection from violence […]

‘Emulate his example’ urges UN chief as world celebrates Nelson Mandela: a ‘global advocate for dignity and equality’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Nelson Mandela was an “extraordinary global advocate for dignity and equality” who anyone in public service should seek to emulate, Secretary-General António Guterres said marking the International Day that honours the iconic anti-apartheid campaigner, and South Africa’s first democratically-elected President. As “one of the most […]

‘Young people care about peace’: UN Youth Envoy delivers key message to Security Council

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. After visiting refugee camps in Jordan, UN-backed schools in Gaza, municipalities in Kosovo and Youth Councils in Denmark, the UN’s Youth Envoy visited the Security Council on Wednesday with a simple message from the field that “young people care about peace”. However, Jayathma Wickramanayake […]

DR Congo Ebola outbreak now a Public Health Emergency, UN health agency declares

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The second worst Ebola outbreak of all time, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was officially declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on Wednesday, with the head of the World Health Organization calling for countries to ‘take notice and redouble […]

Politicization of migrant ‘crisis’ in Hungary making them scapegoats, independent UN human rights expert warns

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Expressing deep concern over how migration and migrants themselves are being politicized and scapegoated in Hungary, an independent United Nations human rights expert on Wednesday urged the Government to immediately end its “crisis” approach to the issue. “Migrants are portrayed as dangerous enemies in […]

International Court of Justice orders Pakistan to review death penalty for Indian accused of spying

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. In a ruling delivered on Wednesday, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered Pakistan to review a death sentence handed down in the case of a former Indian Navy officer accused by Pakistan of spying, finding that the country’s authorities acted in breach of […]

25 years after population conference, women still face challenges to ‘well-being and human rights’, says UN chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Many women and girls “still face enormous challenges to their health, well-being and human rights”, Secretary-General António Guterres told a High-level General Assembly meeting on Tuesday conevened to mark the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), a milestone in reproductive health […]

Inclusion, empowerment and equality, must be ‘at the heart of our efforts’ to ensure sustainable development, says UN chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The world’s people are demanding “transformative change that is fair and sustainable,” Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday, calling on government leaders to use the upcoming slate of key United Nations meetings in September to “kickstart a decade of delivery and action for people and […]

UN agency helps stranded Ethiopians return home, ending ‘harrowing migration ordeal’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. With the support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), some 280 Ethiopians returned home on 10-11 July, after being facing traumatic experiences in Yemen. These new returnees are among a large group of Ethiopian migrants from Yemen who have been taken home as […]

Survivors of ISIL terror in Iraq want justice, not revenge, says head of UN investigation team

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The scale and barbarity of the crimes committed by ISIL have ultimately served not to divide but to unify, Karim Asad Ahmad Khan, head of the UN Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (UNITAD), told the Security […]

‘No hope’ global development goals can be achieved without women, says UN Assembly President

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Without the full participation and leadership of women, “we have no hope” of realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the President of the United Nations General Assembly told gender equality leaders on Monday. “This is an obvious point to make, but it is, […]

‘We won’t get to zero cases of Ebola without a big scale-up in funding,’ UN relief chief warns

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Deadly, attacks on health workers in Ebola-hit areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), including one at the weekend that left two dead, are an indication that combating the disease outbreak will require far greater international support, UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock said on Monday. Speaking in Geneva, Mr. Lowcock, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, insisted on […]

Baby foods high in sugar, inappropriately marketed in Europe, reveal two UN studies

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Proper nutrition for newborn babies into early childhood is key to development and good health in later life, according to the Regional Director of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) in Europe, as she launched two new studies on Monday. The studies from WHO […]

‘Complacency’ a factor in stagnating global vaccination rates, warn UN health chiefs

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. More than one in 10 children – almost 20 million worldwide – failed to receive potentially lifesaving vaccines in 2018, the UN said on Monday, citing obstacles including conflict, cost and complacency. According to a joint study by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), 10 countries accounted for 11.7 of the 19.4 million under and non-vaccinated youngsters in the […]

UN highlights importance of skills development on World Youth Skills Day

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. At UN Headquarters, and across the globe, events are taking place on Monday to celebrate World Youth Skills Day – marked each year on 15 July – to raise awareness about the importance of youth skills development. The Day is important because rising youth […]

Over 820 million people suffering from hunger; new UN report reveals stubborn realities of ‘immense’ global challenge

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. After nearly a decade of progress, the number of people who suffer from hunger has slowly increased over the past three years, with about one in every nine people globally suffering from hunger today, the United Nations said in a new report released on […]

Monday’s Daily Brief: numbers of hungry people rising, millions of children need vaccines, Mali children need more protection

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. In today’s Daily Brief: achieving zero hunger an “immense challenge”, with numbers of hungry rising; 20 million children are missing out on potentially life-saving vaccines, the killing of health workers in DR Congo shows the need for a stronger Ebola response; a UN expert […]

With half of Somaliland children not in school, UNICEF and partners launch education access programme

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Access to education in Somaliland is extremely limited, with more than 50 per cent of children in Somaliland out of school. In an effort to address the problem, the UN children’s fund, UNICEF, has partnered with the government, and the global fund Education Cannot […]

UN chief condemns terror attack in Kismayo, Somalia

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. UN Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the terrorist attack that took place on July 12 in southern Somalia. In a statement released on Friday, Mr. Guterres expressed his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the attack and wished a swift […]

UN Human Rights Council stands firm on LGBTI violence, Syria detainees and Philippines ‘war on drugs’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The 41st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council ended on Friday with measures taken to address worrying developments in Eritrea, Syria and the Philippines, along with other issues of global concern, such as violence and discrimination against the LGBTI community. Out of […]

Pledging ongoing UN support during visit to cyclone-hit areas, Guterres praises resilience of Mozambicans

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Determined children learning in classes without roofs, resilient women farming without tools or much land, and grateful people who survived a cyclone that destroyed their livelihoods; on his final day in Mozambique, UN chief António Guterres witnessed first-hand the inner strength and resilience of […]

Developing countries should not be liable for emissions ‘accumulated throughout history’, key UN development forum hears

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Citing climate change as being caused by “emissions accumulated throughout history”, the head of China’s Xiamen Airlines told the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in New York on Friday that heavy carbon dioxide emitters should “take on greater responsibility” to […]

As monsoon rains pound Rohingya refugee camps, UN food relief agency steps up aid

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Since 4 July, heavy monsoon rains and wind have pounded the refugee camps in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar, with deaths, displacement and major damage following in their wake, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday. “Those in the most vulnerable living situations have been […]

In aftermath of Libya airstrike deaths, UN officials call for refugees and migrants to be freed from detention

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. “As a priority, we ask that 5,600 refugees and migrants currently held in centres across Libya be freed in an orderly manner and their protection guaranteed” the UN refugee and migrants chiefs said in a joint statement, released on Friday. The call comes in […]

UN’s Guterres condemns ongoing airstrikes on Syria’s hospitals, medical workers

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Reports that airstrikes have hit several health facilities in north-west Syria have been strongly condemned by the UN Secretary-General. In a statement issued late Thursday evening, António Guterres said that one of the damaged facilities included a large hospital in Maarat al-Numan whose coordinates […]