As children freeze to death in Syria, aid officials call for major cross-border delivery boost

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Humanitarian assistance needs to be scaled up significantly to more than a million people displaced by fighting in northwest Syria, a senior UN aid official said on Monday, amid reports that children are freezing to death on the Turkish border. “People are traumatized and […]

New UN initiative to support financial systems that ‘work better for everyone, everywhere’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. From developed to developing countries, no nation is immune from financial “gaps and vulnerabilities”, the President of the UN General Assembly said on Monday. Speaking at the High-level Panel on International Financial Accountability, Transparency and Integrity (FACTI) for Achieving the 2030 Agenda, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande warned that […]

From the Field: Women push for peace

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The “strength, leadership and invaluable contributions in peacekeeping settings” made by women across the world is being highlighted by the United Nations as part of the organization’s ongoing commitment to building global peace. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the adoption by the […]

COVID-19: More new virus cases outside China than in, ‘no time for complacency’, says UN health agency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The number of new COVID-19, or coronavirus, infections outside China has outpaced those inside the country for the first time, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). “The sudden increases of cases in Italy, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Korea […]

UN study projects $32 billion loss for UK post no-deal Brexit

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The United Kingdom (UK) risks losing up to 14 per cent of its exports to the European Union (EU) in a so-called “no-deal” Brexit, according to a new study by the UN Conference on Trade, Investment and Development (UNCTAD). Brexit Beyond Tariffs: The role […]

A UN-backed boost for women-run businesses in the developing world

  This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Many women running small businesses in emerging markets in developing countries have to juggle their business objectives with family obligations and personal savings goals. By supporting a women-focused bond providing loans to microfinance institutions and impact enterprises, the UN is helping women entrepreneurs […]

‘Africa has both the energy and the determination’ to make sustainable development happen, says UN deputy chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The United Nations and the African Union (AU) should do more to ensure all Africans see their futures in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)and the goals of Africa’s Agenda 2063, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said on Tuesday in Zimbabwe. “Since no country is […]

We need to give voice to ‘We the Peoples’, says UN chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. For an Organization that is seen as all too ready to give advice, the United Nations welcomed a major role reversal on Tuesday: young people from all over the world were gathered in Switzerland to voice their concerns, outline their vision for a better […]

One in three Venezuelans not getting enough to eat, UN study finds

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Hyperinflation in Venezuela means that roughly one-third of the population – more than nine million people – do not get enough to eat and are in need of assistance, according to estimates published on Tuesday by the World Food Programme (WFP). The finding is based on a Food Security Assessment conducted by the […]

More funding needed to combat locust swarms ‘unprecedented in modern times’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Along with climate shocks, conflict and acute food insecurity, the East Africa region now faces a hunger threat from desert locusts, top UN relief officials warned on Tuesday, saying action now, will avert a major food crisis later. The locust upsurge is “a graphic […]

UN Convention that promotes mediation to resolve trade disputes moves closer to entry into force

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Singapore and Fiji have become the first countries to ratify a UN treaty that promotes mediation as an alternative and effective method for resolving trade disputes, thus marking an important step towards its entry into force. During a ceremony at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, Singapore Senior Minister of State […]

UN human rights chief warns of women’s rights complacency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has warned against complacency on women’s rights at an event marking the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration, a landmark agenda for the empowerment of women. Ms. Bachelet, taking part in a panel discussion, held […]

UN panel to rally global political will to tackle internal displacement crisis

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Forty-one million people around the world are internally displaced – and hundreds of thousands more have been forced from their homes since the beginning of the year – an “unacceptable” situation for which solutions can be found, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told a delegation […]

COVID-19 not yet a pandemic, says UN health agency chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. While a sudden increase in new cases of COVID-19 is of concern, the spread of coronavirus is not yet a pandemic, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. “Does this virus have pandemic potential? Absolutely, it has. Are we there […]

Biodiversity ‘fundamental’ for global food systems, at “heart’ of development – UN agriculture chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Because the production of everything we eat transforms the environment, the United Nations agriculture chief told a high-level UN meeting on biodiversity that careful discussions are needed to decide on the scale of acceptable transformations. Qu Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), told negotiators on Monday that as agriculture and food systems are “at the heart of the concept of sustainable development”, they are central […]

With Gaza violence ‘escalating as we speak,’ UN envoy calls for ‘immediate stop’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. It is no longer enough to reaffirm past agreements on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to a senior UN envoy, who said on Monday that it is time to “find our way back to a mutually agreed mediation framework” to resume meaningful negotiations towards a two-State solution. “While there may be different interpretations and proposals how, this remains our shared objective”, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace […]

With human rights under attack, UN chief unveils blueprint for positive change

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. People’s basic human rights – their birth-right – are “under assault”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday, as he launched a Call to Action aimed at boosting equality and reducing suffering everywhere. People’s basic human rights – their birth-right – are “under assault”, […]

Climate change takes toll on Zimbabwe’s natural habitat, UN deputy chief observes

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Alongside the human population, Africa’s animals are suffering greatly from the effects of climate change, which United Nations Deputy Secretary General Amina Mahommed saw first-hand on Sunday in Zimbabwe. As global temperatures continue to rise and the world seeks solutions to stem the tide, […]

UN chief welcomes South Sudan’s Unity government, lauds parties for ‘significant achievement’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed on Saturday the establishment of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) in South Sudan. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, the UN chief commended the parties for the “significant achievement in the implementation of the Revitalized […]

Ten new migratory species protected under global wildlife agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Asian elephants, jaguars and great Indian bustards were among 10 new species added to a global wildlife agreement on Saturday. The Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP13) concluded […]

Afghanistan: Civilian casualties exceed 10,000 for sixth straight year

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. More than 10,000 civilians in Afghanistan were killed and injured last year, according to a new United Nations report that details record-high levels of civilian harm in the ongoing conflict. “Almost no civilian in Afghanistan has escaped being personally affected in some way by the […]

Situation in central Mali ‘deteriorating’ as violence, impunity rise, UN rights expert warns

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The growing violence has contributed to a deteriorating security situation in central Mali, with impunity being one of the aggravating factors, an independent UN human rights expert warned on Friday. “In central Mali, I observed an accumulation of security, judicial and administrative failures that […]

UN launches new project to address link between terrorism, arms and crime

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Cheap and easily accessible small arms are increasingly becoming the “weapon of choice” for many terrorist groups, the UN counter-terrorism chief told an event on Friday aimed to raise awareness of the nexus between terrorism, organized crime and illicit small arms trafficking. “Insufficient international […]

Hope for ‘long-elusive progress’ in negotiating peace in eastern Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Marking the fifth anniversary of the 2015 Minsk II agreement, the UN political chief told the Security Council on Tuesday, that along with the Minsk Protocol and the Minsk memorandum, it remains “the only agreed framework” for a negotiated, peaceful settlement of the conflict […]

UN rights experts ‘gravely’ concerned at spike in civilian casualties in north-west Myanmar following internet shutdown

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Independent UN human rights experts on Tuesday voiced grave concern over the killing and displacement of civilians in north-west Myanmar during the intensifying conflict between the military and an armed group, the Arakan Army, amid an information blackout in some parts of Rakhine and Chin states. “Civilians, including children, […]

Polio eradication a UN priority, says Guterres in Pakistan visit

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. In one of the last bastions of polio on the planet, millions of children are being given a fighting chance against the paralyzing and potentially fatal disease. During his first official visit to Pakistan as UN Secretary-General, António Guterres stopped at a kindergarten in Lahore on Tuesday, as the country kicked off its […]

As Libya talks resume in Geneva, UN negotiator seeks to overcome sticking points

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Talks to end fighting in Libya have resumed in Geneva, where UN negotiator Ghassan Salamé said that ongoing clashes must end for there to be a chance for progress. Speaking to reporters at the UN headquarters in Geneva, Mr. Salamé, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Libya, said that the port of Tripoli had been […]

‘Working night and day’, UN health agency seeks to prevent global coronavirus crisis

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. As COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, continues to spread, the head of the United Nations health agency said that there is still a chance to prevent a broader global crisis. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO), updated journalists on Tuesday that at 6:00 am Geneva time, China had reported 72,528 cases, […]

Pakistan-India crossing is a ‘Corridor of Hope’, UN chief says, wraps up visit with call for interfaith dialogue

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday said he had been moved by the show of religious unity he had witnessed in Pakistan after paying visits to a mosque, a Sikh temple and Kartarpur Corridor, the visa-free crossing which allows Sikhs to travel between nearby holy […]

Yemen: Recent uptick in fighting contradicts desire for peace

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A recent escalation in fighting between warring parties in Yemen contradicts their stated desire to peacefully end nearly five years of conflict, UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths said in a briefing to the Security Council on Tuesday. Over the past month, both the Government and Ansar Allah forces have announced expansive military goals, accompanied by fierce rhetoric, he reported, with heavy […]

Iraq: Education access still a challenge in former ISIL-controlled areas

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. More than two years after the defeat of ISIL in Iraq, some children in areas formerly controlled by the terrorist group still cannot access school or get the necessary documentation required for enrollment, a UN report published on Monday finds. The joint study by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the UN […]

As north-west Syria violence reaches ‘horrifying’ new level, UN relief chief says ceasefire is only option

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The crisis in north-west Syria has reached a “horrifying new level”, the UN Humanitarian Affairs chief warned on Monday. Mark Lowcock also said that since 1 December, some 900,000 people have been uprooted by violence, the vast majority of whom are women and children. […]

World must ‘step up’, match Pakistan’s compassion for refugees, says UN chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Pakistan’s solidarity and compassion for hosting Afghan refugees is a remarkable blueprint that the rest of the world should follow. That’s the message from UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who spoke at an international conference in Islamabad – where he also called for a renewed push for peace in Afghanistan. “Working towards solutions […]