In Pakistan, Guterres urges world to step up climate action, praises support to Afghan refugees

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Sunday began a three-day visit to Pakistan, recognizing the country’s decades of “outstanding generosity and solidarity” as one of the world’s largest hosts of refugees, and highlighting its commitment to climate action. “One of the main purposes of my […]

‘This is a time for facts, not fear,’ says WHO chief as COVID-19 virus spreads

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday cautioned against panic over COVID-19 but also urged governments to step up their efforts to prepare for the virus, saying “it’s impossible to predict which direction this epidemic will take.” As the number of […]

Holocaust survivors rebuild lives and traditions in Rio de Janeiro

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. With millions of people displaced from their homes worldwide, a UN ceremony celebrating Holocaust survivors in Brazil, has provided a stark reminder that throughout the 75 years of the Organization’s existence, the plight of refugees has been an ever-present theme. On a Friday night, […]

Newly licensed vaccine, ‘milestone in the fight’ against Ebola in Africa, UN health agency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Four countries in Africa have licensed an Ebola vaccine to “cement hard-fought progress” in keeping their people safe from the deadly disease, the UN health agency said on Friday. For the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Burundi, Ghana and Zambia, the vaccine licensing […]

Database of businesses linked to Israeli settlements ‘important initial step’ towards accountability: rights expert

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A database of 112 businesses connected to Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory has been hailed by an independent human rights expert as “an important initial step towards accountability and the end to impunity”. Ninety-four of the businesses are domiciled in Israel and […]

Libya: Security Council demands commitment to ‘a lasting ceasefire’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. After what has reportedly been weeks of diplomatic negotiation, the UN Security Council passed a resolution on Wednesday aimed at stemming rising violence across Libya, demanding the warring parties commit to “a lasting ceasefire” according to terms agreed by military representatives from both sides […]

Foreign fighters: ‘One of the most serious dimensions’ in global counter-terrorism struggle

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Over the past few years, ISIL and Al-Qaida terrorist fighters have posed an “unprecedented threat to international peace and security”, the UN counter-terrorism chief said on Wednesday in Vienna, at the close of a joint UN- Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) […]

DR Congo Ebola outbreak still an international public health concern

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remains an international public health concern, experts meeting in Geneva concluded on Wednesday. The World Health Organization (WHO) convened its Emergency Committee which reaffirmed that the risk remains high at the national and regional levels, […]

UN health agency developing COVID-19 virus treatment master plan

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The World Health Organization (WHO) is developing a master plan for coordinating clinical trials that could lead to potential therapies for patients infected with the COVID-19 virus, the agency’s chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, announced on Wednesday. Mr. Tedros was speaking at a press conference […]

$683 million appeal to deliver reproductive health services, where they’re most needed

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. With more than half of all maternal deaths occurring in countries affected by humanitarian crises and fragility, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) is calling for greater international support to provide life-saving reproductive health and protection services in these locations. The sexual and reproductive health agency has launched a $683 million appeal this year to assist nearly 48 million […]

UN underlines need for dialogue to resolve Israel-Palestine conflict

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Rising tensions and instability across the globe, particularly in the Middle East, underscore the need to resolve the decades-long conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, the UN Secretary-General told the Security Council on Tuesday. António Guterres was delivering introductory remarks at an open briefing held just weeks after United […]

‘Don’t forget Madagascar’s children’, UN appeals for long-term help as emergency worsens

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Since 2012, the plight of children in Madagascar has not improved and is in many cases getting worse, UN humanitarians said on Tuesday. Torrential rains two weeks ago affected 120,000 people, cutting off roads, destroying 174 schools and forcibly displacing 16,000, the UN Children’s […]

Meeting of top scientists underway to slow coronavirus spread

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Deaths from the coronavirus epidemic have surpassed 1,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed on Tuesday, as hundreds of health experts began meeting at its headquarters in Geneva to help halt the spread of the disease, now officially known as COVID-19. “As of 6am […]

Victim-centred laws ‘paramount’ to combat online sexual abuse against children

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Comprehensive national strategies are urgently needed to prevent child sexual abuse online and other Internet issues for children, independent UN human rights experts said on Tuesday, Safer Internet Day. Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, UN Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children, expressed […]

With science ‘held back by a gender gap’, Guterres calls for more empowerment for women and girls

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Fewer than 30 per cent of the world’s scientific researchers are women: that’s just one of the statistics showing how many challenges remain for women and girls in the scientific field, as the world marks the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, […]

Hospitals in Yemen attacked, disrupting healthcare for thousands of vulnerable civilians

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Attacks on health facilities in Yemen’s Marib province, East of the capital Sana’a, have left some 15,000 people – many of them displaced from other parts of the country – with severely limited options for medical care, the UN said on Monday. In a […]

Act now to prevent Desert Locust catastrophe in Horn of Africa: UN agencies

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. With the rainy season fast approaching, countries in the Horn of Africa are in a race against time to tackle a Desert Locust invasion amidst ongoing humanitarian challenges, the United Nations warned on Monday. The infestation in Kenya is the worst in 70 years, while Somalia and Ethiopia are experiencing their worst outbreaks in 25 […]

Coronavirus containment is the key, as infections tick up: Tedros

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Governments should continue to treat containment of the coronavirus as a priority, the head of the UN health agency, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said on Monday. After earlier describing cases of infection in people with no travel history to China as possibly the “tip of […]

Radioactive material ‘a magnet for groups with malicious intent’, warns UN nuclear watchdog chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Government ministers and other high-level representatives from more than 140 countries, on Monday adopted a new declaration to enhance global nuclear security and counter the threat of nuclear terrorism. More than 50 ministers and 2,000 experts in the field are attending the International Conference […]

Africa’s Sahel: Act now before the crisis ‘becomes unmanageable’, urges Grandi

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is stepping up response in Africa’s Sahel region where escalating violence has forced a rising number of people to flee their homes. Agency chief Filippo Grandi this week concluded a visit to three affected countries—Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Niger—expressing alarm over the rapidly […]

$675 million appeal to stop coronavirus in its tracks, as deaths rise

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) appealed on Wednesday for $675 million to boost international measures to counter the new coronavirus epidemic, as deaths from the outbreak neared 500. Speaking in Geneva, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that latest data indicated 24,363 confirmed […]

Half of all violent deaths involve small arms and light weapons

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Nearly 50 per cent of all violent deaths between 2010 and 2015, more than 200,000 each year, involved small arms and light weapons, the Security Council was told on Tuesday, during a briefing by UN disarmament chief Izumi Nakamitsu. One billion small arms in […]

Refugee resettlement: ‘Tremendous gap’ persists between needs, and spaces on offer

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Although around 1.4 million refugees are estimated to be in urgent need of resettlement worldwide, only 63,696 were resettled through the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) last year – that’s only 4.5 per cent  –  due to a continuing shortage of offers of sanctuary from governments […]

Resolving Israel-Palestinian conflict, ‘key to sustainable peace’ in the Middle East: Guterres

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is “key to sustainable peace in the Middle East”, the UN chief said on Tuesday, maintaining that the lack of any progress only “furthers radicalization across the region”. António Guterres told the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights […]

FROM THE FIELD: Chad returnees’ reluctant homecoming

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Citizens of Chad who have spent most of their lives as refugees in neighbouring Central African Republic (CAR) have been talking to the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, about the challenges they have faced returning to their home country. Some 115,000 Chadians have reluctantly […]

South Sudan: UN official welcomes release of women and children abducted by armed group

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The expert leading UN efforts to stamp out sexual violence committed during wartime has welcomed the release of 78 women and 50 children by an armed group in South Sudan. They were among more than 500 women and children abducted between April and August 2018 by the pro-Riek Machar Sudan People’s Liberation Army […]

2020’s ‘wind of madness’ indicates growing instability: UN chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Rising instability and unpredictable geopolitical tensions have led to a “wind of madness” across the world, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday during his main annual press conference for journalists at UN Headquarters in New York. Following recent flare-ups in some hotspots, the UN chief observed that although de-escalation efforts indicated progress, the situation has now changed. “I have spoken about winds of hope. But today […]

Ocean Conference has potential to be a ‘global game-changer’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The second global Ocean Conference taking place in Portugal in a few months’ time promises to be “a critical moment” for the health of life under water and on land, the President of the UN General Assembly said on Tuesday, as preparations got underway. […]

Coronavirus: UN health agency moves fast to tackle ‘infodemic’; Guterres warns against stigmatization

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The World Health Organization (WHO) has taken steps to ensure that the coronavirus epidemic that has claimed hundreds of lives in central China does not spark a dangerous social media “infodemic” fuelled by false information. And in the face of concerns that people of […]

Bolivia: UN underlines support for ‘credible, transparent and inclusive’ election

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. With Bolivia this week reaching a “decisive stage” in its electoral process, the United Nations “will do everything possible” to support the country in holding a vote that is credible, transparent and inclusive, envoy Jean Arnault has said. Bolivia fell into crisis last October after President Evo Morales declared victory in disputed elections that would have granted him a fourth term, prompting […]

Both sides in Libya conflict agree need for lasting ceasefire: UN negotiator

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN negotiator leading talks in Geneva to secure an end to fighting in Libya said on Tuesday that high-ranking officials from both sides of the conflict have agreed on the need for a “permanent and lasting” ceasefire to replace an uncertain truce. “These […]

FROM THE FIELD: ‘A piece of me’ was taken

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. “My flesh has been taken away, but I can never give away my heart”; those are the powerful words of resolve from Abida Dawud, one of three women survivors of female genital mutilation, or FGM, from Ethiopia, who have been speaking to the UN […]

Tackle ‘unacceptable inequalities’ in cancer care, saving up to seven million lives, WHO urges

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Global cancer rates could rise by 60 per cent over the next 20 years unless cancer care is ramped up in low- and middle-income countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. Less than 15 per cent of these nations offer comprehensive cancer treatment services through […]