FROM THE FIELD: Niger supporting the most vulnerable, as crises mount

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The number of people requiring humanitarian assistance in Niger, a country which the UN humanitarian agency, OCHA, says is “being assaulted on all fronts”, is expected to increase in 2020. Currently, around 10 per cent of the population of the West African country, around 2.3 million people, requires humanitarian aid to survive. Conflict, climate […]

Health services for Syrian women caught up in war, foster safety and hope: UNFPA

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Continued displacement from conflict-affected areas in northeast Syria leaves women and girls in urgent need of safe spaces, shelter and reproductive health services, according to a Flash Update this week from UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. More than 70,000 people from the northeast […]

Myanmar: Departing UN rights expert still hopeful for democratic transition

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. An independent human rights expert said she has not given up hope for a democratic transition in Myanmar even though the country has yet to address “grave allegations” of international crimes, including possible genocide. Yanghee Lee was speaking in Bangladesh on Thursday at the end of her last official visit to the region […]

Coronavirus: ‘An emergency in China, but not yet a global health emergency’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The head of the UN health agency, WHO (World Health Organization), declared on Thursday that the respiratory disease Novel Coronavirus, is not yet an official Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), but warned that is an emergency in China. However, after two days […]

At Davos, UN chief urges ‘big emitters’ to take climate action

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The world is “doomed” in the face of climate change unless major industrial nations reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday. The UN chief observed that while many smaller developing countries and […]

75 years after Auschwitz liberation, antisemitism still threatens ‘foundations of democratic societies’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Commemorating 75 years since the liberation of the notorious Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, independent UN rights experts said on Thursday that “urgent action” is needed to combat mounting antisemitism. “On this solemn commemoration, designated as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, States around the world are […]

Top UN court orders Myanmar to protect Rohingya from genocide

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Myanmar must take steps to protect its minority Rohingya population, the top UN court unanimously ruled on Thursday. The International  Court of Justice  (ICJ) also ordered authorities to prevent the destruction of evidence related to genocide allegations. The case against Myanmar was brought to the ICJ in November by The Gambia, on behalf of the Organization of […]

UN health emergency committee to re-convene on global threat posed by China coronavirus

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Experts convened in Geneva by the World Health Organization (WHO) will meet again on Thursday to determine whether novel coronavirus is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Members of the WHO Emergency Committee deliberated until late on Wednesday evening, as they continue to study an outbreak of the new respiratory virus first identified in China, as cases continue to rise. “There […]

UN chief outlines solutions to defeat ‘four horsemen’ threatening our global future

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The start of the New Year finds the world facing four looming threats to human progress: surging geopolitical tensions, the climate crisis, global mistrust and the downsides of technology, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday. In a wide-ranging speech to the General Assembly, the UN chief outlined strategies to […]

Independent UN rights experts call for ‘immediate investigation’ into alleged Bezos phone hack by Saudi Arabia

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Independent UN rights experts said on Wednesday they were “gravely concerned” over allegations that in 2018, a messaging app account belonging to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia was used to hack into The Washington Post owner’s mobile phone, calling for an “immediate investigation” […]

Joint UN-Congolese strategy needed to address insecurity following deadly attacks

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the UN peacekeeping operation in the country, MONUSCO, are being urged to develop a comprehensive joint strategy to address insecurity in Beni territory, located in the east. The recommendation follows an independent assessment into deadly attacks allegedly carried out by the Allied […]

Portraits show ‘dignity and humanity’ of Holocaust survivors, 75 years after Auschwitz liberation

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Seventy-five years ago, when soldiers of the Soviet army entered the Auschwitz concentration camp in occupied Poland, they were “stunned into silence” by what they saw, UN Secretary-General António Guterres recalled on Tuesday. While the Nazis had attempted to hide evidence of mass murder, “millions […]

‘Negative developments’ undermining two-State solution in Middle East

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Recent heightened tensions in the Middle East underscore the critical need for dialogue and diplomacy in the region, the UN’s Political Affairs chief told the Security Council on Tuesday. Rosemary DiCarlo was briefing ambassadors on developments related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as recent protests in Lebanon, against the backdrop […]

Healthcare’s a human right, not ‘a privilege for the rich’ UNAIDS argues at Davos

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN agency devoted to ending AIDS as a public health threat is calling on top politicians and governments across the world to ensure the right to quality healthcare is upheld, and not just a privilege to be enjoyed by the wealthy. In a press […]

Lebanon: UN rights office calls for de-escalation of protest violence

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. What had been largely peaceful demonstrations against Lebanon’s Government in the capital Beirut grew increasingly violent over the weekend, sparking the concern of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. “Some demonstrators have resorted to using violence to express their grievances, and security forces […]

Rising inequality affecting more than two-thirds of the globe, but it’s not inevitable: new UN report

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Inequality is growing for more than 70 per cent of the global population, exacerbating the risks of divisions and hampering economic and social development. But the rise is far from inevitable and can be tackled at a national and international level, says a flagship […]

FROM THE FIELD: Weeding out Mexico’s unwanted beach invader

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. An invasive species of seaweed which has blighted tourist beaches in Mexico has become more aggressive due to the heating effects of climate change. But now, thanks to support from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), efforts are underway to hold back its advance and protect local ecosystems. Scientists say an increase in the temperature of the sea, […]

UN human rights ruling could boost climate change asylum claims

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN Human Rights Committee has determined that countries cannot deport people who have sought asylum due to climate-related threats. The historic ruling marks the first decision by a UN human rights treaty body based on a complaint filed by an individual seeking protection from the effects of […]

UN health agency to gauge global threat, as China confirms coronavirus transmission between humans

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Following an announcement by China’s national health body that a new virus first identified there, can be transmitted from person to person, the World Health Organization (WHO) is to hold a meeting on Wednesday to decide if it should be declared a global health […]

Nearly half a billion people can’t find decent work; unemployment set to rise: new UN labour report

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Around half a billion people work fewer paid hours than they would like, or are not getting enough access to paid work, shows a study published by the International Labour Organization (ILO) on Monday, which also forecasts that unemployment will rise by about 2.5 […]

Major humanitarian hub in north-east Nigeria burned in attack

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The top UN aid official in Nigeria has condemned a weekend attack against a major humanitarian facility in the north-east of the country. Non-State armed groups targeted the humanitarian hub in Ngala, Borno state, on Saturday evening, burning an entire section of the facility as well as a […]

East Africa locusts threaten food insecurity across subregion, alerts UN agriculture agency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are dealing with desert locust swarms of “unprecedented size and destructive potential” that could spill over into more countries in East Africa, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Monday. Destroying hundreds of thousands of acres of […]

Latin America and Caribbean region deadliest for journalists in 2019

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Twenty-two journalists were reported killed in the Latin America and Caribbean region in 2019, making it the deadliest part of the world for the press, followed by 15 in Asia-Pacific, and 10 in Arab States. The figures come from the Observatory of Killed Journalists […]

Smokers who quit one month before surgery reap benefits: UN health agency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Tobacco smokers who quit at least four weeks before undergoing surgery not only have a lower risk of complications, but also show better results six months later than those who continue, the United Nations health agency  said on Monday. While tobacco smokers face a significantly […]

Global Goals top General Assembly President’s priority list

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The President of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly on Monday set out his 2020 priorities, which aim to make the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality by the start of the next decade. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, spelled out that these encompass […]

‘No shortcuts to a healthier world’: WHO chief sets out health priorities for the decade

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The head of the UN health agency, WHO, has set out his urgent global health challenges for the next ten years – designated the “Decade of Action” by the UN General Assembly” – and underscored the importance of investing in public health, in a […]

Colombia: ‘Significant strides’ towards integrated peace, UN envoy tells Security Council

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Colombia has continued to make “significant strides in its peace process”, the top UN envoy in the country told the Security Council on Monday. Special Representative Carlos Ruiz Massieu, who also heads the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, pointed out that even in the […]

UN health agency urges China to continue search for source of new virus, as Thailand case emerges

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. It is “essential” for China to continue investigating the source of a previously unknown strain of coronavirus, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared on Monday, following confirmation that an infected patient is being treated in Thailand. In its statement, WHO identified the patient as […]

UN committed to helping Haiti build better future, says Guterres, marking 10-year anniversary of devastating earthquake

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. On 12 January 2010, a 7.0 magnitude quake struck Haiti, devastating its capital, Port-au-Prince. About 220,000 people were reportedly killed, among them, 102 UN staff who lost their lives when the building housing the stabilization mission there, known as MINUSTAH, collapsed. Some 300,000 people were injured and 1.5 million become homeless […]

UN chief pays tribute to ‘enduring contributions’ to regional, international diplomacy of Oman’s late Sultan Qaboos

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. UN Secretary-General António Guterres has extended his profound condolences to the Royal family, the Government and people of Oman on the passing of Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, who passed away late Friday at the age of 79. “Sultan Qaboos led Oman for 50 years and […]

FROM THE FIELD: West Africa’s wishful gold diggers

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The mining of gold in unregulated and often hand-dug pits in West Africa, can be a deadly occupation, but one which many impoverished people in the region are pushed into by necessity, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). An artisanal miner holds a small nugget of gold dug in […]

Security Council beats midnight deadline, renews Syria cross-border aid in contentious vote

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The Security Council on Friday evening renewed a UN operation delivering humanitarian aid across the Syrian border to millions of civilians, but some of the body’s members expressed disappointment that the “watered down” measure cut in half the number of crossing points and duration […]

Inaction over climate emergency ‘not an option’ says UN Assembly chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Inaction when it comes to the fight back against damaging climate change is not an option, the President of the UN General Assembly told a major energy conference in Abu Dhabi on Friday. Tijani Muhammad-Bande was addressing the International Organization for Renewable Energy High-Level meeting […]