It’s time we took a seat ‘at your table’: Guterres calls on world youth to keep leading climate emergency response

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Older generations have “failed to respond properly” to the climate emergency said the UN chief on Sunday, while the young are “stepping up to the challenge” and taking the lead to slow the destructive pace of global warming. António Guterres was making the closing […]

Ensure that widows are ‘not left out or left behind’, UN chief urges on International Day

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. On International Widow’s Day, marked on Sunday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres is asking everyone to reflect on the “economic hardship and increased vulnerability” of these bereaved women and ensure “they are not left out or left behind”. In the “absence of social and legal […]

In Venezuela, Bachelet calls on Government to release prisoners, appeals for ‘bold steps towards compromise’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Speaking at the end of the first-ever official mission to Venezuela by a UN human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet called on the Government to release all those detained for peacefully protesting and announced that a team from her office would remain in Caracas to […]

Over 80 per cent of schools in anglophone Cameroon shut down, as conflict worsens

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. More than 80 per cent of schools in the English-speaking North-West and South-West regions of Cameroon are closed, as the security situation and living conditions continue to deteriorate due to the three-year conflict between the Government and armed groups, the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, […]

Righting a wrong: UN Fund helps thousands of sex abuse survivors rebuild their lives

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. About 3,340 women, children and men have been given support to restart their lives after falling prey to sexual exploitation or abuse (SEA) by United Nations personnel, thanks to a Trust Fund established in 2016. On Friday, a meeting was held at UN Headquarters […]

Crackdown on Christians in Eritrea spurs UN expert to press Government ‘to live up to its international commitments’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Cracking down on Catholic Church activities, arbitrary arrest and imprisonment of Orthodox and other Christian congregation members in Eritrea, prompted a call from a UN independent rights expert on Friday for the Government to respect citizens’ freedom of religion and to “release those who have been imprisoned for […]

UN food agency begins ‘last resort’ partial withdrawal of aid to opposition-held Yemeni capital

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The World Food Programme (WFP), the UN’s emergency food relief agency, confirmed on Friday in a statement that it has started a “partial suspension” of aid to areas of Yemen controlled by Houthi opposition forces, including the capital, Sana’a. Spokesperson Hervé Verhoosel briefed journalists […]

Syria: ‘Deplorable’ violence in Idlib against civilians, humanitarian workers must ‘stop immediately’: UN Coordinator

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Acts of violence against civilians, humanitarian workers and civilian infrastructure in Idlib are “deplorable”, the United Nations Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis said on Friday, condemning them “in the strongest terms”. “I am shocked and appalled by reports of an incident yesterday […]

Guterres hails historic Convention banning violence and harassment at work

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A landmark international agreement banning violence and harassment in the workplace has been applauded by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, after it was adopted on Friday at the International Labour Organization’s Centenary Conference in Geneva. In his speech to delegates in the Swiss city, Mr. […]

Sudan: top UN official demands cessation of violence and rape against civilians by security forces

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Following recent reports of attacks and rape by security forces and paramilitaries against the pro-democracy protesters in Sudan who have been holding a sit-in outside army headquarters in the capital, Khartoum, the United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, expressed “grave […]

UN cooperation with League of Arab States ‘pivotal’, UN chief tells Security Council

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Global problems require global solutions that rely on “essential” partnerships, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Thursday, stating that “our cooperation with the League of Arab States is pivotal”. “Our two organizations share a common mission:  to prevent conflict, resolve […]

Sexual abuse of elderly likely to ‘grow dramatically’, UN expert says

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. As the world prepares to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day this Saturday, the UN independent human rights expert mandated with defending the rights of older persons, Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, has stressed that they are often victims of sexual abuse and rape, although it remains rarely detected, reported or exposed. “The sexual abuse and rape of older persons is a subject rarely discussed, […]

Second Ebola death confirmed in Uganda as UN health agency mulls global emergency call

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Together with Uganda, UN humanitarian agencies are racing to contain deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) there, after the announcement that it has claimed a second victim. The development, which is likely linked to the ongoing outbreak in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), […]

Recognize, celebrate and ‘stand in solidarity’ with persons with albinism

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. International Albinism Awareness Day is a time to “recognize, celebrate and stand in solidarity with persons with albinism around the world”, the United Nations urged on Thursday, taking place this year under the banner, “Still Standing Strong”. Each 13 June, the world is reminded […]

Thursday’s Daily Brief: Albinism, displacement in Central America, family-friendly nations, updates on the Gulf and Darfur

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. This Thursday, top stories includes: International Albinism Awareness Day; the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, appealing for regional talks on Central America forced displacement; updates on the latest attack on oil tankers in the Gulf and on recent clashes in Darfur; and a new report by […]

Mali peace process in a ‘critical phase’, says head of UN Mission

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Addressing the Security Council at UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday, the head of the UN Mission in Mali, MINUSMA, said that amid ongoing violence, including scores of civilian deaths and deadly attacks on UN peacekeepers, a critical phase of the peace process […]

Understanding of LGBT realities ‘non-existent’ in most countries, says UN expert

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Policymakers in most parts of the world are taking decisions in the dark when it comes to sexual orientation and gender identity, an independent UN human rights expert said on Wednesday. In a statement issued ahead of presenting his latest report to the Human Rights Council later […]

Young New Yorkers bring robots, and a glimpse of the future, to UN Headquarters

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Tiny balls moved along a series of automated Lego robots, as young students from New York explained to United Nations staff the inner-workings of simple motors and engineering. In the room next door, UN communications technology staff were briefing the other half of the student group on some […]

More funding needed to tackle child labour in agriculture says UN, marking World Day

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The number of children working in agriculture has increased by 10 million since 2012, which is why on Wednesday’s World Day Against Child Labour, the UN agency for the sector is urging countries to allocate more funding to address a global surge in subsistence […]

Conflict prevention, mediation: among ‘most important tools’ to reduce human suffering, Guterres tells Security Council

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Conflict prevention and mediation are two of “the most important tools at our disposal to reduce human suffering” United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council on Wednesday. “When we act early, and are united, we can successfully prevent crises from escalating, saving […]

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: mental health, conflict prevention, Ebola in Uganda, Sudan protests, child labour

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. This Wednesday’s top stories are: one-in-five conflict-affected people suffer from a mental illness; the Security Council holds a special session on conflict prevention; 5-year-old Congolese boy is first to die from Ebola in Uganda; Sudanese protestors’ rights baffled; the decline of foreign investment; and […]

One-in-five suffers mental health condition in conflict zones, new UN figures reveal

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. More than one-in-five people living in conflict-affected areas suffers from a mental illness, according to a new report based on UN figures, prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) to call for increased, sustained investment in mental health services in those zones. Around 22 per […]

UN health agency identifies 5-year-old Congolese boy as first confirmed case of Ebola in Uganda

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The World Health Organization (WHO) and Ministry of Health, confirmed on Tuesday the first case of the deadly Ebola virus in Uganda, stemming from the nearly year-long current outbreak in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Despite numerous previous alerts in Uganda, this […]

Sudan: ‘Violence must stop’, says UNICEF chief, ‘gravely concerned’ over 19 child deaths since military backlash

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. At least 19 children have reportedly been killed in Sudan and another 49 injured since a military backlash against protesters began earlier this month, prompting the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to express her grave concern “at the impact of the continuing […]

Tragedy of Mediterranean deaths continues, as seven drown, 57 rescued: UN migration agency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A rescue operation on the Mediterranean concluded on Tuesday with confirmation that seven people drowned and 57 were rescued, following a shipwreck off the Greek island of Lesvos, the UN migration agency, IOM, said. IOM Greece reported that the deaths bring the total this […]

Families deserve answers when loved ones go missing in conflict: Security Council adopts historic resolution

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The 15 members of the United Nations Security Council adopted on Tuesday the very first ever resolution focused on the issue of missing persons in armed conflict. The aim is to encourage countries to fulfil their obligations, take action to step up prevention, and […]

Macron leads EU-wide minimum wage call as Merkel, Medvedev warn of global injustice

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. “Fundamental change” to the world of work – including an EU-wide minimum wage – is needed to address the growing gap between society’s haves and have-nots, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday. In a 45-minute speech at the International Labour Organization’s Centenary conference in Geneva, […]

New Disability Inclusion Strategy is ‘transformative change we need’, says Guterres

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Disability inclusion is not only a fundamental human right, it is “central to the promise” of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the annual conference on the Convention of Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which began on Tuesday. “When we […]

UN Security Council offers Yemen Special Envoy ‘their full support’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Security Council members issued a statement on Monday offering “their full support” to the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, after he had reportedly come in for criticism by the Government. A fragile ceasefire has largely held in and around the crucial port […]

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Disability inclusion, minimum wage, and LGBTI rights in Botswana

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. This Tuesday, we cover: a new strategy for disability inclusion; continued talks on social justice at the international labour conference; an update on Yemen; a historic Security Council resolution on missing persons in conflict; and same-sex rights in Botswana. New Disability Inclusion Strategy is […]

Scores killed in ‘barbaric’ attack on Mali village, UN chief urges restraint, calls for ‘dialogue’ to resolve tensions

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Nearly 100 people were reportedly killed during an attack on a traditional Dogon hunters’ village in Mali on Sunday, prompting a call from UN chief António Guterres for authorities to act fast and “bring the perpetrators to justice”. The Secretary-General said he was “outraged […]

The future of work ‘with social justice for all’ tops agenda of centenary UN Labour conference

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The Centenary International Labour Conference got underway on Monday at the UN in Geneva, with ILO chief Guy Ryder, calling on hundreds of delegates from around the world to help “construct a future of work, with social justice for all”. The Director-General of the […]

UN makes ‘declaration of digital interdependence’, with release of tech report

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The digital future must be safer and more inclusive, says a new tech report, “the Age of Digital Interdependence”, released on Monday by the UN High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, almost a year after the Panel was launched by Secretary-General António Guterres. The […]