Unprecedented humanitarian crisis in Mali revealed in new report

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Escalating violence and insecurity in Mali have sparked an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, rendering 3.9 million people in need of assistance and protection – an increase of 700,000 since the beginning of the year, the UN said on Thursday. Citing a recent report from the […]

‘Embrace the transformation’ to a carbon-neutral world by 2050, UN chief tells COP25

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. With millions of workers increasingly affected by the climate crisis the route to securing livelihoods in the future lies in a wholesale transformation of how we power the planet and manage our resources, the UN chief said on Thursday, at a COP25 climate action […]

South Sudan famine threat: UN food security agency in ‘race against time’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The World Food Programme (WFP) is warning against potential famine in South Sudan as hunger deepens due to drought, floods and an uncertain political future. WFP fears more than 5.5 million people could be going hungry in early 2020, and the UN agency on Thursday reported that it is in “a race against time” to […]

Universal Health Coverage will ‘drive progress’ on 2030 Development Agenda

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Last September world leaders at the United Nations endorsed an ambitious political declaration on universal health coverage, “reaffirming that health is a human right”, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday in his message for International Universal Health Coverage Day. He called the agreement “a significant […]

North Korea missile tests ‘deeply troubling’: senior UN official

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Recent developments concerning North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes are “deeply troubling”, the UN’s Assistant Secretary-General for the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific said on Wednesday, briefed the Security Council. The first element of concern outlined by Khaled Khiari, was the resumption […]

COP25: Italy and Mexico pave the way on climate education

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A commitment by Italy and Mexico to ramp up climate and environmental education has been welcomed by the UN office which supports global efforts to respond to climate change. Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change (UNFCCC), expressed hope that more nations will follow their initiative, announced this […]

COP25: Support business efforts to tackle climate change, urges Guterres

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN Secretary-General has called on business and civil society leaders to press Governments into articulating policies that support private sector efforts to address climate change. António Guterres issued the charge on Wednesday in a speech to the annual Caring for Climate Meeting, held during the on-going UN COP25 climate conference in Madrid. “I’m meeting more […]

Aung San Suu Kyi defends Myanmar from accusations of genocide, at top UN court

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Myanmar will have “no tolerance” for human rights abuses committed in Rakhine state and will prosecute the military, if war crimes have been committed there, Aung San Suu Kyi told the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the UN’s main judicial body, on Wednesday. Ms. […]

Failure to register newborns leaves millions ‘invisible’ warns UN Children’s Fund

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. While the number of registered births has significantly increased over the past decade, one quarter of children globally remain unaccounted for, leaving them vulnerable and “invisible”,  the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday. UNICEF reports that the births of one in four children under-five, or some 166 million children globally, have […]

Mountains matter, especially if you’re young, UN declares

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Covering around 27 per cent of the earth’s land surface, mountains play a critical role in moving the world’s towards sustainable economic growth. With the future in mind, the theme for this year’s international day celebrating the world’s peaks and summits on Wednesday, is […]

Deliver ‘significant results now’, UN General Assembly President tells COP25 climate conference

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. It is “imperative” that the COP25 climate conference underway in Spain delivers “significant results now”, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President of the UN General Assembly (PGA), said on Tuesday. “Science is unequivocal on the urgency to act, both at global and national levels”, he told the […]

Samoa measles outbreak claims 70 lives, majority are children under five

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Seventy people have now died from Samoa’s measles outbreak, UN humanitarians confirmed on Tuesday, as the organization released emergency funding to help the authorities step up efforts to eradicate the preventable disease. The development – announced by UN emergency relief chief Mark Lowcock – […]

Aung San Suu Kyi appears at ICJ as UN rights expert urges greater protection for Myanmar activists

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Making the appeal is the UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, who reports that online hostility against activists has increased since the announcement last month of international legal proceedings over the atrocities. “I call on each and every organ of the Myanmar State […]

Human Rights Day celebrates ‘tremendous activism’ of the world’s young people

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The United Nations is highlighting the role of young people in leading the way to a better future for all people for this year’s observance of Human Rights Day, celebrated on Tuesday. They are the ones who are “bringing human rights to life”, as UN Secretary-General António Guterres stated in his message for […]

‘World has failed’ victims of genocide too often: Guterres

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Too often, “the world has failed” populations under threat of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and ethnic cleansing, Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message for the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of Genocide on Monday. Marking the day […]

UN Assembly calls on all States to observe Olympic Truce throughout Tokyo Summer Games

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The General Assembly on Monday urged United Nations Member States to observe the Olympic Truce – the ancient Greek tradition calling for the cessation of hostilities before, during and after the Games – in the context of next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. […]

COP25: Global investors urge countries to meet climate action goals

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. More than 630 investors who collectively manage over $37 trillion in assets are calling on governments across the world to step up action to address climate change and achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. Their call to action came in a statement signed on Monday in Madrid, where countries are attending the UN COP25 […]

UN chief urges emergency fund support as one of the ‘most effective investments’ in humanitarian action

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), is “one of the most effective investments you can make in humanitarian action”, Secretary-General, António Guterres told a high-level pledging event at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday. “It is the only global emergency fund that […]

Inequality threatening human development, new global UN report warns

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Despite global progress in tackling poverty, hunger and disease, a “new generation of inequalities” indicates that many societies are not working as they should, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) argues in its latest report released on Monday. The 2019 Human Development Report (HDR) states that just as the […]

Corruption thwarts attempts to build a better world and ‘must be fought by all, for all’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. As we enter a decade of ambitious action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), stepping up efforts to eradicate corruption and promote good governance is “essential…to deliver on our global pledge to leave no one behind”, the UN anti-crime chief has said. “Corruption […]

Denouncing attacks against Baghdad protesters, UN warns ‘violence risks placing Iraq on dangerous trajectory’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The top UN official in Iraq has strongly condemned the shooting of unarmed protesters in Baghdad on Friday night, which left a high number of deaths and injuries among innocent citizens, calling for the perpetrators to be “identified and brought to justice without delay”. […]

‘We all must step up’ collective action on disability inclusion – UN deputy chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The international community has agreed truly ground-breaking frameworks to advance the rights of persons with disabilities, including in the context of development, but there remains a significant gap between these ambitions and the reality experienced daily by millions of persons with disabilities, UN Deputy […]

UN evaluates progress in improving peacekeeping performance

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The international community on Friday took stock of action to improve UN peacekeeping in line with a Security Council resolution aimed at enhancing performance at all levels, both at Headquarters in New York and in the field. The UN welcomes opportunities to review its effectiveness, Secretary-General António Guterres told the meeting on Resolution 2436, adopted in September […]

UN agency hails Brazil ‘milestone’ decision over Venezuelan refugees

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Brazil’s move to recognize thousands of refugees from crisis-wracked Venezuela through a new accelerated procedure, has been welcomed by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR. The decision by Brazil’s National Committee for Refugees (CONARE) on Thursday to accept asylum-seekers on a “prima facie basis”, gave immediate relief to around […]

UN rights chief ‘extremely concerned’ over deadly crackdown on protesters in Iran

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. In the wake of recent protests in Iran, the top United Nations human rights official expressed alarm on Friday over multiple human rights violations which have reportedly taken place across the country. She highlighted a continuing lack of transparency concerning casualties, the alleged mistreatment […]

Rise in Caribbean children displaced by storms shows climate crisis is a child rights issue: UNICEF

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The number of Caribbean children displaced by storms has risen approximately six-fold in the past five years, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reveals in a new report released on Friday. Catastrophic tropical cyclones and hurricanes uprooted an estimated 761,000 children in the region between 2014 and 2018, which also was […]

UN team aids Samoa response to deadly measles epidemic

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. UN teams are on the ground in Samoa as the country combats a deadly measles epidemic. So far, there have been more than 4,200 cases and 62 deaths, mainly babies, prompting authorities to declare a state of emergency on 15 November and launch a […]

Measles ‘misinformation campaigns’ through social media, fuel rising toll

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Measles deaths and infections in 2019 are set to “substantially exceed” last year’s toll when more than 142,000 people died from the preventable disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. In a warning over dangerously low vaccination levels and large outbreaks in […]

Partnerships key to taking landlocked countries out of poverty: UN Chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The challenges faced by landlocked developing countries (LLDCs), some of the poorest in the world, can be overcome through more effective partnerships, UN Secretary-General António Guterres declared on Thursday, at a conference held at UN Headquarters in New York. The Midterm Review of the […]

Soil erosion must be stopped ‘to save our future’, says UN agriculture agency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Although soils are essential for human well-being and the sustainability of life on the planet, they are threatened on all continents by natural erosion, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on World Soil Day, calling for their protection. Healthy soils are the basis […]

Greener tourism: Greater collaboration needed to tackle rising emissions

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is calling for enhanced cooperation between the transport and tourism sectors to combat climate change. On the sidelines of the 2019 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid, the agency on Wednesday released on Wednesday the Transport Related […]

From landlocked to land-linked: how the UN is helping some of the world’s poorest countries

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. How can the international community turn some of the world’s poorest, landlocked countries, into thriving, land-linked nations? On Thursday, at UN Headquarters, Member States will renew commitments they have made, to lift the 32 countries designated as Landlocked Developing Countries, or LLDCs, out of […]

Malaria: Focus on pregnant women and children, stresses UN health agency report

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. While more pregnant women and children are being protected against malaria than before, more fast-tracking and greater funding are needed to reinvigorate the global response, according to a new United Nations report launched on Wednesday. “We’re seeing encouraging signs, but the burden of suffering […]