‘We are facing a learning crisis’, UN chief warns on International Youth Day

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Schools are “not equipping young people with the skills they need to navigate the technological revolution”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned, in a message released to mark the UN’s International Youth Day. Transforming Education is the theme for this year, which comes at a […]

FROM THE FIELD: ‘Eco-warriors’ fight climate change in South Africa

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Schools in South Africa have been designating students as “eco-warriors” as part of an initiative supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), to drive environmental and climate change awareness amongst the young and old in their communities. The youthful warriors have supported rubbish clean-up […]

Three UN workers killed following Benghazi car bomb attack, as Security Council meets in emergency session, honours their ‘ultimate sacrifice’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday condemned a car bomb attack in front of a shopping mall in the Libyan city of Benghazi, which left three UN workers dead, and three others injured, with dozens of civilians also wounded. The Security Council convened an emergency session in New York […]

‘Preserve, revitalize and promote’ indigenous languages, or lose a ‘wealth of traditional knowledge’, UN chief says

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Secretary-General António Guterres underscored the urgency to “preserve, revitalize and promote indigenous languages” in his message for the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, celebrated on Friday. “Languages are how we communicate, and they are inextricably linked to our cultures, histories and identity”, […]

Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders ready for talks with UN chief on improved relations

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Leaders of the Greek and Turkish parts of the divided island of Cyprus have agreed to meet with the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, in order to “plan the way forward”, and improve the daily lives of all Cypriots, a statement from the UN Mission […]

More than half a million Rohingya in Bangladesh get ID cards for first time: UN refugee agency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. More than 500,000 Rohingya refugees who fled a brutal crackdown in Myanmar two years ago, have received identification cards that the UN insisted on Friday were critical to safeguarding their right to return home. Issued to all refugees over the age of 12, in […]

FROM THE FIELD: Conversations about Conservation

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Indigenous peoples in the Philippines are increasingly involved in the national conversation about protecting and conserving the South East Asian country’s key biodiversity areas, thanks to support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It is estimated that some 85 per cent of these […]

UN food aid to Yemen will fully resume after two-month break, as Houthis ‘guarantee’ delivery

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Life-saving food aid distribution is set to resume to 850,000 people in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, following guarantees by Houthi opposition forces that the supplies will reach those who need them most, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday. Under a deal that […]

UN rights chief bemoans unilateral sanctions on Venezuela, fearing ‘far-reaching implications’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A new set of unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States on Venezuela this week prompted the concern of the United Nations’ top rights official on Thursday, who said in a statement that she feared they would have a “potentially severe impact” on the human rights […]

Guterres appeals for ‘maximum restraint’ over Jammu and Kashmir, as tensions rise

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN Secretary-General António Guterres appealed for ‘maximum restraint’ over the territory of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, which has been disputed by India and Pakistan, since the end of British rule in the late 1940s. The BJP party-led Indian Government announced on Monday […]

In wake of ‘collapsed’ agreement, new wave of violence threatens millions in Syria’s Idlib

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Following the collapse of the latest truce in Idlib at the start of this week, the Senior Humanitarian Adviser to the UN’s Syria Envoy urged Member States on Thursday to increase their support for “critical humanitarian needs” in the country’s last opposition-held enclave. “A new wave […]

Steps taken to end Saudi ‘guardianship’ system for women, ‘encouraging’ start

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Allowing Saudi women to apply for passports and travel without their guardians’ permission is “an encouraging move” towards the “complete abolition of the ‘guardianship’ system,” independent United Nations rights experts said on Thursday, but more action is needed to fully dismantle these restrictions. “Any […]

World food security increasingly at risk due to ‘unprecedented’ climate change impact, new UN report warns

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. More than 500 million people today live in areas affected by erosion linked to climate change, the UN warned on Thursday, before urging all countries to commit to sustainable land use to help limit greenhouse gas emissions before it is too late. Speaking at […]

Thursday’s Daily Brief: Climate crisis and food risks, fresh violence threat for millions of Syrians, calls for calm in Kashmir

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Thursday’s top stories: food security risk from climate crisis, fresh violence threat for millions of Syrians, UN chief urges “maximum restraint” in Jammu and Kashmir, calls for investigations into “brutal abduction” of Libyan politician. ‘Unprecedented’ climate change impact puts global food security at risk: […]

Bigotry makes politicians ‘complicit in the violence that follows’ : UN independent experts

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Responding to the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio on Saturday, a group of independent UN experts has called out the “increased use of divisive language”, as well as attempts to marginalise racial, ethnic and religious minorities”, by some politicians and leaders. In a […]

UN Security Council ‘utterly failed’ Syrian detainees; a victim voices her plea to ‘end impunity and stop this horror’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The Security Council has “utterly failed Syrian detainees and their families”, Amina Khoulani, Co-founder of Families for Freedom, told the Security Council on Wednesday, during a meeting focussed on those who have been jailed or gone missing across Syria, during years of brutal conflict. In a rare opportunity for the Council to […]

Four in 10 indigenous languages at risk of disappearing, warn UN human rights experts

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Of 7,000 indigenous languages spoken today, four in 10 are in danger of disappearing, rights experts said on Wednesday, in a call for a decade of action to reverse the “historic destruction” of age-old dialects. In an appeal to mark the International Day of […]

UN boosts humanitarian appeal to help tackle Zimbabwe’s ‘worst-ever’ hunger crisis

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. With Zimbabwe now experiencing its “worst-ever hunger crisis”, the UN food relief agency has revised its humanitarian appeal to step up food assistance to people most affected by drought, flooding, and economic stagnation. “Yesterday the humanitarian community launched an urgent appeal for funds to […]

UN Afghan Mission ‘outraged’ by deadly Taliban attack in Kabul, as hardline group threatens election violence

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has expressed outrage at a Taliban attack in Kabul, that led to  “scores” of civilians casualties on Wednesday. In a Tweet, the Mission said that such “indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks in heavily populated civilian areas must stop”. According to […]

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Syrian detainees, Zimbabwe hunger crisis, Kabul attack, Mexico disappearances, new tech to feed the world

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Wednesday’s top stories: Syrian detainees “failed by Security Council”; Zimbabwe experiencing “worst-ever hunger crisis”; Guterres welcomes new Mozambique peace accord; deadly Kabul attack; Mexico “responsible for enforced disappearances”; indigenous languages at risk; and how innovation should be used to feed the world. UN Security Council […]

Intensified Al Qaeda and ISIL activity in Yemen ‘deeply worrying’, says UN Human Rights Office

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Armed groups affiliated with the Al Qaeda and ISIL terror groups, appear to have intensified their activities in Yemen, Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesperson for the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) declared on Tuesday, describing the situation as an example of “deeply worrying developments” that […]

All States have ‘primary responsibility’ to protect against hate attacks

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN’s top rights official has added her voice to condemnation of the weekend mass-shootings in the cities of El Paso and Dayton, insisting on Tuesday that “not just the US, but all States” should do more to stop discrimination. Speaking to journalists in […]

‘Cataclysmic events’ in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, began ‘global push’ against nuclear weapons says Guterres, honouring victims

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Paying homage to those who perished as the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, as well as the many others whose lives were devastated in the years that followed, UN chief António Guterres on Tuesday underscored their “courage and moral leadership” in reminding the […]

Colombia offers nationality rights to Venezuelan children born there: UN hails ‘very important step’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN migration agency, IOM, has welcomed Colombia’s decision on Monday to grant nationality status to more than 24,000 Venezuelan babies born inside the country after their parents fled across the border. “This resolution is a contribution towards regular and safe migration, which hopefully […]

Help African farmers cope with climate change threats, UN food agency urges

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. African farmers need help to cope with the threats of climate change, with national policies that protect them and make them resilient, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, has declared, following a major conference on food security in the continent. In a statement released […]

‘€1 million’ fines for rescue boats prompts UN concern for future sea operations

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A move by Italian lawmakers to impose fines of up to €1 million on vessels and organizations carrying out search and rescue operations off the country’s coastline, sparked a new warning on Tuesday from the UN that the measure risks deterring future lifesaving efforts […]

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Venezuela-Colombia baby breakthrough, Italy piles on rescue boat pressure, States must combat hate, Kashmir rights latest and a musical plea to combat CAR hunger

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Tuesday’s main stories: Colombia offers nationality to born of Venezuelan parents; ‘€1 million’ fines for rescue boats; States must do more to stop hate attacks;  Egypt terror attack condemned by Security Council, UN chief; Kashmir developments risk people’s rights; and striking a chord for […]

Myanmar companies bankroll ‘brutal operations’ of military, independent UN experts claim in new report

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Money earned by the Myanmar military from international and domestic business deals, “substantially enhances its ability to carry out gross violations of human rights with impunity” according to a report released on Monday by an independent United Nations group looking into military-business ties in […]

Monday’s Daily Brief: Independent UN experts on Myanmar, UN chief renounces attacks in US, Libyan airport violence, UN spokesperson on Kashmir, and FAO and Italy on development

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Our main stories today: Myanmar companies bankroll ‘brutal operations’ of military; UN chief renounces shootings in the United States; ‘Repeated indiscriminate’ shelling of Libyan airport raises concern; UN voices ‘concern’ over Kashmir; and new UN agriculture chief reaffirms commitment with Italy on development Myanmar companies bankroll ‘brutal operations’ […]

FROM THE FIELD: What do you want to be when you grow up? One day I will…

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. One person in every 70 is caught up in a humanitarian crisis right now, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), with women and girls among the most impacted. The harsh reality of rape, early marriage, or sex […]

UN chief laments ending of Cold War-era disarmament treaty

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Secretary-General António Guterres expressed his “deep regret” on Friday that the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty betweein the United States and Russia came to an end. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, the UN chief recalled that he had “consistently called on both […]

Security Council must ‘come together’ to address the plight of children trapped in armed conflict, says UN envoy

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. It is “vitally important” that the Security Council “come together” on the current plight of children affected by armed conflict across the globe”, Virginia Gamba, the United Nations Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict said on Friday. Recalling that 2019 marks 20 years since the […]

Security Council gravely concerned by Ebola outbreak in DR Congo, demands immediate end to violence hampering response

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN Security Council on Friday expressed grave concern about the current Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and stressed the urgency of broad cooperation in the response, as “the disease could spread rapidly, including to neighbouring countries, possibly having serious […]