Rural women a ‘powerful force’ for global climate action: UN Secretary-General

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Rural women and girls across the world are a “powerful force” in global action to respond to climate change, according to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres. In a message to mark the International Day of Rural Women, observed annually on 15 October, the UN […]

Military operation in northeast Syria could see unintentional release of ISIL affiliates: UN chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The ongoing Turkish military incursion in northeast Syria could unintentionally lead to the release of scores of people associated with the terrorist group ISIL, the UN Secretary-General fears. António Guterres called for an immediate de-escalation of the fighting which has generated many civilian casualties […]

Stop the waste: UN food agencies call for action to reduce global hunger

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. With one-third of food produced for human consumption lost or wasted, and millions still going hungry, the UN’s food-related agencies are shining a spotlight on the issue: on Monday, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) published its annual State of Food and Agriculture report […]

UN chief praises Japanese climate resilience, as Typhoon Hagibis cleanup begins

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. With Typhoon Hagibis causing destruction and loss of life in Japan, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has praised the leadership role the country is playing in climate resilience, and its “extensive and efficient preparation for this latest extreme weather event”. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) […]

UN chief condemns deadly Burkina Faso mosque attack

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. UN chief António Guterres has strongly condemned Friday’s attack on a mosque in northern Burkina Faso, in a statement released on Saturday. According to media reports, at least 15 people were killed, and four injured in the town of Salmossi, which is near the […]

Reducing disaster risk is a good investment, and ‘the right thing to do’, says Guterres

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. There is a strong economic case for climate resilience and reducing the risk of disasters, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a message to mark the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, which falls on Sunday. Mr. Guterres pointed out the “horrendous suffering” that […]

After this year’s Climate Action Summit, what happens next?

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. People across the world need to embrace “fundamental change” in order to combat climate change and meet the target of restricting the increase in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius, Claudio Forner, from UN Climate Change in Bonn, told UN News in an interview […]

World Migratory Bird Day highlights deadly risks of plastic pollution

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Saturday marks World Migratory Bird Day which, this year, is raising awareness about the serious threats that plastic pollution poses to bird life, with a call for urgent measures to end the problem. These include getting caught up in fishing gear and other plastic debris; […]

UN migration agency launches $10 million appeal to support hurricane recovery in The Bahamas

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has launched a $10 million appeal to assist The Bahamas as the country continues to recover from the devastation brought on by Hurricane Dorian just over a month ago. The funding will support IOM operations in areas such […]

Ecuador: UN ‘stands ready’ to support talks, in bid to end political turmoil

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Amid violent street protests that have rocked Ecuador’s Government, fomenting a political crisis, the UN Secretary-General has voiced his concern, saying the Organization is standing by to help mediate if politicians can agree to sit down for talks. In a statement given by his deputy-Spokesperson to correspondents in New York, António Guterres  called on all actors […]

Climate emergency: City mayors are ‘world’s first responders’, says UN chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. City bosses are “the world’s first responders to the climate emergency” UN chief António Guterres declared on Friday, at an international mayors’ summit in Copenhagen. In his opening remarks to the C40 World Mayors Summit – a forum for member cities to present innovative […]

German synagogue shooting ‘another tragic demonstration of anti-Semitism’: UN chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The killing of two people outside a synagogue in Germany on Wednesday has been characterized by the UN Secretary-General as “another tragic demonstration of anti-Semitism.” The attack in the city of Halle, in eastern Germany, occurred on Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement: […]

Support ‘winds of change’ in DR Congo to consolidate positive developments, urges UN mission chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Recent positive trends could help transform the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) into a stable country, the head of the UN operation there told the Security Council on Wednesday. Leila Zerrougui listed some of these developments which have occurred since the installation of […]

Afghanistan probe: ‘at least 60 civilians’ killed after US military airstrikes on alleged drug labs

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. “Multiple” airstrikes by the US military on alleged methamphetamine drug labs in a remote area of western Afghanistan earlier this year, killed or injured dozens of civilians who should not have been treated as military targets, the UN said on Wednesday. In a special […]

Alarming number of women mistreated during childbirth, new UN health agency figures show

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. More than a third of women surveyed across four lower-income countries, reported being mistreated during childbirth, a new study led by the World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed. The study, published on Wednesday in The Lancet – an influential peer-reviewed science journal –  was carried out in Ghana, Guinea, Myanmar and Nigeria, and found that 42 percent of the 2,016 women observed had experienced […]

UN chief urges ‘maximum restraint’ following policy shift over northeastern Syria

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN chief on Tuesday expressed “great concern” over recent policy statements made regarding northeastern Syria, following the announcement from the United States at the start of the week, that it would withdraw troops from the area close to the border with Turkey. Secretary-General António Guterres, “has called on all parties to exercise maximum restraint,” said a statement released by his […]

Some progress made towards security in Mali, but still a long way to go, Security Council hears

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Some progress has been made towards restoring peace and stability in Mali as outlined in a fragile 2015 peace deal, yet sustainable peace developments are not happening fast enough, the Security Council heard on Tuesday. Briefing on the Secretary-General’s latest report via videoconference from the capital Bamako, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, Special Representative and head […]

Work and reforms of the UN ‘at risk’, Guterres warns Member States, amidst ‘record-level’ cash crisis

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The United Nations is facing a severe shortage of cash, and unless more Governments pay their annual dues, “our work and our reforms are at risk”, the UN chief António Guterres told Member States on Tuesday. In a statement issue by his Spokesperson, the […]

One billion people have preventable eye conditions, increasingly linked to lifestyle choices: UN health agency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A staggering 2.2 billion people already suffer from eye conditions and visual impairment today, but the global need for eye care is set to increase “dramatically”, with lack of exercise a key factor, the UN health agency said on Tuesday, unveiling its first ever […]

Historic first, as Tolstoy’s War and Peace lands in Geneva, to mark international centenary

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. For the first time, part of the original manuscript of Tolstoy’s epic novel, War and Peace, has been unveiled amid tight security in Geneva, where it is the highlight of an exhibition helping to mark 100 years of cooperation between nations. The precious cargo, […]

Ramp up nuclear power to beat climate change, says UN nuclear chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Without significantly increasing the use of nuclear power worldwide, it will be difficult to achieve the goal of reducing harmful emissions and fighting climate change, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said on Monday. Cornel Feruta, the acting Director-General of the […]

Guterres: Security Council’s African alliances ‘needed and appreciated more than ever’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The Security Council’s strong engagement with its Member States, partner organizations and institutions in conflict prevention efforts on the African continent is needed “more than ever”, the Secretary-General told the 15-member peace and security body on Monday. Seeing the eradication of conflict across Africa, “depends on the engagement of the parties involved”, and […]

‘Dangerous nationalism’ seriously threatens efforts to tackle statelessness: UNHCR chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Hate speech and misguided nationalism present a serious threat to efforts to tackle statelessness, despite growing public awareness of the problem, UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi said on Monday. Speaking at a meeting in Geneva aiming to convince more countries to assist the many […]

Turning waste into wealth: World Habitat Day focus on cleaning up cities

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Waste can have a devastating effect on public health, the environment, and the climate, but cutting-edge innovation and technology can provide improved, cheaper solutions to the challenge, and help cities and communities to see waste as a business opportunity. This was the message marking […]

Secretary-General condemns attacks on UN peacekeepers in Mali

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN Secretary-General has strongly condemned two separate attacks on Sunday against the organization’s Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) which left one peacekeeper dead and four others injured. A blue helmet from Chad was killed and three others were seriously wounded when […]

UN chief encouraged by release of Cameroon opposition leader

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN Secretary-General is encouraged by the release of the leader of the main opposition party in Cameroon.  Maurice Kamto had spent the past nine months in jail following peaceful protests disputing the outcome of the October 2018 presidential election in which he was a candidate. […]

Ground-breaking clean air protocol to guard human health and the planet, enters into force

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. European and North American countries will take a major stride in cleaning up the atmosphere next Monday, 7 October, through the implementation of an amended legally binding treaty to limit the amount of emissions polluting the air. With 18 countries and the European Union now having ratified the amended treaty, from a […]

UN expresses concern following wave of street protests in Iraq and elsewhere

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The United Nations is urging authorities in Iraq to allow citizens to exercise their right to freedom of expression after the security forces opened fire on mass anti-government protests which began earlier this week. UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday called for dialogue between the Government and […]

FIFA and UN kick off healthy living campaign, to harness global game’s ‘huge potential’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. At a ceremony held in Geneva on Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) and football’s world governing body, FIFA, announced that they are teaming up to raise awareness of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. By signing a memorandum of understanding at WHO’s Geneva-based headquarters, both […]

UN condemns deadly simultaneous terrorist attacks on military camps in Mali

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The United Nations condemned on Wednesday, with “the utmost energy”, simultaneous terrorist attacks on military camps in central Mali, close to the border with Burkina Faso, that left dozens dead and scores missing. The incursion against a Malian battalion of the regional G5 Sahel […]

Mexico: Helping refugees go into business, a ‘win-win situation’, says UNHCR’s Grandi

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Through an innovative and collaborative scheme, some refugees in Mexico have started their own businesses creating what the UN refugee chief called on Wednesday “a win-win situation” for the local economy. The programme involves Government authorities, private enterprise, civil society and UN refugee agency, […]

Africa must ‘value youth’ in the drive towards lasting peace, young envoy tells Security Council

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Recognizing the potential of African youth caught up in conflict to forge peace, is crucial for nurturing their developing identities, and could help them turn away from violence, a youth representative told the Security Council on Wednesday. “We have to value youth and their contribution to society, they will look […]

WHO chief underscores need to address climate change following visit to Bahamas

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The top UN health official has called for the world to rally around The Bahamas as the country continues to emerge from the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian one month ago. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), made the appeal […]