As fighting in Libya escalates, so does number of children ‘at imminent risk of injury or death’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. In and around Tripoli, an increasing number of children are “at imminent risk of injury or death” two senior United Nations officials warned on Thursday, citing a surge of aggression in crisis-torn Libya. General Khalifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army, which controls […]

Thursday’s Daily Brief: impact of bad working conditions, Syria and Libya humanitarian news, human rights in Bahrain, families reunified in South Sudan

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Thursday’s top news include: a new report on the dangerous impact of stressful working conditions; the need to decongest Al Hol camp in Syria; a US$2 million allocation from the UN’s emergency fund to ramp up the humanitarian response in Libya; human rights concerns […]

‘Foreign children’ in overwhelmed Syrian camp need urgent international help, says top UN official

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Help is needed urgently from the international community to help some 2,500 apparently stateless “foreign children” at a camp for the displaced, in north-east Syria, a top UN official said on Thursday. Panos Moumtzis, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis made the “special […]

‘Vaccines are safe’ and save lives, UNICEF declares, launching new #VaccinesWork campaign

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Amid a surge in outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced on Thursday a new social media campaign, emphasizing that “vaccines are safe, and they save lives”. To inspire confidence in the power and safety of vaccines, […]

Service and Sacrifice: Ugandan ‘Blue Helmets’ support UN efforts to bring peace to Somalia

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A contingent of 530 Ugandan “Blue Helmets” (63 women, 467 men) is playing a crucial role in the United Nations’ efforts to help bring peace and stability to Somalia. They make up the United Nations Guard Unit (UNGU, that is tasked with protecting UN compounds […]

Stress, overtime, disease, contribute to 2.8 million workers’ deaths per year, reports UN labour agency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Stress, excessively-long working hours and disease, contribute to the deaths of nearly 2.8 million workers every year, while an additional 374 million people get injured or fall ill because of their jobs, the UN labour agency, ILO, said on Thursday. In a new report […]

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Sudan, Libya, Yemen updates, solutions for e-waste, flood response in Iran, online security for children

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. At the top of the news agenda on Wednesday: updates on violence in Sudan’s Darfur and in Libya, how e-waste can become an employment opportunity, help for the 2 million affected by floods in Iran, and efforts to make the internet safer for children. […]

Libya: Heavy shelling and civilian deaths ‘blatant violation’ of international law – UN envoy

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Heavy shelling overnight on Tuesday which hit a densely-populated neighbourhood of Libya’s capital, Tripoli, was condemned “in the strongest terms” by the head of the UN Mission there, after “scores” of civilians were reportedly killed and injured. “Horrible night of random shelling of residential areas”, tweeted UN […]

Violence on the rise in Darfur following Sudan military takeover, but UN-AU peacekeeping mission maintains ‘robust posture’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Security across the volatile Darfur region of Sudan has deteriorated since last week’s military takeover in Khartoum, the UN Security Council heard on Wednesday, but the peacekeeping mission in Darfur has “remained vigilant” in the face of rising violence. Jeremiah Mamabolo,  Joint Special Representative for […]

Progress against torture in Afghan detention centres, but Government needs to do more, says UN report

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Torture is likely still widespread in Afghanistan’s State-run prisons for detainees linked to ongoing conflict there, the UN said on Wednesday, while also noting an “encouraging reduction” in the level of abuse since 2016. Based on interviews with more than 600 detainees and published […]

Turn toxic e-waste into a source of ‘decent work’, UN labour agency urges

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A “toxic flood of electric and electronic waste” that is growing by the day across the world, should be urgently converted into a source of decent work, that can also protect populations from its harmful effects, the United Nations labour agency said on Wednesday. […]

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: UNESCO ready to help after Notre Dame fire, and updates on Libya, Nicaragua, and the Cyclone Idai response

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. On Tuesday, top stories include: UNESCO ready to assist in rebuilding Notre Dame in the wake of a devastating fire; Nicaraguan refugees reach 60,000, a year after the crisis started; concern in Libya regarding medical access as hostilities continue; and one million reached with […]

UN Security Council condemns Taliban offensive as a blow against ‘sustainable peace’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The United Nations Security Council has condemned the announcement by Taliban militants in Afghanistan of its spring offensive, saying it will result in more “unnecessary suffering and destruction for the Afghan people”. Recognizing citizens’ “strong desire for sustainable peace in Afghanistan”, the Council underscored […]

UNESCO experts ready to assist reconstruction of iconic Notre Dame, following devastating blaze

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Two-thirds of the largely medieval roof of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris have “gone” after the devastating fire in Paris on Monday evening, but UN cultural experts are standing by to offer help where it is needed in rebuilding the iconic structure. That’s what […]

Nicaragua crisis: One year in, more than 60,000 have fled, seeking refuge

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Doctors, journalists, students and farmers are among more than 60,000 Nicaraguans who have fled the country in fear of their lives since anti-Government demonstrations began last April, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, said on Tuesday. Echoing concerns from the UN’s human rights office, OHCHR, […]

‘A global measles crisis’ is well underway, UN agency chiefs warn

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Noting a 300 per cent surge in the number of measles cases during the first three months of this year, compared to the same period last year, two UN agency heads declared on Monday that we now stand “in the middle of a global […]

Monday’s Daily Brief: ‘Horror’ at Notre Dame fire disaster, Yemen still bleeding, measles now ‘global crisis’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Top news on Monday includes: UN chief expresses his horror over the huge blaze in Notre Dame; a deal over Hudaydah troop withdrawal beckons, but war intensifies; “global measles crisis” underway. UN chief ‘horrified’ as Notre Dame burns As Notre Dame Cathedral burned on […]

‘Critical moment’ for sustainable development, UN chief tells major financing forum

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. “Uneven growth, rising debt levels, possible upticks in financial volatility, and heightened global trade tensions” are hampering progress on reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UN chief António Guterres told the Forum on Financing for Development on Monday, during what he called “a critical moment” […]

Plan for troop pullback ‘now accepted’ by rival forces around key Yemen port, but fighting intensifying elsewhere, Security Council warned

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A plan to withdraw forces from front lines in and around the key Yemeni port of Hudaydah has been accepted by pro-Government forces and Houthi rebels, the UN Special Envoy to the country told the Security Council on Monday, warning however that war shows “no […]

Greater transparency, fairer prices for medicines ‘a global human rights issue’, says UN health agency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. While developing countries have long struggled with the price of medicines, today’s costs have rendered it a world-wide challenge, and the key topic of concern at a global medicines forum in South Africa, co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO). “This is a global human […]

Cholera surges, children in urgent need one month after Cyclone Idai slammed southern Africa – UNICEF

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. One month after Cyclone Idai devastated parts of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) appealed to the international community to  help some 1.6 million children still reeling from its impact. “Children living in crowded shelters or away from their homes are […]

Impact of high debt levels on least developed countries ‘cannot be overstated’, says UN

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The impact of high levels of debt on development efforts “cannot be overstated”, the head of the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) told a Ministerial Breakfast Meeting on least developed countries (LDCs) on Saturday. “While debt financing remains an important source for achieving positive development […]

Ebola not an international ‘health emergency’ but risks spreading across DR Congo border, warns UN health agency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) “does not constitute a public health emergency of international concern”, according to a statement issued on Friday by the World Health Organization (WHO). But acknowledging the potential risk that the disease may spread […]

Friday’s Daily Brief: human rights in Sudan, sombre anniversaries for Rwanda and Nigeria, and fears of ‘chaos’ in Libya

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Top news on Friday included: a call for respect for human rights in Sudan’s protests; the 25th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda; five years since the Chibok girls were abducted in Nigeria; the UN chief condemning a deadly terrorist attack […]

From ‘dead on the inside’ to ‘truly alive’: Survivor of genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda recounts her story as UN marks 25th anniversary

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. “Miraculously I had no machete marks” a survivor of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda told a solemn United Nations event in New York on Friday, 25 years on, to remember the systematic killing of more than one million people, over less than […]

Sudan military committed to ‘ensuring stability’ and ‘peaceful transition’ says senior diplomat, as UN rights chief appeals for protesters’ rights to be upheld

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Sudan’s military has an “overarching duty” to refrain from using violence against protesters and ensure that their human rights are protected amid concerns of a further escalation, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said on Friday. Her comments followed the ousting of […]

Thursday’s Daily Brief: Women in peacekeeping, the arrest of Sudan’s leader, updates on Libya, Nigeria and Syria

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. On Thursday, the Security Council looked at the key role played by women in the UN’s peacekeeping operations. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange could be exposed to “serious human rights violations”, following his arrest in the United Kingdom, according a UN independent human rights expert. […]

‘Democratic aspirations of the Sudanese people’ must be met urges Guterres, following military removal of al-Bashir from power

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. UN chief António Guterres said on Thursday that the “democratic aspirations of the Sudanese people” need to be realized through “an appropriate and inclusive transition process”, following the overthrow and arrest of President Omar al-Bashir by order of the country’s new military governing council. In […]

‘The clock is ticking’ on meeting the Sustainable Development Goals, says UN deputy chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Pointing to climate change, inequalities and other serious challenges, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a forum on Thursday Development that “the clock is ticking” down, to making the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. “Climate change is ravaging the planet… staggering numbers of […]

Women must be at ‘centre of peacekeeping decision-making’, UN chief tells Security Council

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Women’s rights, voices and participation must be at “the centre of peacekeeping decision-making”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Thursday, describing them as “central to sustainable solutions” to challenges facing the Organization worldwide. Through its landmark resolution 1325 on women […]

UN experts warn Assange arrest exposes him to risk of serious human rights violations

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Independent UN rights experts on Thursday said the arrest of Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange by police in the United Kingdom, after the Ecuadorian Government decided to stop granting him asylum in their London embassy, exposed him to “the risk of serious human rights violations”, […]

‘Still time’ to stop a ‘bloody battle’ for Libya’s capital, insists Guterres

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Speaking to reporters outside the Security Council in New York on Wednesday night, UN chief António Guterres said there was still time for a “bloody battle for Tripoli” to be avoided, despite the continuing fighting in and around the Libyan capital. The offensive directed […]

‘Still time’ to stop a ‘bloody battle’ for Libya’s capital, insists Guterres

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Speaking to reporters outside the Security Council in New York on Wednesday night, UN chief António Guterres said there was still time for a “bloody battle for Tripoli” to be avoided, despite the continuing fighting in and around the Libyan capital. The offensive directed […]