Silicon Valley can do more to achieve the #GlobalGoals

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lisa Dreier This week, global leaders are joining two very different gatherings on the U.S. East and West Coasts. One is diplomatic, the other is disruptive. One represents old power, the other new ideas. The disconnect between […]

A Sting Exclusive: “Seize the opportunity offered by Africa’s continental free trade area”, written by the Director General of UNIDO

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Li Yong, Director General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The opinions expressed in this article belong to the distinguished writer. Since the turn of the millennium, Africa […]

Climate change update: consistent global actions urgently needed as we are running out of time

Record high temperatures and extreme weather events across the world urge leaders to focus more on climate actions that will stop temperatures increase by more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels through greenhouse gas emissions reductions. The progress at the Bangkok conference last week was not consequential leaving gaps at the completion of the […]

UN food relief agency airlifts aid to DR Congo province hit by Ebola outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Emergency food aid is being delivered to people affected by the Ebola virus in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the World Food Programme (WFP) reported on Thursday. The UN agency is airlifting high energy biscuits from its warehouse […]

UN envoy says he ‘is ready to go to Idlib’ to help ensure civilian safety amid rising fears of government offensive

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A massive military escalation by the Government of Syria to retake Idlib risks a “worst case scenario”,  United Nations negotiator Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday. Speaking to journalists in Geneva, the UN Special Envoy for Syria offered to personally escort residents of Idlib […]

As conflicts become more complex, ‘mediation is no longer an option; it is a necessity’, UN chief tells Security Council

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. As war and the mediation of peace have become increasingly complex, innovative thinking is needed to save and improve the lives of millions, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Wednesday. Speaking alongside the UN chief were the Archbishop of Canterbury, […]

Syria: UN chief warns Idlib offensive may set off ‘humanitarian catastrophe’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday expressed deep concern over the growing risk of a humanitarian catastrophe should a full-scale military operation take place in Syria’s war-battered Idlib province. According to a statement issued by his Spokesperson, Mr. Guterres said that “any use […]

Nuclear test ban treaty critical to global collective security – UN chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Every effort should be made to bring a global treaty into force that prevents more countries from developing nuclear weapons, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said. His appeal came in a message for the International Day Against Nuclear Tests, observed annually on 29 August. […]

UN chief calls for Security Council to work with Myanmar to end ‘horrendous suffering’ of Rohingya refugees

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Despite the efforts made by the United Nations over the past year to help create safeguards for all communities in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, it is clear that conditions are still not suitable for the safe, voluntary, and sustainable return of Rohingya refugees to their […]

UN condemns attack that leaves one ‘blue helmet’ dead in Central African Republic

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the attack on 23 August by presumed anti-Balaka elements on the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) in which one peacekeeper from Burundi was killed. In a statement issued by his Spokesman, Mr. Guterres […]

‘Stop and listen’ to victims of terrorism, UN chief urges in message marking international day

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Recognizing the impact of terrorism on the lives of ordinary people worldwide is the focus of the first observance of an international day that honours victims and survivors. As UN Secretary-General António Guterres stated, their courage in the face of adversity is a lesson […]

UN chief welcomes event reuniting families on the Korean Peninsula

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The decision to allow scores of people from South Korea to reunite with their relatives north of the border has been welcomed by the UN Secretary-General. The majority of those selected to take part in the week-long inter-Korean family reunion event, which began on Monday, […]

Secretary-General repeats call for support to Lake Chad countries after latest Boko Haram attack

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The recent killing of villagers in Nigeria’s Borno State has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General. At least 19 people were killed when fighters with the terrorist group Boko Haram attacked the village of Malairi on Sunday, according to media reports. UN chief António […]

UN mourns death of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, ‘a guiding force for good’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The United Nations is mourning the death of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who passed away peacefully after a short illness, according to a statement published on his official Twitter account on Saturday. The renowned Ghanaian diplomat was 80 years old. Mr. Annan was the […]

Senior UN children’s advocate says they ‘should never be targeted by violence’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Reacting to a recent upsurge in violent attacks affecting children, Virginia Gamba, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, called on Friday for those responsible to be held fully accountable. The last two weeks have seen a suicide attack on […]

UN chief encourages victims of terrorism to ‘raise up their voices’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Victims of terror attacks have an important and powerful role to play in combatting the “global menace” the United Nations chief said on Friday, launching an exhibition at UN Headquarters in New York to commemorate the first International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the […]

Continue ‘their mission’ urges UN chief, as the victims of the Baghdad bombing are remembered, 15 years on

  This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Remembering 22 colleagues killed by the “horrific terrorist attack” on the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad 15 years ago, Secretary-General António Guterres has called on all staff to pay tribute to the fallen by “continuing their mission,” and keep going to “dangerous places […]

UN condemns ‘heinous’ suicide attack on education centre in Afghanistan

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The perpetrators of Wednesday’s “heinous” suicide bombing that killed students at an education centre in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, must be brought to justice, the UN Secretary-General has said. Nearly 50 people were killed in the attack which António Guterres has condemned in the strongest […]

UN chief welcomes re-opening of key Gaza border crossing

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The decision by Israel to reopen the only functional commercial crossing point into Gaza which has been closed to most deliveries for weeks, has been welcomed by the United Nations Secretary-General. UN humanitarians expect some 400 truckloads of goods will now be able to […]

Caspian Sea deal an invaluable step towards easing regional tensions, says UN Chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. António Guterres, the UN Secretary-General, has welcomed the historic signing of the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea, which took place on Sunday, marked by a ceremony which brought together the leaders of the five countries bordering its coastline. The region has been a subject […]

UN chief appeals for calm as Mali presidential election draws to a close

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Following the conclusion of the second round of presidential elections in Mali, political leaders in the West African country are being encouraged by the UN Secretary-General to promote a peaceful atmosphere and avoid incendiary rhetoric. António Guterres’s request came in a statement congratulating the […]

Safe spaces offer security and dignity for youth, and help make the world ‘better for all’: Guterres

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The world’s young people need safe spaces – both physical and digital – where they can “freely express their views” and “pursue their dreams” was the core message of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to mark this year’s International Youth Day. “The hopes of the […]

‘Pioneering’ former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet officially appointed new UN human rights chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. After a vote on Friday by the United Nations General Assembly in New York, former two-time President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, hailed a “pioneer” by the UN Secretary-General, has officially been appointed as High Commissioner for Human Rights, effective from 1 September. Minutes after […]

Nagasaki is ‘a global inspiration’ for peace, UN chief says marking 73rd anniversary of atomic bombing

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The survivors of the atomic bombings, known in Japanese as the hibakusha, have become global “leaders for peace and disarmament”, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at Thursday’s Nagasaki Peace Memorial Ceremony in Japan, commemorating the 73rd anniversary of that devastating day. “Nagasaki is […]

UN urges protection of indigenous peoples’ rights during migration

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Marking the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, UN Secretary-General António Guterres put a spotlight on the factors pushing indigenous people to migrate “within their countries and across international borders” despite their “profound spiritual connection to their lands and resources”. In his message […]

Former Chilean President Bachelet put forward by UN chief as next High Commissioner for Human Rights

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. She has twice been President of Chile, and on Wednesday, ground-breaking politician and women’s rights champion, Michelle Bachelet was nominated by the United Nations chief António Guterres for the key post of High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Secretary-General nominated Ms. Bachelet after consulting […]

In Tokyo, UN chief expresses full support for US-Japan dialogue with North Korea

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. At a joint press conference in Tokyo on Wednesday with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, UN Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed the ongoing talks between the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), as well as Japan’s renewed initiative of dialogue […]

Let Nagasaki remain ‘the last city’ to suffer nuclear devastation says museum director, as UN chief arrives

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. It’s essential that Nagasaki’s devastation should “not be forgotten” now or in the future, if the threat of nuclear war is to be lifted, said the Director of the Japanese city’s Atomic Bomb Museum, ahead of a visit there on Thursday by the UN […]

UN chief calls for ‘increased commitment’ to resolution on 10th anniversary of Georgia conflict

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Ten years after conflict involving Georgia, Russia and the South Ossetia region broke out, United Nations chief, António Guterres said on Tuesday that “increased commitment” is needed by “relevant actors” to advance the on-going reconciliation and peace process. “The Secretary-General recalls that it is […]

UN forum spotlights cities, where struggle for sustainability ‘will be won or lost’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Although cities are often characterized by stark socioeconomic inequalities and poor environmental conditions, they also offer growth and development potential – making them central to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and a main focus of the third day of the United Nations High-Level […]

UN forum spotlights cities, where struggle for sustainability ‘will be won or lost’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Deeply concerned about the continuing and intensifying violence in Nicaragua, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday deplored the loss of life in the protests and the attack against Catholic Church mediators in the National Dialogue. “The Secretary-General recognizes the important mediation role of […]

Rohingya cannot become ‘forgotten victims,’ says UN chief urging world to step up support

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. “Small children butchered in front of their parents. Girls and women gang-raped while family members were tortured and killed,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Tuesday in a Washington Post opinion piece, adding: “Nothing could have prepared me for the bone-chilling accounts.” The continuing […]

Security Council hails ‘historic and significant’ joint peace declaration by Ethiopia and Eritrea

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday described the Joint Declaration, signed by the leaders of Eritrea and Ethiopia, as “a historic and significant” move with “far-reaching consequences” for the whole Horn of Africa region and beyond. The Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship […]