In tech-driven 21st century, achieving global development goals requires closing digital gender divide

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Bridging the ‘gender digital divide’ is about more than ensuring that women and girls have basic access to the Internet and cell phones; it means providing training so they have the skills to use information and communications technologies (ICTs) to their benefit, and taking […]

Voices of young climate action activists ‘give me hope’ says UN chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. In the wake of Friday’s demonstrations by schoolchildren across the world against climate change inaction, the UN Secretary-General has said he understands their fears, but is hopeful for the future. In a direct message to the youth activists who took to the streets, UN […]

UN ‘comes together in sadness and solidarity’ to honour staff who died on board Ethiopian Airlines flight

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Ceremonies were held at UN Headquarters in New York and Geneva on Friday, to remember and honour the staff who died on board Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, which crashed near Addis Ababa last Sunday, killing all 157 passengers and crew. We come together in […]

‘Stand united against anti-Muslim hatred’ urges Guterres, after mosque shootings in New Zealand leave 49 dead

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN Secretary-General António Guterres has urged the international community to ‘stand united against anti-Muslim hatred’ following a mass shooting in New Zealand on Friday targeting two mosques, which has left at least 49 dead and many others wounded, some critically. “I’m saddened and […]

Tropical Cyclone Idai affects 1.5 million across Mozambique and Malawi, as UN ramps up response

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A major aid operation is under way in Mozambique and Malawi to help victims of Tropical Cyclone Idai, which has reached the densely-populated Mozambican port city of Beira, after registering maximum wind speeds of nearly 200 kilometres per hour, UN agencies said on Friday. […]

Service and Sacrifice: Guinean peacekeepers make their mark in Mali

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. As the sun rises over Mali’s vast desert, a group of 20 peacekeepers prepare their equipment and line up to receive instructions before heading out for their first patrol of the day on one of the most dangerous roads in the region. They are […]

Drug laws must be amended to ‘combat racial discrimination’, UN experts say

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. At every stage of the criminal justice system, people of African descent around the world are discriminated against, including death sentencing for drugs-related crimes, United Nations human rights experts said on Thursday, calling on Member States to do more to “combat racial discrimination”. In […]

DR Congo Ebola centre attacks could force retreat against the deadly disease, warns UN health chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Attacks on Ebola treatment centres in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), risk reversing the gains made during the current outbreak in the north-east of the country, the head of the UN health agency said on Thursday. Speaking to journalists in Geneva amid […]

Make this the year of ‘transformative solutions’ to avert disastrous climate change: UN Deputy Chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. It is within our power to make 2019 the “year of transformative solutions” and “avoid the disastrous effects of climate change“, which threaten ecosystems, the global economy, health and security, the UN Deputy Secretary-General told delegates gathered in Nairobi for the UN Environment Assembly, […]

United States: UN human rights office welcomes California moratorium on death penalty

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN human rights office (OHCHR) has welcomed the signing of an executive order by the Governor of California, in the United States, to impose a moratorium on carrying out the death penalty, which grants a reprieve to 737 inmates, up to end of […]

UN welcomes ‘record’ Brussels conference pledge of nearly $7 billion to support Syrians

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Foreign ministers from more than 50 countries gathered on Thursday at a joint European Union-UN pledging conference, and pledged to provide a record $6.97 billion, to support millions of Syrians in need both inside the country, and sheltering in host communities beyond its borders. In […]

99 per cent of intravenous drug users lack access to health, ‘social services with dignity’ says UNAIDS chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Despite a decline in new HIV infections globally, a UN report launched on Wednesday highlights that nearly all people who inject drugs live in countries that do not provide suitable harm-reduction service coverage, meaning they are denied adequate access to essential health services. “UNAIDS […]

Humanity ‘at a crossroads’ as damage to planet poses growing risk to health, UN environment agency warns

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Human activity is damaging the planet so badly, exacerbated by climate change, that it will increasingly put our health at risk, warns a major report from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), released on Wednesday at the UN Environment Assembly, currently taking place in Nairobi. […]

Around 260,000 children in DR Congo’s Kasai region suffering severe acute malnutrition

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. More than a quarter of a million children in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – and thousands of others who have fled with their families to nearby provinces – are suffering severe and acute malnutrition, and need lifesaving […]

UN must provide redress for minorities placed in toxic Kosovo camps, says rights expert

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. An independent rights expert appointed by the Human Rights Council has called on the United Nations to “provide justice and remedies” to displaced people who suffered lead poisoning after being housed in UN camps on toxic wasteland in Kosovo. The appeal on Wednesday by […]

‘Power is not given, power is taken’, UN chief tells women activists, urging push-back against status quo

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. After hearing from many of the world’s top women politicians on Tuesday in a session on “Women in Power”, Secretary-General António Guterres, held a Town Hall meeting for civil society activists where he underscored the importance of women seizing the initiative in the struggle for […]

Syrians still living on ‘razor edge’ as UN launches $8.8 billion dollar appeal

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. An $8.8 billion funding appeal has been issued by the UN to help millions of Syrians who live a “razor-edge existence” inside and outside the war-torn country, along with the communities struggling to host them. Eight years since the war began, 12 million Syrians […]

In South Sudan, mothers teaching daughters ‘safer’ ways to survive rape

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Sexual attacks in South Sudan are so common that mothers now teach their daughters how to survive the ordeal of being raped, in such a way as to minimize the violence. That’s according to Yasmin Sooka, chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights, […]

Europe and UN form bulwark against ‘might makes right’ worldview, EU foreign affairs chief tells Security Council

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. “The concept of global governance risks being replaced by the old law that ‘might makes right’”, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, told the Security Council on Tuesday, during a meeting looking at on-going cooperation between the UN and the […]

Political power of women suffering ‘serious regression’, General Assembly President warns

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. There has been a “serious regression” in the political power of women across the world in recent years, UN General Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa told delegates to the annual summit of women activists at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday. The former Ecuadorian […]

DR Congo: ‘New waves of violence’ likely, UN warns, unless State acts to prevent intercommunal reprisals

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. “New waves of violence” could erupt “at any time” in western Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the UN rights office warned on Tuesday, unless the Government acts to ease “tensions and resentment” between the two communities involved. Several days of planned and orchestrated […]

Dozens killed and injured by new airstrikes in western Yemen, UN coordinator condemns ‘outrageous’ toll

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Reports from Yemen’s Hajjah Governorate indicate that scores of civilians have been killed following airstrikes that hit residential areas over the past two days. Medical sources suggest that at least 22 have died, with more than 30 injured during the aerial bombardment. “We condemn […]

UN rights expert calls for end to ‘purgatory’ of ‘international inaction’ facing Myanmar’s remaining Rohingya

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A humanitarian crisis fuelled by the suppression of basic human rights is continuing across Myanmar’s Rakhine state, a UN Human Rights Council-appointed expert said on Monday, in an appeal for alleged atrocities there to be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Presenting her […]

UN chief sends condolences to families of Malawi flood victims

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. UN Secretary-General António Guterres has extended his condolences to the families of flood victims across Malawi, where at least 23 have died in recent days, and to the Government and citizens of the country. In a statement released on Monday, Mr. Guterres said that […]

Annual UN women activists’ summit opens with focus on services, infrastructure

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A wheelchair-bound Pakistani mother who yearned to visit a park without worrying about ramp access, and a young South Sudanese woman who dreams of having affordable health care, were among the speakers opening the United Nation’s largest annual gathering on gender equality and women’s […]

UN unveils global influenza strategy to prevent ‘real’ threat of pandemic

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A new UN-led plan has been unveiled to tackle the estimated one billion cases of influenza which occur each year, and protect against the “real” threat of a global pandemic, the head of the organization’s health agency said on Monday. Announcing the revised Global […]

Despite progress towards peace, Afghanistan facing ‘daunting challenges’ ahead of presidential vote

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN Special Representative in Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, hailed on-going efforts made towards peace and the engagement of women and youth across the country, but warned the Security Council on Monday that “daunting challenges” remain. ”This year is likely to bring both numerous challenges […]

Let us keep ‘their spirit of service alive’: Guterres leads tributes to UN workers who died in Ethiopia crash

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. United Nations flags flew at half-mast around the world on Monday to honour the more than 150 people killed in Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash, including at least 21 UN workers. Speaking to delegates attending the opening of the Commission on the Status of Women […]

‘A new chapter’ dawns for democracy in Guinea-Bissau: top UN official

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN’s Deputy Special Representative in the West African state of Guinea-Bissau, has congratulated politicians, voters and officials across the country for the peaceful conduct of Sunday’s national assembly elections. Speaking to UN News in the capital Bissau, David McLachlan-Karr called it “a very […]

UN chief ‘deeply saddened’ by Ethiopia plane crash which killed 157, including at least 21 UN workers

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. An Ethiopian  Airlines fight crashed shortly after take off from the capital Addis Ababa on Sunday, killing more than 150 people on board. The UN  Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement that he was “deeply saddened at the tragic loss of lives” , as reports […]

DR Congo: Following second brutal assault on Ebola clinic, UN health chief vows to continue serving ‘most vulnerable’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Amidst a deadly Ebola outbreak, on Saturday morning armed militia members brutally attacked an Ebola clinic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) eastern city of Butembo, prompting a call from the UN’s global health agency chief “to protect the treatment centres”. Just hours after the assault, Tedros […]

Joint UN, OSCE engagement can address crisis in Ukraine, other ‘dark spots of conflict’ in Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. What is happening in and around Ukraine is “unacceptable, the Chairperson-in-Office for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) told the United Nations Security Council on Thursday. “The crisis goes against everything the OSCE and the UN stand for,” continued Slovakian Foreign […]

Human rights ‘core to sustainable development’: deputy UN chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. “Human rights are core to the 2030 Agenda, and sustainable development is a powerful vehicle for the realization of all human rights,” the UN’s Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, said in a speech to the Human Rights Council, on Thursday. The 2030 Agenda, the UN’s […]