‘The time for action is now’ senior UN peacekeeping official says, urging support for regional force combating Sahel terrorism

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The five-year-old force working to stabilize Africa’s Sahel has shown great potential, but needs more support from the international community to reach full operational capacity, a top UN peacekeeping official said on Thursday, calling for enhanced political and economic solutions to help tackle the […]

‘Climate change is the battle of my life’, UN chief tells students living on the frontline in Fiji

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres saw the frontline of “the battle against climate change” for himself on Thursday, by taking to the tropical waters of the South Pacific off the coast of Fiji, on a solar-powered boat. Mr. Guterres was greeted on board the […]

Thursday’s Daily Brief: Ebola in DR Congo, malnutrition in Laos, baby health, support for Sahel force, #ClimateAction

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. On Thursday, we cover: more support needed for Sahel force, fears in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as Ebola response funding dwindles; food and nutrition concerns in Laos; an update on low birthweight babies across the world; and the UN chief’s trip […]

‘Starvation’ now a reality for displaced Syrians stranded in camp near Jordanian border

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Starvation “is already starting” in a camp for displaced people in south-east Syria, a senior UN official said on Thursday, while condemning ongoing airstrikes and retaliatory shelling in opposition-held territories in the north-west. Now in its ninth year, as Syrian Government forces and allies […]

UN chief lauds Fijians as ‘natural global leaders’ on climate, environment, hails ‘symbiotic relationship’ with land and sea

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Fiji’s strong traditions of community and social responsibility, and its “symbiotic relationship” with its surroundings, has made its people “natural global leaders on climate and the environment”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told the nation’s Parliament on Thursday. “Fiji has taken on the sceptics […]

vSudan: UN chief calls for ‘positive momentum’ as civilian rule talks stall between military and opposition

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN Secretary-General has commended the progress made so far between Sudan’s military leaders and opposition forces towards agreeing a timetable for a return to civilian rule, following the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir just over a month ago. On Tuesday, the Transitional Military […]

Countries must up their game to reduce low birth weights, warns UN-backed report

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Many countries need to invest more and take greater action to reduce the number of babies born with low birth weights which put their health at risk, urges a United Nations-backed report released on Wednesday. Around one-in-seven babies worldwide weighed less than 5.5 pounds, […]

Yemen war ‘a test of our humanity’, and we’re ‘badly failing’ warns UN Children’s Fund chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. “Fifteen million children in Yemen are asking you to save their lives” the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) told the 15 members of the Security Council on Wednesday, in an impassioned plea for action to end four years of fighting which has […]

UN chief outlines ‘intertwined challenges’ of climate change, ocean health facing Pacific nations on the ‘frontline’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Visiting Fiji for the first time as Secretary-General, António Guterres outlined two “fundamental challenges” facing leaders attending the Pacific Islands Forum on Thursday, namely climate change and the world’s rising ocean, which threatens to submerge low-lying nations. “The Pacific region is on the frontline of […]

Myanmar: Conflict resolution at ‘total standstill’, military commanders must answer for crimes against humanity

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Myanmar’s military commanders must answer charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in a credible court, a United Nations Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar (FFM) said on Tuesday, urging the international community to cut off all financial and other support to […]

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: hate speech, dementia, Libya and Yemen, human rights in Brazil and Lebanon

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. This Tuesday, we cover: the UN chief in New Zealand’s Christchurch calls for end to hate speech; how a healthy lifestyle can prevent dementia; updates on fighting in Libya and Yemen; the human rights of detainees in Lebanon and people affected by leprosy in […]

UN monitoring team in Yemen verifies pullout of armed forces from crucial port zones

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN team set up to monitor the ceasefire agreement between warring parties in Yemen has formally verified the pullout of armed Ansar Allah, or Houthi forces, from port zones in the country that are crucial to the flow of humanitarian aid, describing cooperation they have […]

‘Hateful attacks’ pushing Sri Lanka backwards, UN advisers warn, urging an end to ‘discriminatory practices’ that feed intolerance

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Growing instances of religious-based violence in the North Western Province of Sri Lanka have prompted two United Nations Special Advisers to call for an end to “hateful attacks” directed towards the country’s Muslim minority. In retaliation for the deadly violence on Easter Sunday, against […]

UN health agency highlights lifestyle choices that can prevent onset of dementia, as millions more succumb each year

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Key lifestyle choices such as getting regular exercise, not smoking or drinking too much, can reduce the risk of dementia and cognitive decline, the UN health agency said on Tuesday. In recommendations to counter an expected tripling in the number of people with the […]

In Christchurch, UN chief calls for tolerance, solidarity to extinguish ‘wildfire’ of hate speech

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. On a three-day visit to New Zealand, UN Secretary-General António Guterres paid his respects to the victims of the horrific mosque attacks in Christchurch, where dozens of Muslims were gunned down in two separate incidents during Friday prayers on 15 March. Calling for solidarity […]

‘Disaster resilient’ farming reduces agriculture risks, yields economic gains, says new UN agriculture agency report

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A scale of economic gains through easy-to-implement “disaster resilient” farming practices was revealed on Monday at the launch of a new study by the United Nations agriculture agency. According to Disaster risk reduction at farm level: Multiple benefits, no regrets by the Food and Agriculture […]

Monday’s Daily Brief: #ClimateAction for the Pacific, Gaza blockade, attack in Burkina Faso

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. This Monday, top stories are: Gaza’s aid dependency due to the ongoing blockade; a special focus on climate change and its impact on islands and people of the Pacific; UN condemnation after a deadly attack in Burkina Faso. Gaza blockade causes ‘near ten-fold increase’ […]

Gaza blockade causes ‘near ten-fold increase’ in food dependency, says UN agency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. At a time when Muslims globally are observing the holy month of Ramadan, more than half the population in Gaza depends on the international community for food aid, the director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees in the Near […]

Climate action: 4 shifts the UN chief encourages Governments to make

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Speaking to young Māoris and people of the Pacific islands in New Zealand on Monday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said “nature does not negotiate” and emphasized four key measures that Governments should prioritize in order to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. Acknowledging the role […]

UN condemns deadly attack on Burkina Faso church

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Senior UN officials, including Secretary-General António Guterres have voiced their outrage at a deadly attack on a Catholic church in the north of Burkina Faso on Sunday, during which six people were reportedly killed by gunmen. According to media reports, the attack took place in the town of Dablo, […]

UN chief praises New Zealand premier’s ‘admirable’ response to Christchurch attacks

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Speaking to media in the New Zealand capital Auckland on Sunday, alongside New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, UN Secretary-General António Guterres expressed his solidarity with the victims and families of the March Christchurch mosque attacks, which killed 51 people, and praised Ms. Ardern’s leadership […]

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; […]

As Houthi forces withdraw from key Yemeni ports, UN monitoring chief welcomes ‘first practical step on the ground’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. As Yemenis continue to finalize redeployment procedures in line with the UN-brokered Hudaydah Agreement, under which Government coalition and rebel leaders are to pull forces out of the key port city of Hudaydah, the Chair of the Redeployment Coordination Committee on Friday welcomed an […]

Ensuring the ‘lungs of the planet’ keep us alive: 5 things you need to know about forests and the UN

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Forests are vitally important for sustaining life on Earth, and play a major role in the fight against climate change. With the 2019 session of the United Nations Forum on Forests wrapping up on Friday in New York, we delve deeper into the subject, […]

Paradise islands of Pacific increasingly vulnerable to climate change, as UN boosts resilience

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A seeming paradise, life on the Pacific islands is threatened by climate change and extreme weather, frustrated by remoteness and a lack of educational and economic opportunities. Secretary-General António Guterres begins a visit to the region this weekend, where he will speak to people […]

Colombia: ‘Terrible trend’ of rights defenders killed, harassed; UN calls for ‘significant effort’ to tackle impunity

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Alarmed by the “strikingly high number” of human rights defenders being killed, harassed and threatened in Colombia, the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) in the country on Friday, called on authorities to “make a significant effort” to “tackle the endemic impunity” surrounding these cases. OHCHR […]

African elephants under continued threat of poaching, warns UN-backed report

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. An updated assessment by a United Nations Environment Programme-administered treaty has confirmed that poaching continues to threaten the long-term survival of the African elephant. Based on the Proportion of Illegally Killed Elephants data, or PIKE, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of […]

Nearly 900 children released by north-east Nigeria armed group

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The decision by a large armed group based in north-east Nigeria to release nearly 900 youngsters has been welcomed by UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, which has warned that those freed will need long-term help if they are to lead a normal life in the […]

The UN came of age with the nuclear bomb. Time for it to step up to the AI era

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shamika Sirimanne, Director of technology and logistics, UNCTAD In an age of rapid technological change, we frequently create and use technologies designed to amplify our greatest ambitions as a global community – only to find that they lead to […]

Climate change: ‘A moral, ethical and economic imperative’ to slow global warming say UN leaders, calling for more action

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. It is nothing less than a “moral, ethical and economic imperative” to take more action to mitigate the existential threat posed by climate change, said top executives from across the United Nations system on Thursday. Calling on Member States to take “urgent action to […]

Thursday’s Daily Brief: ambulance attack in Libya, #GlobalGoals defenders, human rights in Cambodia, Swine Fever

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. On Thursday, we cover: a tragic attack against an ambulance in Libya; six new advocates for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals; a call for a change in political culture in Cambodia; and how Swine Fever in China is affecting global food prices. ‘Abhorrent’ ambulance […]

From his room with a view, UN chief takes to Instagram with an eye on hope and a brighter future

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has long highlighted the importance of young people in addressing the challenges confronting the world. And on 4 May, he took a page from their book and opened an Instagram account, reinforcing his role as the UN’s “lead influencer”. The […]

FROM THE FIELD: ‘Race is on’ to halt biodiversity loss in Indonesia

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The “race is on” in Indonesia to halt the illegal trade in wildlife and the loss of biodiversity according to the UN Development Programme (UNDP).The “race is on” in Indonesia to halt the illegal trade in wildlife and the loss of biodiversity according to […]