UNICEF reports uneven progress in 30 years of child rights treaty

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Although the world has made historic gains over the past three decades in improving children’s lives, urgent action is required if the poorest children are to feel the impact, a new UN report published on Monday warns. The study by the UN Children’s Fund […]

WHO supports measles campaign targeting millions of children in northern Nigeria

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. More than 28 million children in northern Nigeria will be protected against measles and meningitis through an immunization campaign  carried out by the authorities alongside international partners, including the World Health Organization (WHO). The campaign got underway on Saturday and is being implemented by the National […]

UN calls for action to tackle ‘ubiquitous but invisible’ global road safety crisis

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Saving lives by improving road safety is “one of the many objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, the United Nations chief said in his message for the global day set aside for remembering the victims of traffic accidents. Noting that more than […]

Repression, use of force risk worsening Bolivia crisis: UN human rights chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is urging authorities in Bolivia to ensure security forces comply with international standards on the use of force following the deaths of at least five protestors on Friday. The South American country has plunged into political chaos […]

UN film festival encourages young people to promote peace, dialogue and empathy

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations.   Demonstrating empathy, humour and intelligence, a group of young film-makers have been recognized for their short videos, which tackle the weighty issues of discrimination, intolerance and misogyny in a creative and entertaining way, at a ceremony held at UN Headquarters. The PLURAL+ Youth Video […]

Over 1 million health consultations provided in Yemen in 2019: UN migration agency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Since the beginning of the year, the UN Migration Agency has carried out over one million health consultations for displaced and conflict-affected Yemenis and migrants struggling to reach the help they need, the organization announced on Friday. Yemen’s public sector has been pushed to […]

Renewal of cross-border aid operation critical to northern Syria: UN relief chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The top UN humanitarian official was in the Security Council on Wednesday to appeal for the renewal of an operation that delivers life-saving food and other aid relief to some four million civilians in northern Syria. The mandate of the cross-border mechanism operating from […]

UN agency sounds alarm: Dwindling agrobiodiversity ‘severe threat’ to food security

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. To help ensure the most-consumed foods don’t disappear in the face of the climate crisis, farmers must cultivate crops able to resist environmental shocks and other stresses, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) highlighted in a new set of conservation guidelines published on Thursday. […]

Bolivia crisis: UN chief sends envoy to support peace, amidst renewed clashes

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. UN chief António Guterres announced on Thursday that he had appointed a Personal Envoy who would be travelling to Bolivia later in the day, to offer support to national leaders, following the departure of former president, Evo Morales. “The Secretary-General remains deeply concerned about the developments in Bolivia”, his Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters in New York. “He reiterates his […]

Human rights experts call for ‘paradigm shift’ on arbitrary detention in Qatar

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A group of independent UN human rights experts is calling for a “paradigm shift” in Qatar to protect people in the Gulf State from arbitrary detention. The assessment by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention came in a statement on Thursday following a […]

UN mosquito sterilization technology set for global testing, in battle against malaria, dengue

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. With more than half the world now at risk from mosquito-transmitted dengue fever, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN has taken the lead on a global effort to eradicate the disease – and many others – by measuring the impact of […]

Revealed: danger and squalor for cleaners who remove human waste by hand

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The plight of sanitation workers in the developing world should be addressed urgently, the UN said on Thursday, warning that their rights, health and dignity are at risk. Highlighting the dangers for the millions of people who clean toilets, sewers and septic tanks, ahead […]

Iraqis paying an ‘unthinkable price’ to be heard, UN envoy tells politicians in Baghdad

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Noting that the people of Iraq were at “a critical juncture”, the top UN Envoy in the country told parliamentarians there on Thursday that over the past six weeks, hundreds of thousands have been peacefully voicing their “genuine, legitimate, demands, loud and clear”. “The Iraqi people have paid an […]

Over $39 million earmarked by UN-backed fund to combat effects of climate change in Nepal

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. More than $39 million in funding was approved on Wednesday for a project that will build resilience and mitigate the effects of climate change, benefitting nearly one million Nepalis, according to the Board of the UN-backed Green Climate Fund (GCF). The Food and Agriculture […]

‘Harmonized’ plan launched to support millions of Venezuelan refugees and migrants

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A $1.35 billion appeal has been launched to meet the increasing humanitarian needs of Venezuelan refugees and migrants in Latin America and the Caribbean and to support the communities hosting them. The ongoing political and economic crisis in the South American country has forced […]

UN leads bid for cheaper insulin, expanding access for diabetics worldwide

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Overly expensive insulin could be a thing of the past – and life-changing news – for millions of diabetics under a plan launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday to diversify production globally, just ahead of World Diabetes Day. Announcing the initiative […]

‘No justification’ for attacks against civilians, UN envoy says on mounting cross-border violence in Gaza

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Following Israel’s targeted killing of a Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader inside Gaza on Tuesday, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process has expressed his growing concern over increasing rocket fire across the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip. “I am very concerned […]

In Bahrain, Global Forum for Entrepreneurs and Investment examines empowerment of women, youth through innovation

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Spotlighting the role of targeted investment and innovation towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with special focus on ‘Harnessing the Potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in the Digital Economy,’ the World Entrepreneurs Investment Forum kicked off on Tuesday in the Bahraini capital, […]

UN spotlights ‘explosive’ obesity rates, hunger in Latin America and Caribbean

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Since 1975, adult obesity in Latin America and the Caribbean region has tripled, while one in four are going hungry, according to figures published by the UN on Tuesday. The Panorama of Food and Nutritional Security 2019, jointly published by a group of UN health agencies, urged countries to take swift action to […]

Nairobi summit: Women’s empowerment a ‘game changer’ for sustainable development

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The global goal of a sustainable future for all cannot be achieved until women, girls and young people gain control over their own bodies and lives, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told world leaders meeting in Nairobi on Tuesday. The Kenyan capital is hosting […]

Quality education an ‘essential pillar’ of a better future, says UN chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Education is an “essential pillar” to achieving the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UN chief António Guterres told an audience on Tuesday at the Paris headquarters of UNESCO, the UN Educational, Scientific and Culture Organization, ahead of the agency’s General Conference. Mr. Guterres, […]

‘Forgotten’ pneumonia epidemic kills more children than any other disease

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Pneumonia, an entirely preventable disease, kills more children than any other illness in the world, one child every 39 seconds. But although that statistic is well known, funding to improve survival rates continues to come up short, the UN and partners warned on Tuesday, World Pneumonia Day. “For decades the leading killer of children […]

UN chief welcomes decision to delay formation of South Sudan unity government

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN Secretary-General has welcomed the decision to push back the deadline for the formation of a unity Government in South Sudan. President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar were expected to form a unified transitional Government by 12 November, in line with […]

Australia wildfires: communities must stay vigilant, urges UN weather agency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. As Australia’s “catastrophic” and deadly wildfire emergency continues, UN weather experts on Tuesday echoed Government warnings for people to remain vigilant in the face of the fast-moving threat and tinderbox conditions. In Geneva, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) noted that dozens of fires are […]

25 years on from landmark conference, millions of women and girls still in danger: UN deputy chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN Deputy Secretary-General has called for gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s rights to be integrated at the heart of global efforts to achieve a sustainable future for all. Amina Mohammed was speaking on Monday in Nairobi, where countries are meeting this week […]

Multilateralism must weather ‘challenges of today and tomorrow’ Guterres tells Paris Peace Forum

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. In a speech to the Paris Peace Forum in Paris on Monday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that to thrive, multilateralism had to adapt, mindful that “conflicts persist, creating suffering and displacement: our world is unsettled”.  He was speaking as commemorations took place in countries […]

From Prince to Picasso, the arts can be just the tonic, new UN health agency study shows

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. From before birth, to the end of life, taking to the dance floor or sketching a still life, can positively affect our health and even prove more cost-effective than conventional medical treatment, the World Health Organisation (WHO) found in a new study published on […]

New UN forestry project bids to help countries meet climate change commitments

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. More than two dozen countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America are set to benefit from a UN project to help tackle climate change through better forestry management. Under the scheme, announced on Monday by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 26 nations will […]

Antisemitism, intolerance, can be unlearned, Guterres tells New York commemoration

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Since nobody is born to hate, intolerance can be prevented and unlearned, the UN Secretary-General said on Thursday, in a speech underlining his continued fight to stamp out antisemitism, racism and other forms of hatred. António Guterres was speaking at the Museum of Jewish […]

Guterres says justice must be done following deadly Burkina Faso convoy attack

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Authorities in Burkina Faso must “do everything in their power” to bring to justice the perpetrators of an attack on a mining company convoy in the West African nation on Wednesday, which killed dozens and left scores more injured, the UN chief said on Thursday. “The Secretary-General conveys his condolences to the families of the deceased, as well as […]

UN Member States overwhelmingly support end of US embargo against Cuba

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. For the 28th consecutive year, the UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution calling for an end to the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba. During a vote held on Wednesday, 187 Member States underlined their support for […]

UN peacekeepers warn of increasing global challenges

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Organized crime, breakdowns in law and order, and attacks by extremists, are examples of the challenges faced by UN peacekeepers, the Security Council was told on Wednesday, during a briefing by senior UN Police Commissioners, and UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix. Fighting […]

Disease slashing global meat output, cereals boom, bananas under watch: FAO

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A rapid spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) is wiping out pig herds in China, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Thursday, and the killer disease has led to a drop in world meat production for the first time in more than 20 years, with […]