Survivors of ISIL terror in Iraq want justice, not revenge, says head of UN investigation team

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The scale and barbarity of the crimes committed by ISIL have ultimately served not to divide but to unify, Karim Asad Ahmad Khan, head of the UN Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (UNITAD), told the Security […]

‘No hope’ global development goals can be achieved without women, says UN Assembly President

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Without the full participation and leadership of women, “we have no hope” of realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the President of the United Nations General Assembly told gender equality leaders on Monday. “This is an obvious point to make, but it is, […]

‘We won’t get to zero cases of Ebola without a big scale-up in funding,’ UN relief chief warns

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Deadly, attacks on health workers in Ebola-hit areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), including one at the weekend that left two dead, are an indication that combating the disease outbreak will require far greater international support, UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock said on Monday. Speaking in Geneva, Mr. Lowcock, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, insisted on […]

Baby foods high in sugar, inappropriately marketed in Europe, reveal two UN studies

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Proper nutrition for newborn babies into early childhood is key to development and good health in later life, according to the Regional Director of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) in Europe, as she launched two new studies on Monday. The studies from WHO […]

‘Complacency’ a factor in stagnating global vaccination rates, warn UN health chiefs

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. More than one in 10 children – almost 20 million worldwide – failed to receive potentially lifesaving vaccines in 2018, the UN said on Monday, citing obstacles including conflict, cost and complacency. According to a joint study by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), 10 countries accounted for 11.7 of the 19.4 million under and non-vaccinated youngsters in the […]

UN highlights importance of skills development on World Youth Skills Day

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. At UN Headquarters, and across the globe, events are taking place on Monday to celebrate World Youth Skills Day – marked each year on 15 July – to raise awareness about the importance of youth skills development. The Day is important because rising youth […]

Over 820 million people suffering from hunger; new UN report reveals stubborn realities of ‘immense’ global challenge

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. After nearly a decade of progress, the number of people who suffer from hunger has slowly increased over the past three years, with about one in every nine people globally suffering from hunger today, the United Nations said in a new report released on […]

Monday’s Daily Brief: numbers of hungry people rising, millions of children need vaccines, Mali children need more protection

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. In today’s Daily Brief: achieving zero hunger an “immense challenge”, with numbers of hungry rising; 20 million children are missing out on potentially life-saving vaccines, the killing of health workers in DR Congo shows the need for a stronger Ebola response; a UN expert […]

With half of Somaliland children not in school, UNICEF and partners launch education access programme

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Access to education in Somaliland is extremely limited, with more than 50 per cent of children in Somaliland out of school. In an effort to address the problem, the UN children’s fund, UNICEF, has partnered with the government, and the global fund Education Cannot […]

UN chief condemns terror attack in Kismayo, Somalia

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. UN Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the terrorist attack that took place on July 12 in southern Somalia. In a statement released on Friday, Mr. Guterres expressed his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the attack and wished a swift […]

UN Human Rights Council stands firm on LGBTI violence, Syria detainees and Philippines ‘war on drugs’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The 41st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council ended on Friday with measures taken to address worrying developments in Eritrea, Syria and the Philippines, along with other issues of global concern, such as violence and discrimination against the LGBTI community. Out of […]

Pledging ongoing UN support during visit to cyclone-hit areas, Guterres praises resilience of Mozambicans

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Determined children learning in classes without roofs, resilient women farming without tools or much land, and grateful people who survived a cyclone that destroyed their livelihoods; on his final day in Mozambique, UN chief António Guterres witnessed first-hand the inner strength and resilience of […]

Developing countries should not be liable for emissions ‘accumulated throughout history’, key UN development forum hears

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Citing climate change as being caused by “emissions accumulated throughout history”, the head of China’s Xiamen Airlines told the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in New York on Friday that heavy carbon dioxide emitters should “take on greater responsibility” to […]

As monsoon rains pound Rohingya refugee camps, UN food relief agency steps up aid

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Since 4 July, heavy monsoon rains and wind have pounded the refugee camps in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar, with deaths, displacement and major damage following in their wake, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday. “Those in the most vulnerable living situations have been […]

In aftermath of Libya airstrike deaths, UN officials call for refugees and migrants to be freed from detention

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. “As a priority, we ask that 5,600 refugees and migrants currently held in centres across Libya be freed in an orderly manner and their protection guaranteed” the UN refugee and migrants chiefs said in a joint statement, released on Friday. The call comes in […]

UN’s Guterres condemns ongoing airstrikes on Syria’s hospitals, medical workers

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Reports that airstrikes have hit several health facilities in north-west Syria have been strongly condemned by the UN Secretary-General. In a statement issued late Thursday evening, António Guterres said that one of the damaged facilities included a large hospital in Maarat al-Numan whose coordinates […]

Science is ‘key’ to pushing forward the 2030 Agenda, UN development forum told

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The implementation, follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was front and centre at the United Nations on Thursday as the third day of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) focused on the import role that science plays in […]

In Mozambique, it’s ‘a matter of the heart’ says Guterres, lauding the cyclone-struck nation’s ‘undeniable moral authority’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Arriving in Mozambique to express solidarity and see for himself the damage wrought by two back-to-back cyclones earlier this year, UN chief António Guterres on Thursday said “undeniable moral authority” lay with its people, who had borne the brunt of a disaster linked inexorably to […]

‘Unlock opportunities’ and pave the way for sustainable development, UN chief urges on World Population Day

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. As the number of people on the planet continues to rise, UN Secretary-General António Guterres marked World Population Day by highlighting the close link between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and demographic trends – urging everyone to “unlock opportunities for those left behind […]

New UN poverty report reveals ‘vast inequalities’ between countries

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. There are vast inequalities across countries, and among the poorer segments of societies, says a new UN report published on Thursday. The 2019 global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), shows that, in the 101 countries studied – 31 low […]

Mass measles vaccination campaign begins in Ebola-hit DR Congo province

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Health workers have started a massive measles vaccination campaign in north-east Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a region that’s in the grip of the second deadliest Ebola virus outbreak on record. UN Children’s Fund UNICEF said on Thursday that it aims to inoculate […]

Thursday’s Daily Brief: Poverty report reveals ‘vast inequalities’, measles compounds DRC Ebola woes, Guterres visits Mozambique, Bangladesh update, freedom of expression online

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. This Thursday, we cover: New poverty report cites ‘vast inequalities’; measles campaign in Ebola-hit DR Congo; World Population Day; UN chief visits cyclone-ravaged Mozambique; monsoon rains cause ‘misery’ for refugees; and why the internet’s ‘essential’ for free expression. New UN poverty report reveals ‘vast […]

Peace operations benefit from improved cooperation between the UN and troop-providing countries, says peacekeeping chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Cooperation between the UN Secretariat; Security Council; and countries contributing troops and police to peacekeeping operations; is “a crucial factor” to enhancing those operations, the UN peacekeeping chief told the Security Council on Wednesday. Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, was speaking at […]

‘Nothing left to go back for’: UN News hears extraordinary stories of loss, and survival as Mozambique rebuilds from deadly cyclones

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. As UN Secretary-General António Guterres arrives in the southern African nation of Mozambique on Thursday for a two-day visit, he will be surveying the damage wrought by the deadly back-to-back cyclones earlier this year. UN News reports from the ground, on some of the […]

A quarter of Pacific islanders live below ‘basic needs poverty lines’, top UN development forum hears

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. While progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been made over the past four years, some vulnerable island States are losing momentum in the race to 2030, according to discussions at the United Nations’ annual High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) on […]

UN experts voice ‘deep concern’ over Iran’s ‘consistent pattern’ of denying life-saving medical treatment to detainees

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Despite repeated calls, Iran continues to deny medical treatment to detainees in what amounts to “a consistent pattern”, according to eight UN human rights experts, in a statement on Wednesday. “Over several months we have communicated to the Iranian Government our deep concerns about […]

Terrorism ‘spreading and destabilizing’ entire regions, Guterres warns States, at key Kenya conference

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. “Trauma from terrorism” hurts families, communities and destabilizes entire regions, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday, as he expressed solidarity with victims of extremist attacks in Africa. Speaking in Nairobi at the opening of a conference on counter-terrorism, Mr. Guterres recalled how attackers […]

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Guterres in Kenya, Prisoners sick in Iran, #GlobalGoals, Myanmar, Ukraine updates, and new space partnership

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. This Wednesday’s UN top stories are: latest global terror warnings; political prisoners denied health access in Iran; high-level discussions on Sustainable Development Goals; continued abuse of Rohingya in Myanmar; Odessa killings in Ukraine; and partnering with NASA. Terrorism ‘spreading and destabilizing’ entire regions, Guterres […]

Threat from petty criminals who turn to terrorism, a growing concern, Security Council hears

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The less predictable threats represented by small-time criminals who have opportunistically embraced terrorism, are a source of growing concern, the UN Security Council heard on Tuesday. That warning came from Tamara Makarenko, an International Consultant, who works with the UN Interregional Crime and Justice […]

Groundbreaking cancer-fighting drugs now included in updated UN list of essential medicines

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The UN health agency, WHO, announced on Tuesday that dozens of new drugs have been added to the list of essential medicines that every country should have, including new cancer treatments that can be swallowed rather than injected. More than 150 countries use the […]

Now is the time to seize ‘unprecedented opportunity’ of the Sustainable Development Forum, says ECOSOC President

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Nations across the world now have an “unprecedented opportunity to talk to each other and learn from each other”, Inga Rhonda King, President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ESOSOC), said on Tuesday, kicking off the annual High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development […]

‘Brutal weather’ continues as Rohingya refugee children endure devastating rainfall in Bangladesh

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Heavy flooding and landslides in the Rohingya refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, has left thousands of children and families in an increasingly dire situation with critical infrastructure damaged or destroyed, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Tuesday, while scaling up relief […]

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: #GlobalGoals progress, essential meds, updates from Cox’s Bazar, Sudan and DR Congo

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. This Tuesday’s UN top stories are: high-level discussions on the progress made towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals; falling behind on universal education dream; the UN list of essential medicines updated; life-threatening floods in Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh; and human rights […]