Happening in the UN


UN condemns twin suicide attacks in Baghdad

UN Top News - Tue, 16/01/2018 - 00:03
Strongly condemning two terrorist attacks in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has underscored the Organization’s support for the country in its fight against terrorism.

PODCAST: Tea and empathy – Refugee ZamZam Yusuf’s extraordinary journey

UN Top News - Mon, 15/01/2018 - 22:45
Somali refugee ZamZam Yusuf has a message for any neighbours who think she doesn’t have the right to call Leicester, in the English Midlands, home.

OECD-UN forum on strengthening collection and use of migration data kicks off in Paris

UN Top News - Mon, 15/01/2018 - 22:20
International organizations, policy experts, statisticians and civil society came together on Monday at a United Nations-supported forum in Paris to answer the global call for more accurate and timely information on migration flows and examine how improved data collection can feed into better policymaking.

In Afghanistan, Security Council reiterates support for efforts to restore peace and progress

UN Top News - Mon, 15/01/2018 - 21:39
The United Nations Security Council, during a weekend mission to Afghanistan, reiterated its support for the Central Asian country’s efforts to restore peace, stability and progress.

Progress against hunger, poverty hinges on empowering indigenous women – UN agriculture chief

UN Top News - Mon, 15/01/2018 - 19:02
Empowering indigenous women – who have higher malnutrition rates than any other social group and typically earn far less than men – is key to successfully fighting hunger and extreme poverty, the United Nations agriculture chief has said.

In strife-torn Afghanistan, people need support 'more than ever' says senior UN aid official

UN Top News - Mon, 15/01/2018 - 07:00
Amid continuing violence in Afghanistan, the United Nations and the humanitarian community has appealed for $430 million to provide assistance to some 2.8 million people across the country who have been affected by conflict and natural disasters as well as families returning home after years in Iran and Pakistan.

A bloody start to 2018 in Syria; Over 30 children killed in two weeks – UNICEF

UN News Service - Sun, 14/01/2018 - 07:00
Only in the first 14 days of the year, more than 30 children have been killed in escalating violence in Syria&#39s East Ghouta, where an estimated 200,000 children have been trapped under siege since 2013, the top United Nations Children&#39s Fund (UNICEF) official in the Middle Eastern country said Sunday.

In Colombia, UN chief meets with ex-combatants, expressing hope for future and peace process

UN Top News - Sun, 14/01/2018 - 07:00
On the second day of an official visit to Colombia, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Sunday expressed hopes for the future and for the peace process in the South American country.

A bloody start to 2018 in Syria; Over 30 children killed in two weeks – UNICEF

UN Top News - Sun, 14/01/2018 - 07:00
Only in the first 14 days of the year, more than 30 children have been killed in escalating violence in Syria&#39s East Ghouta, where an estimated 200,000 children have been trapped under siege since 2013, the top United Nations Children&#39s Fund (UNICEF) official in the Middle Eastern country said Sunday.

Bangladesh: UN agencies working to vaccinate half a million children against diphtheria

UN Top News - Sun, 14/01/2018 - 07:00
As part of an intensified response to the current diphtheria outbreak, United Nations agencies are working to vaccinate more than 475,000 children in Rohingya refugee camps, temporary settlements and surrounding areas in Bangladesh&#39s Cox&#39s Bazar.

In Bogotá, UN Secretary-General Guterres expresses full support for peace process in Colombia

UN Top News - Sat, 13/01/2018 - 07:00
In an official visit to Colombia, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday met with the country&#39s President in the capital, Bogotá, where the UN chief said it is the duty of all the citizens of the world to support the peace process there.

South Sudan: Rebuilt bridge in Upper Nile helping local communities, improving aid delivery

UN Top News - Sat, 13/01/2018 - 00:28
For Samuel James Ayot, a villager from Akoka in rural north South Sudan, accessing basic services and earning a livelihood does not mean having to make a perilous neck-deep wade across a river, thanks to the tireless efforts of Indian peacekeepers from the United Nations mission there, who rebuilt a bridge and connected his village to a major provincial town.

Migration, sustaining peace, development high on UN General Assembly’s agenda for 2018

UN Top News - Fri, 12/01/2018 - 23:56
Migration, sustaining peace and development are among the priorities of the United Nations General Assembly for the remainder of the current session through September 2018, the President of the main UN deliberative and policymaking body said Friday.

South Africa responding to largest-ever Listeria outbreak – UN health agency

UN Top News - Fri, 12/01/2018 - 21:06
What is believed to be the largest-ever outbreak of the bacterial disease Listeriosis – or Listeria – has left more than 60 people dead across South Africa, with nearly 750 confirmed cases, the United Nation’s health agency said Friday.

More refugees and migrants feared lost in Mediterranean; UN urges safer resettlement options

UN Top News - Fri, 12/01/2018 - 19:42
Amid reports that some 160 people are feared lost during desperate attempts to cross the Mediterranean this week alone, the United Nations refugee agency on Friday called for more action to save lives by offering more resettlement places and safe alternatives for people on the move.

Iraqis returning home outnumber displaced for first time since 2013, says UN migration agency

UN Top News - Fri, 12/01/2018 - 18:37
The number of Iraqis returning to their area of origin has surpassed those internally displaced for the first time since December 2013, when the country became engulfed in conflict with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh), the United Nations migration agency said Friday.

UN rights office urges Tunisian authorities to ensure freedom of peaceful assembly

UN Top News - Fri, 12/01/2018 - 07:00
The United Nations human rights office on Friday called on the authorities in Tunisia to ensure that protestors are not arrested in an arbitrary manner, and that all those detained are treated with full respect for their due process rights and other fundamental guarantees.

Boko Haram attacks, human trafficking threaten progress in West Africa and Sahel – UN envoy

UN Top News - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 23:56
The security situation in West Africa and the Sahel remains of grave concern, the United Nations envoy for the region said Thursday, warning that while there had been progress on the political front over the past year, there had also been a worrying upsurge in Boko Haram attacks.

In Damascus, UN aid chief outlines measures to improve response to Syrian crisis in 2018

UN Top News - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 20:36
After seven years of bloody conflict, the Syrian war has wreaked a “colossal toll” on the country and its people, the United Nations relief chief said on Thursday from the capital, Damascus, where he outlined ways to sustain and improve humanitarian assistance and protection for everyone affected by the crisis this year.

In Hargeisa, UN envoy for Somalia calls for calm and dialogue following clashes

UN Top News - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 19:26
The top United Nations envoy for Somalia has called for calm and dialogue amid reports of clashes between security forces from ‘Somaliland’ and neighbouring Puntland.