Happening in the UN

UN General Assembly: Here are the 5 big summits to watch for

UN Top News - 17 hours 14 min ago
It’s that time again, when the eyes of the world turn to New York, as world leaders fly into the city to take part in the General Debate that marks the opening of the latest session of the UN General Assembly, or UNGA.

Guterres calls for ‘maximum restraint’ following drone assault on key Saudi oil facility

UN Top News - Sun, 15/09/2019 - 22:26
The UN Secretary-General appealed on Sunday for “maximum restraint" following a wave of drone attacks claimed by Houthi rebels in Yemen, against a huge Saudi Arabian State-owned Armco petroleum processing facility, which threatens to disrupt global oil supplies. 

UN chief urges ‘active, substantive and meaningful participation’ on International Day of Democracy

UN Top News - Sun, 15/09/2019 - 01:59
On the International Day of Democracy, the United Nations chief urged each Government to respect its citizens’ right to “meaningful participation” in the political process.

In The Bahamas, Guterres sees impact of ‘Category Hell’ hurricane, ‘powered by climate change’ 

UN Top News - Sun, 15/09/2019 - 01:16
The UN chief saw for himself the deadly power of Hurricane Dorian on the shattered islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama on Saturday, describing it as more like a “Category Hell” disaster, than the official Category 5 designation used by meteorologists. 

In visit to hurricane-ravaged Bahamas, UN chief calls for greater action to address climate change

UN Top News - Sat, 14/09/2019 - 01:40
World leaders attending the upcoming UN Climate Action Summit are being urged to show up armed not with speeches but with plans to achieve carbon neutrality, reduce emissions and improve adaptation.

UNESCO food and culture forum dishes up fresh serving of SDGs

UN Top News - Fri, 13/09/2019 - 23:20
Strengthening cultural heritage and culture-related food practices boosts social inclusion, economic development and well-being, the UN’s deputy culture chief told participants at the UNESCO agency’s World Forum on the matter, on Friday.

UN General Assembly celebrates 20 years of promoting a culture of peace

UN Top News - Fri, 13/09/2019 - 22:32
Just as the greatest global challenges cannot be solved by a single country, peace cannot be pursued in isolation, outgoing UN General Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa said on Friday.

Friday’s Daily Brief: 12 million may miss school, Bangladesh and Mali updates, Kenya’s malaria vaccine, land degradation pact

UN Top News - Fri, 13/09/2019 - 22:21
A recap of Friday’s top stories: 12 million children may never go to school; Monsoon rains crush Rohingya shelters; 3.9 million Malians in need of humanitarian aid; Kenya launches malaria vaccine; and agreement made to neutralize land degradation.

Delhi Declaration: Countries agree to make ‘land degradation neutrality’ by 2030, a national target for action

UN Top News - Fri, 13/09/2019 - 21:43
A major UN conference on fighting desertification agreed on Friday to make the Sustainable Development Goal target of achieving “land degradation neutrality” (LDN), a national target for action.

INTERVIEW: Poverty, education and inclusion top new General Assembly President’s priority list

UN Top News - Fri, 13/09/2019 - 19:24
Back in June, Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, was elected by acclamation to preside over the 74th session of the General Assembly, which kicks off in New York in just over a week.

Around 12 million children may never see a classroom, UN data reveals

UN Top News - Fri, 13/09/2019 - 17:59
New data published by the United Nations cultural agency on Friday, reveals that without taking urgent measures, around 12 million young children will never set foot inside a school, with girls facing “the greatest barriers”.

Monsoon destroys Rohingya shelters, sparking record UN emergency food agency response in Bangladesh

UN Top News - Fri, 13/09/2019 - 17:35
Unusually heavy monsoon rains have inundated shelters in refugee camps in southern Bangladesh creating “havoc”, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday, as it launched its biggest emergency response of the year for displaced Rohingya families.

Thursday’s Daily Brief: Religious site protection, South-South Cooperation, ‘UNComplicated’ airs, West Bank threat, vaccination, Hong Kong update

UN Top News - Thu, 12/09/2019 - 22:18
A recap of Thursday’s top stories: UN Chief’s global call to safeguard religious sites; South-South Cooperation ‘accelerates’ towards SDGs; Guterres on West Bank annexation threat; WHO says one in 10 children not getting proper vaccines; Protestor protection call over Hong Kong; New ‘UNComplicated’ podcast launches.

Annexing Jordan Valley would end ‘illusion’ of a meaningful two-State solution: UN rights expert

UN Top News - Thu, 12/09/2019 - 20:40
Israel’s intention to annex the Jordan Valley is illegal and threatens chances for a meaningful two-State solution with the Palestinians, a UN independent human rights expert has said.

UNcomplicating the UN: a new podcast is born over coffee in New York

UN Top News - Thu, 12/09/2019 - 19:45
This week, just in time for #UNGA74, UN News is launching a brand-new podcast which grew out of a conversation in a coffee shop, between our hosts, Sinduja Srinivasan, and Jason DeWall.

‘Reaffirm the sanctity’ of religious sites, says Guterres, launching new plan to ‘counter hate and violence’

UN Top News - Thu, 12/09/2019 - 19:15
Amidst a global call by Secretary-General António Guterres to “reaffirm the sanctity” of religious sites and keep worshippers safe, the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) on Thursday launched a new plan of action to “counter hate and violence around the globe”.

South-South Cooperation ‘accelerates’ us toward 2030 goals, UN Chief says on International Day

UN Top News - Thu, 12/09/2019 - 19:01
Collaboration among countries of the global south offers a “unique pathway” that accelerates us towards the key 2030 sustainable development targets, UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, told a commemorative event for South-South Cooperation (SSC) on Thursday.

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: ‘Appalling’ conditions in Syria camp, precarious SDG progress, South Sudan, Palestine refugees and mining in Mongolia

UN Top News - Wed, 11/09/2019 - 22:48
A recap of Wednesday’s top stories: ‘Inhumane conditions’ in Syria’s Al Hol camp worsening; SDG progress risks going backward; food insecurity in South Sudan; Arab League petitioned to support Palestine refugees; and mining in Mongolia should boost development.

Climate crisis could see ‘collapse’ of some economies without diversification, warns UN trade chief

UN Top News - Wed, 11/09/2019 - 21:11
Climate change poses an “existential threat to commodity-dependent developing countries”, the United Nation’s trade chief said on Wednesday, pointing to a newly released report highlighting the need to diversify economies and exports.

SDG progress ‘in danger’ of going backwards without change in direction, new UN report reveals

UN Top News - Wed, 11/09/2019 - 19:42
The current worldwide sustainable development model is threatening to reverse years of progress, if strategies don’t drastically change, an independent group of scientists has concluded in a major new report launched on Wednesday.