Happening in the UN


UN rights expert calls for civilian protection as fighting escalates between military and armed group

UN Top News - 16 hours 23 min ago
Calling on the Myanmar Government to “immediately reverse its decision not to allow access to all humanitarian organizations”, the United Nations expert on human rights in the South-East Asian country said on Friday, that “it’s vital that assistance is able to reach those who have fled violence in the region”.

Thousands returning to Nigeria’s restive Borno state ‘at risk’; UN ‘gravely concerned’

UN Top News - 16 hours 30 min ago
Amid reports that Cameroon is forcing several thousand Nigerians to return to Borno state in the country’s crisis-gripped north-east, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) deplored the move, saying it has put lives “at risk”.

Libyan authorities must shoulder the burden to support country’s ‘vulnerable’ south

UN Top News - Fri, 18/01/2019 - 22:02
Despite years of promises to address the “vulnerable heart” of Libya – the country’s south – conditions around its water and oil resource wealth have continued to deteriorate at “an alarming rate”, the United Nations envoy for the country told the Security Council.

UN agency chief calls Ethiopia’s revised refugee law ‘one of most progressive’ in Africa

UN Top News - Fri, 18/01/2019 - 21:39
Ethiopia has revised its existing refugee law, making it easier to obtain work permits, drivers’ licenses and access primary school, a move being hailed by the head of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). 

‘The best-selling brand today is fear’: UN chief highlights urgent need to address global ‘deficit of trust’

UN Top News - Fri, 18/01/2019 - 20:27
Warning against the dangers of widespread fear and mistrust in our planet, the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, told journalists on Friday he wants to reaffirm the UN as a “platform for action to repair broken trust in a broken world.”

UN rights office calls on Zimbabwe Government to end ‘crackdown’ in response to fuel protests

UN Top News - Fri, 18/01/2019 - 19:17
In Zimbabwe, violence and the reported use of live ammunition by State security officials against protesters that has led to “a number of deaths” should be investigated thoroughly and transparently by the Government, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Friday.

FROM THE FIELD: Free tutorials in Mali, ‘a life-saver’ for Fatouma

UN News Service - Thu, 17/01/2019 - 23:12
After fleeing her home in Macina, a small village in central Mali, where she was due to be forced into marriage against her will, 16-year-old Fatouma took shelter with her brother.

FROM THE FIELD: Free tutorials in Mali, ‘a life-saver’ for Fatouma

UN Top News - Thu, 17/01/2019 - 23:12
After fleeing her home in Macina, a small village in central Mali, where she was due to be forced into marriage against her will, 16-year-old Fatouma took shelter with her brother.

Car bomb attack on National Police Academy in Colombia, ‘strongly condemned’ by UN

UN Top News - Thu, 17/01/2019 - 22:15
A car bomb attack at the National Police Academy in the Colombian capital Bogotá, which reportedly left at least nine dead and dozens injured, has been ‘strongly condemned’ by the United Nations.

Iraq: UN demining agency rejects desecration accusations, involving historic Mosul churches

UN Top News - Thu, 17/01/2019 - 20:26
The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in Iraq issued a statement on Thursday rejecting allegations made earlier this week by a non-profit organization  there, alleging that personnel had carried out explosive hazard clearance inside two historic churches in Mosul “in a barbaric and arbitrary manner.”

Sudan: UN rights chief alarmed over ‘excessive force’, alleged use of live fire against protestors

UN Top News - Thu, 17/01/2019 - 18:36
The reported use of “excessive force” against demonstrators across Sudan over food and fuel shortages that has led to the deaths of at least 24 people is “deeply worrying”, the UN’s top human rights official, Michelle Bachelet, said on Thursday.

Iran: women hunger strikers entitled to medical care, UN rights experts urge

UN Top News - Thu, 17/01/2019 - 00:13
A group of six independent United Nations rights experts called on Iran Wednesday to urgently provide Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Narges Mohammadi access to appropriate health care, and reiterated calls for their immediate release, as they continue a hunger strike in protest.

Nearly 900 reportedly killed following ‘shocking’ intercommunal attacks in DR Congo

UN Top News - Wed, 16/01/2019 - 23:20
The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) said on Wednesday that at least 890 villagers were reportedly killed in the western Democratic Republic of the Congo last month, following brutal inter-communal clashes.

Mali: ‘Dire’ humanitarian situation, ‘grave’ security concerns challenge fragile peace

UN Top News - Wed, 16/01/2019 - 23:08
With over 800 schools forced to close due to insecurity, and 2.3 million vulnerable people in need of assistance this year, a top UN official told the Security Council on Wednesday that the humanitarian situation in Mali “remains dire”.

‘Proving our worth through action’: 5 things Guterres wants the UN to focus on in 2019

UN Top News - Wed, 16/01/2019 - 21:55
Despite countless “headwinds” and “ills”, the United Nations has “made a real difference” in 2018 and will need to achieve even more in 2019, as the planet faces “a world of trouble”. 

Yemen: Security Council backs new mission in support of key port city truce

UN Top News - Wed, 16/01/2019 - 19:04
The Security Council unanimously voted on Wednesday in favour of deploying up to 75 observers to monitor a fragile ceasefire in Yemen's port city of Hudaydah which went into effect late last month; a lifeline for millions of Yemenis on the verge of starvation.

More urgency needed to help increasing numbers ‘locked out’, before 2030, says UN’s Bachelet

UN Top News - Wed, 16/01/2019 - 17:47
Many countries are failing to protect and promote the interests of all their people – despite pledging to do so in 2016 – the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Wednesday.

Advancing multilateralism goes ‘hand-in-hand’ with work of the UN

UN Top News - Wed, 16/01/2019 - 01:32
Revitalizing the United Nations to “strengthen a multilateral rule-based world order” tops a list of priorities the General Assembly President told UN Member States on Tuesday.

Migration surge leaves children stranded, begging on Djibouti’s streets

UN News Service - Wed, 16/01/2019 - 00:30
Begging, scrubbing cars or selling themselves on the street for sex are a way of life for many children in Djibouti, according to a survey released by the International Organization Migration (IOM) on Tuesday.  

Migration surge leaves children stranded, begging on Djibouti’s streets

UN Top News - Wed, 16/01/2019 - 00:30
Begging, scrubbing cars or selling themselves on the street for sex are a way of life for many children in Djibouti, according to a survey released by the International Organization Migration (IOM) on Tuesday.