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Inclusive peace in Afghanistan means ‘women at the centre’ urges UN deputy chief in Kabul

UN News Service - Sun, 21/07/2019 - 19:02
The UN deputy chief issued an impassioned plea on Sunday for Afghans to reconcile with the past and put “women at the centre” of all efforts to forge a durable peace, and a truly inclusive political process where women’s voices are truly heard. 

Inclusive peace in Afghanistan means ‘women at the centre’ urges UN deputy chief in Kabul

UN Top News - Sun, 21/07/2019 - 19:02
The UN deputy chief issued an impassioned plea on Sunday for Afghans to reconcile with the past and put “women at the centre” of all efforts to forge a durable peace, and a truly inclusive political process where women’s voices are truly heard. 

Top UN sustainable development forum closes with galvanized effort toward ‘empowerment, inclusiveness and equality’

UN Top News - Sat, 20/07/2019 - 00:28
In closing the High-level Segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on Friday, President Inga Rhonda King assured participants that the session had contributed significantly to advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

‘Firmly united’ Security Council can bolster Colombia’s efforts to secure lasting peace, says UN envoy

UN Top News - Fri, 19/07/2019 - 23:34
The Colombian peace process is an outstanding example of how much support the United Nations can provide when the Security Council is ‘firmly united’, a senior UN envoy said on Friday, calling for the 15-member body’s continued commitment as the country works to overcome secure lasting peace. 

First men on the moon ‘came in peace’ to UN Headquarters ‘for all mankind’

UN Top News - Fri, 19/07/2019 - 22:24
As the world remembers Saturday’s 50th anniversary of the “giant leap for mankind” made by all those involved in the pioneering Apollo 11 space programme, we take a look back at the visit made by astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, to UN Headquarters in New York, just a few weeks after their historic mission. 

Friday’s Daily Brief: solidarity with Japan, call for DR Congo support, family-friendly workplaces, hottest June ever, Venezuela and Afghanistan updates

UN News Service - Fri, 19/07/2019 - 21:56
In today’s Daily Brief: UN stands in solidarity with Japan; avoid panic over DR Congo Ebola emergency; ‘transformative shift’ needed towards family-friendly work policies; hottest June EVER; Venezuelan migrant dangers; stop targeting Afghanistan civilians call.

Friday’s Daily Brief: solidarity with Japan, call for DR Congo support, family-friendly workplaces, hottest June ever, Venezuela and Afghanistan updates

UN Top News - Fri, 19/07/2019 - 21:56
In today’s Daily Brief: UN stands in solidarity with Japan; avoid panic over DR Congo Ebola emergency; ‘transformative shift’ needed towards family-friendly work policies; hottest June EVER; Venezuelan migrant dangers; stop targeting Afghanistan civilians call.

‘Indiscriminate blasts’ in civilian areas ‘must stop’, UN mission in Afghanistan stresses 

UN Top News - Fri, 19/07/2019 - 21:27
The “deliberate targeting of educational facilities” during armed conflict is “a war crime”, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said on Friday after a bomb detonated near the entrance to Kabul University, in the country’s capital. 

Zimbabwe: Droughts leave millions food insecure, UN food agency scales up assistance 

UN Top News - Fri, 19/07/2019 - 19:49
Severe drought has rendered more than a third of rural households in Zimbabwe – or around 3.5 million people – dangerously food insecure, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) revealed on Friday. 

Don’t panic, support DR Congo in fight against deadly Ebola virus, UN health agency urges

UN Top News - Fri, 19/07/2019 - 18:12
Ebola virus is just one challenge among many facing communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, reiterating an appeal for the international community to show support and solidarity for its people. 

UN stands in solidarity with Japan following deadly arson attack at leading animation studio in Kyoto

UN Top News - Fri, 19/07/2019 - 15:57
UN chief António Guterres said on Friday he was “deeply saddened” at the death of at least 33 people inside a popular Japanese animation studio, in the city of Kyoto, following an arson attack that constitutes one of the worst mass-killings in the nation’s history. 

UNICEF urges ‘transformative shift’ in family-friendly work policies to reap ‘huge’ benefits

UN News Service - Fri, 19/07/2019 - 04:00
Because the “earliest years” of life are the most crucial, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) published a list of new family-friendly policy recommendations on Friday it says will likely reap “huge” benefits.

UNICEF urges ‘transformative shift’ in family-friendly work policies to reap ‘huge’ benefits

UN Top News - Fri, 19/07/2019 - 04:00
Because the “earliest years” of life are the most crucial, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) published a list of new family-friendly policy recommendations on Friday it says will likely reap “huge” benefits.

‘Stay together and step up’ action to meet Global Goals, ECOSOC President tells development forum

UN Top News - Fri, 19/07/2019 - 00:35
We can realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 “if we all stay together and step up our actions”, Inga Rhonda King, President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ESOSOC), said on Thursday.

Carnage must stop in northwest Syria demands Lowcock, as attacks intensify

UN Top News - Thu, 18/07/2019 - 22:53
After 80 days of intensifying attacks, many on health facilities, “the carnage must stop” in northwest Syria, said the UN relief chief on Thursday, noting that more than 70 civilians had been killed this month alone across the last rebel-held enclave of the country.

Thursday’s Daily Brief: Mandela Day, war waning in Yemen? Deadly monsoon rains, zero hunger hopes fade, fifth anniversary of MH17 crash

UN Top News - Thu, 18/07/2019 - 22:47
In today’s Daily Brief: World celebrates Nelson Mandela; Security Council hears end of Yemen war may be in sight; South Asia children turned ‘upside down’ by monsoon rains; world ‘off track’ to meet zero hunger target; Italy urged to stop ‘criminalising’ migrant rescues   

Stronger partnerships with post-conflict countries needed to ensure ‘path towards durable peace’: UN chief

UN Top News - Thu, 18/07/2019 - 22:33
As UN missions are drawn down and eventually closed, stronger partnerships are needed to ensure that countries recovering from conflict can transition successfully to a phase of durable peace and development, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Thursday.

World ‘off track’ to meet most Sustainable Development Goals on hunger, food security and nutrition

UN Top News - Thu, 18/07/2019 - 21:11
Key parts of the Global Goals agenda linked to achieving zero-hunger are “off-track”, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Thursday, in an appeal for much greater public investment in farming.

Yemen: UN Envoy ‘guilty’ of optimistic hope that war is ‘nearing the end’

UN Top News - Thu, 18/07/2019 - 19:05
With Yemen once again at a “crucial moment” the UN Special Envoy trying to facilitate peace there told Security Council members on Thursday that despite the dangers of being over optimistic, he could not help thinking the country could finally be “nearing the end of its war.”

Monsoon rains turn millions of children’s lives ‘upside down’ across South Asia

UN Top News - Thu, 18/07/2019 - 17:37
Heavy rainfall, severe flooding and landslides across Nepal, India and Bangladesh have killed at least 93 children, and put the lives of millions more at risk, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which is “responding urgently”.