Happening in the UN

Thousands suffering amid harrowing conditions in east Ghouta and Afrin – UN

UN Top News - Mon, 19/03/2018 - 22:48
The United Nations in Syria is appealing urgently for help to ease the catastrophic situation for tens for thousands of people impacted by fighting in Eastern Ghouta, outside Damascus, and the northern town of Afrin.

UN spotlights rainwater recycling, artificial wetlands among ‘green’ solutions to global water crisis

UN Top News - Mon, 19/03/2018 - 21:41
With five billion people at risk of having difficulty accessing adequate water by 2050, finding nature-based solutions, such as China’s rainwater recycling, India’s forest regeneration and Ukraine’s artificial wetlands, is becoming increasingly important, according to a United Nations report released Monday at the world’s largest water-related event in Brazil.

Is safety and a small plot of land too much for DR Congo’s beleaguered people to hope for? UN aid chief asks

UN Top News - Mon, 19/03/2018 - 19:32
The humanitarian crisis and the resulting suffering will only worsen in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) if persistent violence is not brought under control and there is no political transition, the top United Nations relief official warned on Monday.

UN forum to spotlight ways ICT can help beat poverty and boost development

UN Top News - Mon, 19/03/2018 - 18:12
Making information and communication technology (ICT) readily available for vulnerable countries and harnessing it’s potential to help tackle a raft of ills – from disaster risk reduction to reaching ‘zero hunger’ – will be among the issues on the agenda at an annual United Nations information forum that kicked off Monday in Geneva.

Lebanon: UN humanitarian fund to step up support for the most vulnerable

UN Top News - Mon, 19/03/2018 - 16:29
At a time when resources for refugees from Syria is declining, the top United Nations humanitarian official in Lebanon, the country host to some 1.5 million Syrian and several thousand Palestinian refugees, has launched a funding allocation to ensure that critical relief programmes can be sustained.

Alarmed by plight of Central African refugees in Chad, UN urges funding to scale up humanitarian response

UN Top News - Sat, 17/03/2018 - 01:47
Thousands of refugees who have fled violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) to Chad are facing food and shelter shortages, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday, warning that this is the largest influx in four years into the small landlocked country.

Brief ceasefire in Douma only piece of good news for civilians in war-torn Syria, UN envoy says

UN Top News - Fri, 16/03/2018 - 20:29
The United Nations mediator for the Syrian conflict told the Security Council on Friday that its three-week old demand for a ceasefire across the war-ravaged country was still not being implemented, and while progress had been made in Douma in Eastern Ghouta, “the bottom line is, too many civilians are still suffering.”

Gaza requires changed political reality, renewed commitment to avoid total collapse

UN Top News - Fri, 16/03/2018 - 20:19
The lack of a political process to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to be the single largest impediment to Palestinian development, and an escalation in hostilities could completely break down service delivery in Gaza, a United Nations report said Friday.

UN appeals for nearly $1 billion to address ‘critical needs’ of Rohingya refugees, Bangladesh host communities

UN Top News - Fri, 16/03/2018 - 18:58
To meet the urgent needs of nearly 900,000 Rohingya refugees and more than 330,000 vulnerable Bangladeshis in the communities hosting them, United Nations agencies and their humanitarian partners appealed jointly on Friday for $951 million.

UN refugee agency scaling up support as ‘horrific’ violence in DR Congo drives thousands into Uganda

UN Top News - Fri, 16/03/2018 - 16:31
In the span of just three days – between 10 and 13 March – more than 4,000 people, mostly terrified women and children, have crossed into Uganda from crisis-gripped eastern provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations refugee agency said Friday.

Syria: Children, families killed by airstrikes, shelling in Afrin – UN

UN Top News - Fri, 16/03/2018 - 15:50
Dozens of children have been killed since fighting began in the north-western Syrian town of Afrin, where people are under bombardment, hospitals have been shut down and water supplies cut off, the United Nations has reported.

Pakistan: UN chief condemns attack at police checkpoint near Lahore

UN Top News - Fri, 16/03/2018 - 01:35
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned yesterday’s attack at a police checkpoint near a mosque in the outskirts of Lahore.

Ukraine: UN calls for protection of civilians after attacks on water facility workers

UN Top News - Fri, 16/03/2018 - 00:11
Following recent shelling of water treatment workers in eastern Ukraine, a senior United Nations official has called on all parties to the conflict to protect those civilians who maintain critical infrastructure.

UN Security Council calls for all Yemen’s ports to remain fully open to all aid imports

UN Top News - Thu, 15/03/2018 - 23:36
The Security Council has urged warring parties in Yemen to allow humanitarian convoys to safely reach all conflict-affected governorates without hindrance, while also asking that all Yemen’s ports remain fully open to commercial and relief supply imports.

In Rome, UN chief urges international community to remain strongly committed to stability in Lebanon

UN Top News - Thu, 15/03/2018 - 23:30
Calling Lebanon “a fundamental pillar of stability” in the Middle East, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday told a high-level meeting in Rome that it is absolutely essential for the international community to show strong solidarity with the country.

Major reports on biodiversity, ecosystem services to be launched at UN-backed meeting in Medellin

UN Top News - Thu, 15/03/2018 - 22:52
With our planet’s flora and fauna facing unprecedented threats, science and policy experts are set to gather next week in Medellin, Colombia, for a United Nations-backed meeting to consider five landmark reports aiming to inform better decisions by Governments, businesses and even individuals on biodiversity, and issues of land degradation and restoration.

The Netherlands and UN peacekeeping: Helping countries navigate the difficult path from conflict to peace

UN Top News - Thu, 15/03/2018 - 22:37
From air transport in the Congo to truce observation in the Golan and assistance in the transition to independence in Namibia, the Netherlands has a long history with United Nations peacekeeping.

Guterres urges donors to generously support UN agency for Palestine refugees, ‘as a matter of human solidarity’

UN Top News - Thu, 15/03/2018 - 21:56
Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday called on the international community to generously support the activities of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which is facing “the worst financial crisis in its history.”  

Four countries on track to graduate from UN list of least developed countries

UN Top News - Thu, 15/03/2018 - 21:55
Four countries could soon “graduate” from the ranks of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable nations, a United Nations expert committee announced on Thursday

Security Council renews UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan

UN Top News - Thu, 15/03/2018 - 18:51
The United Nations Security Council on Thursday renewed the mandate of UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan for another year and demanded that all parties immediately end the fighting countrywide.