Happening in the UN


‘Stop and listen’ to victims of terrorism, UN chief urges in message marking international day

UN Top News - Tue, 21/08/2018 - 19:48
Recognizing the impact of terrorism on the lives of ordinary people worldwide is the focus of the first observance of an international day that honours victims and survivors.

UN chief welcomes event reuniting families on the Korean Peninsula

UN Top News - Tue, 21/08/2018 - 18:29
The decision to allow scores of people from South Korea to reunite with their relatives north of the border has been welcomed by the UN Secretary-General.

Secretary-General repeats call for support to Lake Chad countries after latest Boko Haram attack

UN Top News - Tue, 21/08/2018 - 17:27
The recent killing of villagers in Nigeria’s Borno State has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

Syria: WHO appeals for funding to sustain critical health care for millions trapped by conflict

UN Top News - Mon, 20/08/2018 - 23:47
With conflict raging in northwest Syria, the United Nations health agency has appealed for $11 million to provide life-saving care to parts of Aleppo, Hama, Idleb and Lattakia governorates.

Somalia has ‘once in a generation’ gender equality opportunity – UN Women chief

UN News Service - Mon, 20/08/2018 - 22:00
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Executive Director of the United Nations entity dealing with issues related to gender, UN Women, has encouraged Somalia to continue making progress in the areas of gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Somalia has ‘once in a generation’ gender equality opportunity – UN Women chief

UN Top News - Mon, 20/08/2018 - 22:00
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Executive Director of the United Nations entity dealing with issues related to gender, UN Women, has encouraged Somalia to continue making progress in the areas of gender equality and women’s empowerment.

‘Think beyond farm jobs’ to reach sustainable development, UN agriculture chief advises African youth

UN Top News - Mon, 20/08/2018 - 19:20
For the African continent to achieve sustainable development, more jobs must be created for its young people, including in the digitalized agriculture sectors, the United Nations agriculture chief told an international conference on Monday.

UN mission welcomes Afghan government’s announcement of Eid holiday ceasefire

UN Top News - Mon, 20/08/2018 - 17:52
After a surge in hostilities in Afghanistan over the past weeks, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomed on Monday the Government’s announcement of a conditional ceasefire for the Eid al-Adha holiday and called on warring parties to use this “momentum” to put an end to the conflict.

A ‘charismatic leader’ dedicated to making the world a better place for all: officials bid farewell to former UN chief Kofi Annan

UN Top News - Sat, 18/08/2018 - 18:16
The flag at United Nations Headquarters in New York is flying at half-mast this Saturday as the Organization marks the death of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

UN mourns death of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, ‘a guiding force for good’

UN Top News - Sat, 18/08/2018 - 13:34
The United Nations is mourning the death of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who passed away peacefully after a short illness, according to a statement published on his official Twitter account on Saturday. The renowned Ghanaian diplomat was 80 years old.

Senior UN children’s advocate says they ‘should never be targeted by violence’

UN Top News - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 23:32
Reacting to a recent upsurge in violent attacks affecting children, Virginia Gamba, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, called on Friday for those responsible to be held fully accountable.

UN chief encourages victims of terrorism to ‘raise up their voices’

UN Top News - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 22:31
Victims of terror attacks have an important and powerful role to play in combatting the “global menace” the United Nations chief said on Friday, launching an exhibition at UN Headquarters in New York to commemorate the first International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism.

Terrorists potentially target millions in makeshift biological weapons ‘laboratories’, UN forum hears

UN Top News - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 21:38
Rapid advances in gene editing and so-called “DIY biological laboratories”which could be used by extremists, threaten to derail efforts to prevent biological weapons from being used against civilians, the world’s only international forum on the issue has heard.

Child victims of DRC Ebola outbreak need ‘special attention and care’: UNICEF

UN Top News - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 19:40
An ongoing deadly Ebola outbreak in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has particularly affected children, the UN’s children agency, UNICEF, said on Friday.

Aid funding for Occupied Palestinian Territories at ‘all-time low’

UN Top News - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 18:37
Funding for humanitarian operations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) is at an “all-time low”, threatening the delivery of life-saving aid to people in the West Bank and Gaza, the United Nations warned on Friday.

Continue ‘their mission’ urges UN chief, as the victims of the Baghdad bombing are remembered, 15 years on

UN Top News - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 17:39
Remembering 22 colleagues killed by the “horrific terrorist attack” on the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad 15 years ago, Secretary-General António Guterres has called on all staff to pay tribute to the fallen by “continuing their mission,” and keep going to “dangerous places with the aim of making them safer”.

‘No safe way’ into battle-scarred Afghan city of Ghazni to deliver aid as traumatized children search for parents

UN Top News - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 17:33
The city of Ghazni in Afghanistan is still too dangerous for aid workers to reach, after a week of “intense” fighting and reports that traumatized children are turning up at hospitals looking for their parents, UN humanitarian agency, OCHA, said on Friday.

‘Unconscionable’ to kill aid workers, civilians: UN Emergency Coordinator

UN Top News - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 02:15
Remembering all the humanitarians killed in the line of duty just ahead of World Humanitarian Day, the United Nations relief chief on Friday, renewed the call for civilians and aid workers everywhere to be better protected.

‘Step backwards’ for Bosnia’s autonomous Serb region as assembly reneges on Srebrenica genocide report

UN Top News - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 23:24
The Republika Srpska National Assembly in Bosnia and Herzegovina drew concern from the top United Nations expert on the Prevention of Genocide on Thursday, over its decision this week to revoke its endorsement of the 2004 Srebrenica Commission Report acknowledging genocide during the Bosnian war of the 1990s.

In Tanzania visit, UNHCR official stresses freedom of choice is crucial for refugee returns

UN Top News - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 22:56
Refugees should never be pressured to decide if they should return to their home countries, a senior UN official has said.