Happening in the UN


Cyclone Idai: emergency getting ‘bigger by the hour’, warns UN food agency

UN Top News - 1 hour 48 min ago
The full scale of the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Idai in south-west Africa is becoming clearer, the UN said on Tuesday, warning that the emergency “is getting bigger by the hour”.

What is ‘South-South cooperation’ and why does it matter?

UN Top News - Mon, 18/03/2019 - 23:24
This week in Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, over one thousand people, including high level government delegations and representatives from the private sector and civil society, will gather for the Second High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation, or BAPA+40.

Gaza investigators call on Israel to review ‘rules of engagement’ as Gaza protest anniversary looms

UN Top News - Mon, 18/03/2019 - 21:40
Human Rights Council-appointed investigators urged Israel on Monday to revise its military rules of engagement, shortly before the one-year anniversary of the start of mass demonstrations at the country’s border fence with Gaza, that have left hundreds of Palestinians dead and thousands more injured. 

UN will do ‘utmost to prevent and mitigate any risk of violence’ in DR Congo, pledges Mission chief

UN Top News - Mon, 18/03/2019 - 21:14
Despite the relatively peaceful passage of December’s presidential election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the UN Special Representative to the country told the Security Council she “remained concerned” over developments in the east, where dozens of armed groups continue to operate.

Encouraging progress made in 2018, in ‘zero tolerance’ effort to end sexual exploitation and abuse across UN

UN Top News - Mon, 18/03/2019 - 19:47
The United Nations recorded a total of 259 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) during 2018, according to the latest report by Secretary-General António Guterres presented to the General Assembly. Although the figures rose compared with the previous two years, the report shows increased awareness among UN and UN-related staff, and improved and harmonized reporting tools across the Organization.

Despite progress, companies face gender equality ‘backlash’: UN business body

UN News Service - Mon, 18/03/2019 - 19:39
Although the drive to reach gender equality has picked up speed, and diversity initiatives have been put into place in companies and organizations, a significant level of resistance and backlash remains, according to a leading UN business group.

Despite progress, companies face gender equality ‘backlash’: UN business body

UN Top News - Mon, 18/03/2019 - 19:39
Although the drive to reach gender equality has picked up speed, and diversity initiatives have been put into place in companies and organizations, a significant level of resistance and backlash remains, according to a leading UN business group.

‘Break the cycle’ of disaster-response-recovery, urges top UN official, as death toll mounts from Cyclone Idai

UN Top News - Mon, 18/03/2019 - 19:04
The destruction unleashed by Cyclone Idai on Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, continues to claim lives and displace thousands, in what the UN’s top disaster risk reduction official called on Monday “the worst extreme weather event to occur so far this year”.

UN chief expresses solidarity with Indonesian authorities after flash floods kill dozens in Papua

UN Top News - Mon, 18/03/2019 - 02:49
More than 70 have died and dozens are missing in Indonesia’s eastern province of Papua, which was hit by flash floods and landslides on Sunday, and more than 4,000 have reportedly been displaced.

UN standing with Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique as Southern Africa death toll from deadly cyclone mounts

UN Top News - Mon, 18/03/2019 - 02:16
The UN chief has expressed his sadness at the loss of life and displacement across Zimbabwe, as a result of the deadly Tropical Cyclone Idai, which has pounded Southern Africa in recent days, leaving at least 150 dead in Malawi alone, according to latest news reports.

UN Middle East Coordinator strongly condemns ‘arrests and violence’ by Hamas security forces during Gaza protests

UN Top News - Sun, 17/03/2019 - 19:16
The UN’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process has strongly condemned the violent response by security forces in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip during the past three days, towards Palestinian protests over the deteriorating economic situation there.

In tech-driven 21st century, achieving global development goals requires closing digital gender divide

UN News Service - Sat, 16/03/2019 - 14:20
Bridging the ‘gender digital divide’ is about more than ensuring that women and girls have basic access to the Internet and cell phones; it means providing training so they have the skills to use information and communications technologies (ICTs) to their benefit, and taking active measures to boost the numbers of women in ICT leadership positions, including in academia and entrepreneurship.

In tech-driven 21st century, achieving global development goals requires closing digital gender divide

UN Top News - Sat, 16/03/2019 - 14:20
Bridging the ‘gender digital divide’ is about more than ensuring that women and girls have basic access to the Internet and cell phones; it means providing training so they have the skills to use information and communications technologies (ICTs) to their benefit, and taking active measures to boost the numbers of women in ICT leadership positions, including in academia and entrepreneurship.

‘Moral obligation and political imperative’ to support Syria on path to peace: Guterres

UN Top News - Sat, 16/03/2019 - 14:05
Governments across the world have a “moral obligation” to help Syrians “unite around a vision for their common future”, finally bringing an end to eight years of brutal conflict, said the UN Secretary-General on Friday.

Voices of young climate action activists ‘give me hope’ says UN chief

UN Top News - Fri, 15/03/2019 - 23:33
In the wake of Friday’s demonstrations by schoolchildren across the world against climate change inaction, the UN Secretary-General has said he understands their fears, but is hopeful for the future.

UN ‘comes together in sadness and solidarity’ to honour staff who died on board Ethiopian Airlines flight

UN Top News - Fri, 15/03/2019 - 19:22
Ceremonies were held at UN Headquarters in New York and Geneva on Friday, to remember and honour the staff who died on board Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, which crashed near Addis Ababa last Sunday, killing all 157 passengers and crew.

‘Stand united against anti-Muslim hatred’ urges Guterres, after mosque shootings in New Zealand leave 49 dead

UN Top News - Fri, 15/03/2019 - 18:07
The UN Secretary-General António Guterres has urged the international community to ‘stand united against anti-Muslim hatred’ following a mass shooting in New Zealand on Friday targeting two mosques, which has left at least 49 dead and many others wounded, some critically.

Tropical Cyclone Idai affects 1.5 million across Mozambique and Malawi, as UN ramps up response

UN Top News - Fri, 15/03/2019 - 16:47
A major aid operation is under way in Mozambique and Malawi to help victims of Tropical Cyclone Idai, which has reached the densely-populated Mozambican port city of Beira, after registering maximum wind speeds of nearly 200 kilometres per hour, UN agencies said on Friday.

Service and Sacrifice: Guinean peacekeepers make their mark in Mali

UN Top News - Thu, 14/03/2019 - 22:28
As the sun rises over Mali’s vast desert, a group of 20 peacekeepers prepare their equipment and line up to receive instructions before heading out for their first patrol of the day on one of the most dangerous roads in the region.

Drug laws must be amended to ‘combat racial discrimination’, UN experts say

UN Top News - Thu, 14/03/2019 - 22:15
At every stage of the criminal justice system, people of African descent around the world are discriminated against, including death sentencing for drugs-related crimes, United Nations human rights experts said on Thursday, calling on Member States to do more to “combat racial discrimination”.