Happening in the UN


UN chief calls for ‘immediate end’ to escalation of fighting in southwestern Syria, as thousands are displaced

UN Top News - 17 hours 34 min ago
The UN Secretary-General on Friday expressed his grave concern for thousands of civilians caught up in an escalation of fighting across southwestern Syria, close to the border with Jordan.

Stigmatized, shunned and shamed, International Widows’ Day draws attention to their unique needs

UN News Service - 19 hours 21 min ago
The loss of a spouse or partner is often devastating, but for many women it is magnified by a “long-term struggle” for basic needs, human rights and dignity, according to UN Women, in a message to mark International Widows’ Day.

Stigmatized, shunned and shamed, International Widows’ Day draws attention to their unique needs

UN Top News - 19 hours 21 min ago
The loss of a spouse or partner is often devastating, but for many women it is magnified by a “long-term struggle” for basic needs, human rights and dignity, according to UN Women, in a message to mark International Widows’ Day.

Women's rights face global pushback from conservativism, fundamentalism – UN experts warn

UN News Service - Fri, 22/06/2018 - 22:26
Women’s rights are under threat from a “backlash” of conservatism and fundamentalism around the world, a United Nation panel warned on Friday.

Women's rights face global pushback from conservativism, fundamentalism – UN experts warn

UN Top News - Fri, 22/06/2018 - 22:26
Women’s rights are under threat from a “backlash” of conservatism and fundamentalism around the world, a United Nation panel warned on Friday.

Japanese law professor elected new judge at the International Court of Justice

UN Top News - Fri, 22/06/2018 - 19:35
An international law professor from Japan has been elected to serve with the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, following the resignation of a sitting judge, earlier this month.

US migrant children policy reversal, still ‘fails’ thousands of detained youngsters: UN rights experts

UN Top News - Fri, 22/06/2018 - 18:13
The United States government decision to end its border policy of forcibly separating migrant children from their parents, does not help thousands of youngsters already in detention, who should be released and reunited with their families, a group of UN rights experts said on Friday.

Human rights chief calls for international probe on Venezuela, following ‘shocking accounts of extrajudicial killings’

UN Top News - Fri, 22/06/2018 - 17:09
In Venezuela, “credible, shocking accounts of extrajudicial killings” and impunity for perpetrators, indicate that the rule of law “is virtually absent”, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said on Friday, in a call for an international inquiry into the alleged violations.

UN Envoy ‘confident’ deal can be reached to avert further violence around key Yemeni port city

UN Top News - Fri, 22/06/2018 - 00:14
The United Nations envoy for Yemen expressed confidence on Thursday that a solution can be found to prevent further violence in and around the port city of Hodeida.

Strong multilateral institutions key to tackling world’s dramatic challenges, UN chief says In Moscow

UN Top News - Thu, 21/06/2018 - 23:52
In Moscow on Thursday, Secretary-General António Guterres said multilateralism was vital to tackling climate change, terrorism and other dramatic challenges, and that the United Nations and Russia would continue working together to make global institutions stronger and better able to serve the public good.

Myanmar: New UN envoy offers to serve ‘as a bridge’, recognizes ‘positive steps’ over Rakhine state

UN Top News - Thu, 21/06/2018 - 23:29
Focussing on “listening to all sides” the new United Nations Special Envoy on Myanmar praised “recent positive steps” taken by the government and United Nations to try and ensure the eventual voluntary, safe and dignified return of Rohingya refugees, to their homes in Rakhine state.

First-ever global conference of national counter-terrorism chiefs will strengthen cooperation, build ‘resilient’ States, says top UN official

UN Top News - Thu, 21/06/2018 - 22:10
Heads of counter-terrorism agencies from across the world will be meeting at UN Headquarters in New York next week for the first time, to pool expertise, resources and ideas to fight back against the growing scourge of international terrorism.

Restoring government control across Central African Republic is ‘key’ to lasting peace, stability – UN envoy

UN Top News - Thu, 21/06/2018 - 21:09
While many positive steps have been taken in the Central African Republic (CAR), progress has been too slow and is continually under threat from “those who seek private gains through violence,” the United Nations envoy on the ground told the Security Council on Thursday, underscoring that restoring government authority is “key”, both now and in the long-term.

Peacekeeping chief highlights challenges facing UN Police

UN Top News - Thu, 21/06/2018 - 20:43
Top cops from across the globe are meeting at United Nations Headquarters this week to chart a vision for the police components deployed to UN peacekeeping missions.

Hungary’s laws on helping vulnerable foreigners are ‘blatantly xenophobic’: UN rights chief

UN Top News - Thu, 21/06/2018 - 20:06
Hungarian legislation that criminalizes anyone who supports asylum seekers and other vulnerable individuals is “blatantly xenophobic”, “shameful” and “disgraceful”, the UN human rights chief said on Thursday.

UN chief welcomes ‘positive steps’ towards peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia

UN Top News - Thu, 21/06/2018 - 17:21
The United Nations has announced its readiness to support Eritrea and Ethiopia following recent peace overtures between the two neighbouring States in the Horn of Africa.

Use space technology to build a better world for all, urges UN chief

UN Top News - Wed, 20/06/2018 - 22:33
Not only has space exploration captured the world’s imagination, it can also help humankind address existential challenges back on earth, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday, in his message to the UN’s key forum on space affairs.

Conflict and climate change challenge sustainable development effort: UN report

UN Top News - Wed, 20/06/2018 - 22:28
Although more people are leading better lives than a decade ago, persistent poverty and hunger, as well as rapid urbanization, are challenging global efforts to create a more just and equitable world, according to a United Nations report launched on Wednesday.

From low-earth orbit, ‘envoys’ of humanity join UN space forum

UN Top News - Wed, 20/06/2018 - 21:15
Floating in near zero-gravity, 400 kilometres above the Pacific Ocean and flying at over 28,000 kilometres per hour, the six crew members onboard the International Space Station (ISS) joined the key United Nations forum on outer space affairs via video link on Wednesday, to discuss the importance of working together.

Siege of Syria’s eastern Ghouta ‘barbaric and medieval’, says UN Commission of Inquiry

UN Top News - Wed, 20/06/2018 - 20:51
The siege of eastern Ghouta in war-torn Syria, which lasted more than five years, has been labelled “barbaric and medieval” — “amounting” to war crimes, and crimes against humanity, a high-level UN inquiry said on Wednesday.