Happening in the UN


Amidst deadly violence, UN calls on Afghan authorities to ensure voters can cast ballot

UN Top News - Sat, 20/10/2018 - 23:50
Against a backdrop of violence and technical malfunctions, the UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has released a statement calling on the country’s electoral authorities to re-double their efforts to make sure all eligible voters are given a reasonable opportunity to cast their ballot.

Accountability a key pillar for reconciliation in Myanmar: UN Envoy

UN Top News - Sat, 20/10/2018 - 19:57
Accountability and inclusive dialogue are two important pillars for national reconciliation in Myanmar, said the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General (SESG), Christine Schraner Burgener in a statement released on Saturday, adding that “credible fact-finding is the first step towards accountability.”

Here’s what happens at the UN General Assembly, when world leaders have gone home

UN Top News - Sat, 20/10/2018 - 05:00
After the world media spotlight fades on the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate, the work of the Assembly, the UN’s primary deliberative body, shifts to its so-called Main Committees, where the bulk of the Organization’s work get done.

UN chief ‘deeply troubled’ by Saudi confirmation of Jamal Khashoggi’s death

UN Top News - Sat, 20/10/2018 - 03:30
In a statement released on Friday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that he is “deeply troubled” by the reported confirmation of the death of Jamal Khashoggi.

Children separated at border, suffering alarming and prolonged effects: UN rights experts

UN Top News - Fri, 19/10/2018 - 23:15
Separating children from their undocumented parents is a traumatic violation of their rights, UN independent experts said on Friday.

UN rights experts stand with businesses protesting Saudi journalist’s disappearance

UN Top News - Fri, 19/10/2018 - 20:20
Independent UN human rights experts are praising business leaders who have decided to pull out of a high-level investment conference taking place next week in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, over concern for the fate of dissident Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.

Mali: UN Peacekeeping chief ‘extremely concerned’ over insecurity, regrets peace deal delays

UN Top News - Fri, 19/10/2018 - 20:15
After commending the “overall peaceful” climate in which the Malian elections were held in July, the United Nations peacekeeping chief said on Friday that he is “extremely concerned” over the increasing number of attacks by armed insurgents, against a backdrop of continued delays in implementing the 2015 peace agreement.

UN deplores pre-election killings and attacks, urges Afghans to defy terror, and vote

UN Top News - Fri, 19/10/2018 - 18:01
With just hours to go before Saturday’s parliamentary elections in Afghanistan, the UN has been expressing concern at the uptick in deadly political violence in the country, whilst encouraging Afghans to exercise their right to vote.

Sulawesi devastation ‘beyond imagination’ as massive aid operation continues: UN relief agencies

UN Top News - Fri, 19/10/2018 - 15:37
More emergency shelter supplies and relief for thousands of victims of Indonesia’s recent earthquake and tsunami is set to arrive on the island of Sulawesi in the coming days, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday, amid reports from staff that the devastation is “beyond imagination”.

UN postal agency ‘regrets’ US withdrawal

UN Top News - Thu, 18/10/2018 - 22:18
The United Nations specialized agency which coordinates the global postal system, has expressed “regret” over the withdrawal by the United States from the world body’s membership.

Khashoggi case highlights ‘very worrying practice’ of overseas abductions, says UN expert

UN Top News - Thu, 18/10/2018 - 22:07
The case of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi is just the latest example of a “new and very worrying practice” of States abducting individuals beyond their own borders, said the Chair of the UN Working Group on Enforced Disappearances, addressing the UN General Assembly on Thursday.

Restoring prospect of peace in Middle East is ‘our shared responsibility’ UN envoy tells Security Council

UN Top News - Thu, 18/10/2018 - 18:54
Violence is on the rise in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Israeli authorities are continuing to demolish and confiscate Palestinian-owned homes and property, in contravention of international law, the United Nations envoy for the Middle East Peace Process said on Thursday.

Bring killers of journalists to justice: UN agency seeks media partners for new campaign

UN Top News - Thu, 18/10/2018 - 18:15
Every four days, a journalist is murdered, often for simply doing their job of uncovering something that someone wants to stay hidden: the vast majority of these killings go unpunished.

Under fire, UN refugee agency evacuates 135 detained in Libya to Niger

UN Top News - Thu, 18/10/2018 - 17:49
Amid increasingly violent clashes between rival armed groups in Libya’s capital,Tripoli, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has successfully airlifted 135 migrants and refugees to safety in Niger.

‘More time’ agreed for buffer zone, to spare three million Syrian civilians in Idlib

UN Top News - Thu, 18/10/2018 - 16:49
Russia and Turkey have said that they will allow “more time” for opposition groups to withdraw from a de-escalation zone in Syria’s Idlib, which has been spared air raids for more than a month, a senior humanitarian adviser to the UN said on Thursday.

UN rights chief calls for release of hundreds abducted and abused in South Sudan

UN Top News - Thu, 18/10/2018 - 15:51
Hundreds of civilians who were taken by opposition forces in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria region during an uptick in fighting are still missing, the UN’s top rights official said on Thursday, in a call for their immediate release.

Africa is ‘on the rise’, says UN chief Guterres, urging collaboration for better future

UN Top News - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 23:15
Africa is “on the move and on the rise” with communities coming together to resolve their problems and offer mutual support, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted on Wednesday.

World ‘deserves to know the truth’ behind Khashoggi disappearance: UN human rights chief

UN Top News - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 22:38
United Nations human rights chief Michele Bachelet said on Wednesday that she was open to an independent, UN-led investigation into the fate of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, if joint efforts by Turkey and Saudi Arabia, fail to uncover the facts.

‘Virginity testing’: a human rights violation, with no scientific basis - UN

UN News Service - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 22:03
A group of United Nations agencies has issued a joint statement calling for a ban on tests meant to assess the virginity of a girl or a woman, which is a common practice in at least 20 countries.

‘Virginity testing’: a human rights violation, with no scientific basis - UN

UN Top News - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 22:03
A group of United Nations agencies has issued a joint statement calling for a ban on tests meant to assess the virginity of a girl or a woman, which is a common practice in at least 20 countries.