Happening in the UN

UN human rights expert alarmed at rise in Cambodia arrests

UN Top News - Fri, 08/11/2019 - 20:01
A UN human rights expert is calling on the Cambodian Government to respect its citizens’ rights of freedom of opinion, expression and assembly, amid concerns over escalating tensions and a political crackdown across the country.

60,000 young refugees and migrants who arrived in Italy alone lack support

UN Top News - Fri, 08/11/2019 - 19:26
United Nations agencies on Friday highlighted the dire needs of thousands of unaccompanied and separated children who have arrived in Italy as refugees, lacking the proper support to transition through to adulthood.

Egypt: ‘Credible evidence’ that ‘brutal’ prison conditions prompted Morsi’s death, thousands more at risk

UN Top News - Fri, 08/11/2019 - 19:22
A group of independent UN human rights experts said on Friday that there was “credible evidence” that inadequate prison conditions in which former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was held may have led “directly” to his death in June, and thousands of other detainees may be at “severe risk”.

Speaking truth to power: the UN experts fighting for global human rights

UN Top News - Fri, 08/11/2019 - 18:15
Fearless. Plain-speaking. Critical. Courageous. Unflinching. Unfair. Biased. Manipulative. These are some of the adjectives used to describe the Human Rights Council experts who fan out across the world to research, hold consultations and gather information on a vast range of human rights violations.

Antisemitism, intolerance, can be unlearned, Guterres tells New York commemoration

UN Top News - Fri, 08/11/2019 - 03:27
Since nobody is born to hate, intolerance can be prevented and unlearned, the UN Secretary-General said on Thursday, in a speech underlining his continued fight to stamp out antisemitism, racism and other forms of hatred.

Progress toward sustainable development is seriously off-track

UN Top News - Fri, 08/11/2019 - 00:29
The UN Secretary-General is calling on business leaders to use their “enormous influence” to push for inclusive growth and opportunities that benefit all people and the planet.

Thursday’s Daily Brief: DR Congo warlord sentenced, Iraq protest latest, UN food outlook report, Syrian humanitarian update, tech and the food chain

UN Top News - Thu, 07/11/2019 - 23:49
A recap of Thursday’s UN News stories: ‘Terminator’ warlord handed 30-year sentence; UN chief calls for ‘meaningful dialogue’ in Iraq; Disease slashes global meat output; Hostilities in northeast Syria a grave concern; and how the Montreal Protocol is impacting the food chain.

Guterres says justice must be done following deadly Burkina Faso convoy attack

UN Top News - Thu, 07/11/2019 - 23:36
Authorities in Burkina Faso must “do everything in their power” to bring to justice the perpetrators of an attack on a mining company convoy in the West African nation on Wednesday, which killed dozens and left scores more injured, the UN chief said on Thursday. 

Cuba: UN Members overwhelmingly support end of US embargo, as Brazil backs Washington

UN Top News - Thu, 07/11/2019 - 21:38
For the 28th consecutive year, the UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution calling for an end to the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba.

UN peacekeepers warn of increasing global challenges

UN Top News - Thu, 07/11/2019 - 20:17
Organized crime, breakdowns in law and order, and attacks by extremists, are examples of the challenges faced by UN peacekeepers, the Security Council was told on Wednesday, during a briefing by senior UN Police Commissioners, and UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix.

Disease slashing global meat output, cereals boom, bananas under watch: FAO

UN Top News - Thu, 07/11/2019 - 19:48
A rapid spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) is wiping out pig herds in China, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Thursday, and the killer disease has led to a drop in world meat production for the first time in more than 20 years, with other global staples also facing new threats. 

‘Terminator’ warlord Bosco Ntaganda sentenced to 30 years in prison for DR Congo atrocities

UN Top News - Thu, 07/11/2019 - 17:32
The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday handed down a maximum 30-year prison sentence for mass murder and numerous other atrocities, to Bosco Ntaganda, the heaviest sanction yet imposed by judges at The Hague, in the Netherlands.

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Call for end to Haiti violence, Palestine refugee agency chief resigns, ICC on Libya, Mahira Khan new UNHCR ambassador

UN Top News - Thu, 07/11/2019 - 00:14
A recap of stories this Wednesday: Statement by UN advisory group on Haiti’s crisis; Palestine refugee agency head steps down; Libya remains ensnared by violence; Cholera campaign to guard Sudan’s Khartoum; Pakistan’s Mahira Khan named UN Goodwill Ambassador.

‘Everyone needs to do more’ to help suffering Venezuelans, says UN Emergency Relief Coordinator

UN Top News - Wed, 06/11/2019 - 23:37
“Ordinary women, men and children face overwhelming challenges” just to survive in Venezuela today, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock said on Wednesday in the capital, Caracas.

Palestine refugee agency chief resigns amidst mismanagement probe

UN Top News - Wed, 06/11/2019 - 23:29
The Commissioner-General for the UN relief and works agency serving Palestine refugees, UNRWA, resigned on Wednesday, hours after the UN announced preliminary findings of an investigation into misconduct allegations.

‘Violence, atrocities and impunity’ reign throughout Libya, ICC prosecutor tells UN Security Council 

UN Top News - Wed, 06/11/2019 - 20:27
Libya remains entangled in a “cycle of violence, atrocities and impunity”, International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told the UN Security Council on Wednesday, nearly a decade since the Court began its work in the country.

Step up action to protect the planet during wartime: UN environment chief

UN Top News - Wed, 06/11/2019 - 18:50
Greater action is needed to protect the environment during wartime if the world is to realize the goal of a more sustainable future for all people and the planet, the head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) warned on Wednesday.

Cholera prevention efforts underway to protect millions in Sudan’s Khartoum state

UN Top News - Wed, 06/11/2019 - 18:37
A campaign has got underway to prevent the spread of a deadly cholera outbreak to Sudan’s populous Khartoum state, home to more than eight million people, UN medics said on Wednesday.

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Cameroon crisis deepens, Tsunami Awareness Day, online gender gap, Somalia floods leave children vulnerable

UN Top News - Tue, 05/11/2019 - 23:51
A recap of Tuesday’s top stories: Humanitarian needs in Cameroon up 15-fold from 2017; UN risk reduction chief calls for more resilient cities; Somalia’s floods put 200,000 children at risk; Internet use study reveals growing gender gap; UN partners spotlight youth mental health. 

Yemen agreement to end southern power struggle 'important step' towards peace: UN Special Envoy

UN Top News - Tue, 05/11/2019 - 23:45
The top UN official in Yemen has welcomed an agreement to end infighting between the Government and separatist allies in the south of the country, known as the Southern Transitional Council, signed on Tuesday in Saudi Arabia.