Happening in the UN

Deadly airstrikes and drone hits displace thousands of civilians in Libya oasis town

UN Top News - Tue, 20/08/2019 - 17:28
Intensifying clashes in the southern Libyan town of Murzuq involving air and drone strikes in recent days have left at least 90 people dead and displaced thousands of “terrified” civilians, the UN said on Tuesday.

Terrorism survivor in Cameroon takes road to recovery: UN News special report

UN Top News - Tue, 20/08/2019 - 02:30
“If I ever come face-to-face with a Boko Haram fighter and if I have strength and a knife in my hand, I will cut his throat and spill his blood! Because, it makes me sick whenever I remember the suffering I went through.”

Guterres pledges UN support to Sudan after military and civilian opposition reach deal on transitional government

UN Top News - Mon, 19/08/2019 - 22:11
UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday congratulated the people of Sudan after the military council and civilian opposition alliance agreed earlier in the day on a power-sharing accord.

Monday’s Daily Brief: World Humanitarian Day, Afghan massacre aftermath, Venezuelans in Brazil, Yemen war update, and reconciliation in Mali

UN Top News - Mon, 19/08/2019 - 21:14
Our main stories today: Women celebrated on World Humanitarian Day; Afghanistan bloodshed mars 100 years of independence; Brazil’s ‘exemplary’ response to Venezuelans; UN urges Yemen’s warring parties to down weapons; and UN expert calls for Mali reconciliation efforts.

Appointment of alleged war criminal to head of Sri Lanka army ‘deeply troubling’, says UN human rights chief

UN Top News - Mon, 19/08/2019 - 20:59
The appointment of Sri Lankan Lieutenant-General Shavendra Silva as Commander of the country’s army is deeply troubling, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said in a statement released on Monday, adding that the military leader had been given the role despite “serious allegations of gross violations of international human rights and humanitarian law against him and his troops during the war”.

Support Mali reconciliation efforts ‘in whatever way possible’, urges UN expert

UN Top News - Mon, 19/08/2019 - 17:51
Reconciliation initiatives in central Mali, to bring together local leaders and end ongoing violence, have been welcomed by the UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Mali, Alioune Tine, who said on Monday that they should be supported “in whatever way possible.”

Afghanistan bloodshed mars 100 years of independence

UN Top News - Mon, 19/08/2019 - 17:50
Afghanistan is at a “crucial moment” in its history as it marks 100 years of independence, the head of the UN Mission there said on Monday, following a series of terror attacks in recent days.

UN refugee chief impressed with Brazil’s ‘exemplary’ response to plight of fleeing Venezuelans

UN Top News - Mon, 19/08/2019 - 17:08
While praising the “efficient, coordinated, humane and innovative response” by Brazil on behalf of fleeing Venezuelans, the UN refugee chief has said that the sheer number of those on the run is proving to be a major challenge, calling for greater international support.

FROM THE FIELD: Green wall of opportunities grows in the Sahel

UN Top News - Mon, 19/08/2019 - 16:29
An ambitious plan has got underway to plant a band of trees across the Sahel region of Africa, to hold back desertification and combat climate change, thanks to the support of the United Nations.

Paying tribute and strengthening the role of #WomenHumanitarians on World Humanitarian Day

UN Top News - Mon, 19/08/2019 - 02:30
The work of women humanitarians makes a “huge difference” to the lives of millions of women, men and children in urgent need, the United Nations chief said in his message for World Humanitarian Day.

Terrorism survivors: ‘I lived in fear that I would be killed’

UN Top News - Sat, 17/08/2019 - 16:30
To mark the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism this coming Wednesday, UN News travelled to Chad and the Far North region of Cameroon in West Africa to interview people who have personal stories to tell about how terrorism has shattered their lives.

UN Security Council discusses Kashmir, China urges India and Pakistan to ease tensions

UN Top News - Fri, 16/08/2019 - 23:12
The Security Council considered the volatile situation surrounding Kashmir on Friday, addressing the issue in a meeting focused solely on the dispute, within the UN body dedicated to resolving matters of international peace and security, for the first time since 1965. 

Friday’s Daily Brief: Education key for Rohingya, DR Congo violence continues, Zimbabwe protest latest, women’s rights in Iran, environmental protection

UN Top News - Fri, 16/08/2019 - 22:29
Our main stories today: Two years in, Myanmar’s Rohingya youth need more education; DR Congo testimonies highlight armed brutality; appeals for Zimbabwe to ‘stop cracking down’ on protesters; Iran urged to release women jailed for protesting veiling laws; and new human rights agreement on environmental protection.

‘Quash’ convictions and release women jailed for protesting against wearing veils in Iran, urge UN rights experts

UN Top News - Fri, 16/08/2019 - 19:25
Decades-long prison sentences handed down to three women protesting the strictly enforced wearing of veils in Iran, have drawn alarm and condemnation from six United Nations independent human rights experts.

Environmental protection moves ‘closer to the people’ through new human rights agreement

UN Top News - Fri, 16/08/2019 - 17:58
The UN environment agency and human rights office (OHCHR) signed a landmark new agreement on Friday aimed at better protecting vulnerable human and environmental rights defenders and their families, while increasing protection for people and the places where they live, across the world. 

Displaced by DR Congo violence, survivors’ testimonies highlight brutality of armed militia

UN Top News - Fri, 16/08/2019 - 17:22
Two months since hundreds of thousands of people fled violence in north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UN humanitarians warned on Friday that armed militia continue to make their safe return impossible. 

Two years after exodus, Myanmar’s ‘desperate’ Rohingya youth need education, skills: UNICEF

UN Top News - Fri, 16/08/2019 - 12:30
The daily struggle to survive for Myanmar’s Rohingya people in one of the world’s largest refugee settlements, has caused “overwhelming” despair and jeopardized the hopes of an entire generation, the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Henrietta Fore, said on Friday.

Thursday’s Daily Brief: Harrowing terrorist survivors’ stories, children first in Mediterranean rescues, Yemen and Switzerland updates, new SDG Advocates speak out

UN Top News - Thu, 15/08/2019 - 21:23
Our main stories today: Boko Haram terrorist survivors tell their stories; UNICEF speaks out for children adrift on the Mediterranean; UN health agency pushes to stem dengue fever in Yemen; Switzerland declines sponsorship deal with tobacco firm; new SDG Advocates on the job.

Children’s lives in Mediterranean Sea must take priority over politics, says UNICEF

UN Top News - Thu, 15/08/2019 - 19:16
The fate of 130 children on board two rescue ships in the Mediterranean Sea should not be put at risk by political point-scoring, the UN said on Thursday, amid ongoing uncertainty about whether the vessels will be allowed to dock in Italy.

Three more humanitarian workers killed in Syria, with civilian death toll ‘rising every day’

UN Top News - Thu, 15/08/2019 - 18:40
An attack in the south of Syria’s restive Idlib province that led to the deaths of a paramedic, an ambulance driver and a rescue worker, were added to the grim total on Thursday of more than 500 civilian fatalities documented in the country by the United Nations, over the past three and a half months alone.