Happening in the UN


International community urged to deliver on promise for better future for Bosnia and Herzegovina

UN Top News - Tue, 05/11/2019 - 21:17
Current trends and public pronouncements by some political leaders in Bosnia and Herzegovina indicate an effort to roll back reforms implemented since the end of the Balkan wars two decades ago, the UN Security Council heard on Tuesday.

UN policewoman recognized for ‘speaking up and speaking out’ on behalf of the vulnerable

UN News Service - Tue, 05/11/2019 - 20:07
At the core of peacekeeping lies the notion of shared responsibility, the UN peacekeeping chief said on Tuesday, presenting this year’s award for Female Police Officer of the Year, to a woman who “has made a career of speaking up and speaking out on behalf of all vulnerable populations”.

UN policewoman recognized for ‘speaking up and speaking out’ on behalf of the vulnerable

UN Top News - Tue, 05/11/2019 - 20:07
At the core of peacekeeping lies the notion of shared responsibility, the UN peacekeeping chief said on Tuesday, presenting this year’s award for Female Police Officer of the Year, to a woman who “has made a career of speaking up and speaking out on behalf of all vulnerable populations”.

US-China trade war is a ‘lose-lose’ situation for them and the world, warn UN economists

UN Top News - Tue, 05/11/2019 - 20:02
The trade tariff spat between China and the United States has been a “lose-lose” situation for both countries and the wider world and it is likely to deteriorate unless a deal is reached, UN economists said on Tuesday.

Natural hazards don’t always spell disaster: UN risk reduction chief

UN Top News - Tue, 05/11/2019 - 19:00
Tsunamis are rare, but when they strike, they are the deadliest and most costly of natural hazards. With half of the world’s population expected to live in coastal areas more prone to tsunamis by 2030, investing in early warning systems and resilient infrastructure, will be vital to saving lives and economies, said the top UN official on disaster risks on Tuesday.

Nearly two million Cameroonians face humanitarian emergency: UNICEF

UN Top News - Tue, 05/11/2019 - 17:52
Ongoing violence in Cameroon’s northwest and southwest has created a fast-growing humanitarian emergency now affecting some 1.9 million people, a “15-fold increase since 2017”, UN humanitarians said on Tuesday.

Monday’s Daily Brief: US formally announces climate accord withdrawal, young foreigners stranded in Syria, India toxic smog crisis, Ebola worker death shows frontline risks

UN Top News - Mon, 04/11/2019 - 23:40
A recap of stories this Monday: UN reaction to US Paris Agreement withdrawal; UNICEF urges repatriation of children stranded in Syria; Public health emergency in India’s New Delhi; Ebola health worker death in DR Congo shows deadly risks; Guinea Bissau crisis, Security Council update; UNEP campaign targets ocean microplastics.

Unity, regional cooperation and international support needed for Horn of Africa to develop sustainably 

UN News Service - Mon, 04/11/2019 - 21:37
The road ahead “will not be easy” for the Horn of Africa, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said on Monday, briefing the Security Council on her Joint Solidarity Mission with the African Union (AU) at the end of October. 

Unity, regional cooperation and international support needed for Horn of Africa to develop sustainably 

UN Top News - Mon, 04/11/2019 - 21:37
The road ahead “will not be easy” for the Horn of Africa, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said on Monday, briefing the Security Council on her Joint Solidarity Mission with the African Union (AU) at the end of October. 

UNICEF urges governments to repatriate thousands of foreign children stranded in northeast Syria

UN Top News - Mon, 04/11/2019 - 18:53
The head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is appealing for countries to repatriate scores of foreign children who are stranded in northeast Syria in the wake of the Turkish-launched offensive which began last month.

Ebola emergency chief decries new attacks on frontline staff, after DR Congo worker death

UN Top News - Mon, 04/11/2019 - 18:51
Security measures for staff helping to fight health emergencies need to be stepped up urgently, a UN health agency top official said on Monday, after a frontline Ebola epidemic community worker was reportedly stabbed to death at his home in northeast Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Microplastics, microbeads and single-use plastics poisoning sea life and affecting humans

UN Top News - Mon, 04/11/2019 - 08:10
Each year, an estimated eight million tonnes of plastic end up in the ocean – equivalent to a full garbage truck dumped into the sea every minute - the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has said.

Far more needed to ‘confront the world’s climate emergency’, Guterres tells ASEAN-UN Summit 

UN Top News - Sun, 03/11/2019 - 16:29
Four of the 10 countries most affected by climate change are members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Sunday, urging the ASEAN-UN Summit in Bangkok to “confront the world’s climate emergency”.

Coal addiction ‘must be overcome’ to ease climate change, UN chief says in Bangkok

UN Top News - Sat, 02/11/2019 - 17:41
In Thailand for the ASEAN Summit, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres visited a climate mitigation project in Bangkok's new Centenary Park on Saturday where he told journalists that “coal addiction must be overcome”.

Top UN Syria envoy hails ‘impressive’ start to historic talks in Geneva

UN Top News - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 23:25
UN-brokered face-to-face talks between the Syrian Government and opposition – the first to take place in nearly nine years of fighting – to draft a new constitution for the country, will continue into next week, the UN’s Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, said on Friday.

Friday's Daily Brief: When journalists are targets, landslides in Cameroon, UN Female Police Officer of the Year award

UN Top News - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 23:10
A recap of stories in brief this Friday: Societies 'pay a price' when journalists are killed; Guterres saddened by Cameroon landslide deaths; Senegalese woman officer receives top UN award; IOM urges release of volunteers held captive in South Sudan; 'All actors' must support Haiti amidst crisis; UN expert warning over health of Julian Assange.

New UN Female Police Officer of the Year prioritizes ‘preventing sexual exploitation and abuse’

UN News Service - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 22:43
“An inspiration to all of us” is how top Police Adviser Luis Carrilho, described this year’s winner of the UN Female Police Officer of the Year Award, which was announced on Friday.

New UN Female Police Officer of the Year prioritizes ‘preventing sexual exploitation and abuse’

UN Top News - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 22:43
“An inspiration to all of us” is how top Police Adviser Luis Carrilho, described this year’s winner of the UN Female Police Officer of the Year Award, which was announced on Friday.

Guterres in Turkey: UN to study ‘new settlement areas’ plan for Syrian refugees

UN Top News - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 20:51
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday presented UN Secretary-General António Guterres with a plan for resettling hundreds-of-thousands of Syrian refugees, in the wake of the country’s offensive into northeastern Syria last month to remove Kurdish forces, aimed at creating a so-called “safe zone” along the border for returnees. 

Education and inclusion should be human rights priorities, UN Assembly hears

UN Top News - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 18:38
UN Member States agreed seven decades ago to a set of inalienable rights to ensure the dignity of everyone. On Friday, the newly-installed General Assembly President recalled their collective responsibility through the Human Rights Council to “actualize that shared vision for a better world.”