Happening in the UN


Afghanistan probe: ‘at least 60 civilians’ killed after US military airstrikes on alleged drug labs

UN Top News - Wed, 09/10/2019 - 16:30
“Multiple” airstrikes by the US military on alleged methamphetamine drug labs in a remote area of western Afghanistan earlier this year, killed or injured dozens of civilians who should not have been treated as military targets, the UN said on Wednesday.

Alarming number of women mistreated during childbirth, new UN health agency figures show

UN News Service - Wed, 09/10/2019 - 00:35
More than a third of women surveyed across four lower-income countries reported mistreatment during childbirth, a new study led by the World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed. 

Alarming number of women mistreated during childbirth, new UN health agency figures show

UN Top News - Wed, 09/10/2019 - 00:35
More than a third of women surveyed across four lower-income countries, reported being mistreated during childbirth, a new study led by the World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed. 

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Eye health, UN’s financial crisis, progress in Mali and South Sudan, human rights in Australia

UN Top News - Tue, 08/10/2019 - 22:49
Tuesday’s top stories: Global need for eye care is set to increase ‘dramatically’; work and reforms of the UN ‘at risk’; progress on Mali security; South Sudan peace accord anniversary; Rights chief Bachelet urges rollback on Australia migration policies; and an interview with Maha Mamo, living proof of why statelessness needs to end worldwide.

UN chief urges ‘maximum restraint’ following policy shift over northeastern Syria

UN Top News - Tue, 08/10/2019 - 21:47
The UN chief on Tuesday expressed “great concern” over recent policy statements made regarding northeastern Syria, following the announcement from the United States at the start of the week, that it would withdraw troops from the area close to the border with Turkey. 

Some progress made towards security in Mali, but still a long way to go, Security Council hears

UN Top News - Tue, 08/10/2019 - 19:13
Some progress has been made towards restoring peace and stability in Mali as outlined in a fragile 2015 peace deal, yet sustainable peace developments are not happening fast enough, the Security Council heard on Tuesday. 

Work and reforms of the UN ‘at risk’, Guterres warns Member States, amidst ‘record-level’ cash crisis

UN Top News - Tue, 08/10/2019 - 18:44
The United Nations is facing a severe shortage of cash, and unless more Governments pay their annual dues, “our work and our reforms are at risk”, the UN chief António Guterres told Member States on Tuesday.

One billion people have preventable eye conditions, increasingly linked to lifestyle choices: UN health agency

UN Top News - Tue, 08/10/2019 - 17:03
A staggering 2.2 billion people already suffer from eye conditions and visual impairment today, but the global need for eye care is set to increase “dramatically”, with lack of exercise a key factor, the UN health agency said on Tuesday, unveiling its first ever report on vision across the world.

Monday’s Daily Brief: 'Waste to wealth' campaign, nuclear power and climate change, 'dangerous nationalism' a threat, Hammarskjöld latest

UN Top News - Mon, 07/10/2019 - 23:09
A recap of Monday’s stories:  New UN-Habitat campaign converts waste into wealth; refugee agency chief issues alert over  'dangerous nationalism',  UN warns against Syrian civilian displacement; Guterres renews call for full disclosure by States over 1961 Hammarskjöld plane crash; First-ever conference on nuclear power and climate change.

Historic first, as Tolstoy’s War and Peace lands in Geneva, to mark international centenary

UN Top News - Mon, 07/10/2019 - 21:49
For the first time, part of the original manuscript of Tolstoy’s epic novel, War and Peace, has been unveiled amid tight security in Geneva, where it is the highlight of an exhibition helping to mark 100 years of cooperation between nations.

Ramp up nuclear power to beat climate change, says UN nuclear chief

UN Top News - Mon, 07/10/2019 - 21:17
Without significantly increasing the use of nuclear power worldwide, it will be difficult to achieve the goal of reducing harmful emissions and fighting climate change, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said on Monday.

Guterres: Security Council’s African alliances ‘needed and appreciated more than ever’

UN Top News - Mon, 07/10/2019 - 19:04
The Security Council’s strong engagement with its Member States, partner organizations and institutions in conflict prevention efforts on the African continent is needed “more than ever”, the Secretary-General told the 15-member peace and security body on Monday. 

‘Dangerous nationalism’ seriously threatens efforts to tackle statelessness: UNHCR chief

UN Top News - Mon, 07/10/2019 - 19:02
Hate speech and misguided nationalism present a serious threat to efforts to tackle statelessness, despite growing public awareness of the problem, UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi said on Monday.

Turning waste into wealth: World Habitat Day focus on cleaning up cities

UN Top News - Mon, 07/10/2019 - 18:23
Waste can have a devastating effect on public health, the environment, and the climate, but cutting-edge innovation and technology can provide improved, cheaper solutions to the challenge, and help cities and communities to see waste as a business opportunity. This was the message marking World Habitat Day, on Monday, with a focus on waste management.

Secretary-General condemns attacks on UN peacekeepers in Mali

UN Top News - Mon, 07/10/2019 - 05:27
The UN Secretary-General has strongly condemned two separate attacks on Sunday against the organization’s Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) which left one peacekeeper dead and four others injured.

UN chief encouraged by release of Cameroon opposition leader

UN Top News - Sun, 06/10/2019 - 03:49
The UN Secretary-General is encouraged by the release of the leader of the main opposition party in Cameroon.  Maurice Kamto had spent the past nine months in jail following peaceful protests disputing the outcome of the October 2018 presidential election in which he was a candidate.