Happening in the UN


UN migration agency appeals to South Sudan group to free volunteer worker and child

UN Top News - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 18:36
The UN migration agency appealed on Friday for the immediate liberation of a volunteer and child who’ve been missing since a gun battle in South Sudan at the weekend that claimed the lives of three agency workers.

‘When journalists are targeted, societies as a whole, pay a price’: UN chief

UN Top News - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 18:15
“Without journalists able to do their jobs in safety, we face the prospect of a world of confusion and disinformation”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has warned in a statement released ahead of the International Day to End Impunity Against Journalists, which falls on 2 November.

‘All actors’ must lend support as humanitarian crisis continues in Haiti, UN rights chief urges

UN Top News - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 17:50
Expressing deep concern for the impact on human rights of ongoing political unrest in Haiti, the UN rights chief on Friday called on all actors to acknowledge the grievances of Haitians, many of whom have been demanding the president step down amidst violent demonstrations which ignited a sprawling emergency in recent weeks.

Kosovo elections: ‘Most significant change’ in 12 years, Security Council hears

UN Top News - Thu, 31/10/2019 - 22:53
Elections held earlier this month in Kosovo represent “the most significant change in the political landscape” there in a dozen years, the UN mission chief told the Security Council on Thursday.

Thursday’s Daily Brief: The power of mediation, Southern Africa food crisis, urban deaths, climate meeting update and Iraq protest latest

UN Top News - Thu, 31/10/2019 - 22:12
A recap of Thursday’s top stories: Guterres in Turkey underscores successes of mediation; 45 million lack food across Southern Africa; rights experts push to release Palestinian hunger striker; new UN health report targets causes of urban deaths; Climate change conference finds a new home; Iraq protests put country at ‘a crossroads’

Climate experts pledge to scale up high-altitude fight against mountain melt

UN Top News - Thu, 31/10/2019 - 21:04
The UN’s weather watchdog and partners committed on Thursday to a new initiative to ramp up observation and prediction technology that will help address the challenges of climate change, melting snow and ice, and water-related hazards.

Syria’s groundbreaking constitutional talks: ‘a clear success of mediation’ says Guterres in Turkey

UN Top News - Thu, 31/10/2019 - 18:55
Mediation is “one of our most important tools to reduce and end conflict”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told the sixth Istanbul Mediation Conference, in Turkey's largest city on Thursday.

As urbanization grows, cities unveil sustainable development solutions on World Day

UN Top News - Thu, 31/10/2019 - 02:00
Over half of the world’s population now live in cities, with numbers expected to double by 2050, but while urbanization poses serious challenges, cities can also be powerhouses for sustainable development; something the UN is spotlighting on World Cities Day, marked 31 October.   

From ‘strength to strength’ UN-African Union security partnership growing, Security Council hears

UN Top News - Wed, 30/10/2019 - 23:22
The Security Council highlighted the growing partnership on matters of peace and security between the United Nations and African Union (AU) on Wednesday amidst calls to bolster overall effectiveness.

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Iraq protests, ‘historic’ Syria talks, Chile pulls out of COP25, Guinea-Bissau, South Sudan, new nuclear watchdog chief

UN News Service - Wed, 30/10/2019 - 22:39
A recap of Wednesday’s stories: new Syria talks begin in Geneva; Chile pulls out as host of major climate conference; UN calls for national talks to break cycle of violence in Iraq; UN chief voices ‘serious concern’ over Guinea-Bissau political crisis; IOM suspends South Sudan Ebola screening; UN atomic watchdog appoints new leader.  

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Iraq protests, ‘historic’ Syria talks, Chile pulls out of COP25, Guinea-Bissau, South Sudan, new nuclear watchdog chief

UN Top News - Wed, 30/10/2019 - 22:39
A recap of Wednesday’s stories: new Syria talks begin in Geneva; Chile pulls out as host of major climate conference; UN calls for national talks to break cycle of violence in Iraq; UN chief voices ‘serious concern’ over Guinea-Bissau political crisis; IOM suspends South Sudan Ebola screening; UN atomic watchdog appoints new leader.  

Reparations for sexual violence in conflict – ‘what survivors want most, yet receive least’

UN News Service - Wed, 30/10/2019 - 21:44
Ten years ago, the UN Security Council established a mandate to prevent and address the scourge of conflict-related sexual violence. At a commemorative event on Wednesday, the UN deputy chief described that commitment as essential to “highlight, prevent and seek justice for this crime”.

Reparations for sexual violence in conflict – ‘what survivors want most, yet receive least’

UN Top News - Wed, 30/10/2019 - 21:44
Ten years ago, the UN Security Council established a mandate to prevent and address the scourge of conflict-related sexual violence. At a commemorative event on Wednesday, the UN deputy chief described that commitment as essential to “highlight, prevent and seek justice for this crime”.

UN calls for shipping ‘propulsion revolution’ to avoid ‘environmental disaster’

UN Top News - Wed, 30/10/2019 - 20:07
If emissions from the maritime industry are not cut, we are headed for “an environmental disaster”, Isabelle Durant, the deputy head of the UN trade body, UNCTAD, told the Global Maritime Forum summit on Wednesday.

‘Historic’ new Syria talks should focus on relief for war-weary civilians, says UN negotiator

UN Top News - Wed, 30/10/2019 - 18:19
Work on drafting a new foundational text for war-torn Syria officially began at the UN in Geneva on Wednesday with representatives from the Syrian Government and opposition sitting face to face and preparing to discuss the country’s future for the first time in the nearly nine-year conflict.

Iraq protests: UN calls for national talks to break ‘vicious cycle’ of violence

UN Top News - Wed, 30/10/2019 - 17:12
The UN’s most senior official in Iraq, visited protesters in central Baghdad on Wednesday, calling for “a national dialogue to identify prompt, meaningful responses to break the vicious cycle of violence” which has roiled the country during the past five days.

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Slow progress on women and peace, rights in Kashmir, Venezuela refugees, Guterres on key Syria talks

UN Top News - Tue, 29/10/2019 - 22:03
A recap of Tuesday’s top stories: ‘Real change’ too slow for women’s peace and security role; UN rights chief urges India to ‘unlock’ Kashmir restrictions; UN chief welcomes milestone Syria constitution meeting.

Tributes for ‘role model’ former UN refugee agency chief, Sadako Ogata

UN Top News - Tue, 29/10/2019 - 19:57
The first woman to serve as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Sadako Ogata, has died in Tokyo at the age of 92, hailed by the UN Secretary-General on Tuesday as a “role model for people across the world.”

UN summit tackles climate change-induced threat to mountain water supplies

UN Top News - Tue, 29/10/2019 - 19:42
The world’s mountain and glacier regions are facing unprecedented challenges due to climate change, imposing a crippling effect on the people and economies that rely on them, the UN’s weather agency explained on Tuesday, ahead of a summit to address the world’s rapidly-changing water systems.  

‘Real change’ involving women in peace and security, still too slow, Guterres tells Security Council

UN News Service - Tue, 29/10/2019 - 19:00
The Women Peace and Security agenda must continue to be “one of the top priorities of the United Nations”, Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Tuesday, in an open debate on how best to accelerate change.