Happening in the UN

World Braille Day marks key communication tool for millions

UN Top News - Sat, 04/01/2020 - 06:30
Being marked for only the second time ever, World Braille Day on Saturday raises awareness of the importance of the tactile global communication system which helps enable blind and visually impaired people, to realize their full human rights.

Nearly 300,000 Syrians displaced from Idlib since mid-December, Security Council hears

UN Top News - Fri, 03/01/2020 - 23:13
Amidst concern for the safety and protection of more than three million civilians in Syria’s last rebel-held enclave, the UN’s most senior humanitarian and political affairs officials briefed the Security Council on Syria behind closed doors on Friday.

Sudan urged to step up protection, restore peace, following West Darfur violence

UN Top News - Fri, 03/01/2020 - 22:05
Authorities in Sudan are being urged to restore peace and order in the wake of intercommunal clashes in West Darfur state which erupted on Sunday and left 65 people dead, 54 injured, and thousands displaced.   

Son of slain UN aid worker in South Sudan freed and reunited with father

UN Top News - Fri, 03/01/2020 - 20:05
The abducted four-year-old son of a UN migration agency worker who was killed in South Sudan in October has been released and reunited with his father during an emotional reunion in the capital Juba on Friday.

UN chief calls for de-escalation across Gulf region after killing of top Iranian General in US airstrike 

UN Top News - Fri, 03/01/2020 - 18:37
The UN Secretary-General António Guterres has expressed deep concern over the latest escalation in tension across the Gulf region, following the killing of a top Iranian General in Iraq, in an airstrike carried out by the United States. 

Libya: UN refugee agency deeply concerned by shelling near Tripoli facility

UN Top News - Fri, 03/01/2020 - 18:26
Shelling near a major facility run by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Thursday, has sparked deep concern for the safety of refugees and asylum seekers there.

FROM THE FIELD: Facing up to crisis in Kassala

UN Top News - Fri, 03/01/2020 - 07:50
An economic crisis in Sudan which has driven up food prices in the African country has contributed to an increase in the number of people needing aid; that’s according to the UN’s humanitarian affairs agency, OCHA. 

Investing in health workers yields ‘triple dividend’, WHO chief says in New Year’s message

UN Top News - Thu, 02/01/2020 - 21:33
At the start of the new year and new decade, the head of the United Nations health agency thanked “the brave health workers” around the globe and asked that the world do better in supporting them.

UNICEF chief hopes 2020 will be 'a year of peace' for Syria’s children

UN Top News - Thu, 02/01/2020 - 20:11
Only an end to the war in Syria can bring safety to children there, the head of the UN child rights agency said on Thursday. 

UN envoy commends successful conclusion of Guinea-Bissau presidential election

UN Top News - Thu, 02/01/2020 - 18:18
The head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) has underlined the Organization’s support for Guinea-Bissau following the conclusion of its presidential election. 

Secretary-General calls for global participation in UN75 dialogues

UN Top News - Thu, 02/01/2020 - 09:25
The United Nations on Wednesday launched the biggest global conversation on the world's future: the UN75 dialogues.  Views and ideas gathered throughout the year will be shared at a high-level event in September to mark the Organization's 75th anniversary.

UN chief ‘deeply concerned’ following end of DPRK nuclear test moratorium

UN Top News - Wed, 01/01/2020 - 21:51
The UN Secretary-General is "deeply concerned" that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has ended a moratorium on nuclear and missile tests, his spokesman said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

Year of the Nurse and the Midwife highlights ‘backbone’ of health systems

UN Top News - Wed, 01/01/2020 - 13:05
The world will need an additional nine million nurses and midwives to achieve the commitment of providing all people with access to health care by 2030, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.

Finding common ground in East Africa: a UN Resident Coordinator blog

UN Top News - Wed, 01/01/2020 - 08:20
Together, Kenya and Uganda kick-start a Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by partnering with the UN to address challenges that transcend country borders.  By Siddharth Chatterjee (Kenya RC) and Rosa Malango (Uganda RC)  

FROM THE FIELD: Bangladesh’s bamboo boom

UN Top News - Wed, 01/01/2020 - 07:20
More than 24 million bamboo poles have been harvested for construction projects in the enormous refugee settlement in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, thanks, in part, to support from the International Organization for Migration (IOM). 

New Year’s Day a reminder of need for action to prevent newborn deaths: UNICEF

UN Top News - Wed, 01/01/2020 - 02:05
The world will welcome more than 392,000 babies on New Year’s Day, according to estimates from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). 

Sub-Saharan Africa faces grave hunger challenges in 2020: UN food relief agency

UN Top News - Tue, 31/12/2019 - 19:40
At the dawn of the next decade, a new World Food Programme (WFP) forecast of global hunger hotspots has revealed that escalating hunger will challenge sub-Saharan Africa in the first half of 2020.

Israel/Palestine war crimes probe ‘momentous step forward’, says UN rights expert

UN Top News - Tue, 31/12/2019 - 17:24
An independent UN human rights expert hailed on Tuesday, the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) decision to consider a formal criminal investigation into allegations of war crimes in Palestine as a "momentous step forward in the quest for accountability" in the five-decade-long Israeli occupation.

2019: The UN News year in photos

UN Top News - Tue, 31/12/2019 - 15:10
From sustainable development to economic development, and human rights to humanitarian aid, UN News provides daily coverage across all of the Organization's  key issues – health, migration, climate change and so much more.

FIRST PERSON: ‘You can’t get paid for staring out of the window’ - How I proved my teacher wrong

UN Top News - Tue, 31/12/2019 - 07:20
The International Labour Organization (ILO) is marking its centenary in 2019 and as part of the commemoration has launched a photography project called “Dignity at Work: The American Experience” to document the working life of people across the United States. UN News joined the ILO on a visit to the southern US state of Louisiana.