Happening in the UN


Monday’s Daily Brief: Independent experts on Myanmar, Guterres denounces US mass shootings, Libyan airport violence, UN Spokesperson on Kashmir

UN Top News - Mon, 05/08/2019 - 23:04
Our main stories today: Myanmar companies bankroll ‘brutal operations’ of military; UN chief renounces shootings in the United States; ‘Repeated indiscriminate’ shelling of Libyan airport raises concern; UN voices ‘concern’ over Kashmir; and new UN agriculture chief reaffirms commitment with Italy on development

Myanmar companies bankroll ‘brutal operations’ of military, independent UN experts claim in new report  

UN Top News - Mon, 05/08/2019 - 18:34
Money earned by the Myanmar military from international and domestic business deals, “substantially enhances its ability to carry out gross violations of human rights with impunity” according to a report released on Monday by an independent United Nations group looking into military-business ties in the South East Asian country. 

FROM THE FIELD: What do you want to be when you grow up? One day I will...

UN Top News - Sun, 04/08/2019 - 15:55
One person in every 70 is caught up in a humanitarian crisis right now, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), with women and girls among the most impacted.

UN chief laments ending of Cold War-era disarmament treaty

UN Top News - Sat, 03/08/2019 - 00:05
Secretary-General António Guterres expressed his “deep regret” on Friday that the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty between the United States and Russia came to an end. 

Security Council must ‘come together’ to address the plight of children trapped in armed conflict, says UN envoy

UN Top News - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 23:25
It is “vitally important” that the Security Council “come together” on the current plight of children affected by armed conflict across the globe”, Virginia Gamba, the United Nations Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict said on Friday.

Friday's Daily Brief: Security Council Ebola response, UNICEF chief on 'devastating week' for children in Middle East and North Africa, climate and migration links

UN Top News - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 20:24
Our main stories today: Security Council concern over DRC Ebola outbreak, head of UNICEF deplores ‘devastating week’ for children in MENA region, climate crisis to have ‘extensive’ effect on human settlement

Security Council gravely concerned by Ebola outbreak in DR Congo, demands immediate end to violence hampering response

UN Top News - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 19:53
The UN Security Council on Friday expressed grave concern about the current Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and stressed the urgency of broad cooperation in the response, as “the disease could spread rapidly, including to neighbouring countries, possibly having serious humanitarian consequences and impacting regional stability.” 

Thursday’s Daily Brief: Climate emergency, call to support breastfeeding, rising political heat and new investigation board for Syria

UN Top News - Thu, 01/08/2019 - 22:00
Today, our main stories include: UN chief’s warning on climate and global politics; UNICEF’s call to bolster breastfeeding and new Board of Inquiry in Syria

A dangerously hot climate, simmering political tensions: ‘This is not the summer of our youth,’ UN chief warns

UN Top News - Thu, 01/08/2019 - 18:52
Global warming and rising political tensions are dangerous and avoidable, Secretary-General António Guterres told reporters on Thursday, previewing the UN’s upcoming Climate Action Summit, and spotlighting geopolitical hotspots.

Ten years on, crisis in Nigeria ‘far from over’; UN and humanitarian partners urge support for millions still affected

UN Top News - Thu, 01/08/2019 - 18:11
Ten years after the start of a violent insurgency in north-east Nigeria plunged the country into a humanitarian crisis that is “still far from over”, the United Nations and its aid partners have underscored the need to “collectively redouble efforts” to help the most vulnerable.

Greater investment in family-friendly policies critical to support breastfeeding – UNICEF

UN News Service - Thu, 01/08/2019 - 15:52
While the benefits of breastfeeding for both children and mothers are extensive, policies that support nursing, particularly in workplaces, are not yet available to most mothers worldwide, the Head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday.  

Greater investment in family-friendly policies critical to support breastfeeding – UNICEF

UN Top News - Thu, 01/08/2019 - 15:52
While the benefits of breastfeeding for both children and mothers are extensive, policies that support nursing, particularly in workplaces, are not yet available to most mothers worldwide, the Head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday.  

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: World Breastfeeding Week kickoff, Second Ebola death on DR Congo’s eastern border, UN chief lauds climate activist Thunberg, Afghan bus attack, and outgoing UN agriculture chief hands over reigns

UN Top News - Thu, 01/08/2019 - 00:23
Our main stories today cover:  World Breastfeeding Week kickoff, Ebola on DR Congo side of Rwandan border, 15-year-old Greta Thunberg to said to UN climate summit, UN chief condemns deadly Afghan bus attack and UN agriculture agency chief marks last day.

Migration and the climate crisis: the UN’s search for solutions

UN Top News - Wed, 31/07/2019 - 23:54
Throughout human history, migration and climate have always been connected, but in the modern era, the impacts of the man-made climate crisis are likely to extensively change the patterns of human settlement.

FROM THE FIELD: Turning waste into a business in the slums of Yaoundé, Cameroon

UN Top News - Wed, 31/07/2019 - 21:51
The increasing volume and complexity of waste associated with modern economies is posing a serious risk to ecosystems and human health. Every year, an estimated 11.2 billion tons of solid waste are collected worldwide, according to the UN Environment Programme.

Economic uncertainty, geopolitical tensions stall growth in Latin America and Caribbean region, UN says

UN Top News - Wed, 31/07/2019 - 21:50
Citing “an external context of greater uncertainty and growing complexity”, the head of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), said on Wednesday that the region’s economic growth is expected to decline. 

UN working ‘intensively’ to stop Ebola in eastern DR Congo, following second case in major border town

UN Top News - Wed, 31/07/2019 - 16:44
Senior UN officials tasked with controlling the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have responded to Tuesday’s confirmation of a second case of Ebola in Goma, a major trading town in the vast country’s restive east, near the border with neighbouring Rwanda, which resulted in the death of the patient.

UNICEF must triple budget to combat Ebola outbreak in DR Congo; complex crisis impacting unprecedented number of children

UN Top News - Wed, 31/07/2019 - 00:00
With an unprecedented number of children affected by the Ebola virus outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday said it would need to triple its budget to tackle the complex crisis, which included intensifying the overall public health response and launching measles vaccinations. 

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Children in armed conflict, Ebola in DR Congo, human rights in Bahrain, and two International Days

UN Top News - Tue, 30/07/2019 - 23:08
Our main stories today cover: A new report on children and armed conflict, a day to combat human trafficking; funds needed to fight Ebola in DR Congo; UN rights office condemns the execution of two Bahraini citizens; and International Day of Friendship

‘Do something’; UN relief chief urges Security Council action to stop the Syrian carnage unfolding ‘in front of your eyes’

UN Top News - Tue, 30/07/2019 - 21:34
Bombing and shelling in Syria for more than 90 days by the Government and Russia have led to “carnage in the so-called de-escalation zone” of Idlib, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council on Tuesday, in his seventh update since the “current onslaught” began.