Happening in the UN


‘Answer the call of Afghans’ to reduce impact of conflict, UN urges all parties amid increase in civilian airstrike deaths

UN Top News - Tue, 30/07/2019 - 19:43
The conflict in Afghanistan continues to be devastating for civilians, with the latest United Nations update released on Tuesday showing that the number of civilians killed by aerial operations increased in the first half of 2019, even as overall civilian casualties declined. 

New UN report shows record number of children killed and maimed in conflict

UN Top News - Tue, 30/07/2019 - 19:27
A new UN report has found that 2018 was the worst year on record for children caught up in armed conflict; the year saw the highest numbers killed or maimed since the United Nations began monitoring the violation.

Conflict, climate change among factors that increase ‘desperation that enables human trafficking to flourish’, says UN chief

UN Top News - Tue, 30/07/2019 - 15:30
To mark the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has stressed that “human trafficking is a heinous crime that affects every region of the world” – especially women and children.

Murder of Brazilian indigenous leader a ‘worrying symptom’ of land invasion

UN Top News - Mon, 29/07/2019 - 23:22
In the wake of the murder of indigenous leader Emrya Wajãpi in Brazil, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has called on the country’s authorities to “react quickly and decisively” to protect the rights of indigenous peoples on their lands.

With Libyans now ‘fighting the wars of others’ inside their own country, UN envoy urges Security Council action to end violence

UN Top News - Mon, 29/07/2019 - 22:33
Fighting in Libya “shows no signs of abating”, the head of the United Nations Support Mission (UNSMIL), told the Security Council on Monday, painting a grim picture of worsening humanitarian conditions, and warning that the instability and influx of foreign weapons is fueling a proxy war in the north African country.

Monday’s Daily Brief: Nigeria massacre, Libya shelling condemned; recycled plastic used to build classrooms in Côte d’Ivoire

UN Top News - Mon, 29/07/2019 - 21:40
Our main stories today: UN chief and senior UN official condemn the ‘terrible massacre’ in Nigeria that left some 65 dead, and the shelling of a hospital in Libya that killed medical workers; UN Secretary-General António Guterres reacts to a deadly landslide in China; recycled plastic waste is used to build classrooms in Côte d’Ivoire; and scouts are urged to become human rights defenders.

Easing ‘classroom crisis’ in Côte d’Ivoire, brick by (plastic) brick

UN Top News - Mon, 29/07/2019 - 17:43
In an innovative partnership, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and a Colombian social enterprise announced on Monday that it had broken ground on a first-of-its-kind factory to convert plastic waste in Côte d'Ivoire into modular, easy-to-assemble, low-cost plastic bricks for classrooms in the West African country.

UN chief extends condolences to families of China landslide casualties

UN Top News - Mon, 29/07/2019 - 16:53
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has extended his condolences to the families of those killed in Sunday’s landslides, in the southern Chinese province of Guizhou, following heavy rains.

UN sees progress in fight against tobacco, warns more action needed to help people quit deadly product

UN Top News - Fri, 26/07/2019 - 22:21
Progress is being made in the battle against the global tobacco epidemic, but more action is needed to help people quit the deadly products, according to a new report from the UN World Health Organization (WHO).  

Voices of Afghan women ‘must be heard at the table in the peace process and beyond’ UN deputy chief tells Security Council

UN News Service - Fri, 26/07/2019 - 21:56
Afghan women have “paid a high price” during their country’s nearly four decades of conflict, the United Nations deputy chief said on Friday, addressing the Security Council a day after Kabul had been hit with a fresh round of “horrific” bomb attacks.

Voices of Afghan women ‘must be heard at the table in the peace process and beyond’ UN deputy chief tells Security Council

UN Top News - Fri, 26/07/2019 - 21:56
Afghan women have “paid a high price” during their country’s nearly four decades of conflict, the United Nations deputy chief said on Friday, addressing the Security Council a day after Kabul had been hit with a fresh round of “horrific” bomb attacks.

Friday’s Daily Brief: Libya mass drownings response: Syria ‘carnage’ denounced, food aid doubled for Ebola-affected in DR Congo

UN Top News - Fri, 26/07/2019 - 21:40
Our main stories today: UN leaders call for a return to sea rescues in the Mediterranean, following Libya shipwreck; UN human rights chief denounces indifference to victims of Syrian airstrikes; World Food Programme doubles supplies to those affected by Ebola outbreak in DR Congo, and WHO urges more investment to eradicate hepatitis.

DR Congo: efforts to control Ebola epidemic continue, UN food relief agency doubles assistance to affected people

UN Top News - Fri, 26/07/2019 - 18:36
With Ebola accelerating in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) announced on Friday that it plans to scale up and double food assistance to people affected by the disease.

Eliminating hepatitis calls for ‘bold political leadership, with investments to match,’ UN health chief says

UN Top News - Fri, 26/07/2019 - 17:50
Calling for “bold political leadership” ahead of World Hepatitis Day, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday urged countries to take advantage of recent reductions in the costs of diagnosing and treating viral hepatitis and scale up investments in disease elimination.   

Senior UN officials call for return to sea rescues, after ‘the worst Mediterranean tragedy of this year’

UN Top News - Fri, 26/07/2019 - 16:55
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, along with the heads of a number of UN agencies, expressed horror at Thursday’s reports that as many as 150 people may be dead after a boat they were traveling in capsized off the coast of Libya, making it the worst such tragedy in the Mediterranean this year.

UN human rights chief fears world has grown numb to Syrian carnage

UN Top News - Fri, 26/07/2019 - 16:47
The relentless campaign of airstrikes in Syria has been met with a “collective shrug,” the top United Nations human rights official said on Friday, denouncing the world’s apparent indifference to the mounting civilian casualties as a “failure of leadership” by the world’s most powerful countries.

Thursday’s Daily Brief: Somalia bombing condemned, as UN expert calls for more international help; Africa faces locust swarms; new leaders for UN atomic watchdog and top economic body

UN Top News - Thu, 25/07/2019 - 20:55
Our main stories today: senior UN officials condemn attacks on Somalia capital, and call for continued international support; the International Atomic Energy Agency and UN’s Economic and Social Council welcome new leaders; and the Food and Agriculture Organization warns of possible locust swarms in Horn of Africa and Yemen

New President of top UN economic and social body to push for development financing, fundamental freedoms ‘for all’

UN News Service - Thu, 25/07/2019 - 20:10
In her inaugural speech as President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Mona Juul, of Norway, underscored that the body’s mandate today remains “as relevant and compelling” as it did back in 1945 when it was tasked with “fostering international cooperation on economic, social, and cultural issues”.

New President of top UN economic and social body to push for development financing, fundamental freedoms ‘for all’

UN Top News - Thu, 25/07/2019 - 20:10
In her inaugural speech as President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Mona Juul, of Norway, underscored that the body’s mandate today remains “as relevant and compelling” as it did back in 1945 when it was tasked with “fostering international cooperation on economic, social, and cultural issues”.

UN chief condemns deadly Somalia attacks on offices visited earlier by UN envoy

UN Top News - Thu, 25/07/2019 - 19:18
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned Wednesday’s deadly terror attacks in Somalia, that targeted the offices of the mayor of Mogadishu, reportedly killing six Government officials and injured several others.