Happening in the UN


Despite ‘considerable progress,’ Somalia needs help tackling political, economic and rights challenges, says UN expert

UN Top News - Thu, 25/07/2019 - 17:02
Although Somalia has made “considerable progress” in its political, economic, social and human rights situation over the past six years, “there is much more to do,” a United Nations expert said on Thursday, urging the international community to assist.

Successful elections and ‘political dialogues’ push democracy forward in West Africa and the Sahel

UN Top News - Wed, 24/07/2019 - 23:17
Progress has been made in consolidating democracy in West Africa and the Sahel, according to the United Nation’s Special Representative in the region on Wednesday, who cited successful elections and “political dialogues” as part of the advances made.

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Switzerland leads on innovation, UNICEF ‘lifelines’ for Yemen, Ebola latest, Liberia peacekeepers

UN Top News - Wed, 24/07/2019 - 21:15
Our main stories today: the latest Global Innovation Index ranks Switzerland the world’s most innovative country, the head of the UN Mission in DRC warns of a ‘deadly environment’ for health workers, UNICEF delivers cash for 9 million vulnerable Yemeni families, acting head of UNAIDS says battle against HIV/ AIDS is “far from over”.

‘Deadly environment’ plus ‘political and social’ obstacles hinder Ebola fight in DR Congo, Security Council hears

UN Top News - Wed, 24/07/2019 - 19:57
The problems of eradicating Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are not only medical, but also linked “to a variety of political and social factors”, the head of the UN mission in the country told the Security Council on Wednesday.

Switzerland ranked as most innovative country in new UN report

UN Top News - Wed, 24/07/2019 - 19:01
The World Intellectual Property Organization, WIPO, named Switzerland as the world’s most innovative country on Wednesday, during the launch of its latest Global Innovation Index, (GII) in the Indian capital New Delhi.

New partnership agreement with Liberia, shows ‘clear positive impact of UN peacekeeping’

UN Top News - Wed, 24/07/2019 - 18:10
A formal agreement between Liberia and the UN to supply peacekeeping personnel to serve in the UN Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), marks an “immensely significant” transition for the former war-torn West African nation, its UN Ambassador said in New York on Tuesday.

Tuesday's Daily Brief: Situation critical for Libya migrants, ‘dangerous paralysis’ in Israel-Palestine conflict, ‘shocking escalation’ in Syria, record heatwaves

UN Top News - Tue, 23/07/2019 - 22:44
Our main stories today: UN officials warn of desperate situation for migrants and refugees in Libya; the UN peacebuilding chief calls for ‘tangible steps’ to alleviate the crisis in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and keep two-State solution alive; Idlib in Syria suffers more deadly attacks on civilians; Europe and Bangladesh deal with extreme weather events; and Angry Birds take on the climate crisis.

‘Tangible steps’ needed to alleviate crisis in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, keep two-State solution alive: DiCarlo

UN Top News - Tue, 23/07/2019 - 20:29
The “dangerous paralysis” that prevails in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is fuelling extremism and exacerbating tensions, leading to a “loss of hope” that peace can ever be achieved through negotiation, the UN’s Political and Peacebuilding chief told the Security Council on Tuesday.

Libya: Renewed commitment to Mediterranean rescues encouraging, but ‘overriding priority’ must be ‘lasting peace’, say UN officials

UN Top News - Tue, 23/07/2019 - 17:32
The heads of the two key UN agencies championing refugees and migrants have called for an end to their “arbitrary detention” across Libya, following an agreement on Tuesday by European Union countries to offer those fleeing across the Mediterranean a safe berth through a new distribution mechanism.

Monday’s Daily Brief: Palestine demolitions, nuclear watchdog chief dies, UK troops to Mali, Afghan journalist murder condemned, Somalia sexual violence pledge

UN Top News - Mon, 22/07/2019 - 22:18
Our main stories today: UN condemns Israel’s destruction of Palestinian property; the head of the IAEA dies at 72; UK troops will bolster Mali mission; UNESCO chief condemns Afghan journalist’s murder; Somalia commits to ending conflict-related sexual violence.  

UN Youth envoy launches coding competition to help solve climate crisis and ‘Reboot the Earth’

UN Top News - Mon, 22/07/2019 - 22:05
Can young coders help solve the climate crisis? The UN’s Youth Envoy launched a global competition earlier this month, “Reboot The Earth”, with support from the UN Office of Information & Communications Technology, Deloitte and SAP, to try and answer that question, fostering collaboration between the United Nations, academia, civil society, and young people to address the climate emergency.

UN health agency ‘strongly recommends’ dolutegravir antiretroviral medication to manage HIV

UN Top News - Mon, 22/07/2019 - 20:59
Based on new evidence, the United Nations health agency on Monday announced it was recommending the use of the antiretroviral drug dolutegravir (DTG) – which, with other medication, treats HIV/AIDS – as the preferred first- and second-line treatment for all cases, including pregnant women and those who have the potential to give birth.  

UN peacekeeping in Mali boosted with addition of 250 UK troops

UN Top News - Mon, 22/07/2019 - 18:44
The United Kingdom is to send a contingent of 250 troops to Mali next year, to support the UN’s peacekeeping operation in the country, MINUSMA.

Israeli destruction of Palestinian homes in West Bank, ‘not compatible’ with international humanitarian law, UN says

UN Top News - Mon, 22/07/2019 - 17:47
Following “with sadness” the Israeli authorities’ destruction of homes in the Palestinian community of Sur Bahir, three top United Nations officials issued a statement on Monday underscoring that the move was “not compatible” with Israel’s “obligations under international humanitarian law”.

‘Deep sadness’ at passing of UN nuclear watchdog agency chief, Yukiya Amano

UN Top News - Mon, 22/07/2019 - 17:42
The head of the UN body that oversees nuclear activities across the world has died aged 72, it was announced on Monday. In a statement, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed the passing of Director General Yukiya Amano, with “deepest sadness”.

Inclusive peace in Afghanistan means ‘women at the centre’ urges UN deputy chief in Kabul

UN News Service - Sun, 21/07/2019 - 19:02
The UN deputy chief issued an impassioned plea on Sunday for Afghans to reconcile with the past and put “women at the centre” of all efforts to forge a durable peace, and a truly inclusive political process where women’s voices are truly heard. 

Inclusive peace in Afghanistan means ‘women at the centre’ urges UN deputy chief in Kabul

UN Top News - Sun, 21/07/2019 - 19:02
The UN deputy chief issued an impassioned plea on Sunday for Afghans to reconcile with the past and put “women at the centre” of all efforts to forge a durable peace, and a truly inclusive political process where women’s voices are truly heard. 

Top UN sustainable development forum closes with galvanized effort toward ‘empowerment, inclusiveness and equality’

UN Top News - Sat, 20/07/2019 - 00:28
In closing the High-level Segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on Friday, President Inga Rhonda King assured participants that the session had contributed significantly to advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

‘Firmly united’ Security Council can bolster Colombia’s efforts to secure lasting peace, says UN envoy

UN Top News - Fri, 19/07/2019 - 23:34
The Colombian peace process is an outstanding example of how much support the United Nations can provide when the Security Council is ‘firmly united’, a senior UN envoy said on Friday, calling for the 15-member body’s continued commitment as the country works to overcome secure lasting peace. 

First men on the moon ‘came in peace’ to UN Headquarters ‘for all mankind’

UN Top News - Fri, 19/07/2019 - 22:24
As the world remembers Saturday’s 50th anniversary of the “giant leap for mankind” made by all those involved in the pioneering Apollo 11 space programme, we take a look back at the visit made by astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, to UN Headquarters in New York, just a few weeks after their historic mission.