Happening in the UN


Security Council marks transition from 15 years of UN peacekeeping in Haiti

UN Top News - Tue, 15/10/2019 - 20:16
Although 15 years of UN peacekeeping in Haiti have drawn to a close, the Organization’s commitment to strengthening and stabilizing the country will continue, the Security Council heard on Tuesday.

'Alarmingly high' number of children malnourished worldwide: UNICEF report

UN Top News - Tue, 15/10/2019 - 19:23
Across the globe, at least one-in-three children under-five are malnourished and not developing properly, UNICEF revealed on Tuesday, in its most comprehensive report on children, food and nutrition in 20 years. 

Syria war: executions condemned as violence continues ‘on both sides’ of border with Turkey

UN Top News - Tue, 15/10/2019 - 17:50
Amid ongoing fighting in northern Syria and disturbing reports that extrajudicial killings have been streamed online, the United Nations and their partners are continuing to deliver humanitarian supplies to tens of thousands of people displaced by the violence, UN agencies stressed on Tuesday.

Rural women a ‘powerful force’ for global climate action: UN Secretary-General

UN News Service - Tue, 15/10/2019 - 06:05
Rural women and girls across the world are a “powerful force” in global action to respond to climate change, according to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

Rural women a ‘powerful force’ for global climate action: UN Secretary-General

UN Top News - Tue, 15/10/2019 - 06:05
Rural women and girls across the world are a “powerful force” in global action to respond to climate change, according to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

Monday’s Daily Brief: 70,000 children displaced in northeast Syria, Guterres commends UN-led peace deal for Ecuador, deadly airstrikes in Libya's Tripoli

UN Top News - Mon, 14/10/2019 - 22:41
A recap of Monday’s stories: UNICEF estimates some 70,000 children have been newly displaced in northeast Syria; UN chief sounds alarm on threat of ISIL amid fighting in Syria; Secretary-General welcomes start of Ecuador peace dialogue; Deadly Libya attacks 'blatant violation' of human rights; Food agencies reveal scale of global food waste problem. 

Military operation in northeast Syria could see unintentional release of ISIL affiliates: UN chief

UN Top News - Mon, 14/10/2019 - 18:37
The ongoing Turkish military incursion in northeast Syria could unintentionally lead to the release of scores of people associated with the terrorist group ISIL, the UN Secretary-General fears.

Stop the waste: UN food agencies call for action to reduce global hunger

UN Top News - Mon, 14/10/2019 - 18:20
With one-third of food produced for human consumption lost or wasted, and millions still going hungry, the UN’s food-related agencies are shining a spotlight on the issue: on Monday, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) published its annual State of Food and Agriculture report with findings that could lead to a reduction in food loss and waste, and, earlier in October, the World Food Programme (WFP) launched its awareness-raising #StopTheWaste campaign.

UN chief praises Japanese climate resilience, as Typhoon Hagibis cleanup begins

UN Top News - Mon, 14/10/2019 - 00:29
With Typhoon Hagibis causing destruction and loss of life in Japan, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has praised the leadership role the country is playing in climate resilience, and its “extensive and efficient preparation for this latest extreme weather event”.

UN chief condemns deadly Burkina Faso mosque attack

UN Top News - Sun, 13/10/2019 - 17:34
UN chief António Guterres has strongly condemned Friday’s attack on a mosque in northern Burkina Faso, in a statement released on Saturday.

Reducing disaster risk is a good investment, and ‘the right thing to do’, says Guterres

UN Top News - Sun, 13/10/2019 - 13:00
There is a strong economic case for climate resilience and reducing the risk of disasters, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a message to mark the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, which falls on Sunday.

After this year’s Climate Action Summit, what happens next?

UN Top News - Sat, 12/10/2019 - 17:43
People across the world need to embrace “fundamental change” in order to combat climate change and meet the target of restricting the increase in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius, Claudio Forner, from UN Climate Change in Bonn, told UN News in an interview that took place following the Climate Action Summit.

UN migration agency launches $10 million appeal to support hurricane recovery in The Bahamas

UN Top News - Fri, 11/10/2019 - 22:46
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has launched a $10 million appeal to assist The Bahamas as the country continues to recover from the devastation brought on by Hurricane Dorian just over a month ago.

Ecuador: UN ‘stands ready’ to support talks, in bid to end political turmoil

UN Top News - Fri, 11/10/2019 - 22:36
Amid violent street protests that have rocked Ecuador’s Government, fomenting a political crisis, the UN Secretary-General has voiced his concern, saying the Organization is standing by to help mediate if politicians can agree to sit down for talks.  

Friday’s Daily Brief: Day of the Girl Child, mayors lead on climate emergency, Turkey Syria offensive, new statelessness pledges, extremism in social media

UN News Service - Fri, 11/10/2019 - 22:09
Our top stories for Friday: Day of the Girl Child celebrated around the world; city mayors lead on climate fight; humanitarian alarm rising over Turkey’s Syria offensive; history’s made as countries step forward to tackle global statelessness; Burkina Faso violence forces 500,000 from their homes; 'white extremist’ use of social media in attacks must be curbed.

Friday’s Daily Brief: Day of the Girl Child, mayors lead on climate emergency, Turkey Syria offensive, new statelessness pledges, extremism in social media

UN Top News - Fri, 11/10/2019 - 22:09
Our top stories for Friday: Day of the Girl Child celebrated around the world; city mayors lead on climate fight; humanitarian alarm rising over Turkey’s Syria offensive; history’s made as countries step forward to tackle global statelessness; Burkina Faso violence forces 500,000 from their homes; 'white extremist’ use of social media in attacks must be curbed.

Climate emergency: City mayors are 'world's first responders', says UN chief

UN Top News - Fri, 11/10/2019 - 18:33
City bosses are “the world’s first responders to the climate emergency” UN chief António Guterres declared on Friday, at an international mayors’ summit in Copenhagen.

Turkey’s Syria offensive could spark another catastrophe, warn humanitarians

UN Top News - Fri, 11/10/2019 - 18:04
Airstrikes and a ground offensive by Turkey in northern Syria against Kurdish forces have left civilians dead and forced tens of thousands to flee, UN agencies said on Friday, amid fears of another “humanitarian catastrophe” in the war-torn country. 

Ethiopian Prime Minister awarded Nobel Peace Prize: Guterres hails his ‘people first’ agenda

UN Top News - Fri, 11/10/2019 - 17:55
The winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize has been praised by the UN Secretary-General for creating a pathway to stability in the Horn of Africa region.

Day of the Girl Child spotlights 25 years of progress, with more on the horizon

UN Top News - Fri, 11/10/2019 - 17:42
The world’s one billion young girls, are being celebrated on Friday as an “unscripted and unstoppable” force for change, with 11 October designated each year the International Day of the Girl Child.