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Friday’s Daily Brief: solidarity with Japan, call for DR Congo support, family-friendly workplaces, hottest June ever, Venezuela and Afghanistan updates

UN News Service - Fri, 19/07/2019 - 21:56
In today’s Daily Brief: UN stands in solidarity with Japan; avoid panic over DR Congo Ebola emergency; ‘transformative shift’ needed towards family-friendly work policies; hottest June EVER; Venezuelan migrant dangers; stop targeting Afghanistan civilians call.

Friday’s Daily Brief: solidarity with Japan, call for DR Congo support, family-friendly workplaces, hottest June ever, Venezuela and Afghanistan updates

UN Top News - Fri, 19/07/2019 - 21:56
In today’s Daily Brief: UN stands in solidarity with Japan; avoid panic over DR Congo Ebola emergency; ‘transformative shift’ needed towards family-friendly work policies; hottest June EVER; Venezuelan migrant dangers; stop targeting Afghanistan civilians call.

‘Indiscriminate blasts’ in civilian areas ‘must stop’, UN mission in Afghanistan stresses 

UN Top News - Fri, 19/07/2019 - 21:27
The “deliberate targeting of educational facilities” during armed conflict is “a war crime”, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said on Friday after a bomb detonated near the entrance to Kabul University, in the country’s capital. 

Zimbabwe: Droughts leave millions food insecure, UN food agency scales up assistance 

UN Top News - Fri, 19/07/2019 - 19:49
Severe drought has rendered more than a third of rural households in Zimbabwe – or around 3.5 million people – dangerously food insecure, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) revealed on Friday. 

Don’t panic, support DR Congo in fight against deadly Ebola virus, UN health agency urges

UN Top News - Fri, 19/07/2019 - 18:12
Ebola virus is just one challenge among many facing communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, reiterating an appeal for the international community to show support and solidarity for its people. 

UN stands in solidarity with Japan following deadly arson attack at leading animation studio in Kyoto

UN Top News - Fri, 19/07/2019 - 15:57
UN chief António Guterres said on Friday he was “deeply saddened” at the death of at least 33 people inside a popular Japanese animation studio, in the city of Kyoto, following an arson attack that constitutes one of the worst mass-killings in the nation’s history. 

UNICEF urges ‘transformative shift’ in family-friendly work policies to reap ‘huge’ benefits

UN News Service - Fri, 19/07/2019 - 04:00
Because the “earliest years” of life are the most crucial, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) published a list of new family-friendly policy recommendations on Friday it says will likely reap “huge” benefits.

UNICEF urges ‘transformative shift’ in family-friendly work policies to reap ‘huge’ benefits

UN Top News - Fri, 19/07/2019 - 04:00
Because the “earliest years” of life are the most crucial, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) published a list of new family-friendly policy recommendations on Friday it says will likely reap “huge” benefits.

‘Stay together and step up’ action to meet Global Goals, ECOSOC President tells development forum

UN Top News - Fri, 19/07/2019 - 00:35
We can realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 “if we all stay together and step up our actions”, Inga Rhonda King, President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ESOSOC), said on Thursday.

Carnage must stop in northwest Syria demands Lowcock, as attacks intensify

UN Top News - Thu, 18/07/2019 - 22:53
After 80 days of intensifying attacks, many on health facilities, “the carnage must stop” in northwest Syria, said the UN relief chief on Thursday, noting that more than 70 civilians had been killed this month alone across the last rebel-held enclave of the country.

Thursday’s Daily Brief: Mandela Day, war waning in Yemen? Deadly monsoon rains, zero hunger hopes fade, fifth anniversary of MH17 crash

UN Top News - Thu, 18/07/2019 - 22:47
In today’s Daily Brief: World celebrates Nelson Mandela; Security Council hears end of Yemen war may be in sight; South Asia children turned ‘upside down’ by monsoon rains; world ‘off track’ to meet zero hunger target; Italy urged to stop ‘criminalising’ migrant rescues   

Stronger partnerships with post-conflict countries needed to ensure ‘path towards durable peace’: UN chief

UN Top News - Thu, 18/07/2019 - 22:33
As UN missions are drawn down and eventually closed, stronger partnerships are needed to ensure that countries recovering from conflict can transition successfully to a phase of durable peace and development, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Thursday.

World ‘off track’ to meet most Sustainable Development Goals on hunger, food security and nutrition

UN Top News - Thu, 18/07/2019 - 21:11
Key parts of the Global Goals agenda linked to achieving zero-hunger are “off-track”, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Thursday, in an appeal for much greater public investment in farming.

Yemen: UN Envoy ‘guilty’ of optimistic hope that war is ‘nearing the end’

UN Top News - Thu, 18/07/2019 - 19:05
With Yemen once again at a “crucial moment” the UN Special Envoy trying to facilitate peace there told Security Council members on Thursday that despite the dangers of being over optimistic, he could not help thinking the country could finally be “nearing the end of its war.”

Monsoon rains turn millions of children’s lives ‘upside down’ across South Asia

UN Top News - Thu, 18/07/2019 - 17:37
Heavy rainfall, severe flooding and landslides across Nepal, India and Bangladesh have killed at least 93 children, and put the lives of millions more at risk, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which is “responding urgently”.

Asia and Pacific on course to miss all Sustainable Development Goals, says UN region chief

UN Top News - Thu, 18/07/2019 - 16:00
Unless progress is accelerated, Asia and the Pacific are on course to miss all of the 17 Goals of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Executive Secretary of the UN regional commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), told UN News at the Organization's Headquarters on Wednesday.

Governments at UN forum on development urged to close spending gaps, honour aid commitments

UN Top News - Thu, 18/07/2019 - 00:16
The main UN platform following up on Member States’ actions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) continued its work Monday taking up the issue of finance, including examining ways to better align and distribute funds for development at national, as well as global levels.

'Emulate his example' urges UN chief as world celebrates Nelson Mandela: a ‘global advocate for dignity and equality’ 

UN Top News - Thu, 18/07/2019 - 00:00
Nelson Mandela was an “extraordinary global advocate for dignity and equality” who anyone in public service should seek to emulate, Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message marking the International Day that honours the iconic anti-apartheid campaigner, and South Africa’s first democratically-elected President. 

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Ebola now an international Public Health Emergency, young peacemakers, defining moment for Sudan, war crimes fugitives, migrant ‘crisis’ in Hungary

UN Top News - Wed, 17/07/2019 - 23:13
In today’s Daily Brief: the DR Congo Ebola outbreak is officially declared an international Public Health Emergency; UN Youth Envoy briefs Security Council; an ‘exciting and potentially defining’ moment for Sudan, says UN adviser; more cooperation’s needed to secure arrest of war crimes fugitives; and politicizing the migrant ‘crisis’ in Hungary

‘Young people care about peace’: UN Youth Envoy delivers key message to Security Council

UN Top News - Wed, 17/07/2019 - 23:11
After visiting refugee camps in Jordan, UN-backed schools in Gaza, municipalities in Kosovo and Youth Councils in Denmark, the UN’s Youth Envoy visited the Security Council on Wednesday with a simple message from the field that “young people care about peace”.