Happening in the UN


Thursday's Daily Brief: Updates on Syria, refugee data centre, billions raised to fight global diseases, Colombia's peace process

UN Top News - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 23:22
A recap of Thursday's stories:  Guterres calls for military de-escalation in Syria's north-east; the role of cities in the climate crisis; new UN data resource to support refugees; reintegration of Colombia's ex-rebels; global community raises billions to eliminate diseases.

De-escalation of Turkish military operation in northern Syria ‘absolutely essential’

UN Top News - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 23:16
A de-escalation of renewed conflict in northern Syria is “absolutely essential,” the UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday. His comments follow the launch of airstrikes and a ground offensive by Turkey on Wednesday just days after the United States announced it would pull its troops out of Syria.

New refugee data centre can inform policies, solutions worldwide: Guterres

UN Top News - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 22:20
A new UN refugee data centre will improve the way humanitarian agencies support “some of the most dramatically vulnerable people in the world”, UN chief António Guterres said on Thursday.

Global community pledges $14 billion to step up fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria

UN Top News - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 20:58
Donors have pledged just over $14 billion for the next three years to save 16 million lives and help end AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria by 2030.

Colombia’s peace process developments a ‘precious opportunity’ to end violence for good, says UN Mission head

UN Top News - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 20:56
Thousands of former fighters from Colombia’s largest rebel group remain committed to the historic 2016 peace deal which ended more than five decades of civil conflict, but attacks against the ex-combatants have been a continuous cause for concern, the Security Council heard on Thursday.  

Civilians ‘must not be a target’, urges UNHCR, following military escalation in northern Syria

UN Top News - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 18:04
The scale-up in military operations in north-east Syria has forced tens of thousands of civilians to seek safety, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Thursday, one day after Turkey launched airstrikes and a ground offensive across the border.

Ebola on the run in DR Congo, ‘now we have to kill the virus’: UN health agency

UN Top News - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 16:38
Efforts to eradicate the deadly Ebola epidemic in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are proving successful but “now we have to kill the virus”, the UN health agency said on Thursday.

World Mental Health Day sheds light on worrying rates of youth suicide

UN Top News - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 14:18
Worldwide, 800,000 people die by suicide each year - one every 40 seconds - making it the second leading cause of death among young people (aged 15 to 29), the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday, spotlighting suicide prevention as the theme for this year's World Mental Health Day.

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Mistreatment rife during childbirth, UNICEF Cryptocurrency Fund, Synagogue attack in Germany, World Post Day

UN Top News - Wed, 09/10/2019 - 22:31
A recap of Wednesday’s stories: Alarming accounts of women mistreated in childbirth; UNICEF enters new world of cryptocurrency funding; UN chief condemns synagogue attack in Germany; mission chief calls on DR Congo political class to build on progress; UN celebrates mail services around the world.

German synagogue shooting ‘another tragic demonstration of anti-Semitism’: UN chief

UN Top News - Wed, 09/10/2019 - 21:39
The killing of two people outside a synagogue in Germany on Wednesday has been characterized by the UN Secretary-General as “another tragic demonstration of anti-Semitism.”

Support 'winds of change' in DR Congo to consolidate positive developments, urges UN mission chief

UN Top News - Wed, 09/10/2019 - 19:31
Recent positive trends could help transform the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) into a stable country, the head of the UN operation there told the Security Council on Wednesday.

Afghanistan probe: ‘at least 60 civilians’ killed after US military airstrikes on alleged drug labs

UN Top News - Wed, 09/10/2019 - 16:30
“Multiple” airstrikes by the US military on alleged methamphetamine drug labs in a remote area of western Afghanistan earlier this year, killed or injured dozens of civilians who should not have been treated as military targets, the UN said on Wednesday.

Alarming number of women mistreated during childbirth, new UN health agency figures show

UN News Service - Wed, 09/10/2019 - 00:35
More than a third of women surveyed across four lower-income countries reported mistreatment during childbirth, a new study led by the World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed. 

Alarming number of women mistreated during childbirth, new UN health agency figures show

UN Top News - Wed, 09/10/2019 - 00:35
More than a third of women surveyed across four lower-income countries, reported being mistreated during childbirth, a new study led by the World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed. 

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Eye health, UN’s financial crisis, progress in Mali and South Sudan, human rights in Australia

UN Top News - Tue, 08/10/2019 - 22:49
Tuesday’s top stories: Global need for eye care is set to increase ‘dramatically’; work and reforms of the UN ‘at risk’; progress on Mali security; South Sudan peace accord anniversary; Rights chief Bachelet urges rollback on Australia migration policies; and an interview with Maha Mamo, living proof of why statelessness needs to end worldwide.

UN chief urges ‘maximum restraint’ following policy shift over northeastern Syria

UN Top News - Tue, 08/10/2019 - 21:47
The UN chief on Tuesday expressed “great concern” over recent policy statements made regarding northeastern Syria, following the announcement from the United States at the start of the week, that it would withdraw troops from the area close to the border with Turkey. 

Some progress made towards security in Mali, but still a long way to go, Security Council hears

UN Top News - Tue, 08/10/2019 - 19:13
Some progress has been made towards restoring peace and stability in Mali as outlined in a fragile 2015 peace deal, yet sustainable peace developments are not happening fast enough, the Security Council heard on Tuesday. 

Work and reforms of the UN ‘at risk’, Guterres warns Member States, amidst ‘record-level’ cash crisis

UN Top News - Tue, 08/10/2019 - 18:44
The United Nations is facing a severe shortage of cash, and unless more Governments pay their annual dues, “our work and our reforms are at risk”, the UN chief António Guterres told Member States on Tuesday.

One billion people have preventable eye conditions, increasingly linked to lifestyle choices: UN health agency

UN Top News - Tue, 08/10/2019 - 17:03
A staggering 2.2 billion people already suffer from eye conditions and visual impairment today, but the global need for eye care is set to increase “dramatically”, with lack of exercise a key factor, the UN health agency said on Tuesday, unveiling its first ever report on vision across the world.

Monday’s Daily Brief: 'Waste to wealth' campaign, nuclear power and climate change, 'dangerous nationalism' a threat, Hammarskjöld latest

UN Top News - Mon, 07/10/2019 - 23:09
A recap of Monday’s stories:  New UN-Habitat campaign converts waste into wealth; refugee agency chief issues alert over  'dangerous nationalism',  UN warns against Syrian civilian displacement; Guterres renews call for full disclosure by States over 1961 Hammarskjöld plane crash; First-ever conference on nuclear power and climate change.