UN Special Adviser welcomes start of trial against top Rwanda genocide suspect

Opening statements in the case against Félicien Kabuga are set for Thursday and Friday at the UN’s International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT), located in The Hague.  According to his indictment, Mr. Kabuga was a founder of the radio station Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines, whose broadcasts furthered hatred and violence against the… Continue reading UN Special Adviser welcomes start of trial against top Rwanda genocide suspect

Climate Change: Hurricanes and cyclones bring misery to millions, as Ian makes landfall in the US

The two tropical cyclones came quick on the heels of Hurricane Fiona, which caused deadly flooding in the Caribbean and was the strongest storm on record to hit Canada. Typhoon Nanmadol, prompted the evacuation of nine million people in Japan. Fingerprints of climate change The World Meteorological Organization has reminded that climate change is expected… Continue reading Climate Change: Hurricanes and cyclones bring misery to millions, as Ian makes landfall in the US

Israel-Palestine: ‘Meaningful initiatives’ needed soon, to reverse to reverse current course

The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process told the Security Council on Wednesday, that since the adoption in December 2016 of resolution 2334, which demands Israel stop building new settlements on Palestinian land, there’s been “little progress” implementing it. Tor Wennesland updated ambassadors on a litany of violations, including “mounting pressure” on… Continue reading Israel-Palestine: ‘Meaningful initiatives’ needed soon, to reverse to reverse current course

Join forces to prevent ‘food availability crisis’ urges FAO chief

As the war in Ukraine stokes a crisis for countries who are struggling just to access the food their populations want and need, the international community needs to ensure that doesn’t spill over into a “food availability crisis”, the head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Wednesday. FAO Director-General QU Dongyu… Continue reading Join forces to prevent ‘food availability crisis’ urges FAO chief

Referenda in Russian-controlled Ukraine ‘cannot be regarded as legal’: UN political affairs chief

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy also briefed ambassadors, blasting the “sham referenda”, though Russia objected to his participation via videoconference.  Russian Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya said the President should participate in person, in line with the rules.  “The Council should not turn into a forum for political shows or cinema,” he added. Door-to-door voting  The referenda were… Continue reading Referenda in Russian-controlled Ukraine ‘cannot be regarded as legal’: UN political affairs chief

World ‘must engage’ or risk Afghanistan’s collapse, Security Council hears

“Patience is running out” for many in the international community when it comes to effectively engaging with Afghanistan’s de facto rulers, the Taliban, senior UN envoy for the country, Markus Potzel, told the Security Council on Tuesday. Despite some positive developments over the past few months, the Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan said they have… Continue reading World ‘must engage’ or risk Afghanistan’s collapse, Security Council hears

‘Dire’ and deteriorating pattern of rights abuse continues in Ukraine

Ongoing armed attacks by Russia against Ukraine have led to devastating human rights abuses there, according to a new report released on Tuesday by the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission for the war-torn country (HRMMU). Highlighting a wide range of violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, the report notes multiple cases of “willful… Continue reading ‘Dire’ and deteriorating pattern of rights abuse continues in Ukraine

Security Council urged to act in face of ‘humanitarian catastrophe’ in Haiti

Meanwhile, political stakeholders are still struggling to find common ground and define a path to elections against this backdrop, she added.  Haitian-led solution critical  “An economic crisis, a gang crisis, and a political crisis have converged into a humanitarian catastrophe. We must not lose hope, but rather combine our efforts to find a pathway to… Continue reading Security Council urged to act in face of ‘humanitarian catastrophe’ in Haiti

Ukraine: UN and partners ramp up assistance to over 150,000 in Kharkiv region

The UN and its humanitarian partners are stepping up efforts to assist more than 150,000 people who have been impacted by fighting across the Kharkiv region of Ukraine, where Government forces recently announced they had regained full control after months of Russian occupation. The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Ukraine, Denise Brown, was in Kharkiv on… Continue reading Ukraine: UN and partners ramp up assistance to over 150,000 in Kharkiv region

Russia school shooting: Guterres ‘deeply saddened’ by attack which left 15 dead

The UN chief on Monday issued a statement expressing deep sadness at the death of 15 people, including 11 children, at a school in the Russian city of Izhevsk, following an attack by a lone gunman who killed himself at the scene. Two dozen people were wounded. According to news reports, the gunman who was… Continue reading Russia school shooting: Guterres ‘deeply saddened’ by attack which left 15 dead

UN chief calls for an end to ‘nuclear blackmail’ and risk of ‘humanitarian Armageddon’

The UN chief was speaking at an event to commemorate the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, held as the annual debate in the General Assembly Hall draws to a close.  Nuclear disarmament is not a utopian dream. I urge all countries to ease tensions, reduce risk & forge a new consensus… Continue reading UN chief calls for an end to ‘nuclear blackmail’ and risk of ‘humanitarian Armageddon’

Colombia’s ‘dinosaur of peace’

Colombia’s 2016 Peace Agreement has led to an unexpected outcome: the discovery of a new species of dinosaur. Researchers now know that, around 175 million years ago, a 12-metre long sauropod, roamed around an area of northern Colombia. The scientific world is attributing the discovery of this new species of herbivorous dinosaur to the improved… Continue reading Colombia’s ‘dinosaur of peace’

At least 70 dead in latest ‘tragic’ shipwreck, off Syria coast: UN agencies

The bodies of 71 migrants have reportedly been recovered following another shipwreck in the Mediterranean, off the coast of Syria, which heads of UN agencies described as a “simply tragic” development that demanded an international response to improve conditions for those forced to flee their homes. In a joint news release issued late on Thursday, the International… Continue reading At least 70 dead in latest ‘tragic’ shipwreck, off Syria coast: UN agencies

Australia: Groundbreaking decision creates pathway for climate justice on Torres Strait Islands

The UN Human Rights Committee found on Friday that Australia’s failure to adequately protect indigenous Torres Islanders against climate change impacts, has violated their rights to enjoy their culture, free from “arbitrary interference” with their private life, family and home. The Committee issued its ground-breaking decision after examining a joint complaint filed by eight Australian nationals and six of… Continue reading Australia: Groundbreaking decision creates pathway for climate justice on Torres Strait Islands

Canada braces for Hurricane Fiona after a week of lashing wind and rain in Caribbean

After lashing parts of Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands with 140 kilometres-per-hour winds, Hurricane Fiona is expected to make landfall in Canada late Friday and Saturday, the UN said. “Fiona is expected to affect portions of Atlantic Canada as a powerful hurricane-force cyclone…significant impacts from high winds, storm surge and heavy rainfall are likely,”… Continue reading Canada braces for Hurricane Fiona after a week of lashing wind and rain in Caribbean

Ukraine refugees: Eager to work but need greater support

Refugees from Ukraine are eager to work in their host countries but need additional support to do so, and to ensure their inclusion in the communities where they are staying, according to a new survey published on Friday by UN refugee agency, UNHCR.  Lives on Hold: Intentions and Perspectives of Refugees from Ukraine, is based… Continue reading Ukraine refugees: Eager to work but need greater support

Least developed countries impacted by ‘range of interlinked crises’ – Assembly President

“Even before the pandemic, many least developed countries were off-track in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and had limited capacity to tackle complex challenges such as climate change or food insecurity,” Csaba Kőrösi said. “However, this year’s Ministerial Meeting assumes unique significance as it takes place amid a whole range of interlinked crises rippling… Continue reading Least developed countries impacted by ‘range of interlinked crises’ – Assembly President

Sahel security crisis ‘poses a global threat’, Guterres warns

Rising insecurity, including the proliferation of terrorist and other non-State armed groups, coupled with political instability, is creating a crisis in the Sahel that poses a “global threat”, the UN chief warned Thursday’s high level meeting on the vast African region, which took place behind closed doors at UN Headquarters in New York. “If nothing… Continue reading Sahel security crisis ‘poses a global threat’, Guterres warns

Redouble efforts to end ‘senseless’ Ukraine war, UN chief tells Foreign Ministers

The conflict, now in its seventh month, has also sparked a global food, energy and finance crisis that is pushing more people into extreme poverty and hunger, and growing fears of potential nuclear disaster.  “As I have said from the start, this senseless war has unlimited potential to do terrible harm – in Ukraine, and… Continue reading Redouble efforts to end ‘senseless’ Ukraine war, UN chief tells Foreign Ministers

Renewable energy jobs rise by 700,000 in a year, to nearly 13 million

Renewable Energy and Jobs: Annual Review 2022, identifies domestic market size as a major factor influencing job growth in renewables, along with labour and other costs. Solar growing fastest Solar energy was found to be the fastest-growing sector. In 2021 it provided 4.3 million jobs, more than a third of the current global workforce in… Continue reading Renewable energy jobs rise by 700,000 in a year, to nearly 13 million

1.5 degree climate pledge ‘on life support’, Guterres tells leaders during frank exchanges

During a private meeting of Heads of State and Government, held on Wednesday at UN Headquarters in New York, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for more action and leadership to tackle the climate crisis, warning that efforts to keep the rise in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels is “on life support”. Speaking… Continue reading 1.5 degree climate pledge ‘on life support’, Guterres tells leaders during frank exchanges

Myanmar spiralling ‘from bad to worse, to horrific’, Human Rights Council hears

Since the Myanmar military launched its “disastrous” coup last year, UN-appointed independent human rights expert Tom Andrews said on Wednesday that conditions have worsened, “by any measure”. “With each report I have warned that unless UN Member States change course in the way they collectively respond to this crisis, the people of Myanmar will suffer even… Continue reading Myanmar spiralling ‘from bad to worse, to horrific’, Human Rights Council hears

Yemen: Marking ‘significant milestone’, UN says stricken tanker salvage operation can begin

The salvage of the ageing supertanker FSO Safer, off the Yemeni coast, can now begin, the UN said on Wednesday, after it announced that more than $75 million has been pledged to carry out the vital operation. David Gressly, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, briefed journalists at UN Headquarters in New York, following… Continue reading Yemen: Marking ‘significant milestone’, UN says stricken tanker salvage operation can begin

Famine looms in Somalia, but many ‘hunger hotspots’ are in deep trouble

The number of people facing life-threatening levels of hunger worldwide without immediate humanitarian aid, is expected to rise steeply in coming weeks, the UN said on Wednesday, in a new alert about looming famine in the Horn of Africa and beyond. In Somalia, “hundreds of thousands are already facing starvation today with staggering levels of… Continue reading Famine looms in Somalia, but many ‘hunger hotspots’ are in deep trouble

Myanmar: Guterres strongly condemns army attacks which left 11 children dead

The UN chief on Tuesday strongly condemned attacks by Government troops in Myanmar on a northern rebel stronghold which targeted a school, leaving at least 13 dead, including 11 children. According to news reports, helicopter gunships together with troops under the command of the ruling Junta, opened fire last Friday on the temple school in Let… Continue reading Myanmar: Guterres strongly condemns army attacks which left 11 children dead

Irrational war on drugs, destruction of the Amazon, expose humanity’s failures, Colombia’s Petro tells UN

During his first speech at the General Assembly as the President of Colombia, Gustavo Petro said that the world’s addiction to money, oil and carbon is destroying the rainforest and its people under the excuse of a “hypocritical” war against drugs. Mr. Petro described his country as one of the most beautiful and nature-rich in… Continue reading Irrational war on drugs, destruction of the Amazon, expose humanity’s failures, Colombia’s Petro tells UN

Pakistan floods: Six month wait for water to recede, warn relief agencies

Millions of people in Pakistan are still deeply affected by catastrophic flooding which “is not going anywhere”, UN relief agencies said on Tuesday. Close to eight million people have been displaced by the disaster and the UN along with the authorities and partners have continued to race to reach affected populations with desperately needed relief… Continue reading Pakistan floods: Six month wait for water to recede, warn relief agencies

Guterres: ‘Global addiction to fossil fuels’ must end and a ‘renewables revolution’ be jumpstarted

Climate disasters and skyrocketing fuel prices have made the need to “end our global addiction to fossil fuels” crystal clear, he said, underscoring the importance of investing in renewables, building resilience, and scaling up adaptation. “Had we invested massively in renewable energy in the past, we would not be in the middle of a climate… Continue reading Guterres: ‘Global addiction to fossil fuels’ must end and a ‘renewables revolution’ be jumpstarted

Building peace, preventing violence, and supporting community resilience in Haiti

The UN Peacebuilding Fund, (PBF), which emphasizes the role of women and youth in peacebuilding efforts through their meaningful participation, began work in Haiti in 2019 in response to needs identified by the government.  Ahead of the International Day of Peace marked annually on 21 September, here are five things you need to know about… Continue reading Building peace, preventing violence, and supporting community resilience in Haiti

South Sudan: Extended roadmap for lasting peace deal, a ‘way point, not an end point’ 

UN Special Representative Nicholas Haysom said that although key provisions of the Agreement are set to end by February, the parties agreed in August on a Roadmap that extends the current transitional period by 24 months.  While a welcome development, he reminded that “there is no alternative to the implementation of the peace agreement”.  “Let me… Continue reading South Sudan: Extended roadmap for lasting peace deal, a ‘way point, not an end point’ 

‘Violent civil unrest’ in Haiti hampers aid delivery

An escalation in what the UN is calling “violent civil unrest” in Haiti, and the subsequent blockading of roads across the country, is making it “very challenging for humanitarian partners to provide assistance” according to the UN Spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric. Nationwide protests sparked initially by the almost doubling of petrol prices has brought the Caribbean… Continue reading ‘Violent civil unrest’ in Haiti hampers aid delivery

Global cooperation to protect the ozone layer can ensure a better future for us all

As the Montreal Protocol to Protect the Ozone Layer turns 35 on Friday, World Ozone Day, the United Nations has said that continuing the level of cooperation that led to the treaty’s adoption and success is just what is needed to protect life on Earth, end the climate crisis and ensure a brighter future for… Continue reading Global cooperation to protect the ozone layer can ensure a better future for us all

Beware the ‘poison of war’ says Guterres, championing a ‘call for peace’

While thanking those in attendance for “joining us to sound the call for peace”, Secretary-General António Guterres reminded that “today, peace is under assault”.   “The poison of war is infecting our world,” by jeopardizing millions of lives, “turning people against each other, pitting nation against nation, eroding security and wellbeing, [and] reversing development”. “It… Continue reading Beware the ‘poison of war’ says Guterres, championing a ‘call for peace’

‘Tsunami of hunger’ could trigger multiple famines, Security Council warned

Humanitarian Affairs chief Martin Griffiths recalled previous warnings over the impact of conflict in Ethiopia, Somalia He spoke about his recent trip to Somalia, where more than 200,000 people are currently at risk of famine – a figure expected to reach 300,000 by November – “with millions more” on the verge of starvation. Recent humanitarian… Continue reading ‘Tsunami of hunger’ could trigger multiple famines, Security Council warned

UN remains deeply concerned over ‘dangerous escalation’ following fighting across Armenia-Azerbaijan border

A senior official from the UN Political and Peacebuilding Affairs department has called on Armenia and Azerbaijan “to take immediate and concrete steps to deescalate tensions” following several days of fighting this week which reportedly left dozens dead on both sides. Miroslav Jenča, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia and Americas, briefed an emergency… Continue reading UN remains deeply concerned over ‘dangerous escalation’ following fighting across Armenia-Azerbaijan border

Syrians ‘can come together to rescue their country’ from war, Security Council hears

Najat Rochdi said she had already seen the potential for bridging divides between Syrians during civil society dialogues, and the divergent views represented through the Women’s Advisory Board, which “demonstrates to all of us that, despite many differences among them, common ground can be found.” She added that “Syrians can come together to rescue their… Continue reading Syrians ‘can come together to rescue their country’ from war, Security Council hears

Humanitarian needs ‘growing exponentially’ across Sudan, mission chief warns Security Council

UNITAMS chief and UN Special Representatives, Volker Perthes, warned that amid “continuing deterioration” on a socio-economic level, the overall situation in Sudan, “will continue to worsen unless a political situation is found to restore a credible, fully functioning civilian-led government”. He said following last October’s military takeover – which ended the power-sharing administration between civilian… Continue reading Humanitarian needs ‘growing exponentially’ across Sudan, mission chief warns Security Council

Climate change impacts ‘heading into uncharted territory’, warns UN chief

“Climate science is clear: we are heading in the wrong direction”, declares a major, multi-agency UN climate science report released on Tuesday, with a focus on increasing fossil fuel emissions and rising greenhouse gases, now at a record high, which risk thwarting plans to reduce global temperatures and avoid climate catastrophe. The researchers behind “Uniting… Continue reading Climate change impacts ‘heading into uncharted territory’, warns UN chief

Security Council calls for intensifying efforts to expand Yemen truce

Council members highlighted the tangible benefits of the agreement between the Government and Houthi rebels, now in its sixth month. They include a 60 per cent reduction in casualties.   Additionally, fuel coming through critical Huydadah port has quadrupled, while commercial flights from the capital, Sana’a, have allowed 21,000 people to receive medical treatment and… Continue reading Security Council calls for intensifying efforts to expand Yemen truce

UN chief sees ‘great heights’ of human endurance and heroism amid ‘climate carnage’ in Pakistan

The UN chief landed in Sindh province before flying over some of the worst-affected areas on his way to Balochistan, where he met with local residents, some of whom were directly impacted by the floods. Many had lost their loved ones, homes and everything they owned, amid the near continuous monsoon rainfall, flash flooding, and… Continue reading UN chief sees ‘great heights’ of human endurance and heroism amid ‘climate carnage’ in Pakistan

From the Field: Black pigs, green tea, and pink orchids – preserving China’s natural resources

China has a dizzying range of rich natural resources. The country is home to 10 per cent of all known plant species, and 14 per cent of all known fauna. The UN, with the Chinese authorities, is working to ensure that the benefits from these resources are shared in a fair and equitable way. Chinese… Continue reading From the Field: Black pigs, green tea, and pink orchids – preserving China’s natural resources

Ukraine: Shelling in nearby city putting Zaporizhzhya nuclear plant at risk

Shelling in the Ukrainian city of Enerhodar is putting the embattled Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) at risk, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) warned in a statement on Friday.  The shelling has destroyed the power infrastructure feeding the city, where staff operating the plant live, causing a complete blackout that also… Continue reading Ukraine: Shelling in nearby city putting Zaporizhzhya nuclear plant at risk

Large scale influx of weapons to conflict-affected zones raises ‘many concerns’: UN disarmament chief

A large-scale influx of weapons to conflict-affected zones raises many concerns, including the potential for diversion, the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Izumi Nakamitsu, warned the Security Council on Thursday. “These concerns should be taken with due regard, and the international community does have some instruments, such as UN Register of Conventional Arms, to… Continue reading Large scale influx of weapons to conflict-affected zones raises ‘many concerns’: UN disarmament chief

Trust Fund seeks sustained support as it empowers victims of sexual abuse and exploitation by UN personnel

A new report has revealed how projects supported by a UN trust fund for victims of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN personnel are helping victims to regain their dignity, learn new skills, and improve their livelihoods while avoiding stigmatization. Details of the projects, and the ways in which they are having a positive impact on the… Continue reading Trust Fund seeks sustained support as it empowers victims of sexual abuse and exploitation by UN personnel

UN meeting upholds need to remember and support victims of terrorism

Advancing the rights and needs of people whose lives have been upended by terrorism is the goal of a two-day meeting that opened at United Nations Headquarters in New York on Thursday. The first UN Global Congress of Victims of Terrorism will address key issues that include protection, remembrance and recognition, and access to justice,… Continue reading UN meeting upholds need to remember and support victims of terrorism

WMO: Climate change in Africa can destabilize ‘countries and entire regions’

Water stress and hazards like withering droughts and devastating floods are hitting African communities, economies and ecosystems hard, according to a new report launched on Thursday by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).  The State of the Climate in Africa 2021 reveals that rainfall patterns are disrupted, glaciers are disappearing and key lakes are shrinking. And rising… Continue reading WMO: Climate change in Africa can destabilize ‘countries and entire regions’

Security Council hears top concerns of displacement, global security and civilians in Ukraine

“These are only verified figures and the actual numbers are likely significantly higher,” explained Rosemary DiCarlo. Displacement All wars are tragic, but none more than wars of choice. The disturbing allegations of forced displacement and abuse in “filtration” camps in #Ukraine must be investigated. We need peace in Ukraine, peace based on the @UN Charter… Continue reading Security Council hears top concerns of displacement, global security and civilians in Ukraine

Somalia: UN envoy calls for collaboration to achieve new administration’s goals

The political climate in Somalia is now more conducive to addressing key national priorities following the end of the “contentious” electoral process in May, UN Special Representative James Swan told the Security Council on Wednesday. “To capitalise on this opportunity, federal and state authorities must collaborate closely to achieve progress on the new government’s goals,… Continue reading Somalia: UN envoy calls for collaboration to achieve new administration’s goals

Pollution and climate change upsurge the risk of ‘climate penalty’

“As the globe warms, wildfires and associated air pollution are expected to increase, even under a low emissions scenario,” said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas. “In addition to human health impacts, this will also affect ecosystems as air pollutants settle from the atmosphere to Earth’s surface”. ‘Foretaste of the future’ The annual WMO Air Quality and… Continue reading Pollution and climate change upsurge the risk of ‘climate penalty’

‘The air that keeps us alive is making us sick’, warn UN experts on Clean Air Day

International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies, marked on 7 September, takes place in a world where almost all the air we breathe is polluted, and some seven million people die from air pollution every year. Ahead of the Day, UN News spoke to two experts about the scale of the problem, and the… Continue reading ‘The air that keeps us alive is making us sick’, warn UN experts on Clean Air Day

Ukraine: Guterres calls for ‘safety’ and ‘security’ of Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant 

Guterres gravely concerned  Europe’s largest nuclear plant has come under repeated shelling in recent weeks, sparking fears of a potential nuclear disaster.    Highlighting his continued grave concern over the situation, the UN chief again warned that any damage to Zaporizhzhia, or to any other nuclear facility in Ukraine, could result in a wide-reaching catastrophe.  … Continue reading Ukraine: Guterres calls for ‘safety’ and ‘security’ of Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant 

South Sudan: Human rights violations in Unity state committed with ‘impunity’

As fighting continues in South Sudan, a new UN report released on Tuesday documents 173 civilian deaths over a four-month period along with widespread human rights violations committed without repercussion. Published jointly by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the document reports… Continue reading South Sudan: Human rights violations in Unity state committed with ‘impunity’

Egypt prepares for flagship UN climate conference, in a year of unprecedented global weather shocks

Regional authorities in Egypt, the host country of the 2022 UN climate conference (COP27), are ramping up initiatives designed to improve the country’s environmental credentials, and speed up its transition to a low carbon economy. The event will begin on 4 November, in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh. Several COP27-related initiatives are underway… Continue reading Egypt prepares for flagship UN climate conference, in a year of unprecedented global weather shocks

One third of Gaza Strip population in need of psychological and social support

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has reported an increase in the levels of mental disorders amongst the population of the Gaza Strip, especially among children, many of whom were already in need of mental health services and psychosocial support. Over three violent days in early August, until a ceasefire was… Continue reading One third of Gaza Strip population in need of psychological and social support

Women lead marine restoration efforts in the UNESCO Seaflower Biosphere Reserve

Known as ‘the island in the Sea of the Seven Colors’, San Andres is the biggest island in the Seaflower, containing part of one of the richest coral reefs in the world San Andres itself is a coral island, meaning it was geologically built by organic material derived from skeletons of corals and numerous other… Continue reading Women lead marine restoration efforts in the UNESCO Seaflower Biosphere Reserve

Ukraine: ‘Physical integrity’ of Zaporizhzhya nuclear plant ‘has been violated several times’

Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi was speaking on Thursday after he and IAEA experts visited Europe’s largest nuclear plant, which has seen repeated shelling in recent weeks, sparking fears of a catastrophe.  “It’s obvious that the plant, and the physical integrity of the plant has been violated, several times. [Whether] by chance [or deliberately], we… Continue reading Ukraine: ‘Physical integrity’ of Zaporizhzhya nuclear plant ‘has been violated several times’

Police in the field embody ‘promise, hope and optimism’ of whole UN: Guterres

Police officers from more than 90 countries who serve at UN operations around the world represent “multilateralism in action”, Secretary-General António Guterres said in New York on Thursday.  Mr. Guterres was delivering remarks to the third UN Chiefs of Police Summit (UNCOPS), which brought together ministers, police chiefs, and senior representatives of regional and professional… Continue reading Police in the field embody ‘promise, hope and optimism’ of whole UN: Guterres

UNESCO chief calls for transforming education, with 244 million still out of school

Sub-Saharan Africa remains the region with the most children out of school, 98 million, and it is also the only region where this number is increasing.  The Central and Southern Asia region has the second highest out-of-school population, with 85 million.  Education goals at risk  “No one can accept this situation,” said Audrey Azoulay, the… Continue reading UNESCO chief calls for transforming education, with 244 million still out of school

Ukraine: IAEA experts arrive in Zaporizhzhia ahead of mission to nuclear plant

Experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) arrived in the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia on Wednesday, the latest stage in their efforts to inspect conditions at the embattled nuclear power plant there.  Speaking to reporters, agency chief Rafael Mariano Grossi expressed confidence that they will be able to safely conduct their technical mission, which… Continue reading Ukraine: IAEA experts arrive in Zaporizhzhia ahead of mission to nuclear plant

Wildfire, floods don’t need to turn into disasters: UN risk report

From record-breaking heatwaves in British Columbia, to wildfires in the Mediterranean, floods in Nigeria, and droughts in Taiwan; the period between 2021 and 2022 saw record-breaking catastrophic disasters in all corners of the world. Some 10,000 people lost their lives, and an estimated $280 million was incurred in damages worldwide. The latest Interconnected Disaster Risks… Continue reading Wildfire, floods don’t need to turn into disasters: UN risk report

Mikhail Gorbachev: UN chief hails ‘one of a kind statesman who changed the course of history’

The Secretary-General has paid warm tribute to the last leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, whose death aged 91 was announced on Tuesday, describing him as the person who “more than any other” brought about the peaceful end of the Cold War, which had dominated international relations since the 1940s. António Guterres said he was deeply… Continue reading Mikhail Gorbachev: UN chief hails ‘one of a kind statesman who changed the course of history’

Libya: Political stalemate and lack of progress on elections

The North African country became divided between two rival administrations in the years after the overthrow of former leader Muammar Gaddafi a decade ago.  The Government of National Accord (GNA) is based in the capital, Tripoli, located in the west, while the Libyan National Army (LNA) is in the east.   Elections remain the only… Continue reading Libya: Political stalemate and lack of progress on elections

UN relief chief stresses need to stay and deliver for all Afghans

UN Humanitarian Coordinator Martin Griffiths, who briefed ambassadors, reported on the ongoing hardships and uncertainty facing Afghans, nearly half of whom – 24 million people – require aid relief to survive.  #Afghanistan is more than a humanitarian crisis. But it is not a hopeless crisis. Preserving basic service delivery alongside humanitarian assistance remains the only… Continue reading UN relief chief stresses need to stay and deliver for all Afghans

‘Very survival’ of Iraqi State at risk, UN mission warns, as UN chief calls for calm and restraint

The UN chief on Monday issued a call for “calm and restraint” in the Iraqi capital Baghdad following a day of reportedly violent protests in and around the national parliament building, in the wake of the announcement from political leader and cleric Muqtada al-Sadr that he was leaving politics. In a statement issued via his… Continue reading ‘Very survival’ of Iraqi State at risk, UN mission warns, as UN chief calls for calm and restraint

Whole generation of Syrian children ‘might be lost’, senior humanitarian warns Security Council

“Lack of funding comes with severe consequences”, Joyce Msuya told ambassadors, “including more drop-outs from school, higher malnutrition rates, and less protection interventions. If we do not act now, a generation of Syrian children might be lost. “It is critical that this Council shares responsibility for humanitarians’ life-saving work in Syria”, she said. The senior OCHA official and deputy… Continue reading Whole generation of Syrian children ‘might be lost’, senior humanitarian warns Security Council

Burkinabé peacekeeper in Mali is UN Woman Police Officer of the Year

Chief Warrant Officer Alizeta Kabore Kinda is the recipient of the 2022 United Nations Woman Police Officer of the Year Award, announced on Monday.  The Award was established in 2011 to recognize the exceptional contributions of women police officers to UN peace operations and to promote women’s empowerment.  Gender and protection advocate  Chief Warrant Officer… Continue reading Burkinabé peacekeeper in Mali is UN Woman Police Officer of the Year

Pakistan: WFP working to expand food aid as deadly flooding continues

The World Food Programme (WFP) is supporting Pakistan as the country takes stock of floods which have reportedly killed more than 1,000 people and displaced some 33 million, the UN agency said on Monday. Through its National Disaster Management Authority, the Pakistani Government – which has declared a national emergency – is leading the response… Continue reading Pakistan: WFP working to expand food aid as deadly flooding continues

Ukraine: UN atomic energy experts head to stricken nuclear power station

A team of UN atomic energy experts set out on Monday for Zaporizhzya nuclear power station in Ukraine, after months of rising tensions between Ukrainian and Russian forces, who have accused each other of shelling the plant.  A team of UN atomic energy experts set out on Monday for Zaporizhzya nuclear power station in Ukraine,… Continue reading Ukraine: UN atomic energy experts head to stricken nuclear power station

From The Field: Restoring Myanmar’s Mangroves

Myanmar is believed to be experiencing one of the highest rates of mangrove loss in the world. When a company bought land containing a mangrove forest in the  country’s Tanintharyi region, with plans to convert it into prawn farms, the local community fought back. Mangroves in Bon Taung village, Myanmar, by Green Network Tanitharyi Region… Continue reading From The Field: Restoring Myanmar’s Mangroves

Ukraine: Renewed shelling at Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant underlines accident risk

Rafael Mariano Grossi said Ukrainian authorities had informed the nuclear watchdog of renewed shelling at the site over the past three days, but they stated that all safety systems remained operational and there had been no increase in radiation levels. “The latest shelling once again underlined the risk of a potential nuclear accident at the… Continue reading Ukraine: Renewed shelling at Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant underlines accident risk

Ukraine: More than one million tonnes of grain and food items exported under Black Sea deal

Exports of Ukrainian grain and other foodstuffs under a landmark UN-brokered agreement have surpassed one million metric tonnes, the Coordinator for the Black Sea Grain Initiative, Amir Abdulla, reported on Saturday.  This “remarkable achievement” was made possible through the collective efforts and hard work of the Joint Coordination Centre (JCC), he said, referring to the… Continue reading Ukraine: More than one million tonnes of grain and food items exported under Black Sea deal

UN chief disappointed nuclear treaty conference ends without consensus

Following four weeks of intense discussions at UN Headquarters in New York, the Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the NPT ended late on Friday without an outcome document because Russia objected to text about its control over Ukrainian nuclear facilities. The Secretary-General expressed disappointment that countries were unable to reach consensus on a… Continue reading UN chief disappointed nuclear treaty conference ends without consensus

Chad: Unprecedented flooding affects more than 340,000 people

Torrential rainfall has triggered unprecedented flooding in Chad, affecting more than 340,000 people living in 55,000 households – surpassing last year’s figure of more than 250,000 impacted, according to a report released on Friday by the UN humanitarian coordination office, OCHA. Swollen rivers have destroyed nearly 2,700 hectares of crops and farming land as well as hundreds of homes,… Continue reading Chad: Unprecedented flooding affects more than 340,000 people

WMO: Greater Horn of Africa drought forecast to continue for fifth year 

The forecast for October to December, issued at the Greater Horn of Africa Seasonal Climate Outlook Forum, shows high chances of drier than average conditions across most parts of the region, which will further worsen the crisis for millions of people.  “It pains me to be the bearer of bad news,” said Guleid Artan, Director of… Continue reading WMO: Greater Horn of Africa drought forecast to continue for fifth year 

Ukraine: Top UN aid official appeals for access across contact line

Speaking from Kharkiv in northeast Ukraine, where shelling has intensified in the last week, the UN’s top aid official in the country issued an urgent appeal on Friday for guarantees from Russia and affiliated forces, to allow humanitarians to deliver “absolutely necessary” relief items across the contact line.  “Winter is coming,…[and] all we want to… Continue reading Ukraine: Top UN aid official appeals for access across contact line

Security Council: Managing Israel-Palestine conflict ‘no substitute’ for meaningful political process

“Such a strategy will require significant steps from all sides,” said Tor Wennesland.  It must involve strengthening the ability of the Palestinian Authority to engage with Israel on political, economic and security issues, as well as working towards the return of the legitimate Palestinian Government to the Gaza Strip, he affirmed. He called for reducing… Continue reading Security Council: Managing Israel-Palestine conflict ‘no substitute’ for meaningful political process

Ukraine: Cluster munitions pose long-term risk to civilian safety

On Thursday, the UN-partnered Cluster Munition Monitor civil society group, released their 2022 Cluster Munition Monitor report, on the risk these weapons pose to civilians.   Cluster bombs are weapons designed to be scattered over large areas, containing several hundred “mini-bombs” called sub-munitions. As they make no distinction between civilians, civilian property and military targets, cluster… Continue reading Ukraine: Cluster munitions pose long-term risk to civilian safety

UN spotlights ‘invisible’ value of groundwater during World Water Week

Groundwater, which sustains drinking water supplies, sanitation systems, farms, industries and ecosystems, is being overused, polluted and neglected, speakers warned at a World Water Week event on Thursday. “It is our duty to ensure groundwater has its rightful place in all of our action plans,” said Gilbert Houngbo, Chair of UN-Water, in his video message to… Continue reading UN spotlights ‘invisible’ value of groundwater during World Water Week

Ethiopia: Massive fuel theft puts WFP operations in Tigray at risk

The robbery of over half a million tonnes of fuel from the World Food Programme (WFP) in Ethiopia’s Tigray region will make it impossible to continue operations that support millions of hungry people, the UN agency said on Thursday. Armed men entered the WFP compound in the regional capital, Mekelle, on Wednesday and seized 12… Continue reading Ethiopia: Massive fuel theft puts WFP operations in Tigray at risk

‘Comprehensive’ solution needed to end mass displacement of Rohingya

Some one million refugees remain in the vast camps of Cox’s Bazar, without any immediate prospect of being able to return home, which more than 150,000 mostly-Muslim Rohingya are still “confined in camps” in their native Rakhine state, said a statement issued on behalf of UN Secretary-General António Guterres. Today marks five years since the… Continue reading ‘Comprehensive’ solution needed to end mass displacement of Rohingya

Drought, hunger and fighting leave Ethiopia in ‘very difficult humanitarian situation’ 

Amidst deteriorating levels of malnutrition and Ethiopia’s worst drought in 40 years, 17 million people are being targeted for humanitarian assistance, the UN spokesperson said on Wednesday.  “Ethiopia is facing a very difficult humanitarian situation to say the least,” Stéphane Dujarric told journalists at UN Headquarters in New York at a regular press briefing.    Over… Continue reading Drought, hunger and fighting leave Ethiopia in ‘very difficult humanitarian situation’ 

Guterres underlines need for peace as Ukraine marks six months of ‘senseless war’

The “sad and tragic milestone” coincided with Ukraine’s 31st anniversary of independence, and Mr. Guterres congratulated the country’s people. Today marks a sad and tragic milestone – six months since Russia’s 24 February invasion of Ukraine. Thousands of civilians have been killed. Millions have been displaced. The people of Ukraine and beyond need peace and… Continue reading Guterres underlines need for peace as Ukraine marks six months of ‘senseless war’

Ukraine: Urgent agreement needed to end fighting around Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant

Recent weeks have seen an escalation in shelling in and around Europe’s largest nuclear facility.  The Council meeting was requested by Russia, whose forces have occupied Zaporizhzhia since March, or shortly after the start of the war, while Ukrainian personnel continue to carry out their on-site operations.  ‘Suicidal’ threat  Ms. DiCarlo reiterated the UN’s ongoing… Continue reading Ukraine: Urgent agreement needed to end fighting around Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant

Darfur: Trial of Janjaweed leader must not be ‘a false dawn’ for justice, Security Council hears

Briefing from Khartoum, ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan updated the ambassadors on a landmark moment for both justice in the restive region and the ICC-UN Security Council relationship. “We must collectively ensure it is the beginning of true accountability and not a false dawn,” he said on the proceedings, which commenced on 5 April and cover… Continue reading Darfur: Trial of Janjaweed leader must not be ‘a false dawn’ for justice, Security Council hears

Ukraine prisoner of war trials in Mariupol could be a war crime: OHCHR

OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani said the trials by the Russian-backed authorities could begin in the occupied city, possibly within days – and warned that such a process could amount to a war crime. “We are very concerned about the manner in which this is being done. There are pictures in the media of cages being… Continue reading Ukraine prisoner of war trials in Mariupol could be a war crime: OHCHR

Path to peace ‘forged by dialogue and cooperation’ Guterres tells Security Council 

Path to peace ‘forged by dialogue and cooperation’ Guterres tells Security Council  Recommit to “dialogue, diplomacy and mutual trust”, Secretary-General António Guterres urged ambassadors in the UN Security Council on Monday, describing them as “the eternal tools of peace”.  “The path to peace is forged by dialogue and cooperation,” and shaped by “a common understanding… Continue reading Path to peace ‘forged by dialogue and cooperation’ Guterres tells Security Council 

Nearly 1,000 children killed or injured in Ukraine but real number likely higher: UNICEF

Nearly 1,000 boys and girls have been killed or injured in the war in Ukraine, the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported on Monday, underscoring the urgent need for peace.  “Once again, as in all wars, the reckless decisions of adults are putting children at extreme risk. There are no armed operations of… Continue reading Nearly 1,000 children killed or injured in Ukraine but real number likely higher: UNICEF

‘Make sure that victims of terrorism are never forgotten’: UN chief

On Sunday, UN Secretary-General António paid tribute to victims of terrorism, marking the international day established to ensure that “victims and survivors are always heard and never forgotten.” Each year, acts of terrorism harm and kill thousands of innocent people. Despite international attention, those affected often struggle gaining access to key physical, psychological, social, and… Continue reading ‘Make sure that victims of terrorism are never forgotten’: UN chief

First person: Surviving a deadly hurricane in New York

As extreme weather events grow in intensity and frequency, nowhere is guaranteed to be safe from danger, as New Yorkers discovered on 1 September 2021, when Hurricane Ida struck, causing floods that led to some 29 deaths, and shutting down much of the subway system. Amrita Bhagwandin was at her home in the New York… Continue reading First person: Surviving a deadly hurricane in New York

UN chief to rich nations: ‘Open wallets’ and ‘hearts’ for developing countries to purchase Ukrainian grain

Ships carrying grain have been leaving there under a recent UN-brokered agreement, and Mr. Guterres said Odesa was a symbol of what countries can achieve when they work together for the common good.  Speaking to journalists, the UN chief revealed that it was a moving experience to be at the port, where he witnessed wheat… Continue reading UN chief to rich nations: ‘Open wallets’ and ‘hearts’ for developing countries to purchase Ukrainian grain

South Sudan: ‘Urgent collective efforts’ needed in most dangerous humanitarian situation

On the eve of World Humanitarian Day, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, called on Thursday for joint action to address the aid crisis in the country and end attacks against civilians and humanitarian workers. “It takes a village to raise a child. In the same way, it takes an array of partners to… Continue reading South Sudan: ‘Urgent collective efforts’ needed in most dangerous humanitarian situation

UN deplores deadly attack in Afghanistan, killing scores and injuring many others

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemned on Thursday, a fatal attack on a Mosque in the capital, Kabul. “We deplore yesterday’s attack in a Kabul Mosque, the latest in a disturbing series of bombings which have killed & injured more than 250 people in recent weeks, the highest monthly number of civilian casualties… Continue reading UN deplores deadly attack in Afghanistan, killing scores and injuring many others

Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria completes mission to northeast

The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, Imran Riza, on Wednesday concluded a four-day mission to the northeast, where he visited camps hosting thousands of displaced persons.  The region is in the grip of a severe water crisis in all aspects – from drinking water, to irrigation, food production, and power generation – which… Continue reading Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria completes mission to northeast

WFP: First Ukrainian humanitarian grain shipment leaves for Horn of Africa

The first vessel transporting Ukrainian wheat grain to support humanitarian operations run by the World Food Programme (WFP) has left the port of Yuzhny, also known as Pivdennyi, the UN agency reported on Tuesday.  The MV Brave Commander departed with 23,000 metric tonnes of wheat grain for WFP’s response in the Horn of Africa, where… Continue reading WFP: First Ukrainian humanitarian grain shipment leaves for Horn of Africa

Humanitarian funding still needed for ‘pure catastrophe’ situation in Afghanistan

Although $4.4 billion is required to fund humanitarian operations in Afghanistan, $1.8 billion has been received so far, or roughly 40 per cent, a senior UN official told journalists in New York on Monday, warning of the dire consequences as winter approaches.  “The situation can be best described as a pure catastrophe,” said Dr. Ramiz… Continue reading Humanitarian funding still needed for ‘pure catastrophe’ situation in Afghanistan

Conference opens to draft first-ever treaty on ocean’s biological diversity

Amidst calls for flexibility, openness and the spirit of compromise that prevailed in 1982, when the landmark “constitution for the oceans” was adopted, the new treaty aims to codify international law around territorial waters, sea lanes and marine resources. The session, which runs until 26 August, was convened following a decision taken by the General… Continue reading Conference opens to draft first-ever treaty on ocean’s biological diversity

Mali: Security situation deteriorates, human rights concerns rise

UN troop rotations in the peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA) resumed on Monday with a new approval mechanism one month after they were suspended by the ruling junta, which accused 49 Ivorian soldiers of entering the country without permission.  The soldiers, who were described by the Government of Mali as “mercenaries,” were part of logistical support… Continue reading Mali: Security situation deteriorates, human rights concerns rise

Yemen: UN envoy underscores need to ‘end the conflict, not merely manage it’

While continuing to count on international support to implement, extend, and expand the current truce, Hans Grundberg underscored the “need to end the conflict, not merely manage it”. ‘Build a lasting peace’ The UN envoy lauded the parties for extending the truce until 2 October, continuing “the longest pause in fighting since the war began”… Continue reading Yemen: UN envoy underscores need to ‘end the conflict, not merely manage it’

Vessel to collect first humanitarian wheat shipment under Ukraine grain deal

A UN-chartered vessel should soon arrive at the Ukrainian port of Yuzhny, also known as Pivdennyi, to collect wheat that will help feed millions of hungry people in the Horn of Africa, the World Food Programme (WFP) reported on Friday. This will be the first shipment of humanitarian food assistance under the Black Sea Grain Initiative… Continue reading Vessel to collect first humanitarian wheat shipment under Ukraine grain deal

After the storm: what an environmental tragedy can teach us about climate resilience and ecosystem restoration

The mountainous Colombian island of Providencia – which lies midway in the extension of the Caribbean Sea that separates Costa Rica and Jamaica – is home to stunning colours of the sea, lush underwater landscapes, extensive mangrove forests, and even tropical dry forests. The diversity of marine ecosystems and surrounding natural wonders, including the yearly… Continue reading After the storm: what an environmental tragedy can teach us about climate resilience and ecosystem restoration

‘Very alarming’ conditions at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant,  IAEA chief warns

“These military actions near such a large nuclear facility could lead to very serious consequences,” Mr. Grossi said at the meeting requested by Russia, which was marked by resounding calls to allow the Agency’s technical experts to visit the area amid mounting safety concerns. IAEA has been in frequent contact with both Ukraine and Russia… Continue reading ‘Very alarming’ conditions at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant,  IAEA chief warns

Afghanistan: Humanitarian assistance has saved lives, but immense needs remain

Despite an unprecedented scale-up in assistance in Afghanistan over the past year, immense needs still exist and the future looks bleak, the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, said on Thursday.   Following the Taliban takeover last August, UN agencies and their partners remained in Afghanistan, providing aid to nearly 23 million people, or nearly 94… Continue reading Afghanistan: Humanitarian assistance has saved lives, but immense needs remain

Barbados: New UN disaster preparedness hub built on ‘frontlines of climate change’

A new UN-backed humanitarian logistics hub and training centre in Barbados aims to strengthen emergency preparedness and response across the Caribbean, the World Food Programme (WFP) said in announcing the news on Thursday.  The facility is a partnership between the UN agency, the Barbadian Government, and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), and will… Continue reading Barbados: New UN disaster preparedness hub built on ‘frontlines of climate change’

‘Catastrophic’ drought displaces one million in Somalia, world asked to ‘step up’ support

A devastating drought in Somalia has reached unprecedented levels, leaving one million people within the country currently registered as displaced, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Thursday. More than 755,000 people have been internally displaced in Somalia because of the severe dry spell this year, bringing the total figure to one million since January… Continue reading ‘Catastrophic’ drought displaces one million in Somalia, world asked to ‘step up’ support

Ukraine: UN chief appeals for end to military activities at Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant

Military activities around the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant in Ukraine must stop immediately, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday, warning of the potential danger to the area and beyond amid ongoing shelling.  Europe’s largest nuclear plant has been occupied by Russian forces since March, and last week the external power supply system was damaged in… Continue reading Ukraine: UN chief appeals for end to military activities at Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant

Belarus: Rights experts denounce withdrawal from key environmental agreement

UN experts on Wednesday denounced the decision by Belarus to withdraw from an international agreement that upholds people’s right to access information, as well as justice, in environmental matters.  The Aarhus Convention, adopted in 1998, also requires that individuals exercising these rights are not persecuted, penalized or harassed for doing so.  Belarus’s President Aleksandr Lukashenko… Continue reading Belarus: Rights experts denounce withdrawal from key environmental agreement

Nuclear-free Mongolia a ‘symbol of peace in a troubled world’: Guterres

In a visit to Mongolia on Tuesday, Secretary-General António Guterres underscored the UN’s full solidarity for the country, which he described as “a symbol of peace in a troubled world”.  Mr. Guterres was speaking to journalists at a press conference in the capital, Ulaanbaatar, following a meeting with the Foreign Minister, Battsetseg Batmunkh.  My gratitude… Continue reading Nuclear-free Mongolia a ‘symbol of peace in a troubled world’: Guterres

Myanmar: Crimes against humanity committed systematically, says UN report

The evidence gathered to date by the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar (IIMM), which is outlined in its Annual Report, indicates that sexual and gender-based crimes, including rape and other forms of sexual violence, and crimes against children have been perpetrated by members of the security forces and armed groups. “Crimes against women and children… Continue reading Myanmar: Crimes against humanity committed systematically, says UN report

Da’esh, affiliates remain ‘global and evolving’ threat, Security Council hears

“Da’esh and its affiliates continue to exploit conflict dynamics, governance fragilities and inequality to incite, plan and organize terrorist attacks,” said UN counter-terrorism chief Vladimir Voronkov, presenting the Secretary-General’s fifteenth report.  They also exploit pandemic restrictions, misuse digital spaces to recruit sympathizers and have “significantly” increased the use of unmanned aerial systems, as reported in… Continue reading Da’esh, affiliates remain ‘global and evolving’ threat, Security Council hears

Heat, drought and wildfires during one of the warmest Julys on record– WMO

Amidst extreme heat, drought and wildfires, many parts of the world had just experienced one of three warmest Julys on record, the UN weather agency said on Tuesday. According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), temperatures were close to 0.4℃ above the 1991-2020 average across much of Europe, with southwestern and western Europe being the… Continue reading Heat, drought and wildfires during one of the warmest Julys on record– WMO

Fresh Israel-Palestinian Islamic Jihad truce prevents ‘full-scale war’

After three days of deadly fighting, the Security Council held an emergency meeting on Monday to assess a fragile truce between Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants in Gaza. Tor Wennesland, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, called on all sides to abide by the agreement while delegates denounced the deliberate targeting of… Continue reading Fresh Israel-Palestinian Islamic Jihad truce prevents ‘full-scale war’

Security Council examines capacity building for sustaining peace in Africa

Cristina Duarte, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Africa, briefed ambassadors during a debate to examine capacity building for sustaining peace on the continent, and to explore the way forward.  She highlighted how African countries’ efforts to both prevent and address violence are being undermined by external factors such as competition over natural resources, which fuels… Continue reading Security Council examines capacity building for sustaining peace in Africa

Attacking a nuclear plant ‘suicidal,’ UN chief tells journalists in Japan

“Any attack to nuclear plants is…suicidal,” the UN chief said, adding that he hoped that the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) would be able to access the plant for inspection. Both Moscow and Kyiv have denied responsibility for the strike on the Zaporizhzhia plant over the weekend.  While Europe’s largest nuclear power site has… Continue reading Attacking a nuclear plant ‘suicidal,’ UN chief tells journalists in Japan

Giraffes, parrots, and oak trees, among many species facing extinction

Around one million species are facing extinction, according to a report from IPBES, an independent intergovernmental science and policy body supported by the UN. It may be surprising to learn that even giraffes, parrots, and oak trees are included in the list of threatened species, as well as cacti and seaweed. It may be surprising… Continue reading Giraffes, parrots, and oak trees, among many species facing extinction

UN Humanitarian Coordinator ‘gravely concerned’ by escalation of violence in Gaza

The ongoing and serious escalation of violence in and around Gaza between Palestinian militants and Israel has claimed the lives of 13 Palestinians by Israeli airstrikes, including a 5-year-old child and one woman, informed Lynn Hastings, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the territory. In a statement published on Saturday, Ms. Hastings expressed her grave concern for… Continue reading UN Humanitarian Coordinator ‘gravely concerned’ by escalation of violence in Gaza

From Hiroshima, UN chief calls for global nuclear disarmament

It is totally unacceptable for states in possession of nuclear weapons to admit the possibility of a nuclear war, António Guterres underscored early on Saturday in Japan at a ceremony marking the 77th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. “Nuclear weapons are nonsense. Three-quarters of a century later, we must ask what we’ve learned from… Continue reading From Hiroshima, UN chief calls for global nuclear disarmament

Nuclear-free world is possible, test-ban treaty chief says

Nuclear weapons will continue to pose a risk to humanity unless countries fully adhere to the treaty that prohibits their testing, a senior UN official said at a press conference in New York on Friday.  Journalists were briefed by Robert Floyd, Executive Secretary of the body that oversees the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), which… Continue reading Nuclear-free world is possible, test-ban treaty chief says

Central African Republic: Militias spreading ‘terror, insecurity’, must lay down arms

“I vehemently condemn the obstinacy of the Coalition of Patriots for Change and other armed groups who continue to spread terror, insecurity and suffering among the civilian population and victims of violations and abuses,” said Yao Agbetse, who monitors rights abuses in CAR. Armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) must lay down their arms and… Continue reading Central African Republic: Militias spreading ‘terror, insecurity’, must lay down arms

WMO reports decrease in likelihood of severe Atlantic hurricane season ahead 

As the North Atlantic hurricane season enters its traditional peak period, the US National  Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA) has adjusted its forecast to monitor the conditions which impact cyclonic activity, according to the UN weather agency, WMO, on Friday.   The conditions do still point towards an “above-normal” 2022 Atlantic hurricane season, according to NOAA’s annual… Continue reading WMO reports decrease in likelihood of severe Atlantic hurricane season ahead 

Nuclear technology helps Mexico eradicate invasive insect pest

One of the most devastating insect pests infesting fruits and vegetables in Mexico has been eradicated in the state of Colima, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). In cooperation with IAEA and the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), scientists there was able to use a UN-developed nuclear-based sterile insect technique (SIT) to eradicate the… Continue reading Nuclear technology helps Mexico eradicate invasive insect pest

Somalia: ‘We cannot wait for famine to be declared; we must act now’

Rising acute food insecurity in Somalia has caused more than 900,000 people to flee their homes in search of humanitarian assistance since January last year, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned. Due to drought and lack of livelihood support, people living in eight areas of the country could be experiencing famine by September.… Continue reading Somalia: ‘We cannot wait for famine to be declared; we must act now’

Step up protection for activists who challenge big business in Colombia

Activists who raise concerns about business projects in Colombia are under serious threat for speaking out, and UN human rights experts are urging the government to do much more to protect them.  “Serious threats, including death threats, are commonplace in Colombia for defenders who raise concerns about corporate activity, in particular in land-intensive industries,” said… Continue reading Step up protection for activists who challenge big business in Colombia

More lifesaving grain shipments authorized to leave Ukraine

Three more ships have been given the green light to leave Ukraine’s Black Sea ports on Friday, carrying just over 58,000 tons of corn, in a move that will raise hopes further for the success of a UN initiative aimed at lowering prices of essential foods and easing the global crisis. The Joint Coordination Centre… Continue reading More lifesaving grain shipments authorized to leave Ukraine

DR Congo: UN regrets Government move to expel Mission spokesperson

The United Nations continues to engage with authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the wake of the deadly shooting this past weekend involving peacekeepers from its Mission there, MONUSCO.  On Thursday, the head of UN Peacekeeping, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, briefed a closed-door session of the Security Council to discuss the situation in… Continue reading DR Congo: UN regrets Government move to expel Mission spokesperson

New sculpture at UN honours rights experts killed in DR Congo

A powerful new sculpture unveiled at UN Headquarters on Wednesday honours the memory and mission of two human rights experts who were murdered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) five years ago.  Speaking at the ceremony, UN Secretary-General António Guterres again expressed deepest condolences to the families of Zaida Catalán and Michael Sharp,… Continue reading New sculpture at UN honours rights experts killed in DR Congo

UN chief slams ‘immoral’ profiteering amid global energy crisis

Secretary-General António Guterres said it was “immoral” that major oil and gas companies are reporting “record profits”, while prices soar. “The combined profits of the largest energy companies in the first quarter of this year are close to $100 billion,” he said, urging governments to “tax these excessive profits, and use the funds raised to… Continue reading UN chief slams ‘immoral’ profiteering amid global energy crisis

UN renews commitment to Yazidi community eight years after ISIL onslaught

ISIL, also known by the Arabic moniker, Daesh, conducted a genocidal campaign against the Yazidis, whose historic homeland is the northern town of Sinjar.   The atrocities they committed included sexual violence, mass executions, forced conversions, and other crimes.    Trauma and perseverance  “As we commemorate this traumatic page of Iraqi history, we renew our… Continue reading UN renews commitment to Yazidi community eight years after ISIL onslaught

Ukraine: Black Sea grain shipment success raises hopes more will follow

The first, eagerly-awaited commercial shipment of grain to leave the Ukrainian port of Odesa since Russia’s invasion more than five months ago, was cleared to proceed to Lebanon on Wednesday, after a scheduled inspection stopover in Istanbul. In line with the UN-partnered Black Sea Grain Initiative that was facilitated by the Secretary-General on 22 July, the crew… Continue reading Ukraine: Black Sea grain shipment success raises hopes more will follow

Yemen truce renewed for another two months

The landmark truce in Yemen, which has been holding since April, has been renewed for an additional two months through 2 October, UN Special Envoy for the country, Hans Grundberg, announced on Tuesday.  The extension includes a commitment by the Government and Houthi rebels to intensify negotiations to reach an expanded agreement as soon as… Continue reading Yemen truce renewed for another two months

Horn of Africa faces most ‘catastrophic’ food insecurity in decades, warns WHO

More than 37 million people are facing acute hunger, with approximately seven million children under the age of five acutely malnourished in the region.   While finding food and safe water is the absolute priority, WHO said that ensuring a strong health emergency response is needed to avert preventable disease and deaths.   The UN… Continue reading Horn of Africa faces most ‘catastrophic’ food insecurity in decades, warns WHO

American west faces water and power shortages due to climate crisis: UN environment agency

Two of the largest reservoirs in the United States are at dangerously low levels due to the climate crisis and overconsumption of water, which could affect water and electricity supply for millions in six western states and Mexico, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) warned on Tuesday.  Lake Mead and Lake Powell are currently at their… Continue reading American west faces water and power shortages due to climate crisis: UN environment agency

Humanity’s just one misunderstanding away from ‘nuclear annihilation’ warns UN chief

The UN chief was speaking at the opening of the Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which runs through 26 August.  Mr. Guterres highlighted some of the current challenges to global peace and security, with the world under greater stress due to the climate crisis, stark… Continue reading Humanity’s just one misunderstanding away from ‘nuclear annihilation’ warns UN chief

Ukraine: Guterres welcomes departure of first grain ship, to help ease food crisis

The UN chief on Monday welcomed the departure of the first ship from the Ukrainian port of Odesa to leave carrying grain under the landmark deal signed by Ukraine, Russia and Türkiye, overseen by the UN. The Razoni, carrying a cargo of 26,527 tonnes of corn, is the first cargo ship to leave a Ukrainian… Continue reading Ukraine: Guterres welcomes departure of first grain ship, to help ease food crisis

DR Congo: Guterres ‘outraged’ over peacekeepers’ aggression, calls for accountability

Secretary-General António Guterres is “outraged” over a “serious incident” that took place on Sunday morning on the border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Uganda, according to his deputy spokesperson.  In Kasindi, North Kivu province, military personnel of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) opened fire while… Continue reading DR Congo: Guterres ‘outraged’ over peacekeepers’ aggression, calls for accountability

Iraq protests: UN chief urges to ‘de-escalate’ and rise above differences

Secretary-General António Guterres is “following with concern” ongoing protests in Iraq that have injured many people, according to his deputy spokesperson, Farhan Haq. In a statement issued late Saturday night, the UN chief appealed to all relevant actors “to take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation, avoid any further violence, and ensure the protection of… Continue reading Iraq protests: UN chief urges to ‘de-escalate’ and rise above differences

Ukraine: Prospects for end to war look bleak, despite ‘encouraging’ grain deal

Ambassadors were briefed by UN political affairs chief Rosemary DiCarlo, who pointed to the recent agreement on the safe resumption of grain exports via the Black Sea as a bright light in the conflict, though acknowledging the dim prospects for peace.  “The grain agreement is a sign that dialogue between the parties is possible in… Continue reading Ukraine: Prospects for end to war look bleak, despite ‘encouraging’ grain deal

From The Field: Protecting the last Malayan tigers

The Malayan tiger is a critically endangered species, at a real risk of extinction, mainly as a result of illegal poaching and wildlife trafficking: according to the Malaysian authorities, fewer than 200 are left. Setting up a camera trap to monitor wildlife and encroachment in Malaysia., by UNDP But a fight to save the tigers… Continue reading From The Field: Protecting the last Malayan tigers

UN welcomes new centre to put Ukraine grain exports deal into motion

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the official start of the operation based in the Turkish capital, Istanbul, that will help implement the UN-brokered deal to resume exports of Ukrainian grain via the Black Sea, amid the ongoing conflict and rising food prices worldwide.  The Joint Coordination Centre (JCC), inaugurated on Wednesday, brings together senior… Continue reading UN welcomes new centre to put Ukraine grain exports deal into motion

UN General Assembly declares access to clean and healthy environment a universal human right

The resolution, based on a similar text adopted last year by the Human Rights Council, calls upon States, international organisations, and business enterprises to scale up efforts to ensure a healthy environment for all.  The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, welcomed the ‘historic’ decision and said the landmark development demonstrates that Member States can come together in… Continue reading UN General Assembly declares access to clean and healthy environment a universal human right

FAO warns 90 per cent of Earth’s topsoil at risk by 2050 

A full 90 per cent of the Earth’s precious topsoil is likely to be at risk by 2050, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO.  In a bid to protect soil globally and help farmers, the FAO warned on Wednesday that the equivalent of one soccer pitch of earth erodes, every five seconds. … Continue reading FAO warns 90 per cent of Earth’s topsoil at risk by 2050 

‘Good strides’ being made towards inclusive peacebuilding, Security Council hears

The UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) aims to adopt a more “ambitious and forward-looking agenda” in 2022, the body’s Chair told the Security Council on Wednesday. In his capacity as Chair, Md Monwar Hossain, Bangladesh’s Chargé d’Affaires to the UN, shared some highlights of PBC’s 2022 programme of work, describing six months of progress – beginning… Continue reading ‘Good strides’ being made towards inclusive peacebuilding, Security Council hears

Guterres strongly condemns attack on peacekeepers in DR Congo which left 3 dead, amid protests

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned an attack on peacekeepers serving in the Stablization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) which took place during violent demonstrations at the mission’s base on Tuesday. Two Indian police officers and a Moroccan ‘blue helmet’ were killed, and an Egyptian police officer injured. According to news… Continue reading Guterres strongly condemns attack on peacekeepers in DR Congo which left 3 dead, amid protests

Iraq resort shelling a ‘shocking disregard for civilian life’, UN envoy says

The deadly shelling of a mountain resort in northern Iraq last week represented a shocking disregard for civilian life and international obligations on civilian protection, the UN Special Representative for the country, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, told the Security Council on Tuesday.  Ambassadors convened late in the afternoon New York time, to discuss the 20 July attack… Continue reading Iraq resort shelling a ‘shocking disregard for civilian life’, UN envoy says

Ukraine: UNICEF delivers life-saving supplies for over 50,000 children in Odesa

The UN Children’s Fund UNICEF, delivered supplies on Tuesday to help an estimated 50,000 children in the war-ravaged districts of Odesa, the crucial Black Sea port which Russia bombed on Saturday, just hours after signing a landmark deal to allow Ukrainian grain to reach millions of food insecure people across the world. Using a total of 27 cargo trucks,… Continue reading Ukraine: UNICEF delivers life-saving supplies for over 50,000 children in Odesa

Israel-Palestine: Reversing ‘negative trends’ essential, Security Council hears

Mounting tensions in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and continued settlement activity and settler-related violence continue. “Immediate steps to reverse negative trends and support the Palestinian people are essential,” said Lynn Hastings, UNSCO’s deputy chief, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory, speaking on behalf of Special Coordinator Tor Wennesland.… Continue reading Israel-Palestine: Reversing ‘negative trends’ essential, Security Council hears

Colombia: New government urged to combat rising violence in rural areas

The violence is having a devastating impact, particularly on women and children, indigenous peoples, Afro-descendants, community leaders and human rights defenders.  Colombia’s new government takes office next month, and the report outlines a series of recommendations that should be implemented urgently to protect lives and uphold the rights of those affected.  Prevent further violence  The… Continue reading Colombia: New government urged to combat rising violence in rural areas

Global awareness critical to protect world’s mangroves: UN science chief

Time is running out to protect the world’s mangroves which are not only home to many species but also an important hedge against climate impacts, the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said on Tuesday.  Audrey Azoulay, the UNESCO Director-General, called for greater global awareness about these critical coastal areas in… Continue reading Global awareness critical to protect world’s mangroves: UN science chief

Libya: Human rights abuses, political stalemates, electoral delays mar progress

Despite some progress, a constitutional and political stalemate continues, prolonging tensions and fuelling insecurity, while clashes in and around Tripoli surge, she added. “The economic situation remains dire,” she continued. “We have witnessed demonstrations by frustrated Libyans over the lack of progress on elections and poor State services. In addition, the human rights situation in… Continue reading Libya: Human rights abuses, political stalemates, electoral delays mar progress

First Person: I go to sleep and wake up to the sound of gunfire

A young man whose community has been at the epicentre of the violence that has been raging between rival gangs in the troubled neighbourhood of Cité Soleil in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, says that he goes to sleep and wakes in the morning to the sound of gunfire. Edwin*, is a youth leader in his… Continue reading First Person: I go to sleep and wake up to the sound of gunfire

Guterres condemns missile strikes in Ukranian Black Sea port of Odesa

The UN Secretary-General ‘unequivocally’ condemned the reported strikes this Saturday in the port of Odesa. The attack took place less than 24 hours after the signing of the Black Sea agreements on the export of grain from Ukrainian ports. “Yesterday, all parties made clear commitments on the global stage to ensure the safe movement of… Continue reading Guterres condemns missile strikes in Ukranian Black Sea port of Odesa

Strengthening Sudan’s fragile peace: A Resident Coordinator Blog

The killing of protestors by security services during large-scale demonstrations in Sudan’s capital Khartoum in June underscores the ongoing political tensions in the country. Against this backdrop, the UN is committed to sustain and build peace in Sudan, say UN Resident Coordinator Khardiata Lo Ndiaye, and Elizabeth Spehar, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support. “The military… Continue reading Strengthening Sudan’s fragile peace: A Resident Coordinator Blog

Why the UN General Assembly must back the right to a healthy environment

Costa Rica, the Maldives, Morocco, Slovenia and Switzerland presented the draft text to the 193-member Assembly, the UN’s most representative body, last June, following the landmark resolution adoption of a similar text adopted in October 2021 by the UN Human Rights Council. The resolution recognizes the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment as… Continue reading Why the UN General Assembly must back the right to a healthy environment

Black Sea grain exports deal ‘a beacon of hope’ amid Ukraine war – Guterres

An “unprecedented agreement” on the resumption of Ukrainian grain exports via the Black Sea amid the ongoing war is “a beacon of hope” in a world that desperately needs it, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said at the signing ceremony in Istanbul, Türkiye, on Friday.  The UN plan, which also paves the way for Russian grain… Continue reading Black Sea grain exports deal ‘a beacon of hope’ amid Ukraine war – Guterres

Mega-drought, glacier melt, and deforestation plague Latin America and the Caribbean

From the Amazon to the Andes and the snowy depths of Patagonia, extreme weather and climate change are causing mega-drought, extreme rainfall, deforestation and glacier melt across the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region, according to a UN report published on Friday. In its State of the Climate in Latin America and the Caribbean… Continue reading Mega-drought, glacier melt, and deforestation plague Latin America and the Caribbean

UNHCR alarmed by growing death toll among displaced in eastern DR Congo

As conflict grows in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the rising death toll and suffering of displaced civilians through brutal attacks, is cause for serious concern said the UN refugee agency UNHCR on Friday, which appealed for fresh funds to meet “soaring needs” across the country. “This month, simultaneous attacks by armed… Continue reading UNHCR alarmed by growing death toll among displaced in eastern DR Congo

Climate change: New approach needed to gauge animal health impact on emissions

Animal health is important to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but greater investment is needed to evaluate the impact, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and partners said in a report published on Thursday. Diseases affecting animals – as well as how long they live and how productive they are – have a significant impact… Continue reading Climate change: New approach needed to gauge animal health impact on emissions

Lebanon: At ‘a crossroad between rebound or collapse’

Success hinges on the ability and willingness of political leaders to “urgently initiate sustainable solutions” to end deadlock and economic paralysis said Joanna Wronecka, stressing that State institutions must be reformed to meet people’s needs. One year ago, UNICEF warned that the water system was at a breaking point. While a total collapse of public… Continue reading Lebanon: At ‘a crossroad between rebound or collapse’

UN envoy calls for extension and expansion of ‘transformational’ truce in Yemen

The historic UN-brokered truce in Yemen has largely held for nearly four months, and Special Envoy Hans Grundberg on Thursday urged the Government and Houthi rebels to work towards renewing the “transformational” agreement, which expires on 2 August.  Mr. Grundberg has intensified his engagement towards full implementation of the truce, and is urging all parties… Continue reading UN envoy calls for extension and expansion of ‘transformational’ truce in Yemen

Respect for fundamental rights key to peaceful elections in Kenya: UN experts

Independent UN human rights experts on Thursday called on authorities and political candidates standing in next month’s general election to foster an enabling civic space to ensure the vote goes ahead peacefully, and prevent violence. “Civic space, public participation, fundamental freedoms and a violence-free environment are critical to foster inclusive engagement in the electoral process, and the… Continue reading Respect for fundamental rights key to peaceful elections in Kenya: UN experts

UN mission in Iraq condemns attack in Duhok which left 8 dead

The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), has strongly condemned the shelling of a mountain resort in the Kurdistan region of Dohuk Governorate on Wednesday, which reportedly killed eight tourists and wounded more than 20 others. The deadly attack in the Zakho district, took place close to the border with Türkiye. According to news reports,… Continue reading UN mission in Iraq condemns attack in Duhok which left 8 dead

Afghanistan: Report highlights multiple human rights violations and abuses under Taliban

A new report from the UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) released on Wednesday, confirms the erosion of basic human rights across the country since the Taliban takeover in August last year, pointing out they bear responsibility for extrajudicial killings, torture, arbitrary arrests and detentions, and violations of fundamental freedoms. The UNAMA findings, confirm many of… Continue reading Afghanistan: Report highlights multiple human rights violations and abuses under Taliban

‘Moment for Nature’ essential to beat back threats, spur climate action

The day-long event is being held to assess recent decisions on the global environment agenda and to present solutions to common bottlenecks, such as the gaps between commitments and actions, as well as the need for wider mobilization.  “We know that we have backed ourselves into a corner with our recklessness. We know that this… Continue reading ‘Moment for Nature’ essential to beat back threats, spur climate action

WMO warns of frequent heatwaves in decades ahead

Extreme heat in western Europe is causing devastating wildfires in France and Spain, unprecedented drought in Italy and Portugal, and the United Kingdom recorded its highest-ever temperature of just over 40 degrees Celsius during Tuesday, at London’s Heathrow airport. With temperatures expected to remain above normal until the middle of next week, the World Metrological… Continue reading WMO warns of frequent heatwaves in decades ahead

Best way to protect children caught in conflict is to ‘champion peace’: Gamba

In her formal presentation of the Secretary-General’s report, Virginia Gamba, highlighted current trends, patterns of grave violations, and existing and emerging challenges facing children put in harms way.   Prolific abuses From South Sudan to Afghanistan and elsewhere, last year the UN verified 23,982 grave violations – over 19,165 of which were “grievous” abuses against children,… Continue reading Best way to protect children caught in conflict is to ‘champion peace’: Gamba

UN publishes new guidance on curbing child abduction and other ‘grave violations’ in war

The UN’s top official advocating for children caught up in armed conflict issued new guidance on Monday designed to help expert staff on the ground protect children who are abducted, or who suffer other grave violations. Special Representative Virginia Gamba, said the guidelines would aid monitoring and reporting on the abduction of children in armed… Continue reading UN publishes new guidance on curbing child abduction and other ‘grave violations’ in war

Record 40°C UK temperatures linked to climate change: WMO

The chances of seeing unprecedented temperatures of 40 degree Celsius (40°C) or more in the UK could be up to 10 times more likely in the current climate than under a “natural climate unaffected by human influence,” the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) declared on Monday. In a statement, the WMO noted that the UK’s Met… Continue reading Record 40°C UK temperatures linked to climate change: WMO

Kenya’s Kuruwitu corals are back, thanks to local conservation drive

A small, quiet village in Kenya has found a new purpose in the fishing industry through a successful marine coral conservation project, the first of its kind in the Marine Protected Areas of the western side of the Indian Ocean. Kenya’s Kuruwitu Beach is tranquil. Sparkling sand beaches complement the clear blue water, and the… Continue reading Kenya’s Kuruwitu corals are back, thanks to local conservation drive

Ensure peaceful and constitutional transfer of power in Sri Lanka, urges UN Resident Coordinator

The head of the UN Country Team in Sri Lanka has urged senior politicians to ensure a peaceful transfer of power in line with the national Constitution, following weeks of protests that finally saw the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Thursday. In a statement issued on Friday on behalf of the UN in Sri Lanka, Resident Coordinator… Continue reading Ensure peaceful and constitutional transfer of power in Sri Lanka, urges UN Resident Coordinator

Ukraine: Guterres condemns deadly missile attack on Vinnytsia; more than 20 killed

The UN Secretary-General is appalled by the deadly missile attack on Thursday against the city of Vinnytsia in central Ukraine, that reportedly killed at least 22 people, far from the frontline of the main fighting in the east, including three children and wounded more than 100 others, his Spokesperson said in a statement.  Cruise missiles… Continue reading Ukraine: Guterres condemns deadly missile attack on Vinnytsia; more than 20 killed

Nigeria: New UN resilience project paves ‘pathway to peace and sustainable development’

Over 500,000 conflict-affected people in northeast Nigeria will be tossed “a lifeline,” thanks to a new UN humanitarian and development package, launched on Thursday. The Resilience and Social Cohesion project, launched by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Food Programme (WFP), will enhance peace, increase livelihood opportunities, and provide education, health, nutrition, child protection,… Continue reading Nigeria: New UN resilience project paves ‘pathway to peace and sustainable development’

New administration in Colombia provides ‘tremendous opportunity’ to further peace

Carlos Ruiz Massieu, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, reported on recent political developments, including the election last month of President Gustavo Petro and Vice-President Francia Márquez, the first Afro-Colombian woman to hold the position.  Mr. Massieu has met with both officials, who will be sworn in on… Continue reading New administration in Colombia provides ‘tremendous opportunity’ to further peace

Guterres hails ‘critical step forward’ on resuming Ukraine grain exports

The UN chief on Wednesday described progress between Russia and Ukraine on allowing the resumption of grain exports during UN-brokered talks in Türkiye, as a “ray of hope to ease human suffering and alleviate hunger around the world.” Secretary-General António Guterres said that a “critical step forward” had been taken to allow the “safe and… Continue reading Guterres hails ‘critical step forward’ on resuming Ukraine grain exports

Syria: Security Council extends cross-border aid delivery for six months

Ireland and Norway put forward the resolution, which renews humanitarian deliveries through the Bab-al Hawa border crossing through January and calls for an additional six-month extension which will require another separate resolution.  Twelve countries voted in favour, while France, the United Kingdom, and the United States voted against. There were no abstentions.  Record-level needs  Humanitarian… Continue reading Syria: Security Council extends cross-border aid delivery for six months

Reliable information ‘a matter of life and death’ UN chief tells Security Council

“Communications is not a side issue or an afterthought,” he said during the first-ever High-Level Debate dedicated to the importance of strategic communications, calling it “central to the success of all our work”. He recalled his 2016 pledge when sworn in as Secretary-General, to “communicate better about what we do, in ways that everybody understands”. … Continue reading Reliable information ‘a matter of life and death’ UN chief tells Security Council

From ‘saga of horrors’ to serving the world: Liberia peacekeepers honoured in South Sudan

“My parents managed – with many sacrifices on their part – to put me through high school during a time of great turmoil in my country, following which I started doing a number of jobs to help out financially.” Elfreda braided hair and tutored younger children in her community, often returning home late at night,… Continue reading From ‘saga of horrors’ to serving the world: Liberia peacekeepers honoured in South Sudan

UN report: Value of nature must not be overridden by pursuit of short-term profit

The values that we ascribe to nature are vital parts of our cultures, identities, economies, and ways of life, all of which should be reflected in policy decisions surrounding our natural world, according to a new UN-backed report released on Monday. However, the new Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services’ (IPBES) assessment report… Continue reading UN report: Value of nature must not be overridden by pursuit of short-term profit

Yemen: UN envoy outlines achievements and challenges in truce implementation

Ambassadors were briefed by Hans Grundberg, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Yemen, and Joyce Msuya, the UN deputy relief chief.  UN Envoy for #Yemen, Hans Grundberg, briefed the #UNSC today on progress & obstacles in the implementation of the truce, the way forward on extending and expanding the truce and on moving toward a political… Continue reading Yemen: UN envoy outlines achievements and challenges in truce implementation

Sri Lanka: UN chief calls for dialogue to ensure ‘smooth transition’ of power

Amid reports that Sri Lanka’s President has confirmed he will resign after his residence was stormed by thousands of protesters at the weekend, the UN chief on Monday called for dialogue to “ensure a smooth transition of government and solutions to the country’s deep economic crisis. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has yet to comment publicly on… Continue reading Sri Lanka: UN chief calls for dialogue to ensure ‘smooth transition’ of power

Thousands of children endure ‘horrific conditions’ in conflict zones: UN report

The annual UN report on Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC), released on Monday, details the devastating impact that various forms of conflict had on children around the world in 2021. The dangers outlined in the report range from conflict escalation, military coups, and takeovers, protracted and new conflicts, as well as violations of international law.… Continue reading Thousands of children endure ‘horrific conditions’ in conflict zones: UN report

From fighting to farming: Supporting peacebuilding in Mozambique

As Mozambique looks to move on from its violent past, a UN-led programme is supporting efforts to reintegrate former combatants, and give them a chance to lead productive, peaceful lives in their communities. Benjamin, former combatant, believes peace and family go together., by UNCDF/Karel Prinsloo Benjamin* wants peace. A former RENAMO (Mozambican National Resistance) combatant,… Continue reading From fighting to farming: Supporting peacebuilding in Mozambique

‘Common game plan’ needed to address DR Congo displacement crisis: A Resident Coordinator blog

“The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has the largest population of internally displaced people on the African continent: 5.9 million people, including 700,000 newly displaced people this year. The DRC is also hosting over 500,000 refugees and asylum-seekers (mainly from Burundi, the Central African Republic, and South Sudan). The factors driving internal displacement are often… Continue reading ‘Common game plan’ needed to address DR Congo displacement crisis: A Resident Coordinator blog

Ukraine war: ‘Please, let us in,’ WHO issues plea to reach sick and injured

The UN health agency (WHO) issued an urgent appeal on Friday for access to sick and injured people caught up in the war in Ukraine, including “hundreds” of landmine victims, “premature babies, pregnant woman, older people, many of whom have been left behind”. More than four and half months since Russia’s invasion, civilians have continued… Continue reading Ukraine war: ‘Please, let us in,’ WHO issues plea to reach sick and injured

Strengthening multilateralism ‘only way’ to peaceful world for all: Guterres

The meeting is taking place at an extremely challenging moment for multilateralism and global governance, with the international order “at risk of coming apart at the seams”, he said, citing challenges that include the climate emergency, the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine, and new and evolving forms of conflict. “Strengthening multilateralism – the theme… Continue reading Strengthening multilateralism ‘only way’ to peaceful world for all: Guterres

From The Field: “Bioprospecting”, Cambodia’s sustainable gold rush

Prospecting used to be about digging up gold and other minerals. Today “bioprospecting” is allowing countries to use the natural riches at their disposal, for the production of pharmaceuticals, and other commercially viable products.   A farmer harvests black ginger, known for its medicinal properties, and endemic in Phnom Kulen in Cambodia., by UNDP Cambodia… Continue reading From The Field: “Bioprospecting”, Cambodia’s sustainable gold rush

Convergence of conflicts, COVID and climate crises, jeopardize global goals   

Intersecting global crises are threatening the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and impacting food supplies, health, education, and security across countries worldwide, according to a new UN report released on Thursday. The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2022 reveals that the convergence of increased fighting, the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, and the long-term climate crisis, could push… Continue reading Convergence of conflicts, COVID and climate crises, jeopardize global goals   

UN and UEFA score Sustainable Goals as women’s Euro tournament kicks off

On Wednesday, the first day of the Women’s Euro 2022 football tournament, the United Nations launched Football For The Goals (FFTG), an initiative aimed at tapping into the power of the game to raise awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals, the UN’s blueprint for a fairer, greener future. FFTG is also intended to achieve behavioural… Continue reading UN and UEFA score Sustainable Goals as women’s Euro tournament kicks off

Mali improvised bomb claims lives of two Egyptian peacekeepers

The blue helmets – who were serving with the UN Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) – died when their armoured vehicle ran over an improvised explosive device some 60 kilometres northeast of Gao on Tuesday. Along with the deceased peacekeepers, who were both from Egypt, another five Egyptian blue helmets were also seriously injured in the… Continue reading Mali improvised bomb claims lives of two Egyptian peacekeepers

Ukraine reconstruction is a ‘long road’ but it must start now: Guterres

UN chief António Guterres lent his support on Tuesday to international efforts to rebuild Ukraine, as a conference began in Switzerland to garner support for the war-shattered country. In his video message to some 40 country representatives meeting in Lugano, the Secretary-General highlighted the tragic human impact of the conflict, as well as the long-term challenges that lie ahead:… Continue reading Ukraine reconstruction is a ‘long road’ but it must start now: Guterres

The Caribbean is ‘ground zero’ for the global climate emergency: Guterres

The Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an immense green protected area covering around 11 percent of the national territory, is recognized for its tabletop mountains and endless biodiversity – some believed to be undiscovered – and remains for the most part inaccessible and unaffected by human activity. From above, the rainforest canopy was… Continue reading The Caribbean is ‘ground zero’ for the global climate emergency: Guterres

Suriname gives ‘hope and inspiration to the world to save our rainforests’: UN chief 

Suriname’s beautiful, dense rainforest, which allows it to have a near-negative carbon footprint, can be seen easily from just about anywhere, even from the outskirts of the capital, Paramaribo, which itself is dotted with bustling markets and cultural centres. On Saturday, UN Secretary-General, António Guterres saw first-hand the commitment of the Surinamese people to protect… Continue reading Suriname gives ‘hope and inspiration to the world to save our rainforests’: UN chief 

Sudan: UN human rights chief alarmed over killing of protesters by security forces

The UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Friday expressed alarm over the killing of at least nine protesters by security forces in Sudan a day earlier, including a 15-year-old child. The High Commissioner said in a statement that the deaths had occurred, “even after the police had announced they would not use lethal force… Continue reading Sudan: UN human rights chief alarmed over killing of protesters by security forces

UN Ocean Conference ends with call for greater ambition and global commitment to address dire state of the Ocean

Recognizing the past “collective failure” in the Conference’s final declaration, world leaders called for greater ambition to ensure that the dire state of the ocean is addressed, and admitted frankly to being “deeply alarmed by the global emergency facing the ocean”. At the closing, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, Miguel de Serpa Soares, commended… Continue reading UN Ocean Conference ends with call for greater ambition and global commitment to address dire state of the Ocean

With mangrove conservation, Kenya’s coastal communities plant seeds of sustainable ‘blue growth’

Mangroves are tropical marine forests with huge potential. They protect coastlines from erosion and storm surge; and provide food and shelter for a diverse array of wildlife, and nursery habitats for commercially important fish and shellfish. They also fight climate change: the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) estimates that global mangrove forests sequester within their roots,… Continue reading With mangrove conservation, Kenya’s coastal communities plant seeds of sustainable ‘blue growth’

US Supreme Court ruling on environmental protection ‘a setback in our fight against climate change’

The ruling by the United States Supreme Court against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Thursday, is “a setback in our fight against climate change” said the UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric. He was responding to a question at the regular noon briefing at UN Headquarters in New York, about the ruling, which in effect strips away… Continue reading US Supreme Court ruling on environmental protection ‘a setback in our fight against climate change’

New UN financing initiative goes live to power climate action

A new UN-led financing tool to strengthen weather and climate forecasting, improve life-saving early warning systems, safeguard jobs, and underpin climate adaptation for long-term resilience, officially opened for business on Thursday. The Systematic Observations Financing Facility (SOFF) is a key building block for a new initiative spearheaded by UN Secretary-General General António Guterres to ensure that early warning services cover… Continue reading New UN financing initiative goes live to power climate action

‘Effort and patience’ required to restore Iran nuclear agreement

Despite diplomatic engagements, restoring the so-called Iran nuclear agreement continues to be hindered by political and technical differences, the UN political and peacebuilding chief told the Security Council on Thursday.   In the landmark accord, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – reached in 2015 between Iran, the United States, China,… Continue reading ‘Effort and patience’ required to restore Iran nuclear agreement

Scientific knowledge essential for sustainable oceans, UN Ocean Conference hears

The Conference’s fourth day, focused on the role of the scientific community, to enable the blue transformation of humankind’s relationship with the ocean. Stressing that this knowledge is a prerequisite for the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 14, scientists are calling for more support to support the seas. With over 3 billion people heavily reliant… Continue reading Scientific knowledge essential for sustainable oceans, UN Ocean Conference hears

Ukraine: Four months after Russian invasion, humanitarian needs intensify

Across Ukraine, the scale of needs caused by Russia’s invasion is still massive and human rights concerns persist, UN humanitarians said in an update on Thursday, as they repeated calls for access to the country’s Black Sea ports to export vitally needed cereals. Speaking from Kyiv, Humanitarian Coordinator for Ukraine, Osnat Lubrani, described the heartbreak she felt after… Continue reading Ukraine: Four months after Russian invasion, humanitarian needs intensify

Human rights under threat in DR Congo and beyond, Security Council hears

Bintou Keita, who also heads the UN’s Stabilization Mission in DRC (MONUSCO), said peacekeepers under her command were “determined to protect civilians and help tackle drivers of conflict and violence”. However, she added that “unity of purpose within the Council and among troop and police contributing countries, remains essential for the Mission to deliver on… Continue reading Human rights under threat in DR Congo and beyond, Security Council hears

A visionary ‘blue transformation’ strategy to enhance underwater food systems

The Conference’s third day, spotlighting the state of the global fishing industry and the sustainability of aquaculture, featured the launch of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture flagship report. Growing demand for fish and other aquatic foods is rapidly changing the whole sector, with consumption expected to increase,… Continue reading A visionary ‘blue transformation’ strategy to enhance underwater food systems

Ukraine: Cycle of death, destruction, dislocation, and disruption ‘must stop’ 

The “horrific conflict,” in Ukraine shows no signs of abating, the UN political and peacebuilding chief told the Security Council on Tuesday, pointing out that since her last update on 5 April, “countless Ukrainian civilians” have been killed in indiscriminate attacks, cities and towns levelled, and much of the country’s arable land “horribly disfigured by… Continue reading Ukraine: Cycle of death, destruction, dislocation, and disruption ‘must stop’ 

Sustainable blue economy vital for small countries and coastal populations

The world’s coastal populations contribute significantly to the global economy – an estimated $1.5 trillion per year – with expectations pointing to some $3 trillion by 2030. Ensuring ocean ecosystem health, supporting livelihoods and driving economic growth requires targeted support for key sectors, including fisheries and aquaculture, tourism, energy, shipping and port activities, and seabed… Continue reading Sustainable blue economy vital for small countries and coastal populations

Syria: Decade of brutal war left nearly 307,000 civilians dead

Between 1 March 2011 and 31 March 2021, 306,887 civilians were killed in the on-going war in Syria – the highest estimate yet of conflict-related deaths in the country, according to a new report published by the UN rights office (OHCHR) on Tuesday. “The conflict-related casualty figures in this report are not simply a set… Continue reading Syria: Decade of brutal war left nearly 307,000 civilians dead

More than 70 grave violations against children caught up in war, being recorded daily: UNICEF

A “staggering” average of 71 verified grave violations a day, are committed against children by parties to conflict in more than 30 settings across Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. This is one of the key findings of a new report entitled, 25 years of children and armed conflict: Taking action to protect children… Continue reading More than 70 grave violations against children caught up in war, being recorded daily: UNICEF

Libya: UN highlights need to speed up progress towards national elections

“The United Nations’ priority in Libya remains to facilitate a return to the electoral process, based on a sound and consensual constitutional basis for elections. This is what the Libyan people have asked for,” she declared.  Elections the only path to settle disagreements over the democratic legitimacy of Libyan institutions. I urge the leadership of… Continue reading Libya: UN highlights need to speed up progress towards national elections

Tackling marine pollution: Individual action, key to ocean restoration

On Monday, thousands of people gathered at Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal, for the first day of the long-awaited UN Ocean Conference. Riding on the global momentum generated by the event, experts are pushing for a new international commitment to combat pollution, including at sea. According to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the amount of… Continue reading Tackling marine pollution: Individual action, key to ocean restoration

Ukraine: Dozens dead and injured as UN condemns ‘utterly deplorable’ shopping centre attack

At least ten people have reportedly been killed by what Ukrainian authorities have said was a Russian missile strike on a crowded shopping centre, and attack which the UN condemned on Monday as “utterly deplorable”. At least ten people have reportedly been killed by what Ukrainian authorities have said was a Russian missile strike on… Continue reading Ukraine: Dozens dead and injured as UN condemns ‘utterly deplorable’ shopping centre attack

Middle East: Mounting violence leaving ‘scores of Palestinian and Israeli casualties’

Speaking via video conference from Jerusalem, Tor Wennesland, expressed alarm over continued demonstrations and clashes; settler-related violence; and the firing of a rocket from Gaza into Israel, the first in months, which he called “a concerning reminder of the fragility” within the Palestinian enclave. “Mounting violence has been further fuelled and exacerbated by provocative steps and… Continue reading Middle East: Mounting violence leaving ‘scores of Palestinian and Israeli casualties’

Put women’s rights ‘front and centre’ of climate policies: Bachelet

Although climate change threatens everyone, women and girls often suffer its harshest and most violent consequences, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Monday.  “While I welcome the international attention on climate change’s impact on women and girls over the last decade, we must urgently also focus on the grave issue of violence against… Continue reading Put women’s rights ‘front and centre’ of climate policies: Bachelet

Guterres outlines four recommendations to help us all ‘Save Our Ocean’

Speaking at the high-level opening of the Conference, Mr. Guterres outlined four recommendations to ensure that the tide is reversed. Among them, the UN chief underscored the urgent need to invest sustainably in economies that depend on the sea. I apologize to youth on behalf of my generation for not having protected the ocean. This week’s UN Ocean Conference… Continue reading Guterres outlines four recommendations to help us all ‘Save Our Ocean’

Youth are the generation that will help save our ocean and our future, says UN chief

The two-day event brought together hundreds of youth from some 165 countries with a shared goal: protecting the Ocean.   I am inspired by the energy & commitment of the young climate activists I met today at the @UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon. Youth of the world: We need your passion, your ideas & your… Continue reading Youth are the generation that will help save our ocean and our future, says UN chief

First Person: The Barbadian entrepreneur turning sargassum into money

Sargassum seaweed has blighted many of the beaches on Barbados for several years. Joshua Forte, a local entrepreneur, is convinced that it can be turned into a valuable commodity, and turned into highly effective, organic compost. In 2014, Mr. Forte started Red Diamond Compost, a biotech business that focuses on research, development, and the commercialization… Continue reading First Person: The Barbadian entrepreneur turning sargassum into money

First Person: The Barbadian entrepreneur turning sargassum into money

Sargassum seaweed has been blighting many of the beaches on Barbados for several years. Joshua Forte, a local entrepreneur, is convinced that it can be turned into a valuable commodity, and turned into highly effective, organic compost. In 2014, Mr. Forte started Red Diamond Compost, a biotech business that focuses on research, development, and commercialization… Continue reading First Person: The Barbadian entrepreneur turning sargassum into money

INTERVIEW: Pollution, Cartagena, and the Caribbean

UN News How did the Cartagena Convention come about? Christopher Corbin The Cartagena Convention was driven primarily by a major oil spill that took place in the region close to Trinidad and Tobago in the early 1980s. This brought home the fact that this region is so dependent on the coastal and marine resources on the Caribbean… Continue reading INTERVIEW: Pollution, Cartagena, and the Caribbean

Talking to the Taliban ‘only way forward’ in Afghanistan

Ambassadors stood and observed a minute of silence for the victims of the disaster before being briefed by Ramiz Alakbarov, Deputy Special Representative at the UN’s Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, and Martin Griffiths, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator.  Mr. Alakbarov provided an update on the earthquake, citing latest figures which revealed nearly 800 confirmed deaths and… Continue reading Talking to the Taliban ‘only way forward’ in Afghanistan

‘De facto lethargy’ in Central African Republic, despite escalating attacks

Efforts are underway to reinvigorate the Central African Republic’s political process, which has lapsed into a state of “de facto lethargy” even as horrific attacks against civilians have risen, the senior UN official in the country told the Security Council on Wednesday. “The fears legitimately nurtured by the civilian populations who are still suffering the… Continue reading ‘De facto lethargy’ in Central African Republic, despite escalating attacks

Mali: Guterres ‘shocked and outraged’ by reports of civilian massacres

The Secretary-General issued a statement on Wednesday expressing his shock and outrage over reports that well over a hundred civilians have been killed in the past week, during attacks by armed extremists in central Mali, and further north. At the weekend, at least 100 civilians reportedly died when rebel militia attacked several villages in the… Continue reading Mali: Guterres ‘shocked and outraged’ by reports of civilian massacres

Violence, rhetoric, hate speech, drive atrocity crimes in Ukraine and beyond, Security Council hears

Beginning her briefing with a wider perspective, Wairimu Nderitu said that hateful and contentious narratives that form in the wake of growing hostility, violence and discrimination, could have a “devastating impact” on societies at large. “We saw it in the lead up to the Holocaust, in Rwanda in 1994” and also in the ethnically-charged Bosnia… Continue reading Violence, rhetoric, hate speech, drive atrocity crimes in Ukraine and beyond, Security Council hears

Ukraine: UN and partners deliver lifesaving aid to Donetska region

Critical relief supplies for nearly 64,000 people have been delivered to Kramatorsk and Sloviansk, two cities in the Government-controlled areas of the eastern Donetska oblast, or region, in Ukraine, the UN humanitarian agency OCHA reported on Tuesday.  The 12 trucks carrying food, water purification tablets, hygiene and other desperately needed household items, arrived in the… Continue reading Ukraine: UN and partners deliver lifesaving aid to Donetska region

UN brainstorms how to strengthen aid delivery amid ‘megacrises’

The three-day ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment (HAS) brings together UN agencies, diplomats, aid workers, the private sector and other partners, to discuss current and emerging challenges, as well as priorities, and to share experiences and lessons learned.  ECOSOC President Collen Kelapile recalled that the world is witnessing the highest number of violent conflicts since 1945,… Continue reading UN brainstorms how to strengthen aid delivery amid ‘megacrises’

Safe in the sun? UN launches new app to help beat skin cancer

Scientific evidence shows that overexposure to UV radiation is the major cause of skin cancer. To help people protect themselves adequately, a consortium of UN agencies on Tuesday, launched an innovative new App that can help anyone, anywhere, determine the safe amount of time to stay outdoors, soaking up the rays.  The SunSmart Global UV… Continue reading Safe in the sun? UN launches new app to help beat skin cancer

Eliminate nuclear weapons before they eliminate us: UN chief

Nuclear weapons are “a deadly reminder of countries’ inability to solve problems through dialogue and collaboration”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday, urging the international community to abandon them once and for all.   “These weapons offer false promises of security and deterrence – while guaranteeing only destruction, death, and endless brinksmanship,” he said… Continue reading Eliminate nuclear weapons before they eliminate us: UN chief

Ocean literacy and unlocking a revolution in ocean science solutions

As a part of this push, the UN Scientific, Educational and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is asking the world to join the revolution to unlock innovative ocean science solutions. UN News spoke to experts within and outside the UN system to reveal the importance of ocean literacy. Empowering people to take action Ocean literacy is commonly… Continue reading Ocean literacy and unlocking a revolution in ocean science solutions

Syria: Guterres underlines ‘moral imperative’ to continue cross-border aid operation from Türkiye

With humanitarian needs in Syria at their highest levels since the start of the civil war more than 11 years ago, UN Secretary-General António Guterres appealed on Monday for the Security Council to renew a resolution on delivering lifesaving aid to millions in northwest Syria, through cross-border operations from neighbouring Türkiye.  Overall, more than 14… Continue reading Syria: Guterres underlines ‘moral imperative’ to continue cross-border aid operation from Türkiye

Mali: Latest attack against UN peacekeepers leaves Guinean ‘blue helmet’ dead

The Secretary-General strongly condemned on Sunday, an attack in Kidal, a city in northern Mali, against a convoy of UN peacekeepers that claimed the life of a blue helmet. The Guinean peacekeeper was killed by an improvised explosive device, which detonated during a UN Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) mine detection operation. “The Secretary-General conveys… Continue reading Mali: Latest attack against UN peacekeepers leaves Guinean ‘blue helmet’ dead

Bringing jobs to Colombia’s conflict-affected communities

In Colombia, decades of violence and armed conflict created significant obstacles to human development and sustainable peace. To encourage the private sector to move back into hard-hit areas, the UN is financing an innovative project that is supporting local businesses and providing sorely needed job opportunities. For Mélida Montero, coffee is more than a drink.… Continue reading Bringing jobs to Colombia’s conflict-affected communities

Building peace: Plotting a route towards democracy in The Gambia

After two decades of dictatorship, The Gambia is on the road towards democracy and respect for human rights, The UN is working closely with the government on this journey, a process that involves facing up to the country’s violent past. For Isatou Ceesay and Tombong Njie, the term “witch hunt” is not metaphorical. Under the… Continue reading Building peace: Plotting a route towards democracy in The Gambia

‘Surprise’ early heatwave in Europe, harbinger of things to come

Sweltering conditions in Europe have come earlier than expected this year but the bad news is, they’re the shape of things to come. According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the intense heatwave made its way from North Africa. The UN agency explained that an Atlantic low-pressure system between the Azores and Madeira is fuelling the… Continue reading ‘Surprise’ early heatwave in Europe, harbinger of things to come

World has ‘gambled on fossil fuels and lost’, warns Guterres

The current global economic paradigm of infinite growth based on using up a finite amount of resources, such as fossil fuels, will only deliver a “permanent triple whammy of inflation, climate chaos and conflict”, the UN chief warned on Friday. António Guterres was addressing the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate in Washington DC, convened… Continue reading World has ‘gambled on fossil fuels and lost’, warns Guterres

Haiti must remain at ‘forefront’ of international agenda, Security Council hears

She called for greater support for the Caribbean nation as protracted insecurity and prolonged political uncertainty, together with the dire economic situation and growing humanitarian needs, are severely hampering development and undermining peacebuilding efforts.   Briefing the Security Council, Special Representative Helen La Lime called on Member States to provide greater support to #Haiti and… Continue reading Haiti must remain at ‘forefront’ of international agenda, Security Council hears

Sudan: One-third of population faces acute food insecurity 

One-third of Sudan’s population, or 15 million people, are facing acute food insecurity, according to a new assessment released on Thursday by the World Food Programme (WFP).  The Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Assessment (CFSVA) shows that the combined effects of economic and political crises; conflict and displacement; climate shocks; and a poor harvest in… Continue reading Sudan: One-third of population faces acute food insecurity 

Urban warfare needs new curbs on explosive weapons, urge humanitarians

A UN-partnered bid to address the use of explosive weapons in towns and cities took a further step forward on Thursday, as Member States prepared to gather in Geneva to examine a concrete new plan of action. The development has been driven by the recognition that civilians are at increased risk from armed conflicts that… Continue reading Urban warfare needs new curbs on explosive weapons, urge humanitarians

More than 100 million now forcibly displaced: UNHCR report

A staggering 100 million people have now been forced to flee their homes globally, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Thursday, highlighting worldwide food insecurity, the climate crisis, war in Ukraine and other emergencies from Africa to Afghanistan as leading causes. “Every year of the last decade, the numbers have climbed,” said UNHCR chief… Continue reading More than 100 million now forcibly displaced: UNHCR report

Burkina Faso: UN chief condemns brutal attack that left scores dead

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned a weekend attack in Burkina Faso that left dozens of civilians dead and displaced scores more, his Spokesperson said on Wednesday.  The incident occurred on Saturday night when armed men launched an assault on the town of Seytenga, located in the Sahel region in the north of the country. … Continue reading Burkina Faso: UN chief condemns brutal attack that left scores dead

Promoting women’s rights, a ‘proven’ strategy for peace and stability

“At this time of proliferating crises, the international community must pursue proven strategies for peace and stability. Protecting and promoting women’s rights is such a strategy,” he said during the debate, highlighting the positive role regional organizations have played in protecting and advancing the key agenda. ‘A question of power’ Although gender equality offers a… Continue reading Promoting women’s rights, a ‘proven’ strategy for peace and stability

Yemen truce holding, but full measures still not in place

Ambassadors were briefed by two top UN officials who provided an update on the impact of the agreement between the Government and Houthi rebels, which was recently renewed for an additional two months, while also outlining the challenges that remain.  Grundberg outlines to #UNSC plans including working with the parties to consolidate &implement all truce… Continue reading Yemen truce holding, but full measures still not in place

Climate change: More fossil fuel investment, just ‘delusional’, warns Guterres

António Guterres was speaking at the Sixth Austrian World Summit on the climate crisis, convened by the Austrian Government and former Governor of California and Hollywood actor turned climate activist, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Mr. Guterres repeated his call for G20 leading economies to “dismantle coal infrastructure, with a full phase-out by 2030 for OECD countries and… Continue reading Climate change: More fossil fuel investment, just ‘delusional’, warns Guterres

Myanmar: Cycle of ‘human rights violations and abuses’ continues, warns Bachelet

“What we are witnessing today is the systematic and widespread use of tactics against civilians, in respect of which there are reasonable grounds to believe the commission of crimes against humanity and war crimes”, High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet told the Human Rights Council. ‘Dire situation’ Since last year’s coup, at least 1,900 killings by the… Continue reading Myanmar: Cycle of ‘human rights violations and abuses’ continues, warns Bachelet

South Sudan: UN humanitarians forced to cut aid to 1.7 million people

Food assistance to 1.7 million people in South Sudan has been suspended, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday, citing a funding crunch and rising needs. The agency said that had left humanitarians essentially in ‘famine-prevention mode”. 🚨 🆘 ALERT: The suspension of assistance comes at the worst possible time for the people… Continue reading South Sudan: UN humanitarians forced to cut aid to 1.7 million people

Yemen: UN launches crowdfunding campaign to head off decaying oil tanker threat

A social media campaign launched on Monday by the United Nations aims to bring the world closer to preventing a decaying supertanker, anchored off Yemen, from causing an oil spill that could spell disaster for the region and beyond.  The goal is to raise funds to start the $80 million emergency operation to transfer oil… Continue reading Yemen: UN launches crowdfunding campaign to head off decaying oil tanker threat

Myanmar’s multidimensional crises have ‘deepened and expanded dramatically’

Noeleen Heyzer said that since she took up the job six months ago, Myanmar has “continued to descend into profound and widespread conflict”. Already one of the world’s largest refugee emergencies, she reminded that multidimensional crises there have left over one million internally displaced people (IDPs) across the country with “serious regional and international ramifications”. Nearly… Continue reading Myanmar’s multidimensional crises have ‘deepened and expanded dramatically’

Mali: Support ‘deep aspiration’ for reform, top envoy urges Security Council

El-Ghassim Wane, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Mali, urged ambassadors to support the renewal of the mandate of the UN Mission there, MINUSMA, which he heads.  Although the West African country continues to face political, security and humanitarian challenges, “they are far from being insurmountable,” he said.  Deep aspirations  “If anything, the Malian people…harbor… Continue reading Mali: Support ‘deep aspiration’ for reform, top envoy urges Security Council

Refugees at risk: UN uncovers human trafficking at camp in Malawi

Now measures are underway to dismantle the human trafficking networks operating within the Dzaleka Refugee Camp, identify and rescue their victims, and bring those responsible to justice. “The situation was much worse than we first envisaged,” says UNODC’s Maxwell Matewere, who initially visited the camp in October 2020, where he trained camp staff and law… Continue reading Refugees at risk: UN uncovers human trafficking at camp in Malawi

UN calls on militants in eastern DR Congo to ‘immediately cease’ civilian attacks

The UN issued a statement on Saturday calling for attacks on civilians by multiple armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to “immediately cease”. Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said the UN was “concerned over the deteriorating security situation…and the increase of attacks against civilians by the Cooperative for Development of the Congo (CODECO) and the M23 as… Continue reading UN calls on militants in eastern DR Congo to ‘immediately cease’ civilian attacks

Maritime students send special SOS to upcoming UN Ocean Conference 

These future maritime leaders, studying at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport, based in the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria, also used two powerful symbols in their video: an anchor, immediately recognizable in any language, and Semaphore, another universal way to communicate on the high seas, using flags.  Spelling it out  Arms… Continue reading Maritime students send special SOS to upcoming UN Ocean Conference 

Death sentence for Ukraine foreign fighters is a war crime: UN rights office

The UN human rights office, OHCHR, on Friday condemned the death sentence handed down to three foreign fighters in Ukraine by a court in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic. “Such trials against prisoners of war amount to a war crime,” said OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani. The three men – Britons Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner,… Continue reading Death sentence for Ukraine foreign fighters is a war crime: UN rights office

Forge prosperous, democratic, equitable societies, Guterres tells Americas summit

It is essential to close the gap between the great potential of the Americas region and the daily struggles facing its people, UN Secretary-António Guterres told senior officials from across the hemisphere on Thursday.  The UN chief was speaking at this year’s Summit of the Americas, convened by United States President Joseph Biden in Los… Continue reading Forge prosperous, democratic, equitable societies, Guterres tells Americas summit

Five countries elected to serve on UN Security Council

Five countries have been elected to serve as non-permanent members of the UN Security Council following a vote in the General Assembly on Thursday.  Ecuador, Japan, Malta, Mozambique and Switzerland will join the UN body responsible for the maintenance of global peace and security, beginning in January 2023.  Today, the General Assembly elected: 🇪🇨Ecuador –… Continue reading Five countries elected to serve on UN Security Council

‘Great progress’ being made bringing Da’esh/ISIL terrorists to justice, Security Council hears

Christian Ritscher, who also heads the Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/ISIL (UNITAD), upheld that those responsible must be identified, tried, and convicted “at the national and international level.” “Only by prosecuting and referring to such barbaric acts as war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, will we be able to… Continue reading ‘Great progress’ being made bringing Da’esh/ISIL terrorists to justice, Security Council hears

Act now to end food, energy and finance crisis, Guterres urges world leaders

An estimated 1.6 billion people in 94 countries are exposed to at least one dimension of the crisis, with around 1.2 billion living in “perfect-storm” countries severely vulnerable to all three dimensions, the policy brief by the Global Crisis Response Group (GCRG) has revealed.  The impact of the war in Ukraine on food security, energy… Continue reading Act now to end food, energy and finance crisis, Guterres urges world leaders

Ukraine: WFP teams up with Uber, in boost for pinpoint aid deliveries

If you’re a Ukrainian living in a hard-to-reach part of a city under fire, the chances of the UN being able to get lifesaving aid to you and your family are improving, thanks to an innovative partnership announced on Wednesday, between the UN World Food Programme (WFP), and global transportation platform, Uber. With conventional aid… Continue reading Ukraine: WFP teams up with Uber, in boost for pinpoint aid deliveries

‘Revitalize our seas’ UN chief urges on World Oceans Day

Ensuring a healthy and productive ocean that serves the whole planet, is a “collective responsibility” that can only be fulfilled by working together, the UN chief told an celebratory event marking World Oceans Day on Wednesday. In his message, Secretary-General António Guterres recalled that the triple crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution, are… Continue reading ‘Revitalize our seas’ UN chief urges on World Oceans Day

Food exports must keep flowing worldwide, FAO chief urges

As part of ongoing international efforts to address growing concerns over global food security linked to the war in Ukraine, a top UN official on Wednesday urged countries not to slap restrictions on the export of foodstuffs that are in such short supply elsewhere. “Food insecurity and high prices can become a trigger for instability,” said Qu… Continue reading Food exports must keep flowing worldwide, FAO chief urges

INTERVIEW: ‘Deliver the care our ocean needs – together’, urge co-hosts of UN conference

At the end of the month, world leaders, youth, entrepreneurs, and civil society will gather in Lisbon, Portugal, for the second UN Ocean Conference, to mobilize action and jumpstart science-based innovative solutions aimed at starting a new chapter of global ocean action. Co-hosted by Portugal and Kenya, the event will be a platform to effectively… Continue reading INTERVIEW: ‘Deliver the care our ocean needs – together’, urge co-hosts of UN conference

Top woman prison officer with UN Mission in CAR, wins first ever Trailblazer Award

The creator of a women-only rapid intervention team who leads riot control activities inside the Central African Republic’s biggest all male high-security prison, was named the winner of a prestigious new UN award on Tuesday. Téné Maïmouna Zoungrana, of Burkina Faso, serves with the UN Mission in CAR, MINUSCA. She received the United Nations Trailblazer… Continue reading Top woman prison officer with UN Mission in CAR, wins first ever Trailblazer Award

Nigeria: Guterres condemns ‘heinous’ church attack which left dozens dead

The UN Secretary-General has condemned “in the strongest terms” a brutal attack on a Catholic church in southwest Nigeria at the weekend, which left at least 50 people dead and wounded dozens more. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, António Guterres described the attack in the St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State, as “heinous”,… Continue reading Nigeria: Guterres condemns ‘heinous’ church attack which left dozens dead

Reports of sexual violence in Ukraine rising fast, Security Council hears

Allegations of sexual violence by Russian troops in Ukraine are mounting, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Monday, expressing regret over a stark discrepancy between that painful reality, and the global community’s ambition to end the use of rape as a weapon of war. Pramila Patten, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sexual… Continue reading Reports of sexual violence in Ukraine rising fast, Security Council hears

‘We can do better, we must’ declares departing UN climate change chief, as COP27 looms on horizon

The annual UN Climate Change Conference in the German city of Bonn began on Monday, designed to lay the groundwork for a successful COP27, due to take place in the Egyptian coastal resort of Sharm-el-Sheikh next November. Governments are meeting for the first time since the conclusion of COP26 in Glasgow last November, which saw… Continue reading ‘We can do better, we must’ declares departing UN climate change chief, as COP27 looms on horizon

Protecting civilians from explosive weapons in conflict: 5 things you should know

The devastating harm caused by explosive weapons falling on population centres has been seen again and again, from Syria to Ethiopia, Myanmar and Iraq. The flood of images coming out of Ukraine have shocked many. On top of the deaths, the use of these weapons is a cause for long-term harm, destroying livelihoods, and vital… Continue reading Protecting civilians from explosive weapons in conflict: 5 things you should know

Stockholm+50 issues call for urgent environmental and economic transformation

The Stockholm+50 environment conference came to a close on Friday with a call for real commitments to urgently address global environmental concerns, and for a just transition to sustainable economies, that work for all. “We came to Stockholm 50 years after the UN Conference on the Human Environment knowing that something must change. Knowing that,… Continue reading Stockholm+50 issues call for urgent environmental and economic transformation

Mali: UN condemns second ‘cowardly’ attack in three days against peacekeepers

Two Egyptian peacekeepers serving with the UN Mission in Mali, MINUSMA, were killed on Friday – the second fatal attack this week on a peacekeeping convoy in the West African country.  The blue helmets were killed, and another injured, when their Armoured Personnel Carrier hit an improvised explosive device outside the town of Douentza, located… Continue reading Mali: UN condemns second ‘cowardly’ attack in three days against peacekeepers

World Environment Day: Earth ‘cannot keep up with our demands’

“It is vital we safeguard the health of its atmosphere, the richness and diversity of life on Earth, its ecosystems and its finite resources.  But we are failing to do so,” said the UN chief.   “We are asking too much of our planet to maintain ways of life that are unsustainable,” he cautioned, noting… Continue reading World Environment Day: Earth ‘cannot keep up with our demands’

Make mental health support part of climate action plans: WHO

Mental health support must be included in national responses to climate change, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a new policy brief, launched on Friday at the Stockholm+50 environmental summit.  Climate change poses serious risks to people’s mental health and well-being, the agency said, which concurs with a report published in February by the… Continue reading Make mental health support part of climate action plans: WHO

Zero waste: The Portuguese business turning leftover fish into dog treats

There’s no doubt that food loss and waste, has been undermining the sustainability of our food systems. In an effort to counter this, some small businesses around the world are putting the focus on new sustainable waste management practices. UN News paid a visit to one such project recently, in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, where the… Continue reading Zero waste: The Portuguese business turning leftover fish into dog treats

Security Council debates tightening laws to deter crimes against humanity

Strengthening accountability and justice for serious violations of international law, including genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, was the focus of debate in the UN Security Council on Thursday.  Ambassadors were briefed by the President of the UN’s highest court, the UN human rights chief, and an Oxford University law professor, who advocated for… Continue reading Security Council debates tightening laws to deter crimes against humanity

Top UN Envoy hails two-month renewal of Yemen truce

A truce between the Government in Yemen and Houthi rebels has been renewed for an additional two months, UN Special Envoy for the country Hans Grundberg announced on Thursday.  “By agreeing to implementing and now renewing the truce, the parties have provided a rare glimmer of hope to Yemenis that an end to this devastating… Continue reading Top UN Envoy hails two-month renewal of Yemen truce

Rescue us from our environmental ‘mess’, UN chief urges Stockholm summit

Global wellbeing is at risk – and it’s in large part because we haven’t kept our promises on the environment – UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday. Although there have been successes in protecting the planet since 1972, including rescuing the ozone layer, Mr. Guterres warned that “Earth’s natural systems cannot keep up with our demands”. Triple… Continue reading Rescue us from our environmental ‘mess’, UN chief urges Stockholm summit

Mali: Deadly convoy attack ‘tragic reminder’ of threats to peacekeepers

For roughly an hour, the convoy came under direct fire from suspected members of a terrorist group using small arms and rocket launchers.  Four Jordanian peacekeepers serving with the UN Mission in Mali, MINUSMA, were injured in the attack, one of whom died from his injuries after being evacuated.  Under constant threat   The Mission… Continue reading Mali: Deadly convoy attack ‘tragic reminder’ of threats to peacekeepers

Ukraine: ‘Perfect storm’ threatens economic devastation in developing world

Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine is causing immense suffering and devastation there, but also creating a “perfect storm” which could devastate the economies of “many developing countries”, the UN chief warned on Wednesday. UN Secretary-General António Guterres was speaking in Sweden alongside Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, where he is attending the Stockholm+50 conference, which he… Continue reading Ukraine: ‘Perfect storm’ threatens economic devastation in developing world

Ukraine: At least two children killed in war every day, says UNICEF

In Ukraine, nearly 100 days since the Russian invasion, at least two children have been killed every day with many more injured, UN humanitarians said on Wednesday, the International Day for Protection of Children. Highlighting the devastating and lasting consequences of the war on millions of the country’s youngsters, UN Children’s Fund UNICEF, maintained that… Continue reading Ukraine: At least two children killed in war every day, says UNICEF

Security Council urged to support efforts to end M23 insurgency in DR Congo

The recent resurgence of the M23 armed group in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) constitutes a serious threat to peace, security and stability in the region, and urgent action towards curbing the violence is needed, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Tuesday.  “It is imperative that this Council lend… Continue reading Security Council urged to support efforts to end M23 insurgency in DR Congo

Video games for climate action: winning solutions for the planet

Sometime before the COVID-19 pandemic, Cassie Flynn was heading to work on a rush-hour packed New York City subway train. As the Strategic Advisor on Climate Change for the UN Development Programme (UNDP), she often used the monotony of the commute to think of innovative ways to get ordinary people involved in the climate fight,… Continue reading Video games for climate action: winning solutions for the planet

Do more for environment or risk planet becoming ‘human sacrifice zone’: UN experts

It’s been five decades since Sweden hosted the world’s first conference to make the environment a major issue, in recognition of the “human sacrifice zone” it could become if we fail to look after it, according to rights experts. On Monday, ahead of fresh discussions in Stockholm this week to discuss further action, the experts warned… Continue reading Do more for environment or risk planet becoming ‘human sacrifice zone’: UN experts

People for Peace: Supporting victims of sexual abuse in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

There is an “urgent need” to support the victims of sexual exploitation and abuse in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) according to a local organization which works on the issue with the UN peacekeeping mission in the country, MONUSCO. The eastern DRC has experienced conflict and instability over many years and many people… Continue reading People for Peace: Supporting victims of sexual abuse in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

People for Peace: Breaking prison barriers in Central African Republic

Talking to UN News ahead of the International Day of Peacekeepers, which is marked annually on 29 May, she explains how she continues to break down gender barriers. “I’m the Coordinator of the Security Teams at the Ngaragba Central Prison in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic (CAR). This is the largest and most… Continue reading People for Peace: Breaking prison barriers in Central African Republic

5 ways UN Peacekeeping partnerships drive peace and development

From protecting civilians in war-torn areas and building social cohesion, to ensuring the safe delivery of humanitarian aid, rebuilding infrastructure, and providing livelihood skills to impoverished communities – peacekeepers work with local and international partners to help create conditions for political solutions and sustainable development. Ahead of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers (29… Continue reading 5 ways UN Peacekeeping partnerships drive peace and development

5 things you should know about the UN Ocean Conference, a chance to save the planet’s largest ecosystem

The Ocean is the planet’s largest ecosystem, regulating the climate, and providing livelihoods for billions. But its health is in danger. The second UN Ocean Conference, due to take place in June, will be an important opportunity to redress the damage that mankind continues to inflict on marine life and livelihoods. With delegates from Member… Continue reading 5 things you should know about the UN Ocean Conference, a chance to save the planet’s largest ecosystem

‘Think resilience’ to protect against climate and other catastrophes

Delegates from some 184 countries gathered in Bali for the 2022 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction where they reviewed efforts to protect communities against a rising number of climate hazards and other catastrophes globally. The summit concluded with an outcome document entitled the Bali Agenda for Resilience, which aims to prevent the world from… Continue reading ‘Think resilience’ to protect against climate and other catastrophes

Resolve the conflict, don’t just manage it, top envoy tells Israelis, Palestinians

Israelis and Palestinians must push beyond the paradigm of managing the conflict and move towards resolving it, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process told the Security Council on Thursday, as he expressed particular concern that dynamics in the occupied West Bank could spiral out of control “at any time”. “There are tangible, ongoing arrangements… Continue reading Resolve the conflict, don’t just manage it, top envoy tells Israelis, Palestinians

‘Protracted political impasse’ further polarizing Libya

“We are concerned that the protracted political impasse is having an increasingly negative impact on security,” said Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo. “A coordinated and constructive effort is required to prevent further polarization and end the political stalemate.” Commendable progress Last week, UN Special Advisor Stephanie Williams convened a second round of… Continue reading ‘Protracted political impasse’ further polarizing Libya

Peacekeepers’ Day ceremony honours service and sacrifice of UN blue helmets

Secretary-General António Guterres began the commemoration by laying a wreath at the Peacekeepers Memorial at UN Headquarters, in homage of the more than 4,200 blue helmets who have sacrificed their lives over the past seven decades.  ‘Forever in our hearts’  He also honoured the 117 peacekeepers who died last year.  “Our fallen colleagues came from… Continue reading Peacekeepers’ Day ceremony honours service and sacrifice of UN blue helmets

5 ways UN Peacekeeping partnerships drive peace and development

From protecting civilians in war-torn areas and building social cohesion, to ensuring the safe delivery of humanitarian aid, rebuilding infrastructure, and providing livelihood skills to impoverished communities – peacekeepers work with local and international partners to help create conditions for political solutions and sustainable development. Ahead of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers (29 May) whose… Continue reading 5 ways UN Peacekeeping partnerships drive peace and development

UN Syria Commission: ‘unconscionable to consider closing last border crossing’

The UN Syria Commission of Inquiry said on Thursday that not extending current cross-border aid to Syria along the remaining route, would be a “failure of the highest order”. The warning to the Security Council comes as humanitarian needs throughout Syria are at their highest, since the start of the devastating 11-year war. Calling on… Continue reading UN Syria Commission: ‘unconscionable to consider closing last border crossing’

‘Grim reality’ of war’s deadly toll on civilians laid bare in Security Council

Updating the ambassadors on the latest UN report on protecting civilians in armed conflict, Ramesh Rajasingham, Director of the Coordination Division of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said that hostilities in densely populated areas, “sharply” increased the risks of death and injury for civilians. “When explosive weapons were used in populated areas,… Continue reading ‘Grim reality’ of war’s deadly toll on civilians laid bare in Security Council

Cultural destruction in Ukraine by Russian forces will reverberate for years, UN rights expert warns

The attempted destruction of Ukraine’s historic culture by invading Russian forces, will have a devastating impact on the pace of recovery in the post-war era, an independent UN human rights expert warned on Wednesday.  “As in other conflicts, we currently witness the unfolding of suffering in Ukraine that does not seem to end and we… Continue reading Cultural destruction in Ukraine by Russian forces will reverberate for years, UN rights expert warns

UNICEF urges leaders to keep schools safe following deadly Texas shooting

Governments must take greater action to ensure school remains a safe place for boys and girls, the head of the UN children’s agency, UNICEF, said on Wednesday, following the latest deadly school shooting in the United States.  At least 19 children and two teachers were killed on Tuesday when 18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos opened fire… Continue reading UNICEF urges leaders to keep schools safe following deadly Texas shooting

Disaster prevention, risk reduction, critical to sustainable future: UN deputy chief

Ms. Mohammed was speaking at the opening of the Seventh Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction – the first international forum on the issue since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic – bringing together governments, the UN and key stakeholders. During the three-day meeting, participants will take stock of implementation of a 2015 agreement known as the… Continue reading Disaster prevention, risk reduction, critical to sustainable future: UN deputy chief

Time is short for Sudan to resolve political crisis, Mission chief warns

Time is short for Sudan to reach a solution to its protracted political crisis, the Special Representative for the country told the Security Council on Tuesday, warning that if the impasse is not urgently overcome, the consequences will be felt beyond national borders, impacting a whole generation. “The crisis facing Sudan is entirely homegrown and… Continue reading Time is short for Sudan to resolve political crisis, Mission chief warns

First Zimbabwean peacekeeper wins UN 2021 gender advocate award

Commending Military Observer Major Winnet Zharare, 39, as “a role model and a trailblazer”, Secretary-General António Guterres, will present her with the award on Thursday during a ceremony marking the International Day of UN Peacekeepers. ‘Building trust, advocating for peace’ Throughout her 17-month-long service with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Major Zharare advocated for gender parity… Continue reading First Zimbabwean peacekeeper wins UN 2021 gender advocate award

Deputy UN chief praises resilience of Bali students in face of disaster threats

In their red school uniforms, with backpacks on their heads to protect from falling debris, More than 200 students and teachers from Tanjong Benoa Elementary School on the Indonesian island of Bali, filed calmly up three flights of stairs to the rooftop of a hotel, close to their classrooms. Thankfully, the alarm that prompted them… Continue reading Deputy UN chief praises resilience of Bali students in face of disaster threats

‘Don’t work for climate wreckers’ UN chief tells graduates, in push to a renewable energy future

Today’s college graduates can become the generation to succeed “where my generation has failed” the UN chief said on Tuesday, urging the class of 2022, not to work for “climate wreckers” in industries that continue to profit from fossil fuels. UN Secretary-General António Guterres was delivering the commencement address at Seton Hall University in New Jersey,… Continue reading ‘Don’t work for climate wreckers’ UN chief tells graduates, in push to a renewable energy future

World’s richest countries damaging child health worldwide: UNICEF

Over-consumption in the world’s richest countries is creating unhealthy, dangerous, and toxic conditions for children globally, according to a new report published on Tuesday by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). “Not only are the majority of rich countries failing to provide healthy environments for children within their borders, they are also contributing to the destruction… Continue reading World’s richest countries damaging child health worldwide: UNICEF

Fallen Chadian Captain wins second-ever UN peacekeeping award for ‘exceptional courage’

Captain Abdelrazakh – who joined the UN Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in January 2021 – was deployed at the Aguelhok Super Camp in the northeast when it was attacked by an armed terrorist group attempting to seize the base and its outposts. He led a bold counterattack to defend the camp, protect the… Continue reading Fallen Chadian Captain wins second-ever UN peacekeeping award for ‘exceptional courage’

International community urged to support new administration in Somalia

James Swan, who also heads the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) urged both the authorities and the international community to capitalize on this “moment of opportunity”.  Spirit of collaboration  “We call on Somali leaders to work together in a spirit of collaboration and national purpose. We call on Somalia’s international friends and partners, including… Continue reading International community urged to support new administration in Somalia

‘We Have to Make Peace with Nature’: UN Deputy Chief meets inspiring young climate leaders in Indonesia

A portable solar generator in a black case, and an eggplant grown in organic soil, were among the diverse items that a group of young climate leaders in Jakarta shared with the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed this weekend, embodying their own personal inspiration, and efforts to advance the fight against climate change. She was… Continue reading ‘We Have to Make Peace with Nature’: UN Deputy Chief meets inspiring young climate leaders in Indonesia

More consensus needed over digital technology for ‘people and the planet’

“We have a critical opportunity to build consensus on how digital technologies can be used for the good of people and the planet, while addressing their risks,” Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, told the Security Council. “But collective action by Member States remains essential towards this goal”. New technologies support political processes,… Continue reading More consensus needed over digital technology for ‘people and the planet’

Biodiversity Day: UN chief calls to ‘build a shared future for all life’

Three-quarters of the land-based environment and about 66% of the marine environment have been significantly altered by human actions. On the International Day for Biological Diversity, the UN Secretary-General urged to end the ‘senseless and destructive war against nature’. “Biodiversity is essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, ending the existential threat of climate change,… Continue reading Biodiversity Day: UN chief calls to ‘build a shared future for all life’

Syria: ‘Largest-ever number’ in need, warns UN relief chief

With a scorching summer fast approaching, food prices rising and access to water and electricity limited in many parts of Syria, donors must make good on $4.3 billion in humanitarian pledges committed at last week’s Brussels funding conference, the UN’s senior humanitarian official told the Security Council on Friday. Martin Griffiths, Humanitarian Affairs chief and… Continue reading Syria: ‘Largest-ever number’ in need, warns UN relief chief

Climate change threatening access to water and sanitation

Climate change is set to increase pressure significantly on people’s access to water and sanitation unless governments do more to prepare key infrastructure now, the UN warned on Friday.    “Climate change is already posing serious challenges to water and sanitation systems in countries around the world,” said Thomas Croll-Knight, spokesperson for the UN Economic Commission… Continue reading Climate change threatening access to water and sanitation

Food insecurity threatens societies, exacerbates conflicts and ‘no country is immune’

Some 60 per cent of the world’s undernourished people live in areas affected by conflict he said, adding that “no country is immune”. Conflict means hunger Last year, most of the 140 million people suffering acute hunger around the world lived in just ten countries: Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Haiti, Nigeria,… Continue reading Food insecurity threatens societies, exacerbates conflicts and ‘no country is immune’

More than 59 million internally displaced in 2021

A record 59.1 million people were displaced within their homelands last year, or four million more than in 2020, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Thursday, citing the latest Global Report on Internal Displacement (GRID).  IOM has welcomed the report, produced by its partner the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), calling it a… Continue reading More than 59 million internally displaced in 2021

Mali’s withdrawal from G5 Sahel, Joint Force ‘a setback’ for the region 

Mali’s decision on 15 May to withdraw from the G5-Sahel group and its Joint Force is “unfortunate” and “regrettable”, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council on Wednesday, as she urged countries in the region to redouble efforts to protect human rights, amid protracted political and security crises.  Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Assistant… Continue reading Mali’s withdrawal from G5 Sahel, Joint Force ‘a setback’ for the region 

‘Lifeline’ of renewable energy can steer world out of climate crisis: Guterres

Greenhouse gas concentrations, sea level rises, ocean heat levels and acidification, all set new records during 2021, while some glaciers reached the point of no return, according to the latest flagship report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), published on Wednesday. The State of the Climate 2021 indicates that extreme weather – the day-to-day face… Continue reading ‘Lifeline’ of renewable energy can steer world out of climate crisis: Guterres

UN envoy urges Iraqi politicians to ‘roll up sleeves’ and meet peoples’ aspirations

“National elections took place well over seven months ago and multiple deadlines for the formation of a government have been missed,” Special Representative Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert told the Security Council. Comprise needed She pointed out that while political leaders subscribe to the notion of dialogue, the necessary willingness to compromise is painfully absent. Noting that notorious… Continue reading UN envoy urges Iraqi politicians to ‘roll up sleeves’ and meet peoples’ aspirations

Haiti: Armed violence reaches ‘unimaginable and intolerable levels’

“Armed violence has reached unimaginable and intolerable levels in Haiti,” High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet said, urging the Haitian authorities, with the support of the international community, to promptly restore the rule of law and protect people from the fighting. Downward spiralling situation Between 24 April and 16 May, at least 92 people unaffiliated with gangs… Continue reading Haiti: Armed violence reaches ‘unimaginable and intolerable levels’

Lebanon elections: Guterres calls for ‘swift formation’ of inclusive Government

Secretary-General António Guterres congratulated the Lebanese people on the passage of the vote, the first elections since the devastating explosions in Beirut’s port area in 2020, which killed more than 200, and exacerbated an economic crisis which has led to shortages of food, fuel and basic medicines. “Despite the challenging circumstances, the authorities demonstrated their commitment… Continue reading Lebanon elections: Guterres calls for ‘swift formation’ of inclusive Government

Ukraine: Support for war crimes investigations ‘of paramount importance’

Investigators probing allegations of war crimes in the Ukraine conflict must work closely together and in compliance with international standards of forensic best practice, the UN expert on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions said on Monday.  Special Rapporteur Morris Tidball-Binz called on the international community to step up support for Ukraine’s own investigations, and welcomed… Continue reading Ukraine: Support for war crimes investigations ‘of paramount importance’

Return of commercial flights from Yemeni capital after 6 years, an ‘important’ step

Hans Grunberg noted that the first flight to leave the Houthi-controlled airport in Sana’a – since not long after fighting intensified between the rebel forces there and the Saudi-backed coalition supporting the internationally-recognized Government – had been a key part of the Truce agreement last month. “This should be a moment of coming together to… Continue reading Return of commercial flights from Yemeni capital after 6 years, an ‘important’ step

Somalia: UN welcomes end of fairly contested presidential election, calls for unity

The United Nations in Somalia welcomed the conclusion of the country’s presidential election held on Sunday, praising the “positive” nature of the electoral process and peaceful transfer of power. The United Nations in Somalia welcomed the conclusion of the country’s presidential election held on Sunday, praising the “positive” nature of the electoral process and peaceful transfer of power. “I would… Continue reading Somalia: UN welcomes end of fairly contested presidential election, calls for unity

Guterres condemns deadly ‘vile act of racist violent extremism’ at supermarket in Buffalo, USA

UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Sunday appealed for greater harmony one day after 10 people were killed, and three wounded, in a racist attack at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. The suspect, 18-year-old Payton S. Gendron, who is white, live-streamed the attack, which was carried out at a Tops supermarket in a predominantly black… Continue reading Guterres condemns deadly ‘vile act of racist violent extremism’ at supermarket in Buffalo, USA

World Migratory Bird Day illuminates the dark side of light pollution

Governments, cities, companies, and communities around the world are taking action to address a significant and growing threat to wildlife, including many species of migratory birds – light pollution. The issue is the focus for World Migratory Bird Day, observed this Saturday, 14 April, under the theme “Dim the Lights for Birds at Night.” Light… Continue reading World Migratory Bird Day illuminates the dark side of light pollution

Ukraine: Amid fresh Russian claims, no trace of secret bioweapons programme 

Amid new claims by Moscow of a covert biological weapons programme in Ukraine, the Director of Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) affirmed on Friday that the UN is not aware of any such programme and has neither the mandate nor the technical operational capacity to investigate it – a message first delivered to the Security Council on… Continue reading Ukraine: Amid fresh Russian claims, no trace of secret bioweapons programme 

World ‘at a crossroads’ as droughts increase nearly a third in a generation

Humanity is “at a crossroads” when it comes to managing drought and accelerating ways of slowing it down must happen “urgently, using every tool we can”, said the head of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) on Thursday, calling for a global commitment to support drought preparedness and resilience. Through its newly published Drought in… Continue reading World ‘at a crossroads’ as droughts increase nearly a third in a generation

UN envoy condemns latest Israeli settlement expansion plan

The top UN official in the Middle East has urged Israel to halt all settlement activity following the latest approval given to new construction in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, announced on Thursday.  “I condemn today’s decision by Israeli authorities to advance plans for over 4,000 housing units in settlements in the occupied West Bank,” Tor… Continue reading UN envoy condemns latest Israeli settlement expansion plan

Mariupol evacuations ‘a glimmer of hope’ in Ukraine war

“Our recent efforts to evacuate civilians in the east has shown us that there is good will and common ground for us to build on between the parties,” she told ambassadors.    Monumental feat Joint operations by the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) resulted in more than 600 people being evacuated… Continue reading Mariupol evacuations ‘a glimmer of hope’ in Ukraine war

UN spotlights plant health, crucial for boosting food security worldwide

On the very first International Day of Plant Health, marked on Thursday, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has called for more investment in innovation to boost food security, especially for the billions worldwide living close to the bread line. Plants under threat Healthy plants have the power to help end hunger, reduce poverty,… Continue reading UN spotlights plant health, crucial for boosting food security worldwide

Another European war ‘not an impossibility’; Unity crucial in Bosnia and Herzegovina

High Representative Christian Schmidt said that more than 26 years after the signing of the General Framework Agreement for Peace – known as the Dayton Accords – citizens are once again talking about the possibility of another conflict, posing the risk of inflammatory incidents.  “The conflict in Ukraine, not so far away, is a sobering… Continue reading Another European war ‘not an impossibility’; Unity crucial in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Yemen: $33 million pledged to address decaying oil tanker threat

The FSO Safer, which is holding more than a million barrels of oil, has been described as a “time bomb” because it is at risk of causing a major spill, either from leaking, breaking apart or exploding.  The commitments were made at a pledging conference in The Hague, co-sponsored by the UN and the Netherlands,… Continue reading Yemen: $33 million pledged to address decaying oil tanker threat

Dialogue and cooperation needed for ‘interlinked global crises’ UN chief says in Austria

The world is facing “multiple and interlinked global crises,” the UN chief told journalists in Austria on Wednesday during a joint press conference with Chancellor Karl Nehammer and Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg. Expressing his “deep gratitude” for the country’s “unwavering commitment to multilateralism,” Secretary-General António Guterres said that support and commitment are “more critical today… Continue reading Dialogue and cooperation needed for ‘interlinked global crises’ UN chief says in Austria

Ecuador: Latest prison riot highlights need for criminal justice reform

The latest deadly prison violence in Ecuador has again highlighted the urgent need for a comprehensive reform of the country’s criminal justice system, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Tuesday.  More than 44 people died, and over a dozen were injured, after riots broke out on Monday at the prison, located in the… Continue reading Ecuador: Latest prison riot highlights need for criminal justice reform

Human rights must be ‘front and centre’ in the fight against terrorism: Guterres

“As a moral duty, a legal obligation, and a strategic imperative – let’s put human rights where they belong: Front and centre in the fight against terror,” Mr. Guterres said in a video message to the High-Level International conference on Human Rights, Civil Society and Counter-Terrorism.  The two-day event is taking place against the backdrop… Continue reading Human rights must be ‘front and centre’ in the fight against terrorism: Guterres

UN launches joint appeal for Syria: ‘Apathy is not an option’

More than 90 per cent of Syrians live in poverty, gender-based violence and risks to children are on the rise, and potential exposure to explosive ordnance remains high. Moreover, food insecurity has soared to new records as 12 million Syrians go hungry every day and nearly one-in-two children are missing school – leaving them vulnerable… Continue reading UN launches joint appeal for Syria: ‘Apathy is not an option’

Climate: World getting ‘measurably closer’ to 1.5-degree threshold

There is a 50:50 chance of average global temperature reaching 1.5 degrees Celcius above pre-industrial levels in the next five years, and the likelihood is increasing with time, according to a new report by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), published on Tuesday in Geneva.  The Global Annual to Decadal Climate Update also reveals a 93… Continue reading Climate: World getting ‘measurably closer’ to 1.5-degree threshold

DR Congo: UN chief calls for probe into deadly armed attack on mining site

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has urged authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to investigate deadly armed group attacks in Djugu Territory, Ituri Province, on Sunday. At least 38 civilians, including women and children, were killed in the attacks carried out by the Coopérative pour le développement du Congo (CODECO) at the Blakete-Plitu… Continue reading DR Congo: UN chief calls for probe into deadly armed attack on mining site

High-level UN conference debates precious commodity: Land

Against the backdrop of a UNCCD warning that up to 40 per cent of all ice-free land has already degraded, threatening dire consequences for climate, biodiversity, and livelihoods, world leaders are meeting in Abidjan under the theme of “Land, Life. Legacy: From scarcity to prosperity”. “We are faced with a crucial choice,” Deputy Secretary-General Amina… Continue reading High-level UN conference debates precious commodity: Land

UN joins faith-based initiative for shift towards climate-responsible finance

The World Council of Churches (WCC), UNEP, Muslim Council of Elders, and NY Board of Rabbis have all signed the Climate-Responsible Finance – A moral imperative and responsibility to all children and the living world. “We, leaders of the undersigned organizations, affirm our commitment to engaging with the financial institutions through which we bank, invest,… Continue reading UN joins faith-based initiative for shift towards climate-responsible finance

Ukraine: UN chief condemns school attack; welcomes new evacuees to Mariupol

Bilohorivka is close to the Government-held city of Severodonetsk, where heavy fighting was reported in the suburbs on Saturday. “This attack is yet another reminder that in this war, as in so many other conflicts, it is civilians that pay the highest price,” Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said in a statement on behalf of the UN chief. According to… Continue reading Ukraine: UN chief condemns school attack; welcomes new evacuees to Mariupol

Moldova: ‘A small country with a big heart’

Chisinau in spring – there are chestnut trees in bloom, music pouring from sidewalk cafés, children and young people everywhere. However, it just seems peaceful in the capital of Moldova, if you listen you can hear everyone speaking about the war, discussing the latest news from Ukraine and exchanging alarming prognoses. Since 24 February, over… Continue reading Moldova: ‘A small country with a big heart’

Security Council ‘speaks with one voice for peace in Ukraine’

The UN chief welcomed on Friday afternoon, the unity of the Security Council in support of peace in Ukraine, while also assuring that he would continue to “spare no effort” in saving lives, reducing suffering and finding the path of peace. “As I have often said, the world must come together to silence the guns… Continue reading Security Council ‘speaks with one voice for peace in Ukraine’

WFP appeals for re-opening of Ukraine ports to avert looming famine threat

Ports in the Odesa area of southern Ukraine must be re-opened urgently to prevent the global hunger crisis from spinning out of control, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday.  The move would allow for food produced in the war-torn country to flow freely to the rest of the world as well as avoid… Continue reading WFP appeals for re-opening of Ukraine ports to avert looming famine threat

Africa: COVID has ‘pushed back’ democracy, Ukraine war further raises risks 

Already reeling from COVID-19, the fighting in Ukraine has introduced significant and worrying new risks likely to heavily impact Africa, UN development experts warned on Friday. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will effect food security on the continent, both through availability and pricing of imported food, along with rising uncertainties in global financial markets and supply… Continue reading Africa: COVID has ‘pushed back’ democracy, Ukraine war further raises risks 

UNICEF highlights devastating mental health dangers for Ukraine’s children

Ten weeks into the war in Ukraine, UN humanitarians on Friday said that they were urgently ramping up efforts to provide vulnerable children with specialist and psychosocial support, amid “tremendous” mental health needs and ongoing dangers linked to the Russian invasion and sexual and gender-based violence. “We’re anticipating numbers in terms of all forms of violence against children… Continue reading UNICEF highlights devastating mental health dangers for Ukraine’s children

Ukraine: ‘Cycle of death, destruction’ must stop, UN chief tells Security Council

“I said the same thing in Moscow as I did in Kyiv…Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a violation of its territorial integrity and of the Charter of the United Nations,” he told the Ambassadors.     “It must end for the sake of the people of Ukraine, Russia, and the entire world…the cycle of death, destruction, dislocation… Continue reading Ukraine: ‘Cycle of death, destruction’ must stop, UN chief tells Security Council

Champion of women’s right to manage land and forests wins top environment prize

A veteran Cameroonian activist working to preserve her country’s forests, and improve the lives of people who depend on them, is the latest winner of a UN-backed international environmental prize.  Cécile Ndjebet is the recipient of the 2022 Wangari Maathai Forest Champions Award by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), which is chaired by the… Continue reading Champion of women’s right to manage land and forests wins top environment prize

New study outlines importance of gender for children caught up in conflict

The UN’s leading expert on issues facing children caught up in war, on Thursday released a new analysis on the importance of considering how gender differences impact young people during armed conflicts. The study, The Gender Dimensions of Grave Violations Against Children In Armed Conflict, sheds light on the importance of better understanding the various risks… Continue reading New study outlines importance of gender for children caught up in conflict

Better prevention and targeting of root causes needed to combat food crises

“Acute hunger is soaring to unprecedented levels and the global situation just keeps on getting worse,” said David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP).  The annual report from the Global Network Against Food Crises (GNAFC) – an international alliance of the UN, European Union (EU), governmental and non-governmental agencies – shines a… Continue reading Better prevention and targeting of root causes needed to combat food crises

Recognize ‘enormous challenges’ facing northern Nigeria to forge new hope, Guterres urges

The “enormous challenges” faced by the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno, which include a continuing terrorist insurgency, need to be recognized by the international community to create what the UN Secretary-General has called a “state of hope and a state of reality”, in a region which he said did not live up to its reputation… Continue reading Recognize ‘enormous challenges’ facing northern Nigeria to forge new hope, Guterres urges

A refuge from terror in Niger, as UN Chief pledges to be voice for the displaced

This is Ouallam district one of the hottest places in Niger, in one of the hottest countries in Africa, where rain falls rarely and sparingly but where shattered communities can find a refuge from the increasing acts of violence and terrorist activity which have struck the region. Ouallam and two other neighbouring districts in northern… Continue reading A refuge from terror in Niger, as UN Chief pledges to be voice for the displaced

Ukraine war: UN signs framework to assist survivors of sexual violence

Pramila Patten, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative working to end rape in war, was speaking at a press conference in the capital, Kyiv.  Wartime rape can no longer be dismissed as an “inevitable byproduct of war”. It must be recognized by all parties as a crime that can be prevented and punished. https://t.co/6YYFoJJwQH — UN Against… Continue reading Ukraine war: UN signs framework to assist survivors of sexual violence

Haiti: Gang clashes in capital force hundreds to flee their homes

Clashes in Haiti between rival gangs in the capital, Port-au-Prince, have forced hundreds of people to flee their homes, the UN Deputy Spokesperson said on Tuesday. Speaking at the regular daily press briefing, Farhan Haq said that according to the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, in Haiti, unrest has been growing between gang members in… Continue reading Haiti: Gang clashes in capital force hundreds to flee their homes

Natural resources must be ‘part of the solution’ in fight against deforestation

The Global Forest  Resources Assessment Remote Sensing Survey warned however, that from livestock grazing in South America to the expansion of croplands in Asia, the earth’s tropical rainforests still face a tremendous threat.   “This survey is important, not just for the new numbers it gives us but for what it tells us about forest area… Continue reading Natural resources must be ‘part of the solution’ in fight against deforestation

Mariupol steel works convoy: UN aids arrivals after going ‘through hell’ on harrowing journey

In Ukraine on Tuesday, UN humanitarians began to help the first evacuees arriving from Mariupol’s devastated Azovstal steel works, more than two months since Russia’s invasion began, and said that they would do everything possible to assist those still trapped. “I’m relieved to confirm that the safe passage operation from Mariupol has been successful. “The… Continue reading Mariupol steel works convoy: UN aids arrivals after going ‘through hell’ on harrowing journey

In Niger, Guterres calls for more resources to fight terror attacks in Africa’s Sahel

The number of terrorist attacks in the Sahel region of Africa “continues to increase” according to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who arrived in the capital of Niger, Niamey, on Monday, the second of three countries he is visiting on a tour of West Africa to mark the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Speaking after meeting… Continue reading In Niger, Guterres calls for more resources to fight terror attacks in Africa’s Sahel

Guterres in Senegal: ‘Triple crisis’ in Africa aggravated by war in Ukraine

Speaking in Dakar, the capital of the West African country, Senegal, on his first visit to the continent since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr. Guterres said, “when discussing the socio-economic situation, it is impossible not to mention the war in Ukraine and its impact on Africa.”  The UN chief made the remarks after… Continue reading Guterres in Senegal: ‘Triple crisis’ in Africa aggravated by war in Ukraine

Ukraine: UN-Red Cross operation underway to evacuate civilians from stricken Mariupol plant

A United Nations and Red Cross (ICRC) operation to evacuate desperate civilians trapped in the Azovstal steel plant in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol is underway, the Spokesperson for the humanitarian affairs office in the country confirmed on Sunday. “A safe passage operation…is ongoing today”, said Saviano Abreu, of OCHA in Ukraine, adding that… Continue reading Ukraine: UN-Red Cross operation underway to evacuate civilians from stricken Mariupol plant

Deadly mosque explosion ‘another painful blow to the people of Afghanistan’

The United Nations has condemned a deadly explosion at a Sufi mosque in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, on Friday, which reportedly killed at least 10 people and injured up to 15 more, many of them seriously.  The blast at the Khalifa Sahib mosque, located in the Darulaman area in the west of the city, is the… Continue reading Deadly mosque explosion ‘another painful blow to the people of Afghanistan’

Consign chemical weapons to ‘pages of history’, urges disarmament chief

Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the historic Chemical Weapons Convention, the Security Council issued a statement on Friday, underscoring the members of the Council’s commitment, to never use them “anywhere, at any time”, or under “under any circumstance” The members also reiterated the call for “the complete destruction of chemical weapons stockpiles and abandoned chemical weapons,” in accordance with what’s formally known as… Continue reading Consign chemical weapons to ‘pages of history’, urges disarmament chief

Extreme heat impacting millions across India and Pakistan

The extreme heat is impacting hundreds of millions of people in one of the most densely populated parts of the world, threatening to damage whole ecosystems. Working closely with health and disaster management agencies, the national meteorological and hydrological departments in both countries, plan to roll out heat health action plans, which have been successful… Continue reading Extreme heat impacting millions across India and Pakistan

West Darfur: Health workers, children, among 200 killed in ‘senseless and brutal attacks’

Recent intercommunal violence in areas of West Darfur, Sudan, that has left scores dead, including two health workers, must stop immediately, a senior official with the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.  Nearly 200 civilians were killed over the past six days alone in renewed clashes between the Arab Rzeigat and African Masalit communities,… Continue reading West Darfur: Health workers, children, among 200 killed in ‘senseless and brutal attacks’