INTERVIEW: Sustainable energy offers ‘hope’ in fight against desertification and land loss

Mr. Thiaw spoke to UN News ahead of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, marked annually on 17 June Ibrahim Thiaw: Desertification is happening at the local level as much as it is global. Unless we address this at the local level, we will never be able to actually control it at the… Continue reading INTERVIEW: Sustainable energy offers ‘hope’ in fight against desertification and land loss

Stop ‘vandalising’ Earth and help the planet thrive, UN chief urges

16 June 2024Climate and Environment As nearly 40 per cent of land across the planet is degraded with more acres lost every second, governments, businesses and communities must galvanize action to reverse the damage and protect Earth, the UN chief said in a strong message for the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, marked… Continue reading Stop ‘vandalising’ Earth and help the planet thrive, UN chief urges

Climate change fuels tensions in Nigeria

Global perspective Human stories Climate change impacts continue to fuel tensions and drive displacement in Nigeria. 14 June 2024Humanitarian Aid Despite its huge potential, Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, continues to grapple with a host of challenges which are impacting people’s lives and triggering conflict over key resources, a senior UN official in the country… Continue reading Climate change fuels tensions in Nigeria

War in Ukraine should not be ‘new normal’, warns top humanitarian there

14 June 2024Peace and Security A surge of attacks by Russian forces on the Kharkiv area of Ukraine is causing significant civilian casualties, as well as the destruction of homes and crucial infrastructure, the top UN official in Ukraine said today, in a plea not to “normalize” the dire conditions for Ukrainian civilians.   “There has… Continue reading War in Ukraine should not be ‘new normal’, warns top humanitarian there

Genocide prevention adviser warns of global threat posed by hate speech

Alice Nderitu, Special Adviser of the Secretary on the Prevention of Genocide, emphasized that in addition to violence, hate speech also reinforces discrimination, stigma, dehumanization, and marginalization. “Violence does not start when physical attacks are launched. Violence often starts with words. Words of hatred spread intolerance, divide societies, promote and endorse discrimination and incite violence,”… Continue reading Genocide prevention adviser warns of global threat posed by hate speech

Conflict and lawlessness hamper food aid delivery in Gaza: WFP

“Driving through Gaza City to Jabalia, the destruction is unbelievable.  In the North of Gaza, I didn’t see one single building intact and there was constant shelling with drones buzzing overhead,” he said.  “The people here are traumatised and exhausted. One woman who had lost her husband told me this war has been going on… Continue reading Conflict and lawlessness hamper food aid delivery in Gaza: WFP

‘Better late than never’: Gazans react to Security Council ceasefire resolution

The US-led resolution calls for an immediate ceasefire, the release of some hostages together with Palestinian prisoners, followed by the withdrawal of Israeli forces from populated areas and the return of Palestinians to their homes throughout Gaza while humanitarian aid flows in at scale. UN News correspondent in Gaza Ziad Taleb spoke to some of… Continue reading ‘Better late than never’: Gazans react to Security Council ceasefire resolution

Security Council demands end to siege of El Fasher in Sudan

13 June 2024Peace and Security The UN Security Council adopted a resolution on Thursday that calls for the paramilitary Rapid Security Forces (RSF) in Sudan to halt their siege on El Fasher, capital of North Darfur state.  The resolution, put forward by the United Kingdom, received 14 votes in favour, none against, with Russia abstaining.… Continue reading Security Council demands end to siege of El Fasher in Sudan

World News in Brief: Ukraine attacks continue, education in Africa, Albinism update

Many innocent civilians were killed, including children, in a residential area of the densely populated city. It also struck education facilities and several apartment buildings.  “Strikes on Ukrainian cities by the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue to bring devastating human loss,” said Ms. Brown. Respect international law    “International humanitarian law must be respected,”… Continue reading World News in Brief: Ukraine attacks continue, education in Africa, Albinism update

UN envoy warns Yemenis not to return to the battlefield

Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Yemen Hans Grundberg warned ambassadors in the Security Council that recent months have seen a “gradual increase” in fighting in several locations, as well as consistent threats by all sides to return to war. If the parties continue the current escalatory trajectory the “question is not if, but… Continue reading UN envoy warns Yemenis not to return to the battlefield

UN reports ‘shocking’ rise in violations against children in conflict in 2023

Children were killed and maimed in unprecedented numbers in places such as Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, notably Gaza; Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan and Ukraine, his annual report on Children and Armed Conflict revealed.  The alarming increase was due to the evolving nature, complexity, and intensification of armed conflict,… Continue reading UN reports ‘shocking’ rise in violations against children in conflict in 2023

Gaza: 8,000 children diagnosed with malnutrition amid ongoing shelling

In a stark assessment of the dire situation after more than eight months of war, the head of the UN World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned on Tuesday that “a significant proportion of Gaza’s population is now facing catastrophic hunger and famine-like conditions”. To date, more than 8,000 youngsters have been diagnosed and… Continue reading Gaza: 8,000 children diagnosed with malnutrition amid ongoing shelling

Guterres highlights ‘unique level of destruction’ in Gaza ahead of G7 summit

“In Gaza, we are deeply committed to humanitarian aid to the population in Gaza, where UNRWA is the backbone of that support,” Mr. Guterres told journalists in Geneva. “We have faced a number of difficulties and obstacles that are well known, but nothing diminishes our commitment,” he added, amid a long-running misinformation campaign to discredit… Continue reading Guterres highlights ‘unique level of destruction’ in Gaza ahead of G7 summit

Life in DPR Korea still ‘daily struggle devoid of hope’ warns human rights chief

Ambassadors held an open meeting on the human rights situation in the country, commonly known as North Korea, convened by Japan, the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States. China and Russia opposed the meeting and called for a procedural vote by the 15 members, which was defeated.  Alone and claustrophobic  Briefing… Continue reading Life in DPR Korea still ‘daily struggle devoid of hope’ warns human rights chief

ICC Prosecutor appeals for evidence of Darfur atrocities

In a video posted on social media, Karim Khan urged victim groups, civil society organizations, national authorities, and international partners to engage with his Office and provide any evidence and material relating to the ongoing atrocities being inflicted on civilians. The ICC has an ongoing active investigation into the situation in Darfur, which began in… Continue reading ICC Prosecutor appeals for evidence of Darfur atrocities

Over 180 migrants dead or missing in latest tragedy off Yemen, UN agency reports

11 June 2024Migrants and Refugees At least 49 migrants have been killed, including many women and children, and a further 140 are missing after the boat they were on capsized off the coast of Yemen on Monday, the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) has reported. Some 260 people were abroad the vessel that had… Continue reading Over 180 migrants dead or missing in latest tragedy off Yemen, UN agency reports

UN war crimes tribunals move closer to completion

The President and Prosecutor with the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) briefed ambassadors on progress made over the past two years as it moves closer towards wrapping up for good. The Mechanism was established by the Council to continue essential functions of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), which closed in December… Continue reading UN war crimes tribunals move closer to completion

UNDP supports innovative solution to ‘war waste’ in Ukraine

11 June 2024Peace and Security The UN Development Progamme (UNDP) is helping to tackle the mountain of rubble and waste in Ukraine – one of the fallouts from the full-scale Russian invasion of the country, now in its third year.  The war has affected more than a quarter of Ukraine’s territory, according to the authorities,… Continue reading UNDP supports innovative solution to ‘war waste’ in Ukraine

Gaza: ‘high time’ for ceasefire and hostage release, says Guterres

Speaking in Jordan at an international conference prompted by the catastrophic humanitarian situation in Gaza, Mr. Guterres insisted that after more than eight months of intense hostilities, “the horror must stop”. “I welcome the peace initiative recently outlined by President Biden and urge all parties to seize this opportunity and come to an agreement,” the… Continue reading Gaza: ‘high time’ for ceasefire and hostage release, says Guterres

Yemen: UN chief demands release of aid workers held by Houthis

Four additional UN staff members have been detained and held incommunicado by the de facto authorities since 2021 and 2023, without access to their families or their respective organizations and agencies.  “This is an alarming development that raises serious concerns about the Houthis’ commitment to a negotiated solution to the conflict. The United Nations condemns… Continue reading Yemen: UN chief demands release of aid workers held by Houthis

Envoy highlights progress towards a new political landscape in Central Africa

But, briefing the Security Council, Abdou Abarry, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the region also warned that insecurity and humanitarian crises continue to plague nations.   Observers had reported Chad’s presidential elections in May took place “under good conditions”, albeit with some isolated incidents which had not compromised the conduct or credibility of the… Continue reading Envoy highlights progress towards a new political landscape in Central Africa

Support Palestinian women-led organizations at heart of Gaza aid response

Global perspective Human stories A woman and child carry possessions through the streets of Rafah. 10 June 2024Women The UN agency championing gender equality called on Monday for greater investment in Palestinian women-led organizations who are at the forefront of humanitarian operations in the Gaza Strip.  UN Women published its fourth Gender Alert since the… Continue reading Support Palestinian women-led organizations at heart of Gaza aid response

Sudan crisis: UN health agency alerts over attack on key hospital

10 June 2024Peace and Security Further deadly violence in Sudan’s besieged Al Fasher city has forced a major hospital to shut over the weekend after soldiers stormed the facility, prompting alarm on Monday from the UN World Health Organization (WHO) about the serious impact on sick and injured patients. “WHO is appalled by the recent… Continue reading Sudan crisis: UN health agency alerts over attack on key hospital

Gaza: Deaths and devastation during hostage rescue operation show ‘seismic trauma’ of ongoing war

9 June 2024Peace and Security The scenes of devastation witnessed in the aftermath of Israel’s military operation to release hostages from the Nuseirat refugee camp proves that each day the war continues “it only grows more horrific” the UN’s top humanitarian official said on Sunday. According to Gaza’s health ministry, more than 270 people including… Continue reading Gaza: Deaths and devastation during hostage rescue operation show ‘seismic trauma’ of ongoing war

World News in Brief: UN staff detained in Yemen, cyclone threat for Haiti, rights chief Lao PDR, climate change

“We are very concerned about these developments, and we are actively seeking clarification from the Houthi de facto authorities regarding the circumstances of these detentions and most importantly to ensure the immediate access to those UN personnel,” Mr. Dujarric said.   Of the detainees, two are women and nine are men. Six work for the… Continue reading World News in Brief: UN staff detained in Yemen, cyclone threat for Haiti, rights chief Lao PDR, climate change

World Oceans Day event highlights immediate action to protect oceans

7 June 2024Climate and Environment UN World Oceans Day, celebrated on Friday at UN Headquarters in New York, focused on “opening minds, igniting senses, and inspiring possibilities” to protect marine life worldwide.  A powerful video was shown echoing the theme, awaken new depths, warning of immediate protection needs and cautioning that there is no time… Continue reading World Oceans Day event highlights immediate action to protect oceans

Terrorism, humanitarian crises threaten stability of West Africa: UN deputy chief

At an event commemorating the 49th anniversary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed noted progress made, alongside immediate challenges.   “Over the last decade, the region has seen an exponential rise in terrorism that has reversed its development gains. This has been further exacerbated by the resurgence… Continue reading Terrorism, humanitarian crises threaten stability of West Africa: UN deputy chief

Ukraine: Security Council hears of escalating toll of Kharkiv attacks

Briefing the Security Council in New York, UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Joyce Msuya urged the international community to work to end the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, now in its third year. Ms. Msuya said the civilian toll has continued to mount since her last briefing to the Council three weeks ago. Kharkiv under… Continue reading Ukraine: Security Council hears of escalating toll of Kharkiv attacks

‘Unimaginable trauma’ haunts Sudan’s displaced while violence, famine threaten millions

“The Secretary-General strongly condemns the attack reportedly carried out on 5 June by the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in the Wad Al-Noura village, Jazira state, which is said to have killed over 100 people,” his Spokesperson said in a statement overnight, which also underscored “the immense suffering of the Sudanese population as a result of… Continue reading ‘Unimaginable trauma’ haunts Sudan’s displaced while violence, famine threaten millions

Amid Gaza war, children now work so families can survive: ILO

Details of that development and the “unprecedented devastation” to the Palestinian jobs market and the wider economy beyond Gaza and the West Bank are outlined in a new report from the ILO. Ahead of its publication, the UN agency’s Director-General Gilbert Houngbo told the 112th International Labour Conference in Geneva on Thursday that the labour market… Continue reading Amid Gaza war, children now work so families can survive: ILO

Philemon Yang of Cameroon elected President of upcoming General Assembly session

6 June 2024Peace and Security The UN General Assembly on Thursday elected by acclamation Philemon Yang, former Prime Minister of Cameroon, President for its seventy-ninth session which gets underway in September. President-elect Yang also served as the Chairperson of the Panel of Eminent Africans of the African Union, demonstrating “unwavering dedication” to the principles of… Continue reading Philemon Yang of Cameroon elected President of upcoming General Assembly session

UN chief condemns escalating violence and civilian attacks in Myanmar

UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said the Secretary-General “strongly condemns” recent attacks by the Myanmar military in Rakhine State and Sagaing Region that have reportedly claimed the lives of many civilians. “The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the widening regional ramifications of the deteriorating situation in Myanmar and reiterates his appeal for a unified approach,” Mr.… Continue reading UN chief condemns escalating violence and civilian attacks in Myanmar

WFP expands emergency response to avert famine in war-torn Sudan

Yet, as the rival militaries continue fighting, the country’s plight has been overlooked by much of the international community.  “As global leaders focus elsewhere, it is not receiving the necessary attention and support to avert a nightmare scenario for the people of Sudan. The world cannot claim it doesn’t know how bad the situation is… Continue reading WFP expands emergency response to avert famine in war-torn Sudan

Pakistan, Somalia, Panama, Denmark and Greece elected to UN Security Council

6 June 2024Peace and Security The UN General Assembly on Thursday elected Denmark, Greece, Pakistan, Panama and Somalia to serve as non-permanent members on the Security Council for two-year terms beginning on 1 January next year. They will replace Ecuador, Japan, Malta, Mozambique and Switzerland, whose terms end on 31 December. In a secret ballot,… Continue reading Pakistan, Somalia, Panama, Denmark and Greece elected to UN Security Council

Dozens feared dead in Israeli airstrike on UNRWA school in Gaza

6 June 2024Peace and Security Amid early reports that an Israeli strike on a UN-run school in Gaza overnight into Thursday left dozens dead, humanitarians warned that cholera and other potentially deadly diseases stalk people uprooted by the war, forced to live among “mountains of rubbish”. “UNRWA can confirm that one of our schools in… Continue reading Dozens feared dead in Israeli airstrike on UNRWA school in Gaza

Stories from the UN Archive: BBC legend and UN Earth Champion

“We must feel that we are all citizens of this one planet because unless we do, we won’t solve the problems,” Mr. Attenborough said in an interview with the UN. Over the course of his more than 70-year-long career at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the legendary natural history broadcaster, who turned 98 last month,… Continue reading Stories from the UN Archive: BBC legend and UN Earth Champion

UN investigative team hands over key ISIL crime data to Iraq

5 June 2024Peace and Security As the UN investigation team charged with investigating crimes committed by the Da’esh terrorist group in Iraq prepares to conclude its mandate in September, significant strides have been made in transferring crucial evidence to the authorities, its acting head said on Wednesday. Thus far, some 28 terabytes (TB) of data… Continue reading UN investigative team hands over key ISIL crime data to Iraq

Orlando Bloom describes ‘devastating impact’ of DR Congo violence on women and children

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom visited the region  for the first time this week to see the dire conditions there for himself. “The staggering scale of the conflict in eastern DRC, the horrific level of violence, and its devastating impact on the children and women I met is heart-wrenching,” said Mr. Bloom. “No child should… Continue reading Orlando Bloom describes ‘devastating impact’ of DR Congo violence on women and children

Keep global spotlight on Haiti as millions go hungry, WFP official says

“We now have five million people in Haiti that are acutely food insecure, of which 1.6 million are classified as facing emergency food insecurity conditions,” said WFP Country Director Jean-Martin Bauer, speaking via videolink to journalists at UN Headquarters in New York. “These are the highest numbers on record. These are the highest numbers we’ve… Continue reading Keep global spotlight on Haiti as millions go hungry, WFP official says

World heading towards new temperature records, UN weather watchdog warns

5 June 2024Climate and Environment At least one of the years between now and 2028 will very likely set a new temperature record breaking through the crucial 1.5°C temperature limit, the UN weather agency, WMO, said on Wednesday.  Latest forecasts from the World Meteorological Organization indicated that there was an 80 per cent likelihood that… Continue reading World heading towards new temperature records, UN weather watchdog warns

There is an exit off ‘the highway to climate hell’, Guterres insists

Choosing the iconic Family Hall of Ocean Life at the American Museum of Natural History in New York to deliver his impassioned plea to grasp the solutions at hand, António Guterres warned that we stand at “a moment of truth”. “In the case of climate, we are not the dinosaurs. We are the meteor. We… Continue reading There is an exit off ‘the highway to climate hell’, Guterres insists

UPDATING LIVE: Guterres to lay out hard hitting truths on need for climate action

Welcome to our live coverage of one of the most important speeches on climate change that António Guterres has made since becoming Secretary-General. We’ll be reporting live from the event in Manhattan and providing all the background information and briefing you need on the speech itself, and reaction to it inside the hall and around… Continue reading UPDATING LIVE: Guterres to lay out hard hitting truths on need for climate action

Top UN humanitarian laments lack of dialogue to resolve conflict

“I leave this job with a sense of work unfulfilled because the world is a worse place now than when I joined up in 2021,” Martin Griffiths said in his final briefing to journalists as UN Humanitarian and Emergency Relief Coordinator.  He said the international community is not resolving conflicts through dialogue, as envisioned nearly… Continue reading Top UN humanitarian laments lack of dialogue to resolve conflict

Break free from pollution, climate chaos and ‘biodiversity decimation’, UN chief urges

In a message marking Wednesday’s World Environment Day, António Guterres emphasized that countries “must deliver” on all their commitments to restore degraded ecosystems and land, and on Kunming-Montreal Biodiversity Framework, the global agreement to protect biodiversity. “They must use their new national climate action plans to set out how they will halt and reverse deforestation… Continue reading Break free from pollution, climate chaos and ‘biodiversity decimation’, UN chief urges

Continuing restrictions hamper humanitarian access inside Gaza

Humanitarians said that “security and humanitarian access conditions” have been further reduced since May because of increased violence in northern and southern Gaza, especially in Rafah, where Israeli forces continue their bombardment and military offensive.   “Despite the presence of a system to notify and coordinate humanitarian movements, impediments, delays, and denials of missions continue… Continue reading Continuing restrictions hamper humanitarian access inside Gaza

War must never be normalized for child victims: Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine

4 June 2024Peace and Security Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine is inflicting immense physical, psychological, and emotional harm on children there, the Head of the UN Office in the country said on Tuesday.  In remarks to commemorate the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression, Denise Brown also noted that boys and girls in… Continue reading War must never be normalized for child victims: Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine

More than 500 Palestinians killed in occupied West Bank: UN rights chief

4 June 2024Peace and Security Violence in the occupied West Bank linked to the war in Gaza passed a deadly milestone with more than 500 Palestinians killed since 7 October, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights chief Volker Türk said on Tuesday. Two of the latest fatalities were 16-year-old Ahmed Ashraf Hamidat and 17-year-old Mohammed Musa… Continue reading More than 500 Palestinians killed in occupied West Bank: UN rights chief

Ongoing war destroying social fabric in Gaza, UN aid official says

Andrea De Domenico, Head of OCHA‘s Office in the occupied Palestinian territory, recently spent three weeks in the enclave, where over one million people have fled the southern city of Rafah following the step-up in Israeli military operations, according to Palestine refugee agency UNRWA.  Briefing journalists in New York, Mr. De Domenico added that the… Continue reading Ongoing war destroying social fabric in Gaza, UN aid official says

Iran’s uranium stockpile grows following three years of denied access

Addressing the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Director General Rafael Grossi indicated no progress had been made in resolving outstanding issues. He mentioned that Iran is still not implementing provisions of the nuclear safeguards agreement, and that withdrawal of designations for several IAEA inspectors are yet to be reversed. “These… Continue reading Iran’s uranium stockpile grows following three years of denied access

UNICEF extends aid to children in Afghanistan affected by flash floods

3 June 2024Climate and Environment The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has rushed to support tens of thousands of children in Afghanistan who are being affected by ongoing flash floods, mainly in Baghlan, Badakhshan and Ghor. Afghanistan’s most recent floods killed about 350 people, including dozens of children, and damaged more than 7,800 homes leaving over 5,000… Continue reading UNICEF extends aid to children in Afghanistan affected by flash floods

Gaza: conditions ‘unspeakable’ as one million people flee Rafah: UNRWA

3 June 2024Peace and Security A staggering one million people have now fled Rafah in southern Gaza, the UN aid agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) said on Monday, amid fresh reports of overnight attacks in southern, central and northern locations by Israeli forces. The city of Rafah on Gaza’s southern border with Egypt had been home… Continue reading Gaza: conditions ‘unspeakable’ as one million people flee Rafah: UNRWA

World News in Brief: Updates on worsening crises in Gaza, South Sudan, DR Congo

Only three field hospitals are operating in Rafah in southern Gaza, one of which is only functioning partially, and all of these facilities are overwhelmed and undersupplied, OCHA said, with the seven-month-long war severely impacting civilians and the infrastructure they depend on for healthcare. The UN humanitarian aid agency said the Malnutrition Stabilisation Centre in… Continue reading World News in Brief: Updates on worsening crises in Gaza, South Sudan, DR Congo

UN human rights chief sounds alarm over rising violence in Burkina Faso

31 May 2024Human Rights The UN’s top human rights official on Friday voiced serious concern over the dramatic deterioration of the situation in Burkina Faso, where almost 1,800 people are reported to have been unlawfully killed between November last year and April. Allegations of responsibility point to both armed groups and State actors. “While armed… Continue reading UN human rights chief sounds alarm over rising violence in Burkina Faso

UN official urges DPR Korea to halt missile activities and return to dialogue

At 10:45 PM local time on 27 May, the DPRK, also known as North Korea, conducted what it described as “the launch of reconnaissance satellite Malligyong-1-1 aboard the new-type satellite carrier rocket” from the Sohae Satellite Launching Station. According to the DPRK, the launch failed “due to the air blast of the new-type satellite carrier… Continue reading UN official urges DPR Korea to halt missile activities and return to dialogue

Gaza: Children are starving amid persistent aid access obstacles, warn UN agencies

31 May 2024Peace and Security Far too little aid is reaching people in Gaza to the extent that children are now starving, UN humanitarians said on Friday, in a renewed appeal to Israel to respect international law regarding the safe passage of lifesaving relief in the war-shattered enclave. The alert from the World Health Organization… Continue reading Gaza: Children are starving amid persistent aid access obstacles, warn UN agencies

Sudan: as millions face famine, humanitarians plead for aid access

In a bleak assessment of the dire situation in Sudan where conflict is in its second year, the heads of 19 global humanitarian organizations issued an alert that further obstacles to providing aid “rapidly and at scale” will mean that “more people will die”.   UN aid coordination office OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke told reporters in… Continue reading Sudan: as millions face famine, humanitarians plead for aid access

UN refugee chief urges Security Council to ‘step up’ for millions displaced by war

Filippo Grandi said the number currently stands at 114 million. “Next month we will update this figure. It will be higher,” he added. Mr. Grandi recalled his last briefing to ambassadors seven months ago, when he shared his views on several crises around the globe. Non-compliance with international law He said the situation has not… Continue reading UN refugee chief urges Security Council to ‘step up’ for millions displaced by war

SIDS go forward with ‘new sense of hope, solidarity and determination’

Speaking at the closing of the Fourth International Conference on Small Island States (SIDS4), Amina Mohammed stressed that despite increasingly existential threats to SIDS, “we do have reasons for hope and optimism”. More than 20 world leaders and senior ministers from over 100 nations joined close to 4,000 other participants on the lush campus of… Continue reading SIDS go forward with ‘new sense of hope, solidarity and determination’

Guterres honours service and sacrifice of UN peacekeepers

Mr. Guterres began the day by laying a wreath at the Peacekeepers Memorial Site on the grounds of UN Headquarters in New York in honour of the more than 4,300 “Blue Helmets” who lost their lives over the Organization’s nearly 80-year history.  Later, at a ceremony in the Trusteeship Council Chamber, he called for a… Continue reading Guterres honours service and sacrifice of UN peacekeepers

Top UN officials urge comprehensive approach to Syria’s protracted crisis

Martin Griffiths, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, highlighted the worsening humanitarian crisis, noting that 16.7 million people now require humanitarian assistance – the highest number since the conflict began 13 years ago.   He stressed that the situation is deteriorating year by year, with a particular emphasis on the ongoing protection crisis, as children continue… Continue reading Top UN officials urge comprehensive approach to Syria’s protracted crisis

Cabo Verde beats back climate change through South-South cooperation

The UN agency facilitates experts from China who share their knowledge and skills with farmers in the West African nation through a collaborative process known as South-South cooperation.*  Cabo Verde consists of 10 islands located in the central Atlantic Ocean, nine of which are inhabited.  Although the country’s name means “Green Cape” in Portuguese, it… Continue reading Cabo Verde beats back climate change through South-South cooperation

Sudan: ‘Noose of war’ tightens on civilians in El Fasher, UN official warns

Global perspective Human stories Children walking to their shelter at an IDP camp near El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur, Sudan (file). 30 May 2024Humanitarian Aid  The top UN aid official in Sudan warned on Thursday that “the noose of war is tightening its stranglehold” on civilians in El Fasher, expressing her profound distress… Continue reading Sudan: ‘Noose of war’ tightens on civilians in El Fasher, UN official warns

Amid ongoing Israeli incursions into Gaza, aid facilities shut ‘one after another’

“Humanitarian facilities in Rafah are forced to close one after another…The flow of humanitarian aid supplies into Gaza, already insufficient to meet the soaring needs, has dropped by 67 per cent since 7 May,” reported the UN aid coordination office, OCHA. Until Israeli troops seized and closed the Rafah border crossing in the very south… Continue reading Amid ongoing Israeli incursions into Gaza, aid facilities shut ‘one after another’

Stories from the UN Archive: Keeping the peace over decades

Some missions were accomplished. Others continue today. Since the Organization’s inception at the end of the Second World War, UN Member States have scrambled to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war” by deploying their collective efforts to prevent the kind of utter devastation that global conflict brought to Europe, Africa, Asia and beyond,… Continue reading Stories from the UN Archive: Keeping the peace over decades

UNICEF reports surge in violence against children in Africa’s central Sahel

29 May 2024Peace and Security Violence against children in the central Sahel region of Africa surged dramatically in the last quarter of 2023, skyrocketing by 70 per cent over the previous three months, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported on Wednesday. The agency revealed that in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, cases of recruitment and… Continue reading UNICEF reports surge in violence against children in Africa’s central Sahel

More climate funding needed to ‘transition from rhetoric to decisive action’

That was the strong message from President of the Western Pacific nation of Palau Surangel Whipps speaking at an Interactive Dialogue on Wednesday during the Fourth International Conference on SIDS (SIDS4), taking place this week on the twin island of Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean. He told delegates there needed to be a “transition… Continue reading More climate funding needed to ‘transition from rhetoric to decisive action’

Gaza medics struggling in face of ‘overwhelming disaster’ as vital supplies run low: WHO

“We have distributed an enormous amount of essential medical supplies, but it’s not enough. I mean, this is such an overwhelming disaster, it’s not enough,” said Dr. Rik Peeperkorn, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) representative in Palestine. Speaking in Geneva on the sidelines of the World Health Assembly, the senior WHO official echoed widespread… Continue reading Gaza medics struggling in face of ‘overwhelming disaster’ as vital supplies run low: WHO

Gaza: UN Middle East envoy reiterates call for ceasefire, hostage release agreement

In a briefing to the Security Council, Tor Wennesland emphasised the urgent need for all sides to change course. “We must reach an agreement to release the hostages and put in place an immediate ceasefire. There is absolutely no time to lose,” he said, stressing that halting the fighting is essential for a comprehensive humanitarian… Continue reading Gaza: UN Middle East envoy reiterates call for ceasefire, hostage release agreement

Explainer: Five Tools for Keeping Peace

Their tireless efforts span from monitoring ceasefire agreements to protecting civilians, rebuilding key infrastructure and facilitating elections to help countries and communities transition from war to peace. Peacekeepers can be soldiers, police officers, engineers, doctors, veterinarians, human rights officers, justice and corrections officers, radio producers, environmental scientists and surveillance experts. When we think about keeping… Continue reading Explainer: Five Tools for Keeping Peace

Gender equality, youth aspirations keys to sustainable peace, Security Council hears

Addressing ambassadors at the Council’s open debate on the role of women and youth, UN Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo highlighted the significant challenges and impacts faced by women. “Women bear the brunt of the global rollback of human rights,” she stated. She referenced her recent visit to Afghanistan, where women are systematically denied basic rights, including… Continue reading Gender equality, youth aspirations keys to sustainable peace, Security Council hears

Indian peacekeeper is UN Military Gender Advocate of the Year

Major Radhika Sen served in eastern DRC with the UN peacekeeping mission, MONUSCO, from March 2023 to April 2024 as the Commander of the Engagement Platoon for the Indian Rapid Deployment Battalion.  She will receive the award from UN Secretary-General António Guterres during a ceremony on Thursday.  A credit to the UN  Mr. Guterres congratulated… Continue reading Indian peacekeeper is UN Military Gender Advocate of the Year

Guterres ‘heartbroken’ by images of deadly strikes on Rafah camp

Mr. Guterres repeated his longstanding call for a ceasefire in the embattled enclave and the release of all hostages. “He is heartbroken by the images of the killed and injured, including many small children. As he has said before, the horror and suffering must stop immediately,” UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said in a statement issued… Continue reading Guterres ‘heartbroken’ by images of deadly strikes on Rafah camp

UN hub reaches remote Pacific islanders: A UN Resident Coordinator blog

“They do not want to leave their ancestral places, even if they go under,” said Jaap van Hierden. Jaap van Hierden, UN Resident Coordinator in Micronesia. Appointed by the Secretary-General as the first UN Resident Coordinator for the North Pacific, he oversees ongoing development efforts across a remote region with thousands of small islands comprising of… Continue reading UN hub reaches remote Pacific islanders: A UN Resident Coordinator blog

Deep concerns over ‘inhuman’ detention of Gazans by Israeli authorities

28 May 2024Peace and Security Amid further reported bombardment of Gaza overnight into Tuesday, UN and partner organizations have expressed deep concern over the “inhuman” detention of suspected Palestinian fighters in the enclave by Israeli authorities, alleging treatment so poor that some had to have limbs amputated “due to prolonged shackling”. In a new report on… Continue reading Deep concerns over ‘inhuman’ detention of Gazans by Israeli authorities

UPDATING LIVE: Small island States meet in Antigua and Barbuda charting new course to sustainable prosperity

27 May 2024Economic Development Good morning from the blue waters and lush green hills of the Caribbean. We’re reporting live from the high level opening of the Fourth International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS4) on the beautiful twin island nation of Antigua and Barbuda.  08:45 AM – It all gets going in a… Continue reading UPDATING LIVE: Small island States meet in Antigua and Barbuda charting new course to sustainable prosperity

Gaza: Mass casualties reported in Israeli attack on camp for displaced

“Information coming out of Rafah about further attacks on families seeking shelter is horrifying,” the UN agency for Palestine refugees, UNRWA, said in a post on X, after reports of an Israeli military strike on a tented camp in Tal as-Sultan in northwest Rafah, along with other shelters to the north in Jabalia, Nuseirat and… Continue reading Gaza: Mass casualties reported in Israeli attack on camp for displaced

In Antigua, island youth build ‘wall of commitment’ to turn tide against climate crisis

The SIDS Global Children and Youth Action Summit taking place this weekend on the University of the West Indies campus of the beautiful island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, which is hosting SIDS4, bonded together 80 or so young people from all three official SIDS regions – the Caribbean, Pacific and AIS (Indian Ocean and South… Continue reading In Antigua, island youth build ‘wall of commitment’ to turn tide against climate crisis

Russian attack on Kharkiv shopping centre ‘utterly unacceptable’, says senior UN official

25 May 2024Peace and Security An attack by Russian armed forces on a busy shopping centre in Kharkiv on Saturday reportedly killed at least four people and injured around 40. Denise Brown, the UN Humanitarian coordinator in Ukraine, strongly condemned the strike and called for civilians to be protected. “I am appalled and shocked by… Continue reading Russian attack on Kharkiv shopping centre ‘utterly unacceptable’, says senior UN official

Security Council denounces attacks against aid workers, UN personnel

Adopting resolution 2730 (2024) with 14 votes in favour and one abstention (Russia), the Security Council also denounced disinformation, information manipulation and incitement to violence against humanitarian and UN personnel. Led by Switzerland and co-sponsored by over 90 nations, the resolution noted “deep concern” about the particular vulnerability of national and locally recruited personnel who… Continue reading Security Council denounces attacks against aid workers, UN personnel

Sudan: Deteriorating situation in El Fasher, health system collapsing nationwide

The fighting has reportedly forced thousands of people to flee since 10 May and caused hundreds of civilian casualties, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told journalists in New York. “Unfortunately, in El Fasher South Hospital – which is the only functioning hospital in that state – only 10 days of supplies are left, with an urgent… Continue reading Sudan: Deteriorating situation in El Fasher, health system collapsing nationwide

Myanmar: UN rights office warns of growing crisis in Rakhine state

Fierce battles have intensified between the Myanmar military and the Arakan Army, an ethnic armed group, displacing tens of thousands of people in Buthidaung and Maungdaw townships in recent days. An estimated 45,000 Rohingya have reportedly fled to an area on the Naf River near the border with Bangladesh, seeking protection. Over one million Rohingya… Continue reading Myanmar: UN rights office warns of growing crisis in Rakhine state

WMO warns of up to seven major hurricanes in North Atlantic in 2024

Typically, an average year sees 14 named storms with wind speeds exceeding 65 kilometres (40 miles) per hour. However, this year, 17 to 25 storms are expected, with four to seven of them potentially becoming major hurricanes, characterized by winds of at least 178 kilometres (111 miles) per hour. However, this year, 17 to 25… Continue reading WMO warns of up to seven major hurricanes in North Atlantic in 2024

Gaza: World court orders Israel to halt military operations in Rafah

This follows a request from South Africa in a pending case accusing Israel of violating its obligations under the Genocide Convention. Reading the new provisional measures in an open session at the court in The Hague, ICJ Justice Nawaf Salam announced that Israel must abide by its obligations under the Genocide Convention to “immediately halt… Continue reading Gaza: World court orders Israel to halt military operations in Rafah

Increasing disease and humanitarian strain in Gaza amid aid shortages

The UN agency assisting Palestine refugees (UNRWA) is continuing to provide healthcare as best it can but overcrowded shelters and limited sanitation services, coupled with forced displacement, are posing severe health risks, the agency said in a post on X. Furthermore, safe water is unaffordable for many, and people are resorting to burning trash to… Continue reading Increasing disease and humanitarian strain in Gaza amid aid shortages

World News in Brief: ‘Appalling’ attacks in Kharkiv, plea to aid Myanmar civilians, maritime tribunal boosts climate action, civilian protection

Denise Brown said civilian lives must be protected during conflict by all sides, but in Kharkiv in recent days, they have instead been targeted in their homes, with businesses and transport links damaged and attacked. “My thoughts are with the families who have lost their loved ones due to the strikes,” she said, adding that… Continue reading World News in Brief: ‘Appalling’ attacks in Kharkiv, plea to aid Myanmar civilians, maritime tribunal boosts climate action, civilian protection

‘Now is the time to unleash Africa’s peace power’ Guterres tells Security Council

“Now is the time to unleash Africa’s peace power,” he said, opening a debate on its critical role in addressing global security and development challenges, convened by Mozambique, the Council president for May.  Calling Africa “an important voice for the global good”, he cited examples of how the continent has shown “unity and solidarity in… Continue reading ‘Now is the time to unleash Africa’s peace power’ Guterres tells Security Council

‘All hands on deck’ in Antigua and Barbuda as small island States chart course to resilient prosperity

The Fourth International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS4) will bring together governments, the UN, civil society, the private sector and leading youth voices to turn new ideas into action, raise new pledges of support and discuss the key challenges that lie ahead for the vulnerable group of nations. Living on the edge There… Continue reading ‘All hands on deck’ in Antigua and Barbuda as small island States chart course to resilient prosperity

Second draft resolution on weapons-free outer space fails in Security Council

The Russian-led draft resolution failed, as it did not secure sufficient votes in favour among the 15 council members. Seven nations supported it (Algeria, Ecuador, China, Guyana, Mozambique, Russia, and Sierra Leone), while seven voted against (France, Japan, Malta, Republic of Korea, Slovenia, the United Kingdom and the United States). Switzerland abstained. For a resolution… Continue reading Second draft resolution on weapons-free outer space fails in Security Council

Droughts and floods threaten ‘humanitarian catastrophe’ across southern Africa

22 May 2024Humanitarian Aid Droughts and floods in southern Africa stemming from El Niño have left millions of people food insecure, warns World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Cindy McCain during a recent visit to Zambia – the epicentre of the crisis. The droughts have destroyed harvests in areas where 70 per cent of the… Continue reading Droughts and floods threaten ‘humanitarian catastrophe’ across southern Africa

‘Be part of the plan’ to end nature loss on Biodiversity Day

The appeal on the International Day for Biological Diversity urges governments to fully implement a landmark agreement to halt and reverse nature loss by mid-century, adopted by 196 Member States in 2022.  Safeguarding nature The Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework aims to restore ecosystems while creating jobs, building resilience, and spurring sustainable development.   Named for the… Continue reading ‘Be part of the plan’ to end nature loss on Biodiversity Day

Haiti’s health system pushed to breaking point: UNICEF

Haiti’s health system is now “on the verge of collapse” UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative in Haiti Bruno Maes warned on Wednesday, amidst an alarming decrease in the number of hospitals still functioning in the violence-wracked Caribbean nation.

Gaza: Rafah aid situation increasingly desperate, UN teams warn

In a post on X, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) confirmed that food distribution had been suspended because of a lack of supplies and ongoing hostilities that have made it too dangerous for aid teams to work. “The situation in Rafah has been significantly deteriorating since the initial evacuation orders were issued there on 6… Continue reading Gaza: Rafah aid situation increasingly desperate, UN teams warn

Accelerating extinction rate triggers domino effect of biodiversity loss

The issue is in the spotlight ahead of the International Day for Biological Diversity, observed annually on 22 May, and covered in the most recent edition of UNU’s Interconnected Disaster Risks report. Among the animals at risk is the gopher tortoise, one of the oldest living species on the planet. This tragic story of biodiversity loss is unfolding at… Continue reading Accelerating extinction rate triggers domino effect of biodiversity loss

‘Alarming lack of compliance’ with international law ramps up danger for civilians

The United Nations alone documented over 33,000 civilian deaths in armed conflicts in 2023 – a horrific 72 per cent increase compared to the previous year – Joyce Msuya, UN Deputy Relief Coordinator, told ambassadors at the Security Council. With the actual figures “likely higher”, the harm and suffering caused to civilians in 2023 “signals… Continue reading ‘Alarming lack of compliance’ with international law ramps up danger for civilians

Gaza: WHO chief calls for end to latest hospital siege

“Medical staff inside the hospital reported an attack on 20 May, with snipers aiming at the building and an artillery rocket hitting the fifth floor,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on X. Some 148 staff and 22 patients and their companions have remained “trapped inside” the hospital since Sunday, the WHO Director-General added, before issuing an… Continue reading Gaza: WHO chief calls for end to latest hospital siege

INTERVIEW: Developing countries risk missing out on net-zero benefits, but fairer future is possible

The lead author of the World Economic Situations and Prospects mid-year update, the flagship report from DESA released on 16 May, outlines the main findings in an interview with UN News. Hamid Rashid Inflation has come down significantly from the 2022 peak, but not to the extent that central banks can say that they have won the… Continue reading INTERVIEW: Developing countries risk missing out on net-zero benefits, but fairer future is possible

With Gaza on the brink, hostage talks must resume, Security Council hears

Tor Wennesland, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, underscored the need for continuing the vital discussions, which have been supported by Egypt, Qatar and the United States. “If talks do not resume, I fear for the worst for the beleaguered and terrified civilians in Rafah, for the hostages held in unimaginable conditions… Continue reading With Gaza on the brink, hostage talks must resume, Security Council hears

World News in Brief: Myanmar violence intensifies, praise for Brazil refugee response, Baháí detainees in Yemen

“Our team on the ground is deeply alarmed by the latest reports of further escalating violence and destruction taking place in Buthidaung and Maungdaw townships,” said UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric, briefing reporters at UN Headquarters on Monday. Renewed violence and the destruction of property in Buthidaung has resulted in the displacement of potentially tens of thousands… Continue reading World News in Brief: Myanmar violence intensifies, praise for Brazil refugee response, Baháí detainees in Yemen

World court issues arrest warrants for Hamas leaders and Israel’s Netanyahu

In a statement, ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan said that there were reasonable grounds to believe that Hamas’s Yahya Sinwar, Mohammed Diab Ibrahim Al-Masri (Deif) and Ismail Haniyeh “bear criminal responsibility” for murder, extermination and taking hostages – among numerous other crimes – since the Gaza conflict erupted in the wake of Hamas-led attacks in southern… Continue reading World court issues arrest warrants for Hamas leaders and Israel’s Netanyahu

Haiti: Multinational mission and the “inexorable requirement to restore security conditions”

Media reports suggest that infrastructure for the mission is being put in place as supplies arrive by air into the capital, Port-au-Prince. Here’s what you need to know about what happens next: Why is an international security mission necessary? Haiti is wracked by violence that has escalated to unprecedented levels. In an address to the… Continue reading Haiti: Multinational mission and the “inexorable requirement to restore security conditions”

Syria: WHO Regional Director calls for greater investment in health sector

Lives are at risk, and “the cost of inaction is simply too high”,  Dr. Hanan Balkhy, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, said in a statement on Saturday after concluding a five-day visit to Syria. She expressed grave concern over the complexities and challenges facing the population and humanitarian operations on the ground. “The… Continue reading Syria: WHO Regional Director calls for greater investment in health sector

Gaza: Nearly 800,000 now displaced from Rafah

“Once again, nearly half of the population of Rafah or 800,000 people are on the road,” Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini wrote in post on the social media platform X. formerly Twitter. He said that following evacuation orders demanding people to flee to so-called safe zones, people mainly went to the middle areas in Gaza and Khan… Continue reading Gaza: Nearly 800,000 now displaced from Rafah

Crimes against nature: UN agency puts environmental legislation under scrutiny

“Stronger legislation can help deter potential and repeat offenders and expand the range of investigative tools and resources for law enforcement to stop crimes that affect the environment,” said Angela Me, Chief of Research and Analysis at the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), presenting the report. Launched in Vienna, ‘The Landscape of Criminalization’… Continue reading Crimes against nature: UN agency puts environmental legislation under scrutiny

UN’s rights chief says horrified by Sudan escalation as famine draws nearer

17 May 2024Peace and Security The UN’s top human rights official has personally intervened to try to stop spiralling violence in Sudan that’s having a terrifying impact on millions of civilians, who humanitarians say are “staring famine in the face”. According to the UN human rights office, OHCHR, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, held… Continue reading UN’s rights chief says horrified by Sudan escalation as famine draws nearer

Stories from the UN Archive: UN’s first peacekeeping force

The crisis began when Egypt nationalised the Suez Canal Company in July 1956, and France and the United Kingdom protested. By October of that year, Israeli forces launched an attack on Egypt and occupied Sinai, with British and French troops landing soon after in the Suez Canal Zone. The UN was unable to resolve the… Continue reading Stories from the UN Archive: UN’s first peacekeeping force

Rights expert condemns death of Palestinian doctor in Israeli custody, urges independent inquiry

Dr. Adnan Al Bursh, 50, the head of the orthopaedic department at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, died on April 19, 2024, in Ofer prison, a detention facility in the West Bank. His body has not yet been released by Israeli authorities. Before his death, he had reportedly been beaten in prison, with his body… Continue reading Rights expert condemns death of Palestinian doctor in Israeli custody, urges independent inquiry

UN envoy outlines Iraq’s growth and ongoing struggles

Ms. Hennis-Plasschaert, also the head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), cited notable advancements in infrastructure, economic reforms, and regional influence, signalling an Iraq on the rise.   “[Today] Iraq looks different to the country to which UNAMI was first deployed some 20 years ago. Indeed, it looks different to the country I… Continue reading UN envoy outlines Iraq’s growth and ongoing struggles

Gaza: World court opens hearings on request to halt Israel’s Rafah incursion

Linked to South Africa’s ongoing case charging Israel with violating the Genocide Convention, the new request, filed on 10 May, asked the ICJ’s 15 judges to order Israel to “immediately withdraw and seize its military operations in the Rafah governate” and open up the enclave to international aid workers and journalists. South Africa delivered its arguments… Continue reading Gaza: World court opens hearings on request to halt Israel’s Rafah incursion

World News in Brief: More Ukraine attacks, rights appeal for jailed Nigerian singer, International Day against Homophobia

“The safety of civilians, homes, schools and hospitals must be ensured. They are not a target,” Denise Brown said in a statement, underscoring that international humanitarian law must be respected.  Ms. Brown said these latest attacks came a day after she returned from the Kharkiv region in northeastern Ukraine, which has come under relentless shelling… Continue reading World News in Brief: More Ukraine attacks, rights appeal for jailed Nigerian singer, International Day against Homophobia

At Arab League Summit, Guterres appeals for Gaza ceasefire and regional unity

16 May 2024Peace and Security UN Secretary-General António Guterres repeated his longstanding call for a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, the release of all hostages held in the enclave, and unimpeded access for aid delivery, in remarks to the Summit of the League of Arab States in Bahrain on Thursday.  “The war in Gaza is an… Continue reading At Arab League Summit, Guterres appeals for Gaza ceasefire and regional unity

‘Time is running out’ to address crisis in Sudan

UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan, Clementine Nkweta-Salami, warned that “time is running out” as famine, disease and fighting close in on the population “and there’s no end in sight”.  “The international community cannot stand by as this crisis spirals out of control, as the noose of this conflict tightens its stranglehold on the… Continue reading ‘Time is running out’ to address crisis in Sudan

Gaza: Underweight babies, heavy fighting and a hospital reopening

More than seven months into the war, babies are still being born too small, warned the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA. “Habiba was born in a small tent. She’s two weeks old and weighs less than two kilogrammes,” the UN agency said in a post on X, adding that more than 150,000 pregnant and breastfeeding… Continue reading Gaza: Underweight babies, heavy fighting and a hospital reopening

Security Council hears of relentless attacks against civilians and infrastructure in Ukraine

Lisa Doughten, OCHA’s director of financing and partnerships, said relentless hostilities continue along the border with Russia and on the frontline.  Following several waves of attacks, Ukraine’s second largest city, Kharkiv, was struck again that day, injuring 15 civilians, she reported.  Thousands evacuated  “These attacks have triggered yet more displacement from border and frontline communities.… Continue reading Security Council hears of relentless attacks against civilians and infrastructure in Ukraine

ICC Prosecutor outlines roadmap to complete Libya war crimes probe

14 May 2024Peace and Security The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced at the UN Security Council on Tuesday that the investigative stage of the legal proceedings into alleged war crimes in Libya is expected to conclude by the end of 2025, transitioning into the judicial stage. That “roadmap”, Prosecutor Karim Khan explained,… Continue reading ICC Prosecutor outlines roadmap to complete Libya war crimes probe

World News in Brief: Arson at UNRWA’s East Jerusalem office, UN probe on staff member’s death in Gaza, food insecurity in South Sudan

This time it was an “arson attempt by Israeli children and young people on UNRWA”, Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini said in a social media post on Tuesday. “This has got to stop,” he said. Last Thursday evening, Mr. Lazzarini said Israeli residents had set fire twice to the perimeter of the UNRWA headquarters when staff from several… Continue reading World News in Brief: Arson at UNRWA’s East Jerusalem office, UN probe on staff member’s death in Gaza, food insecurity in South Sudan

UN envoy decries continued political stalemate in Libya

The oil-rich nation has grappled with multiple challenges since the overthrow of President Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The postponement of national elections, originally planned for December 2021, has further deepened the crisis. Last November, UN Special Representative Abdoulaye Bathily invited leaders of Libya’s five key institutions – the Government of National Unity, the House of… Continue reading UN envoy decries continued political stalemate in Libya

Guterres deplores Rafah escalation

14 May 2024Peace and Security UN Secretary-General António Guteres is appalled by the escalation of Israeli military activity in and around Rafah in southern Gaza, his spokesperson said in a statement on Tuesday.  “These developments are further impeding humanitarian access and worsening an already dire situation. At the same time, Hamas goes on firing rockets… Continue reading Guterres deplores Rafah escalation

450,000 Gazans now uprooted from Rafah as Israeli bombardment continues

“Empty streets in Rafah as families continue to flee in search of safety… UNRWA estimates that nearly 450,000 people have been forcibly displaced from Rafah since 6 May,” said the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, in a post from western Rafah on X. “Inland in Rafah is now a ghost town. It’s hard to believe there… Continue reading 450,000 Gazans now uprooted from Rafah as Israeli bombardment continues

Dealing with ‘unknowns’ flying in high-conflict Haiti

Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, is gripped by insecurity due to gang violence and now UNHAS, which is managed by the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) is the only option for humanitarian workers to travel safely in and out of the city and for critical equipment and relief aid to be transported and distributed within the country.… Continue reading Dealing with ‘unknowns’ flying in high-conflict Haiti

UN security staff killed in Gaza; Guterres calls for probe

13 May 2024Peace and Security A staff member of the UN Department of Safety and Security (DSS) died and another was injured when their UN vehicle was struck as they travelled to the European Hospital in Rafah, Gaza, on Monday. Condemning all attacks on UN personnel, Secretary-General António Guterres has called for a full investigation,… Continue reading UN security staff killed in Gaza; Guterres calls for probe

Calls for sustained peace efforts in Yemen as cholera outbreak worsens

Martin Griffiths, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, stressed the critical need for sustained peace efforts during a briefing to Security Council ambassadors. “The conflict in Yemen has been the key driver of humanitarian needs. It has deeply undercut the country’s economy, decimated half of its health facilities, displaced millions of people, and allowed hunger and disease… Continue reading Calls for sustained peace efforts in Yemen as cholera outbreak worsens

Nearly 2,000 children killed in Ukraine war: UNICEF

13 May 2024Peace and Security Nearly 2,000 children in Ukraine have lost their lives amidst ongoing and escalating war,  the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Monday, citing UN-verified data.  UNICEF Europe and Central Asia Regional Office and its Regional Director, Regina De Dominicis, released a joint statement saying, “At least 1,993 children in Ukraine… Continue reading Nearly 2,000 children killed in Ukraine war: UNICEF

Rafah exodus reaches 360,000 as UN issues $2.8 billion aid appeal for Gaza, West Bank

“Nearly 360,000 people have fled Rafah since the first evacuation order a week ago,” the UN agency said in a post on X, referencing leafleting by the Israeli military ordering those in eastern Rafah to leave their shelters.  In another alert, UNRWA warned of ongoing “restricted humanitarian access” to and across the Gaza Strip that was… Continue reading Rafah exodus reaches 360,000 as UN issues $2.8 billion aid appeal for Gaza, West Bank

Countless lives at stake in Sudan’s El Fasher, warn UN aid teams

According to UN emergency relief chief Martin Griffiths, a “strike” damaged the roof of the intensive care unit at Southern Hospital in El Fasher Town – the only working hospital in North Darfur state – where medical supplies are running dangerously low. Some 800,000 people live in and around El Fasher Town where “countless lives… Continue reading Countless lives at stake in Sudan’s El Fasher, warn UN aid teams

Gaza: We must prevent a large-scale offensive in Rafah, UN pleads

The warning comes as the UN Palestine refugee agency, UNRWA, reported that over the past week that nearly 300,000 people have now fled Rafah following the Israeli military’s orders for further evacuations from area. “There is nowhere safe to go,” the agency warned in a message on X. Catastrophic consequences In a telephone conversation on… Continue reading Gaza: We must prevent a large-scale offensive in Rafah, UN pleads

UNRWA staff ‘not going anywhere’ despite forced closure of East Jerusalem compound

For roughly two months, demonstrations have been held outside the East Jerusalem compound, which is in an area where many Israeli settlements are located. The situation came to a head on Thursday evening when Israeli residents lit fires at two locations on the perimeter of the grounds. Mr. Fowler was among the small number of… Continue reading UNRWA staff ‘not going anywhere’ despite forced closure of East Jerusalem compound

In Nairobi, Guterres reiterates appeal for end to Gaza war

10 May 2024Peace and Security With the situation in Rafah “on a knife’s edge”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres appealed again on Friday for Israeli and Hamas leaders “to demonstrate political courage and spare no effort” in reaching an agreement to end the war in Gaza and free all hostages.  Speaking at a press conference in… Continue reading In Nairobi, Guterres reiterates appeal for end to Gaza war

UPDATING LIVE: General Assembly to hold emergency session on Israel-Palestine crisis

09:55 AM Aid operations have come to a standstill since the start of the military’s ground operation in Rafah, with an estimated 100,000 Palestinians displaced once again, in a highly fluid situation, according to humanitarians. The Assembly is also expected to vote on a draft resolution, co-sponsored by a group of countries, concerning the status… Continue reading UPDATING LIVE: General Assembly to hold emergency session on Israel-Palestine crisis

Gaza: As exodus from Rafah continues, ceasefire calls grow

“As Israeli Forces bombardment intensifies in Rafah, forced displacement continues,” said the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, in a post on X. “Around 110,000 people have now fled Rafah looking for safety. But nowhere is safe in the Gaza Strip and living conditions are atrocious. The only hope is an immediate ceasefire.” Uprooted again… Continue reading Gaza: As exodus from Rafah continues, ceasefire calls grow

‘Outrageous’ arson attack forces UNRWA to temporarily shutter East Jerusalem compound

9 May 2024UN Affairs The head of the UN Palestine refugee agency (UNRWA) has temporarily closed its headquarters in occupied East Jerusalem after an arson attack on Thursday following weeks of protests.  Posting on social media, Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini said “Israeli residents set fire twice to the perimeter” on Thursday evening.  UNRWA personnel and staff from other UN… Continue reading ‘Outrageous’ arson attack forces UNRWA to temporarily shutter East Jerusalem compound

Gaza: 80,000 displaced from Rafah as Israeli bombardment intensifies, say UN aid teams

Most of those uprooted by Israeli military evacuation orders in eastern Rafah have already been displaced from other areas of Gaza; they are now leaving with everything they can carry “in vehicles, trucks, (on) motorbikes and donkey carts”, according to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA). An estimated more than 47,500 people left their… Continue reading Gaza: 80,000 displaced from Rafah as Israeli bombardment intensifies, say UN aid teams

Unprecedented flooding displaces hundreds of thousands across East Africa

8 May 2024Climate and Environment “Unprecedented and devastating” flooding in East Africa has triggered widespread displacement with hundreds of thousands forced from their homes in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Ethiopia and Tanzania, UN humanitarians warned on Wednesday.  In an alert, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) noted that torrential rains have unleashed catastrophic flooding and mudslides while… Continue reading Unprecedented flooding displaces hundreds of thousands across East Africa

Another climate record: Extreme heat, hurricanes, droughts ravage Latin America and Caribbean

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) attributed the temperatures to a “double whammy” of El Niño and long-term climate change, leading to droughts and wildfires combined with extreme rainfall and hurricanes.  “Unfortunately, 2023 was a year of record climatic hazards in Latin America and the Caribbean,” said the agency’s head, Celeste Saulo. “El Niño conditions during… Continue reading Another climate record: Extreme heat, hurricanes, droughts ravage Latin America and Caribbean

Achieving sustainable forest management remains UN forum’s goal

The UNFF serves as a body under the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and aims to support the goals of the International Arrangement on Forests (IAF) and to advance other international forest-related instruments, processes, commitments and objectives.  At the forum’s opening ceremony, Juliette Biao, Director of the UNFF Secretariat, said the world currently faces… Continue reading Achieving sustainable forest management remains UN forum’s goal

‘Our voices need to be included’: Trinidadian youth make case for strong role in climate negotiations

Small island developing States are particularly vulnerable to climate change consequences, such as rising sea levels and heavy rains that cause flooding, increasing ocean temperatures that affect coral reefs and fishing and frequent hurricanes destroying homes and livelihoods. These countries often suffer from fragile economic conditions and don’t have the means to help their citizens… Continue reading ‘Our voices need to be included’: Trinidadian youth make case for strong role in climate negotiations

Could the answer to 100% renewable energy in Dominica be under the ground?

It’s called geothermal energy, and it’s an exciting prospect for the country. Geothermal has none of the intermittency issues of wind and solar – in other words, it provides stable energy day and night – and doesn’t take up any surface real estate, keeping the Roseau Valley in its pristine state. Most SIDS are dependent… Continue reading Could the answer to 100% renewable energy in Dominica be under the ground?

World News in Brief: DR Congo conflict could spell catastrophe, plastics treaty progress, enforced disappearances rise ahead of Venezuela poll

The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) called for greater international support for the Congolese people to avoid a potential catastrophe for the country and the region. Current conflicts have escalated levels of gender-based violence, displacement and hunger in the restive eastern region where multiple armed groups are battling the national army and each other for control.… Continue reading World News in Brief: DR Congo conflict could spell catastrophe, plastics treaty progress, enforced disappearances rise ahead of Venezuela poll

UN officials urge swift action to tackle El Niño-induced extreme weather

The current El Niño event began in mid- to late 2023, causing the ocean’s temperature to rise, and its impact has already decimated farming in southern Africa, triggering crop shortfalls and rising commodity prices. At the same time, flooding in Kenya has affected 200,000 people and killed more than 100 people. Around 40 to 50… Continue reading UN officials urge swift action to tackle El Niño-induced extreme weather

Climate action ‘cannot trample over the poor’, says Guterres, launching new initiative to protect key minerals for clean energy transition

26 April 2024Climate and Environment The UN Secretary-General on Friday launched an initiative focusing on ensuring fairness, sustainability and respect for human rights throughout the entire process of sourcing and using critical minerals needed for the clean energy transition. The newly established Panel on Critical Energy Transition Minerals brings together a diverse group of governments,… Continue reading Climate action ‘cannot trample over the poor’, says Guterres, launching new initiative to protect key minerals for clean energy transition

Stories from the UN Archive: UN proclaims world’s first Earth Day

That’s when environmental protection was not yet a priority of national political agendas, but a growing movement took hold across the planet. In 1971, UN Secretary-General U Thant held a special ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York, proclaiming 22 April the world’s first Earth Day. A team prepares posters and signs to be used… Continue reading Stories from the UN Archive: UN proclaims world’s first Earth Day

Polluting rivers, beaches and the ocean: How can Trinidad solve its plastics problem?

The Maraval river winds its way through Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad & Tobago, reaching the sea at Invaders Bay, the evocative name of the site where British troops landed in the late Eighteenth Century.  Today, the area is heavily built up, and construction has begun on a large-scale project that is expected… Continue reading Polluting rivers, beaches and the ocean: How can Trinidad solve its plastics problem?

WMO report: Asia hit hardest by climate change and extreme weather

Following close on the heels of the study of climate change in Europe, published by WMO on Monday, the State of the Climate in Asia 2023 report highlighted the accelerating rate of climate change across several indicators such as surface temperature, glacier retreat, sea level rise and more.  “The report’s conclusions are sobering. Many countries in the… Continue reading WMO report: Asia hit hardest by climate change and extreme weather

UN chief calls for all hands on deck at Climate Promise 2025 launch

The Climate Promise 2025 aims to accelerate efforts from local to international levels to take more ambitious steps to ensure the global temperature does not heat up beyond the 1.5° limit, a goal set with the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. UN Secretary-General António Guterres said the initiative, driven by the UN Development Programme (UNDP),… Continue reading UN chief calls for all hands on deck at Climate Promise 2025 launch

Renewable energy transforming the landscape

Renewable energy is generally defined as any energy source that is continuously replenished. It includes solar and wind power as well as bioenergy (organic matter burned as fuel) and hydroelectric power.  IRENA* chief Francesco La Camera spoke to UN News ahead of a special meeting on Friday on transitioning to sustainable sources of energy which… Continue reading Renewable energy transforming the landscape

Indigenous Kalinago lead the way towards making Dominica ‘climate resilient’

Dominica, which lies in the eastern Caribbean, is particularly vulnerable to extreme weather events, which are being exacerbated by the climate crisis: Hurricane Maria in 2017 was a devastating example, damaging almost all homes and buildings, destroying around three-quarters of the fishing fleet and crippling the economy. The indigenous Kalinago people were particularly affected but,… Continue reading Indigenous Kalinago lead the way towards making Dominica ‘climate resilient’

Fishers in Madagascar adapt to deadly seas due to climate change

The large Indian Ocean island is amongst the poorest in Africa where the majority of people make their living off the land or sea. Like many other countries in the region, it is suffering the effects of climate change. UN News’s Daniel Dickinson travelled to the village of Mokala in Anosy region where he spoke… Continue reading Fishers in Madagascar adapt to deadly seas due to climate change

No aid getting into Gaza, says UN aid agency

8 May 2024Peace and Security Israeli military manoeuvres and shelling continued in and around eastern Rafah in southern Gaza on Wednesday morning as UN humanitarians stressed that “no fuel or aid” is getting into the enclave. “We’re not receiving any aid, the crossing area has ongoing military operations and is an active war zone,” said… Continue reading No aid getting into Gaza, says UN aid agency

Journey into the unknown: Thousands of Gazan families flee Rafah

Stranded, their homes demolished, loved ones killed and repeatedly displaced on their land, they had sought refuge in Rafah in the far southern reaches of the Strip to escape death and destruction and to find a safe place that does not exist. They are now heading along the coastal road again to an unknown fate… Continue reading Journey into the unknown: Thousands of Gazan families flee Rafah

Uncertainty in Gaza amplified by closure of key border crossings

In its latest warning to the Israeli authorities not to pursue mass evacuation orders from eastern Rafah, the UN aid coordination office, OCHA, insisted that a mass evacuation on such a scale would be “impossible to carry out safely”. “There are nine sites sheltering displaced people in the area. It is also home to three clinics… Continue reading Uncertainty in Gaza amplified by closure of key border crossings

Guterres urges Israel, Hamas ‘to show political courage’ and secure ceasefire

7 May 2024Peace and Security The UN Secretary-General on Tuesday reiterated his appeal to Israel to stop any escalation in Gaza, amid reports that its forces have taken over key border crossings in Rafah. In the far south of the Gaza Strip, bordering Egypt, the town of Rafah has been hosting hundreds of thousands of… Continue reading Guterres urges Israel, Hamas ‘to show political courage’ and secure ceasefire

Justice officer from DR Congo mission wins UN Trailblazer award

7 May 2024Peace and Security The UN’s second Trailblazer award for Women Justice and Corrections Officers has gone to Major Ahlem Douzi, an officer with the UN’s peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). First awarded in 2022, it acknowledges the exceptional contributions made by women justice and corrections officers serving from… Continue reading Justice officer from DR Congo mission wins UN Trailblazer award

Ongoing war in Sudan stalls progress in disputed Abyei region

Despite these challenges, the UN remains prepared to support both parties, in close collaboration with the African Union, once they resume political negotiation said Jean-Pierre Lacroix, briefing ambassadors at the Security Council. Intercommunal tensions The situation in Sudan has also exacerbated intercommunal tensions in Abyei, highlighted by recent clashes over cattle rustling that resulted in… Continue reading Ongoing war in Sudan stalls progress in disputed Abyei region

UN and partners issue urgent funding appeal for Yemen

6 May 2024Humanitarian Aid Donors must continue to support humanitarian efforts to assist millions in need in Yemen, UN agencies and dozens of other aid partners said on Monday.  Nine years of war have left over half the population – 18.2 million people, mainly women and children – in need of assistance and protection services.… Continue reading UN and partners issue urgent funding appeal for Yemen

Unexploded ordnance leaves dark legacy for Gaza, warn mine action experts

Briefing reporters late last month, UN Mine Action Service officers said the war has already left behind around 37 million tonnes of debris, and it could take 14 years to make Gaza safe from unexploded bombs. The development comes amid reports that at least two individuals suffered serious injuries in Gaza after opening tin cans… Continue reading Unexploded ordnance leaves dark legacy for Gaza, warn mine action experts

World News in Brief: Human rights in Haiti, 750,000 hit by East Africa floods, Namibia health milestone

The experts detailed the far-reaching impacts of the violence and lawlessness that has led to chaos across the capital, Port-au-Prince, and other areas under gang control this year. “The outbreak of violence in Haiti has resulted in loss of livelihoods and food insecurity, widespread and multiple displacement, the collapse of education, breakdown of healthcare and… Continue reading World News in Brief: Human rights in Haiti, 750,000 hit by East Africa floods, Namibia health milestone

UN pledges to stand with Gazans in Rafah; Guterres says ceasefire opportunity ‘cannot be missed’

Multiple news outlets have reported that Hamas’s supreme leader, Ismail Haniyeh, had confirmed the militant group’s acceptance of what it stated were Israel’s ceasefire terms in a phone call with Qatar’s Prime Minister and a senior Egyptian minister. The two countries have been leading negotiations between the warring parties.  However, the Israeli leadership has reportedly… Continue reading UN pledges to stand with Gazans in Rafah; Guterres says ceasefire opportunity ‘cannot be missed’

General Assembly debates Russia’s veto of space arms race resolution

Due to the negative Russian vote, the Security Council failed to adopt last month’s text, which received 13 votes in favour, with China abstaining. The draft resolution was introduced by United States and Japan and co-sponsored by over 60 nations. Assembly Vice-President Ahmad Faisal Muhamad opened the debate by reading a message from Dennis Francis,… Continue reading General Assembly debates Russia’s veto of space arms race resolution

‘Moral obligation’ of Haitian NGO worker to carry on despite kidnapping of two children

The Caribbean island nation continues to endure extreme insecurity, with widespread and incessant violence as rival gangs fight each other and the police for control of the capital, Port-au-Prince. The violence, which includes kidnapping for ransom, is playing out against a backdrop of political and economic crises as well as poverty and underdevelopment. Chantale Valcourt… Continue reading ‘Moral obligation’ of Haitian NGO worker to carry on despite kidnapping of two children

Targeting Rafah could lead to slaughter, warns UN aid agency

“Any ground operation would mean more suffering and death” for the 1.2 million displaced Palestinians sheltering in and around the Strip’s southernmost city, OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke told journalists in Geneva. Echoing those concerns, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said that “Band-Aid” contingency plans have been made in case a full-scale military incursion does… Continue reading Targeting Rafah could lead to slaughter, warns UN aid agency

UN agencies warn of imminent starvation risk in Sudan’s Darfur region

Since fighting erupted last April between rival militaries, Sudan has witnessed shocking levels of violence, plunging the country into a devastating humanitarian and protection crisis. Close to 25 million people – more than half the population – are estimated to need assistance, with approximately 17.7 million people facing “acute” levels of food insecurity. The crisis,… Continue reading UN agencies warn of imminent starvation risk in Sudan’s Darfur region

World News in Brief: Attacks on civilians in DR Congo, concern over conviction of trade union leader in Cambodia, gang violence in Haiti

The camps were in the neighbourhoods of Lac Vert and Mugunga, near Goma, the provincial capital of North Kivu, which has seen a sharp uptick in violence over the past few months.  UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq told journalists at UN Headquarters in New York that the situation around Goma continues to remain very tense,… Continue reading World News in Brief: Attacks on civilians in DR Congo, concern over conviction of trade union leader in Cambodia, gang violence in Haiti

10,000 people feared buried under the rubble in Gaza

“It could take up to three years to retrieve the bodies using the primitive tools they have on hand,” the UN aid coordination office, OCHA, said, amid rising temperatures that will accelerate the decomposition of bodies, potentially increasing the threat of disease spreading. Citing the Palestinian civil defence authority, OCHA said that the recovery of… Continue reading 10,000 people feared buried under the rubble in Gaza

Palestine’s economy in ruins as Gaza war sets development back two decades

2 May 2024Peace and Security The relentless Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip has set back Palestine’s overall socioeconomic development by more than 20 years, according to a new UN report released on Thursday. The joint study by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) revealed that… Continue reading Palestine’s economy in ruins as Gaza war sets development back two decades

World News in Brief: Palestinian journalists win top press freedom prize, child migrant detention, Niger meningitis epidemic

The top award for reporters who have born witness to the destruction of much of their homeland under Israel’s relentless bombardment came at the recommendation of an international jury of media professionals. “In these times of darkness and hopelessness, we wish to share a strong message of solidarity and recognition to those Palestinian journalists who… Continue reading World News in Brief: Palestinian journalists win top press freedom prize, child migrant detention, Niger meningitis epidemic

Gazans on tenterhooks awaiting news of ceasefire call

“One third of all the families who live here have children under five, so many babies, so many kids,” said Matthew Hollingworth, UN World Food Programme (WFP) Palestine Country Director, speaking from a school in Deir Al-Balah, run by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA. “What they need is school, though what they need… Continue reading Gazans on tenterhooks awaiting news of ceasefire call

Palestine: General Assembly discusses failed UN membership bid

1 May 2024UN Affairs Palestine’s recent attempt to become a full member of the United Nations was the focus of discussion in the General Assembly on Wednesday.  A 2022 initiative, resolution 262, calls for the UN’s most representative body to meet within 10 days if the veto is used in the Security Council by one… Continue reading Palestine: General Assembly discusses failed UN membership bid

Gaza war spillover compounds misery for most vulnerable in Lebanon

In a call for an immediate end to the war in Gaza which sparked intensifying exchanges of fire between armed militants Hezbollah and the Israeli military, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned that airstrikes are hitting “deeper and deeper” into Lebanon, with 344 people killed to date, including eight youngsters. “Together with those killed and… Continue reading Gaza war spillover compounds misery for most vulnerable in Lebanon

‘Extraordinary, deep anxiety’ in Gaza over feared Rafah attack   

“There is an extraordinary, deep anxiety prevailing right now in Gaza because the question everybody asks is whether, yes or no, there would be a military offensive,” UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini told journalists in Geneva. Following several reports by the UN aid coordination office, OCHA, of “intensive strikes on Rafah” that caused dozens of fatalities, Mr.… Continue reading ‘Extraordinary, deep anxiety’ in Gaza over feared Rafah attack   

Security Council hears of progress in Bosnia despite ‘worrying’ trend of genocide denial

Miroslav Jenča, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia and the Americas with the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations, provided an update of recent developments since his office’s last Council briefing in July. The country continues to grapple with issues stemming from the brutal war that killed 100,000 people across the… Continue reading Security Council hears of progress in Bosnia despite ‘worrying’ trend of genocide denial

Ukraine: Civilians killed and injured as attacks on power and rail systems intensify

Global perspective Human stories Damage to Ukraine’s power infrastructure has lad to led to disruptions in essential services like electricity, heating, and water supplies (file). 29 April 2024Human Rights An increase in civilian casualties caused by intensifying attacks from the Russian armed forces against Ukraine’s electric power infrastructure and railway system calls for concern, the… Continue reading Ukraine: Civilians killed and injured as attacks on power and rail systems intensify

Children’s shoes left behind illustrate chaos of fleeing Khan Younis: UN humanitarians

29 April 2024Peace and Security The UN agency for Palestine refugees, UNRWA, reached one of its now-abandoned schools in Khan Younis at the weekend, where thousands of people appeared to have left at a moment’s notice, fearing further intense Israeli bombardment. “They used to shelter inside the school yard here, inside the classrooms, using all… Continue reading Children’s shoes left behind illustrate chaos of fleeing Khan Younis: UN humanitarians

Gaza at ‘most dangerous’ stage amid huge unexploded weapons risk, warns demining expert

“This is the most dangerous period; once people start returning to the north, that’s when most accidents will occur because they won’t be familiar with where your unexploded ordnance is located,” said Mungo Birch, Chief of the UN Mine Action Programme (UNMAS) in the State of Palestine. “It’s important that once the returns start, we’re… Continue reading Gaza at ‘most dangerous’ stage amid huge unexploded weapons risk, warns demining expert

World News in Brief: Violence blocking Darfur aid, new Iraq law, Chad elections appeal

In the past month, WFP supported more than 300,000 people there with food, including 40,000 in El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur state. “We must be able to reach those who need us most in Sudan,” Executive Director Cindy McCain wrote in a post on social media.  Separately, UN Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator Martin Griffiths… Continue reading World News in Brief: Violence blocking Darfur aid, new Iraq law, Chad elections appeal

Sudan: Security Council members call for immediate halt to military escalation in El Fasher

27 April 2024Peace and Security UN Security Council members on Saturday called on the warring parties in Sudan to immediately halt the military build-up and take steps to de-escalate the situation in El Fasher, the provincial capital of North Darfur. The call comes amid reports of an imminent offensive by the Rapid Support Forces (RSF)… Continue reading Sudan: Security Council members call for immediate halt to military escalation in El Fasher

Signing the war in Gaza: Overcoming deafness and displacement

From the room he and his family call home inside the school-turned-shelter, he felt a duty to let the world know what life is really like for them, through daily videos he shares on social media as the ongoing war approaches its eighth month. UN News’s correspondent in Gaza, Ziad Talib, spoke to Mr. Al-Habal… Continue reading Signing the war in Gaza: Overcoming deafness and displacement

‘Shocking’ increase in children denied aid in conflicts

Painting a grim landscape of the world’s war zones, Virginia Gamba, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, briefed ambassadors, citing grave concerns, from war-torn Gaza to gang-ravaged Haiti, where famine looms amid rampant violence and displacement. Denying aid access has long-lasting effects on children’s wellbeing and development, she said. Virginia Gamba, Special… Continue reading ‘Shocking’ increase in children denied aid in conflicts

World News in Brief: Rights chief dismay over Uganda anti-LGBT law, Haiti update, aid for Sudan, executions alert in Egypt

In a statement, Volker Türk urged authorities in Kampala to repeal it in its entirety, together with other discriminatory legislation passed into law by parliamentary majority. “Close to 600 people are reported to have been subjected to human rights violations and abuses based on their actual or imputed sexual orientation or gender identity” since being… Continue reading World News in Brief: Rights chief dismay over Uganda anti-LGBT law, Haiti update, aid for Sudan, executions alert in Egypt

Gaza: Aid worker killings prompt temporary halt to UN operations after dark

The move will allow for further evaluation of the security issues that impact both personnel on the ground and the people they are trying to serve, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said on Tuesday during the noon briefing for reporters in New York. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) reports that daytime operations are continuing, including… Continue reading Gaza: Aid worker killings prompt temporary halt to UN operations after dark

$414 million appeal for Palestine refugees in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan

UNRWA on Tuesday launched a $414.4 million appeal for Palestine refugees in Syria and those who have fled the country for neighbouring Lebanon and Jordan due to the conflict. Continue the support  The funding will be used to keep cash and in-kind food assistance running, along with healthcare, education, and technical and vocational training.  “We… Continue reading $414 million appeal for Palestine refugees in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan

Millions of dollars needed to make Gaza safe from unexploded bombs

Charles Birch, known as Mungo, was working with his team in Gaza long before the 7 October conflict, clearing unexploded munitions from the occupied territory. He told Conor Lennon from UN News that all of their earlier work has been undone by the bombardments that have rained down on Gaza over the last six months.… Continue reading Millions of dollars needed to make Gaza safe from unexploded bombs

World News in Brief: Aid worker deaths ‘inevitable result’ of Gaza war tactics, ‘waste trafficking’ update, Malawi drought

António Guterres was addressing a UN General Assembly meeting on the topic of “human security”, which he described as a useful framework that could promote “bold, decisive, collective action” amid growing turbulence worldwide. He said civilians in Gaza “have no security at all” in the face of relentless Israeli attacks, adding that Israelis themselves “feel… Continue reading World News in Brief: Aid worker deaths ‘inevitable result’ of Gaza war tactics, ‘waste trafficking’ update, Malawi drought

UN calls for restraint following attack on Iranian consulate in Damascus

2 April 2024Peace and Security A senior UN official on Tuesday urged the Security Council to work to avert further escalation in the Middle East following the deadly airstrike on the Iranian consulate in Syria’s capital, Damascus.  Briefing ambassadors a day after the attack, Assistant-Secretary-General Khaled Khiari stressed the need for restraint.   “We appeal to… Continue reading UN calls for restraint following attack on Iranian consulate in Damascus

Haitians ‘cannot wait’ for reign of terror by gangs to end: Rights chief

“The Haitian population cannot wait any longer,” Volker Türk said in a video statement to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, part of an interactive dialogue on his most recent report on the country.  State of emergency  Mr. Türk said the already alarming situation in Haiti has deteriorated in recent week as gangs launched… Continue reading Haitians ‘cannot wait’ for reign of terror by gangs to end: Rights chief

Gaza: UN aid teams still waiting for Israeli green light to relieve stricken northern hospital

In a stark assessment of the closure of 750-bed facility Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, the World Health Organization (WHO) maintained that aid teams had been waiting for “days and days” for Israeli permission to reach the stricken facility, where staff and patients endured “horrific levels of violence”. “We’ve had contact with the staff, the… Continue reading Gaza: UN aid teams still waiting for Israeli green light to relieve stricken northern hospital

UN launches investigation into Lebanon explosion that injured peacekeepers

30 March 2024Peace and Security The UN peacekeeping force in south Lebanon (UNIFIL) announced that it is investigating an explosion that injured four unarmed peacekeepers on a foot patrol along the Blue Line, which divides Israel from Lebanon and the disputed Golan Heights. In a statement released on Saturday, UNIFIL spokesperson Andrea Tenenti, said that… Continue reading UN launches investigation into Lebanon explosion that injured peacekeepers

World News in Brief: Russia vetoes DPR Korea sanctions resolution, children under fire in Sudan, drought plagues Malawi

This in effect abolishes the monitoring of UN sanctions against the country, more commonly known as North Korea, blocking the extension of the panel for another year. Russia’s Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said the sanctions regime adopted with the intention of preventing nuclear weapons proliferation, was losing its relevance and also “to a great extent, detached… Continue reading World News in Brief: Russia vetoes DPR Korea sanctions resolution, children under fire in Sudan, drought plagues Malawi

Health system ‘barely surviving’, as OCHA calls on Gaza aid restrictions to end

In a social media post, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that only 10 out of 36 hospitals are now partially functioning in the enclave. Al-Amal hospital in the southern city of Khan Younis closed on Tuesday, Tedros noted, after media reports indicated that Israeli troops forced medical teams and patients to evacuate. The development came as… Continue reading Health system ‘barely surviving’, as OCHA calls on Gaza aid restrictions to end

Bold action needed now to address ‘cataclysmic’ situation in Haiti

Corruption, impunity, and poor governance, compounded by increasing levels of gang violence, have eroded the rule of law in the Caribbean country and brought State institutions close to collapse. The impact of generalised insecurity on the population is dire and deteriorating, severely affecting human rights. Prevent further suffering  “Tackling insecurity must be a top priority… Continue reading Bold action needed now to address ‘cataclysmic’ situation in Haiti

Stories from the UN Archive: A seminal moment for youth climate action

27 March 2024Climate and Environment “What you do makes me cry at night,” 13-year-old Severn Cullis-Suzuki told the 1992 Earth Summit in Brazil in a message that resonates today as the world grapples with climate change. Ahead of Zero Waste Day, marked annually on 30 March since 2022, we looked back at how that simple but… Continue reading Stories from the UN Archive: A seminal moment for youth climate action

First Person: ‘We had to avoid stepping on the bodies in the streets’ in Darfur

Sudan, and Darfur in particular, are facing a humanitarian and security crisis after a war broke out in April 2023 between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), although ethnic conflicts in Darfur date back more than two decades. Fatima*, a resident of the city of El Geneina in West Darfur state, where… Continue reading First Person: ‘We had to avoid stepping on the bodies in the streets’ in Darfur

DR Congo mission chief says humanitarian disaster ‘unfolding before our very eyes’

Ms. Keita, who also heads the UN peacekeeping mission in the country, MONUSCO, sounded the alarm over the humanitarian disaster “unfolding before our very eyes”. More than seven million people in the country are displaced, particularly due to the operations of armed groups such as the M23 and the Allied Defense Forces (ADF) across the… Continue reading DR Congo mission chief says humanitarian disaster ‘unfolding before our very eyes’

World News in Brief: Civilian deaths in Ukraine, refugees in Cameroon at risk, older women facing abuse, cholera in Somalia

News reports said that residential buildings in the northern city of Kharkiv had been hit, killing one and injuring 16, quoting the city’s mayor.  Four children were wounded, with images posted to social media showing extensive damage and a body visible lying on the floor. The UN’s Denise Brown said that international law must be… Continue reading World News in Brief: Civilian deaths in Ukraine, refugees in Cameroon at risk, older women facing abuse, cholera in Somalia

With 783 million people going hungry, a fifth of all food goes to waste

The UN Environment Programme’s Food Waste Index Report 2024 highlights that latest data from 2022 shows 1.05 billion tonnes of food went to waste. Some 19 per cent of food available to consumers was lost overall at retail, food service, and household levels. That is in addition to around 13 per cent of food lost in the… Continue reading With 783 million people going hungry, a fifth of all food goes to waste

Gaza war: ‘Direct hits’ on more than 200 schools since Israeli bombing began   

27 March 2024Peace and Security The intense Israeli bombardment of Gaza in response to Hamas-led terror attacks in Israel has included “direct hits” on 212 schools in the enclave, UN-partnered analysis indicated on Wednesday. Satellite imagery pointed to at least 53 schools “totally destroyed” since conflict erupted on 7 October 2023 and a near nine per… Continue reading Gaza war: ‘Direct hits’ on more than 200 schools since Israeli bombing began   

UN report: Credible allegations Ukrainian POWs have been tortured by Russian forces

26 March 2024Human Rights The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (HRMMU) issued a new report on Tuesday, revealing a surge in credible allegations of torture and executions of captured Ukrainian prisoners of war (POWs) at the hands of Russian forces. According to the Monitoring Mission, interviews conducted with 60 recently released Ukrainian POWs… Continue reading UN report: Credible allegations Ukrainian POWs have been tortured by Russian forces

ISIL growing stronger in Syria, as war enters its thirteenth year

This was a reminder of the ongoing impact of a conflict which has now dragged on for more than 12 years and rarely makes headlines, even though it continues to have a devastating effect on the civilian population.  In early March, the United Nations Syria Commission of Inquiry released a report which detailed an escalation… Continue reading ISIL growing stronger in Syria, as war enters its thirteenth year

World News in Brief: Malnutrition crisis risk grows in Haiti, clashes in DR Congo, peacebuilding in Colombia

Findings from the recent Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis indicate an alarming 19 per cent increase in the number of children estimated to suffer from severe acute malnutrition in Haiti this year. Around 1.64 million people are facing emergency levels of acute food insecurity, (IPC Phase 4), which increases the risk of child wasting… Continue reading World News in Brief: Malnutrition crisis risk grows in Haiti, clashes in DR Congo, peacebuilding in Colombia

UN envoy backs demand for immediate Gaza ceasefire amid ‘cataclysmic suffering’

The call by Special Coordinator Tor Wennesland followed Monday’s adoption by the Security Council of a resolution “demanding” an immediate ceasefire in the enclave for the remainder of Ramadan, and the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages. However, intense hostilities have continued between Israeli forces and Hamas fighters, with reports of many killed overnight,… Continue reading UN envoy backs demand for immediate Gaza ceasefire amid ‘cataclysmic suffering’

Gaza: ‘Double-digit’ number of children reported killed overnight

The continuing violence came despite an immediate ceasefire call for the remainder of Ramadan from the Security Council on Monday, prompting urgent appeals from UN aid agencies for the resolution to be respected immediately, to prevent more people dying. Speaking from Rafah in southern Gaza, UN Children’s Fund spokesperson James Elder said that 13,750 children… Continue reading Gaza: ‘Double-digit’ number of children reported killed overnight

UN Security Council demands ‘immediate ceasefire’ in Gaza, ending months-long deadlock

This was the Council’s first explicit call for an immediate ceasefire since Israel began a military offensive in the Gaza Strip following last October’s brutal attack by Hamas and other Palestinian groups against settlements in southern Israel, in which over 1,200 people were killed and more than 250 taken hostage. Israel’s military operation has since… Continue reading UN Security Council demands ‘immediate ceasefire’ in Gaza, ending months-long deadlock

World News in Brief: 17 million Yemenis need health support, cholera in Somalia, OCHA chief stepping down, Haiti crisis update

According to the UN health agency (WHO), almost 18 million people need medical assistance and half of that number are children. Nearly one in two under-fives also suffer from moderate to severe stunting, said WHO, pointing out that this adds up to nearly 2.4 million children. “It’s important to step back and remember that hungry… Continue reading World News in Brief: 17 million Yemenis need health support, cholera in Somalia, OCHA chief stepping down, Haiti crisis update

UPDATING LIVE: Security Council due to hold emergency vote demanding Gaza ceasefire

09:30 AM – Disagreement in the Council has seen several rounds of drafts quashed by one or more of its five veto-wielding permanent members (China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States) since the war began in October following the Hamas-led terror attacks on southern Israel. The current draft that ambassadors will consider around the iconic… Continue reading UPDATING LIVE: Security Council due to hold emergency vote demanding Gaza ceasefire

We must push for lasting peace in Gaza, UN chief insists, as starvation threat nears

“The need is urgent,” Mr. Guterres said in Amman, alongside Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safady, as he pledged to keep pushing “for the removal of all obstacles to life-saving aid, for more access and more entry points” into Gaza. The UN chief’s appeal came amid increasingly dire scenes reported by UN humanitarians and other aid… Continue reading We must push for lasting peace in Gaza, UN chief insists, as starvation threat nears

World News in Brief: Sex trafficking and child recruitment in Sudan, new mass grave in Libya, children at risk in DR Congo

This is being compounded by an increase in child and forced marriage, and the recruitment of boys by combatants in the continuing war between rival generals that erupted nearly a year ago. All this is happening against the backdrop of the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in the country that has caused an unprecedented mass displacement of over… Continue reading World News in Brief: Sex trafficking and child recruitment in Sudan, new mass grave in Libya, children at risk in DR Congo

UN officials outraged at Russian strikes on Ukraine’s energy plants

22 March 2024Peace and Security Top UN officials and agencies on the ground in Ukraine on Friday condemned overnight large-scale coordinated Russian strikes on energy plants across the country that killed at least five people and left 1.5 million without electricity. “The targeting of energy infrastructure providing essential public services is a black-and-white issue – it… Continue reading UN officials outraged at Russian strikes on Ukraine’s energy plants

UPDATING LIVE: Security Council to vote on US resolution stating imperative of an ‘immediate and sustained ceasefire’ in Gaza

22 March 2024Peace and Security A draft resolution from the United States is due to be voted on in the UN Security Council on Friday which says it is “imperative” to have “an immediate and sustained ceasefire to protect civilians on all sides”, facilitate “essential” aid delivery and support ongoing talks between Israel and Hamas… Continue reading UPDATING LIVE: Security Council to vote on US resolution stating imperative of an ‘immediate and sustained ceasefire’ in Gaza

Gaza: UN aid team reaches stricken north, confirms ‘shocking’ disease and hunger

The UN’s top aid official in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Jamie McGoldrick, reached Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahia on Thursday, where children with the most severe and life-threatening hunger are being treated at a new World Health Organization (WHO)-supported specialised feeding facility. “Without swift treatment, these children are at imminent risk of death,” UN… Continue reading Gaza: UN aid team reaches stricken north, confirms ‘shocking’ disease and hunger

Armed groups continue terror campaign across Burkina Faso

Global perspective Human stories A woman fetches water by bicycle in near Boromo in Burkina Faso. 21 March 2024Human Rights Large parts of Burkina Faso are being terrorized by armed groups and the rampant insecurity is “beyond alarming”, said the UN human rights chief on Thursday following a brief visit to the country. High Commissioner… Continue reading Armed groups continue terror campaign across Burkina Faso

World News in Brief: Global trade rebound forecast, e-waste mountain grows, 7,000 preventable TB deaths in Europe during COVID-19

Last year saw a three per cent contraction, equalling roughly $1 trillion, compared to the record high of $32 trillion in 2022. Despite this decline, the services sector showed resilience with a $500 billion (eight per cent) increase from the previous year, while trade in goods experienced a $1.3 trillion, or five per cent, decline compared… Continue reading World News in Brief: Global trade rebound forecast, e-waste mountain grows, 7,000 preventable TB deaths in Europe during COVID-19

Amid ongoing strife in Gaza and Ukraine, UN chief reiterates peace call

“When we live in a chaotic world it’s very important to stick to principles and the principles are clear: the UN Charter, international law, the territorial integrity of countries and international humanitarian law,” the UN chief said, speaking at the opening of the European Council in Brussels.  “That is the reason why we believe it… Continue reading Amid ongoing strife in Gaza and Ukraine, UN chief reiterates peace call

Indonesia leads the way in taming forest fires

When volunteer firefighter Marlizar noticed smoke billowing over a quarter-hectare of peatland while on a routine patrol in 2019, he dispatched his colleague to their base in Riau province’s Teluk Maranti village, seven kilometres away, and faced the fire alone. As Marlizar’s colleague sped off to retrieve a clunky hose unit, the 42-year-old attempted to beat back… Continue reading Indonesia leads the way in taming forest fires

World News in Brief: Dignity and justice key to end evil of racial discrimination, methane emissions update, Mpox latest, peacebuilding boost

The international day on Thursday highlights that theme, as well as the importance of recognition, justice and development opportunities for those of African descent, said Secretary-General António Guterres. He said the results of entrenched racism continue to be devasting: “opportunities stolen; dignity denied; rights violated; lives taken and lives destroyed.” The African diaspora faces a… Continue reading World News in Brief: Dignity and justice key to end evil of racial discrimination, methane emissions update, Mpox latest, peacebuilding boost

Conflict driving hunger crisis in Sudan, UN officials tell Security Council

“As we approach the one-year anniversary of the conflict, we cannot make clearer the desperation that civilians are facing in Sudan,” said Edem Wosornu of the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA – one of three senior officials who briefed ambassadors. The meeting was convened following OCHA’s submission of a white paper on food insecurity in… Continue reading Conflict driving hunger crisis in Sudan, UN officials tell Security Council

Gaza: Less than 1 in 2 UN aid convoys allowed into northern zones this month

20 March 2024Peace and Security Less than half of the UN aid convoys planned for Gaza’s hunger-ravaged north have made it so far this month, despite repeated appeals from the international community to ramp up relief to more than one million people on the brink of starvation, UN humanitarians said on Wednesday. In its latest update,… Continue reading Gaza: Less than 1 in 2 UN aid convoys allowed into northern zones this month

Haiti: Aid efforts continue amid violence and volatility

19 March 2024Humanitarian Aid Humanitarians continue to deliver aid in Haiti, where the situation in the capital, Port-au-Prince, remains tense and volatile in the face of escalating gang violence and political instability.  The UN said on Tuesday that its children’s agency UNICEF and partners have delivered over 242,000 gallons of water since early March, while… Continue reading Haiti: Aid efforts continue amid violence and volatility

Records smashed – new WMO climate report confirms 2023 hottest so far

Heatwaves, floods, droughts, wildfires and rapidly intensifying tropical cyclones caused misery and mayhem, upending everyday life for millions and inflicting many billions of dollars in economic losses, according to the WMO State of the Global Climate 2023 report. “Sirens are blaring across all major indicators… Some records aren’t just chart-topping, they’re chart-busting. And changes are… Continue reading Records smashed – new WMO climate report confirms 2023 hottest so far

Gaza: Increasing numbers of newborns on brink of death, agencies warn

“What doctors and medical staff are telling us is more and more they are seeing the effects of starvation; they’re seeing newborn babies simply dying because they (are) too low birth weight,” said Dr Margaret Harris from the UN World Health Organization (WHO).  “Increasingly, we’re seeing children that are at the point, brink of death… Continue reading Gaza: Increasing numbers of newborns on brink of death, agencies warn

World News in Brief: Haiti aid delivery continues, South Sudan violence, pandemic treaty talks near end, Guterres on Myanmar crisis

Rampant gang violence has created a humanitarian crisis in the Caribbean country, whose Prime Minister, Ariel Henry, resigned last week. UN children’s agency UNICEF reported that on Saturday, one of its containers was looted at the main port in the capital city.  The container held essential items for maternal, neonatal and child survival, including resuscitators,… Continue reading World News in Brief: Haiti aid delivery continues, South Sudan violence, pandemic treaty talks near end, Guterres on Myanmar crisis

24 million Sudanese children facing ‘generational catastrophe’

18 March 2024Human Rights As the war in Sudan marks its one-year anniversary next month, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on Monday warned of a staggering toll of the crisis on children, with an estimated 24 million teetering on the brink of a “generational catastrophe”. Since the conflict erupted in… Continue reading 24 million Sudanese children facing ‘generational catastrophe’

Guterres urges disarmament now as nuclear risk reaches ‘highest point in decades’

Calling for disarmament now, he urged States with nuclear arsenals to lead the way across six areas for action that include dialogue and accountability. “Nuclear weapons are the most destructive weapons ever invented, capable of eliminating all life on earth. Today, these weapons are growing in power, range and stealth.  An accidental launch is one… Continue reading Guterres urges disarmament now as nuclear risk reaches ‘highest point in decades’

Famine could happen ‘anytime’ in Gaza’s northern governorates, warn UN humanitarians

“Famine is projected to occur anytime between now and May 2024 in the northern governorates,” the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said, upon publication of a new Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report on Gaza. Meanwhile, in response to the unfolding situation at Al-Shifa, UN World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus,… Continue reading Famine could happen ‘anytime’ in Gaza’s northern governorates, warn UN humanitarians

UN chief condemns attack on peacekeepers in DR Congo

Global perspective Human stories MONUSCO peacekeepers on a trip to North Kivu province in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. (file) 17 March 2024Peace and Security The UN chief on Saturday condemned an attack which saw eight peacekeepers from the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, or DRC, wounded during clashes… Continue reading UN chief condemns attack on peacekeepers in DR Congo

Top UN official slams Russia’s illegal elections in occupied Ukraine

“Russia’s intention to conduct presidential elections from today, 15 March, until 17 March in areas of Ukraine under its control are unacceptable,” said Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, said. Under international humanitarian law, the occupying power – in this case, Russia – must uphold the laws of Ukraine in the occupied territories, she… Continue reading Top UN official slams Russia’s illegal elections in occupied Ukraine

World News in Brief: Rights chief appalled at Nigeria mass abductions, ‘pervasive’ hunger in streets of Sudan, Syria child crisis

“I am appalled by the recurrent mass abductions of men, women and children in northern Nigeria. Children have been abducted from schools and women taken while searching for firewood. Such horrors must not become normalised,” he said. News reports indicate at least 564 people have been abducted since 7 March. More than 280 pupils were… Continue reading World News in Brief: Rights chief appalled at Nigeria mass abductions, ‘pervasive’ hunger in streets of Sudan, Syria child crisis

Gaza: Nearly 23 million tonnes of debris ‘will take years to clear’

Global perspective Human stories Children stand in front of a house demolished by a bombardment in the city of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip… 15 March 2024Peace and Security The war in Gaza has left a staggering almost 23 millions tonnes of rubble and unexploded weapons scattered across the enclave, UN humanitarians said on… Continue reading Gaza: Nearly 23 million tonnes of debris ‘will take years to clear’

I lost hope and will to live in Russian jail, says Ukraine prisoner of war

Latest graphic findings from the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine – created by the Human Rights Council two years ago – highlight the ongoing grave impact of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022. “I lost any hope and the will to live,” one Ukrainian soldier and former prisoner of war… Continue reading I lost hope and will to live in Russian jail, says Ukraine prisoner of war

Haiti crisis: UN mission announces airbridge to facilitate aid relief

The UN Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) said on Wednesday that the air corridor will enable the transport of aid and ensure the safe relocation of staff both in and out of the country. Speaking to reporters in New York on Thursday, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric confirmed that it was already in operation. On the… Continue reading Haiti crisis: UN mission announces airbridge to facilitate aid relief

Gaza: Aid missions risk being halted without security guarantees

Six Palestinians are believed to have died in the Gaza City incident and 83 more were wounded as they waited for aid trucks to arrive at Kuwait Roundabout, according to news reports. The development came after relief chief Martin Griffiths condemned the bombardment on Wednesday of a warehouse and food distribution centre in southern Rafah… Continue reading Gaza: Aid missions risk being halted without security guarantees

Diplomacy and national leadership crucial in preventing war, Security Council hears

Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs told ambassadors at the Security Council that conflict prevention is a cornerstone of the UN’s mission. “Prevention saves lives and safeguards development gains. It is cost effective,” she said. Recalling the Secretary-General’s policy brief on A New Agenda for Peace, Ms. DiCarlo said prevention needed to be… Continue reading Diplomacy and national leadership crucial in preventing war, Security Council hears

World News in Brief: $850 million plan to support Rohingya refugees, child rights, Haiti aid update

The 2024 Joint Response Plan backed by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, and migration agency, IOM, is led by the Government of Bangladesh. It seeks to alleviate the plight of around one million Rohingya refugees living in densely-populated camps in Cox’s Bazar and on the island of Bhasan Char after they fled ethnic violence in… Continue reading World News in Brief: $850 million plan to support Rohingya refugees, child rights, Haiti aid update

Gaza: Number of children killed higher than from four years of world conflict

13 March 2024Peace and Security Amid reports of fresh Israeli airstrikes in Gaza overnight into Wednesday, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, said that more children have been killed there in recent months than in four years of conflict worldwide.  “This war is a war on children. It is a war on their childhood… Continue reading Gaza: Number of children killed higher than from four years of world conflict

UN an ‘unsinkable compass’ for humanity, says top EU official

“The UN remains a landmark in the turmoil, a lantern in the thick fog through which we search our way every day, trying to look for a solution – it is a ray of light, a sign of hope,” Josep Borrell, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, told ambassadors at the Security… Continue reading UN an ‘unsinkable compass’ for humanity, says top EU official

World News in Brief: WFP boosts aid in Chad amid Sudan crisis, Ukraine education boost, counter-terrorism, the right to privacy

The World Food Programme announced the operation on Tuesday and warned that lifesaving programmes in Chad will stop because of a funding crunch “in a matter of weeks”. Thousands of Sudan refugees continue to stream over the border into Chad to escape heavy fighting between warring generals that began last April.   Around one million… Continue reading World News in Brief: WFP boosts aid in Chad amid Sudan crisis, Ukraine education boost, counter-terrorism, the right to privacy

Gazans on verge of famine need ‘exponential’ aid boost, says UN

“Any food and other emergency aid that comes into Gaza, as we all know, is desperately needed; there is no question about it,” said Jens Laerke, spokesperson for UN aid coordination office, OCHA.  “So it’s highly appreciated…But it’s not a substitute for the overland transport of food and other emergency aid into Gaza and particularly… Continue reading Gazans on verge of famine need ‘exponential’ aid boost, says UN

World News in Brief: Syria violence intensifying, heavy weapons threat in Myanmar, justice call for Thai lawyer

The UN Syria Commission of Inquiry, which reports to the Human Rights Council, warned that fighting escalated on 5 October last year, when consecutive explosions at a military academy graduation ceremony in government-controlled Homs killed at least 63 people, including 37 civilians. The Syrian Government and Russian forces “responded with bombardments” that struck at least… Continue reading World News in Brief: Syria violence intensifying, heavy weapons threat in Myanmar, justice call for Thai lawyer

UPDATING LIVE: Security Council briefing on sexual violence in Israel, Gaza and West Bank

11 March 2024Peace and Security Amid worsening humanitarian conditions in the war in Gaza, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, is due to brief the Security Council this afternoon at 3:00 PM (New York time) on her sexual violence report relating to the 7 October attacks, and incidents in… Continue reading UPDATING LIVE: Security Council briefing on sexual violence in Israel, Gaza and West Bank

Waves of violence hit Haiti hard, as Security Council condemns gang attacks

Council members urged the armed gangs to “immediately cease their destabilizing actions” and reiterated the call for the “perpetrators of these abhorrent acts to be brought to justice”, according to a statement issued following a closed-door briefing last week by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH). In… Continue reading Waves of violence hit Haiti hard, as Security Council condemns gang attacks

Ceasefire in Gaza, urges UN chief on first day of Ramadan

“Even though Ramadan has begun, the killing, bombing and bloodshed continue in Gaza…My strongest appeal today is to honour the spirit of Ramadan by silencing the guns and removing all obstacles to ensure the delivery of lifesaving aid at the speed and massive scale required.”  All remaining hostages taken during Hamas-led terror attacks in Israel… Continue reading Ceasefire in Gaza, urges UN chief on first day of Ramadan

UN chief urges ‘genuine, credible’ political solution in Syria, as conflict approaches thirteenth anniversary

9 March 2024Peace and Security The UN Secretary-General on Saturday highlighted the urgent need for a negotiated political solution in Syria, emphasizing the protection of civilians and the dire humanitarian situation. March marks the thirteenth anniversary of the conflict in Syria, with systematic atrocities and untold suffering of civilians. According to UN estimates, 16.7 million… Continue reading UN chief urges ‘genuine, credible’ political solution in Syria, as conflict approaches thirteenth anniversary

Ukraine war: Alarm raised in Security Council over civilian attacks

“We condemn all attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure,” said Khaled Khiari, Assistant Secretary-General at the UN Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations. “They are prohibited under international law; they are unacceptable and must stop now.” “Regrettably, our repeated calls for protection of civilians appear to fall on deaf ears,” he said,… Continue reading Ukraine war: Alarm raised in Security Council over civilian attacks

Security Council calls for immediate cessation of hostilities in Sudan

8 March 2024Peace and Security The UN Security Council on Friday adopted a key resolution on Sudan, calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities in the wartorn country during the month of Ramadan, which begins on Sunday. In resolution 2724 (2024), adopted with 14 votes in favour and one abstention (Russia), the Council also called… Continue reading Security Council calls for immediate cessation of hostilities in Sudan

Gaza: Kaag working closely with partners on new maritime aid lifeline

8 March 2024Humanitarian Aid An international maritime aid corridor to Gaza could be in operation as early as Sunday according to the head of the European Commission, working closely with the UN’s Senior Humanitarian Coordinator and other international partners. In a joint statement released on Friday, the Commission, Cyprus, the United Arab Emirates, the United… Continue reading Gaza: Kaag working closely with partners on new maritime aid lifeline

Gaza: Rafah ground assault would increase risk of atrocity crimes

Spokesperson for Volker Türk in Geneva, Jeremy Laurence, told journalists that an already catastrophic situation could “slide deeper into the abyss” in the coming days if Israeli forces make their move on the southern border city, carrying through with their threat to invade, unless Hamas militants hand over remaining hostages by the start of Ramadan.… Continue reading Gaza: Rafah ground assault would increase risk of atrocity crimes

World News in Brief: Israeli settlement plan condemned, abductions in northern Nigeria, alarm over reported pre-election attacks in India

In a statement, Tor Wennesland reminded that all Israeli settlements the Occupied Palestinian Territory are illegal under international law. Permits for the new dwellings were approved by Israeli authorities on Wednesday, the first since the war in Gaza erupted on 7 October. According to news reports, the permits mean that more than 20,000 housing units… Continue reading World News in Brief: Israeli settlement plan condemned, abductions in northern Nigeria, alarm over reported pre-election attacks in India

UN chief appeals for Sudan ceasefire, now: ‘Values of Ramadan must prevail’

The war between rival militaries Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), now in its eleventh month, has not only claimed thousands of lives but has created a massive internal displacement crisis. More than six million are seeking refuge within Sudan and 1.7 million have been forced to flee to neighbouring countries.… Continue reading UN chief appeals for Sudan ceasefire, now: ‘Values of Ramadan must prevail’

Gaza: Starvation claiming a growing number of young lives, warns UN

7 March 2024Peace and Security Days from the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan and with no ceasefire agreement in sight for Gaza, UN humanitarians reiterated deep concerns on Thursday that a growing number of children are dying of starvation.  “The situation is appalling. Every minute, every hour, it is getting worse,” the UN… Continue reading Gaza: Starvation claiming a growing number of young lives, warns UN

‘They destroyed us’: North Gazans flee homes in search of food and shelter

For months, the UN has been warning of a looming famine, particularly in northern Gaza as everything needed to sustain life has either been destroyed or simply run out. This is now being translated into , not as a result of shells and bullets, but for lack of proper nutrition – or any nutrition at… Continue reading ‘They destroyed us’: North Gazans flee homes in search of food and shelter

Haiti: UN officials say ‘we are running out of time’ amid escalating crises

Ahead of an expected closed-door Security Council meeting, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, called for the urgent deployment, with no further delay, of the Council-mandated multinational security support mission in Haiti. “The reality is that, in the current context, there is no realistic alternative available to protect lives,” the High Commissioner… Continue reading Haiti: UN officials say ‘we are running out of time’ amid escalating crises

UN envoy calls again for removal of restrictions on Afghan women

6 March 2024Peace and Security The UN envoy for Afghanistan on Wednesday repeated her call for the Taliban to reverse its numerous restrictions on the lives of women and girls in violation of their human rights, warning that the longer they remain in place, the more damage will be done. Briefing ambassadors in the Security… Continue reading UN envoy calls again for removal of restrictions on Afghan women

Allow more aid into Gaza now, pleads UN health agency chief

These are “children who survived bombardment but may not survive a famine,” the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros said on X, formerly Twitter.  Accompanying the WHO chief’s warning, video testimony from Kamal Adwan Hospital paediatric unit highlighted the massive scale of needs which UN humanitarians and partners have been unable to relieve, citing aid… Continue reading Allow more aid into Gaza now, pleads UN health agency chief

Path to low-carbon construction is clear as mud

“Not many architects think that climate change is something that they need to think about, but we’re trying to change that,” says Rosie Paul, co-founder of Bangalore-based architecture firm Masons Ink.  “For us, it’s obvious that climate change directly affects the shelter that you’re going to live in, and you need to start building resilient… Continue reading Path to low-carbon construction is clear as mud

11 months into Sudan war, ‘world’s worst hunger crisis’ looms

The northeast African country is already in the grip of the world’s largest displacement crisis, the UN World Food Programme, WFP, noted.  Fighting between the Sudanese Army and a rival group known as the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) has left thousands dead and eight million displaced. A staggering 14 million children are in desperate need… Continue reading 11 months into Sudan war, ‘world’s worst hunger crisis’ looms

Gaza: Efforts to deliver food aid to stricken north ‘largely unsuccessful’

Global perspective Human stories Humanitarians warn that hunger has reached catastrophic levels in northern Gaza. 5 March 2024Peace and Security Efforts by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to deliver desperately needed food supplies to northern Gaza resumed on Tuesday but were largely unsuccessful, the agency reported. The emergency relief agency said that a 14-truck… Continue reading Gaza: Efforts to deliver food aid to stricken north ‘largely unsuccessful’

Haiti crisis: UN chief calls for ‘urgent action’ to end rampant insecurity

5 March 2024Peace and Security The UN Secretary-General reiterated his deep concern on Tuesday over the “rapidly deteriorating” security situation in Haiti as violent gangs tighten their grip on the country in the wake of a jailbreak at the weekend which saw nearly 4,000 criminals return to the streets. UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters… Continue reading Haiti crisis: UN chief calls for ‘urgent action’ to end rampant insecurity

South Sudan: Top UN official calls for greater political investment as polls loom

5 March 2024Peace and Security With only nine months remaining before the polls in December, South Sudan is not ready to hold elections and a lot more needs to be done, the head of UN peace operations said on Tuesday. Briefing ambassadors at the Security Council, Jean-Pierre Lacroix said that if the parties display greater… Continue reading South Sudan: Top UN official calls for greater political investment as polls loom

World News in Brief: Climate change in the countryside, Yemen polio drive success, development and peace

The Unjust Climate report highlights the reality that every year in low and middle-income countries, female heads of households in rural areas suffer significantly greater financial losses than men. On average, female-headed households lose eight per cent more of their income due to heat stress and three per cent more due to floods compared with male-headed households.… Continue reading World News in Brief: Climate change in the countryside, Yemen polio drive success, development and peace

North Gaza aid mission reveals more infants may die from hunger

“WHO and partners managed to access (Al) Shifa (hospital) in the north and deliver fuel, some lifesaving supplies for 150 patients and treatment of 50 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition and also bring it vaccines,” said Dr. Rik Peeperkorn, UN World Health Organization (WHO) Representative for the Occupied Palestinian Territory.  For the first time… Continue reading North Gaza aid mission reveals more infants may die from hunger

UN crime prevention chief pledges enhanced cooperation in Somalia

On a mission to the Horn of Africa nation, Executive Director Waly underscored on Friday that “Somalia faces daunting challenges that range from terrorism to resurgent piracy, poverty and the consequences of climate change.” A complicated crisis Speaking to UN News in Mogadishu, Ms. Waly said interlinked threats included piracy, illegal fishing, different types of… Continue reading UN crime prevention chief pledges enhanced cooperation in Somalia

‘Clear and convincing information’ that hostages held in Gaza subjected to sexual violence says UN Special Representative

Pramila Patten added in a press release issued along with the report, that there are also reasonable grounds to believe that such violence, which includes other “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment”, may be continuing against those still being held by Hamas and other extremists in the Gaza Strip. The report from her Office, arose from… Continue reading ‘Clear and convincing information’ that hostages held in Gaza subjected to sexual violence says UN Special Representative

‘Mega election’ 2024 could be a landmark for democracy: UN rights chief

4 March 2024Human Rights Dozens of elections taking place this year around the world will likely be “free from hatred” and respect the will of the people, but there are warning signs that several polls may not – from Bangladesh to Chad, Hungary, Russia and Senegal, UN rights chief Volker Türk warned on Monday. In… Continue reading ‘Mega election’ 2024 could be a landmark for democracy: UN rights chief

UPDATING LIVE: General Assembly meets to examine US veto of Gaza draft resolution

10:51 AM Israel: Ceasefire must have pre-conditions Gilad Menashe Erdan, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Israel to the UN, said that it has been 150 days since Hamas committed “the most brutal and barbaric massacre since the Holocaust”. “Once again, this body [General Assembly] has convened not to condemn Hamas, no. Not to condemn their… Continue reading UPDATING LIVE: General Assembly meets to examine US veto of Gaza draft resolution

Human ingenuity can help to save nature, Guterres says on World Wildlife Day

3 March 2024Climate and Environment UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for action now to protect nature in his message to mark World Wildlife Day on Sunday. Human activities have devastated our wildlife. Human ingenuity can help to save it,” he said. This year’s theme focuses on how digital technologies can drive wildlife conservation at a… Continue reading Human ingenuity can help to save nature, Guterres says on World Wildlife Day

UN chief appeals for greater support for small islands fighting climate change

2 March 2024Climate and Environment More funding is needed to support Small Island Developing States (SIDS) on the frontlines of climate change, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Saturday in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Mr. Guterres visited a project that is helping the Caribbean nation to combat the effects of coastal erosion and rising… Continue reading UN chief appeals for greater support for small islands fighting climate change

Security Council reiterates call for immediate and safe aid delivery to Gaza

2 March 2024Humanitarian Aid The UN Security Council has underscored the need to protect civilians in Gaza after more than 100 Palestinians were killed on Thursday, and several hundred others injured, while waiting for food at an aid convoy. Council members issued a statement on Saturday expressing their deep concern, noting that an Israeli investigation… Continue reading Security Council reiterates call for immediate and safe aid delivery to Gaza

Roughly 9,000 women killed so far in Gaza war: UN Women

2 March 2024Women The Gaza conflict “is also a war on women”, who continue to suffer its devastating impacts, the UN agency championing gender equality has said. UN Women estimated that 9,000 women have been reportedly killed by Israeli forces since the war erupted nearly five months ago. However, the figure is likely to be… Continue reading Roughly 9,000 women killed so far in Gaza war: UN Women

From AI to fast fashion, ‘world’s environment parliament’ adopts bold action plans

With more than 7,000 delegates from 182 UN Member States and more than 170 ministers participating in Nairobi, UNEA-6 adopted a package of action plans, from promoting sustainable lifestyles to the sound management of chemicals and waste and sand and dust storms, issuing calls for immediate steps to rein in overconsumption and take smarter, greener steps towards sustainability. “The… Continue reading From AI to fast fashion, ‘world’s environment parliament’ adopts bold action plans

UNHCR assists thousands fleeing armed group violence in northern Mozambique

1 March 2024Humanitarian Aid The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has voiced deep concern over the escalating humanitarian crisis in the restive Cabo Delgado province in northern Mozambique following a recent surge in violence and attacks by armed groups.  More than 70,000 people have fled their homes for southern districts since the start of the latest… Continue reading UNHCR assists thousands fleeing armed group violence in northern Mozambique

Myanmar: Unbearable levels of suffering and cruelty

1 March 2024Human Rights The crisis in Myanmar is a “never-ending nightmare” for the country’s people happening far away from the international spotlight, UN rights chief Volker Türk told the Human Rights Council on Friday.  In a scheduled update to the UN’s top rights forum, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights explained that the… Continue reading Myanmar: Unbearable levels of suffering and cruelty

World News in Brief: Another month of extreme heat, Sudan exodus continues into Chad, Zero Discrimination Day

Summarizing the state of the climate, the month ended with extreme heat in the southern hemisphere where it’s summer, while high temperatures atypical of the northern hemisphere winter prevailed. Parts of North and South America, northwest and southeast Africa, southeast and far eastern Asia, western Australia and Europe, all saw record-breaking temperatures, either on a… Continue reading World News in Brief: Another month of extreme heat, Sudan exodus continues into Chad, Zero Discrimination Day

Gaza: Worst famine fears realised as 10th child reportedly ‘starves to death’

“The official records yesterday or this morning said there was a tenth child officially registered in a hospital as having starved to death,” said UN health agency spokesperson Christian Lindmeier. “A very sad threshold…(but) the unofficial numbers can unfortunately be expected to be higher.” The development followed media reports overnight that four children had died… Continue reading Gaza: Worst famine fears realised as 10th child reportedly ‘starves to death’

Senior officials call for action and solutions at UN Environment Assembly

“Your efforts are urgent,” he said in a video message to the sixth edition of the UN Environmental Assembly (UNEA-6).  “Our planet is on the brink, ecosystems are collapsing, our climate is imploding, and humanity is to blame.”  Action now  The UNEA is the world’s highest decision-making body on the environment and aims to help restore… Continue reading Senior officials call for action and solutions at UN Environment Assembly

UN chief appalled by ‘tragic human toll’ of Gaza war

“Tragically, an unknown number of people lie under rubble”, António Guterres added, in a statement issued by his Spokesperson, reiterating his call for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire and unconditional release of all the hostages seized during the Hamas-led terror attack of 7 October. “He once again calls for urgent steps so that critical humanitarian aid… Continue reading UN chief appalled by ‘tragic human toll’ of Gaza war

UN chief ‘committed’ to Sudan as mission ends

Global perspective Human stories Clashes and insecurity in Sudan continues to force people to flee their homes in search of safety. 29 February 2024Peace and Security António Guterres expressed his strong commitment to the people of Sudan on Thursday as the UN assistance mission based there comes to an end, in line with a Security… Continue reading UN chief ‘committed’ to Sudan as mission ends

‘Carnage’ in Gaza must end, UN rights chief tells Human Rights Council

“The war in Gaza must end,” Mr. Türk said, insisting that it was “well past time” for peace, accountability and investigations into the “clear” violations of international humanitarian law and possible war crimes by both sides. Horrors of war “There appear to be no bounds to – no words to capture – the horrors that… Continue reading ‘Carnage’ in Gaza must end, UN rights chief tells Human Rights Council

Humanitarians launch $674 million appeal urging ‘increased solidarity’ with Haiti

Ulrika Richardson, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Haiti, was speaking from the capital, Port-au-Prince, a day after the Government and partners launched the plan to provide food, shelter, health, education and protection services for 3.6 million people this year.  “This is a call for increased solidarity, and Haiti needs it,” she said, noting that the country… Continue reading Humanitarians launch $674 million appeal urging ‘increased solidarity’ with Haiti

All parties to Gaza crisis may have committed war crimes: UN rights chief

Global perspective Human stories The Al-Shaboura neighborhood in Rafah, lies in ruins. In his latest report on the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory scheduled to be delivered to the Human Rights Council later on Wednesday, Mr. Türk repeats his condemnation of the Hamas-led massacres in Israel on 7 October that left some 1,200 butchered… Continue reading All parties to Gaza crisis may have committed war crimes: UN rights chief

UN Syria envoy appeals for urgent de-escalation across the Middle East

“Regional spillover is only the latest accelerant to a conflict that is growing in complexity and with each passing year. The situation is worsening on almost all indicators and the status quo is unsustainable and unmanageable,” he said. Airstrikes and casualties Multiple airstrikes attributed to Israel were carried out this month in Syria, including on… Continue reading UN Syria envoy appeals for urgent de-escalation across the Middle East

UPDATING LIVE: Security Council meets on Gaza as risk of famine grows by the day

3:05 PM Guyana hold the presidency of the Security Council for February and their Permanent Representative Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett has just gavelled the meeting open.  ‘Complete agricultural collapse’ looms by May in northern Gaza OCHA deputy chief Ramesh Rajasingham told ambassadors the situation in Gaza was grave with practically the entire population left to rely on… Continue reading UPDATING LIVE: Security Council meets on Gaza as risk of famine grows by the day

Gaza: Frustration mounts as UN convoy is blocked outside stricken hospital

“This is not an isolated incident. Aid convoys have come under fire and are systematically denied access to people in need,” said the UN Humanitarian Country Team in Palestine, after the mission to evacuate 24 patients from Al Amal Hospital in Khan Younis.  The development came amid continued intense fighting across the enclave, sparked by Hamas-led… Continue reading Gaza: Frustration mounts as UN convoy is blocked outside stricken hospital

World News in Brief: Fighting continues in DR Congo, Russian anti-war campaigner harassment, LGBTQ rights

Stéphane Dujarric told correspondents at the regular press briefing in New York, that during the clashes, two rockets landed close to the UN peacekeeping base in Kimoka, about four kilometres northwest of Sake town, in North Kivu. No casualties on the UN side were reported, he said. The UN mission, MONUSCO, “remains deeply concerned by… Continue reading World News in Brief: Fighting continues in DR Congo, Russian anti-war campaigner harassment, LGBTQ rights

World unites at UN Environment Assembly to combat ‘triple planetary crisis’

More than 7,000 delegates from 182 countries are scheduled to take part in the sixth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-6) which runs through Friday. Delegates are convening in the Kenyan capital as climate change intensifies, a million species face the risk of extinction, and pollution remains among the world’s leading causes of… Continue reading World unites at UN Environment Assembly to combat ‘triple planetary crisis’

Deadlock over disarmament ‘not acceptable’: Guterres

26 February 2024Peace and Security Amid geopolitical divides, arms competition, increasingly dangerous new technologies and an elevated nuclear risk, the Secretary-General on Monday highlighted his concern that the UN Conference on Disarmament is consistently failing to deliver. The Conference, which was established with the primary goal of fostering cooperation for mutual disarmament, has faced significant… Continue reading Deadlock over disarmament ‘not acceptable’: Guterres

What is the UN Environment Assembly and why does it matter?

Set up as a sort of ‘world parliament on the environment’, UNEA aims to define priorities for environmental policies and develop international legislation on the matter. Why is UNEA important? The 2024 Environment Assembly, or UNEA-6, is expected to host a record 6,000 delegates, including seven Heads of State and 139 Ministers and Vice-Ministers, as… Continue reading What is the UN Environment Assembly and why does it matter?

Drawing a line in the sand as communities adapt to climate change

UN News’s Daniel Dickinson travelled to Madagascar ahead of the United Nations Environment Assembly, which is taking place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 26 February, to ask people how they are coping. Life is becoming increasingly challenging in the village of Zanavo Fagnalenga on the southernmost tip of Madagascar. Years of under-development, a series of humanitarian… Continue reading Drawing a line in the sand as communities adapt to climate change

Aid delivery to Gaza drops by half since January: UNRWA

26 February 2024Humanitarian Aid Very little humanitarian aid has entered besieged Gaza this month, with a 50 per cent reduction compared to January, the head of the UN agency that assists Palestine refugees (UNRWA) said on Monday.  Writing on the social media platform X, Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini said that “aid was supposed to increase not… Continue reading Aid delivery to Gaza drops by half since January: UNRWA

‘High time for peace’, UN chief says, as Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine enters third year

23 February 2024Peace and Security The UN Secretary-General addressed the Security Council on Friday, underscoring the fundamental need to honour the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine, as the full-scale invasion by Russia of the country marks its second anniversary. “Two years on and a decade since Russia’s attempted illegal annexation of Ukraine’s… Continue reading ‘High time for peace’, UN chief says, as Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine enters third year

World News in Brief: Fresh Ukraine attacks condemned, Gaza healthcare, DR Congo needs escalating

The latest strikes in the centre and south occurred on the eve of the solemn commemoration marking two years of war and one day after deadly attacks in the Donestsk region, located in the east. ‘Grim reality’ unchanged Denise Brown, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine, took to social media to voice her condemnation. “Today’s attacks… Continue reading World News in Brief: Fresh Ukraine attacks condemned, Gaza healthcare, DR Congo needs escalating

UN rights chief deplores ‘entrenched impunity’ by all parties in Israel, OPT

In a new report, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) noted a broad range of concerns, including unlawful killings, hostage-taking, destruction of civilian property, collective punishment, forced displacement, incitement to hatred and violence, sexual assault, and torture. These acts are all prohibited by international human rights and humanitarian laws. “The… Continue reading UN rights chief deplores ‘entrenched impunity’ by all parties in Israel, OPT

General Assembly President calls for solidarity with Ukraine as ‘needless war’ enters a third year

“As we reflect on the two years of anguish and hardship, let us emerge from this place with a resounding message of solidarity and unwavering support to the resilient people of Ukraine,” he said, speaking on the eve of the solemn anniversary.  The UN Security Council is also set to meet on Ukraine later on… Continue reading General Assembly President calls for solidarity with Ukraine as ‘needless war’ enters a third year

Rights violations ripple across war-torn Sudan

“For nearly a year now, accounts coming out of Sudan have been of death, suffering and despair, as the senseless conflict and human rights violations and abuses have persisted with no end in sight,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk. The report details multiple indiscriminate attacks by both the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and… Continue reading Rights violations ripple across war-torn Sudan

UNRWA at ‘breaking point’ warns agency chief

22 February 2024Humanitarian Aid The UN agency serving Palestine refugees (UNRWA) has reached breaking point due to Israeli calls for its abolition and the associated funding freeze, just when it is needed most, said UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini. In a letter addressed to the President of the UN General Assembly, which provides the agency with… Continue reading UNRWA at ‘breaking point’ warns agency chief

‘Shocking, unsustainable and desperate’ situation in Gaza, warns UN Special Coordinator

22 February 2024Peace and Security The Security Council is meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York on the situation in the Gaza Strip, wracked by months of unrelenting war, and tensions spilling into the wider Middle East region. Tor Wennesland, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, told ambassadors that “there is… Continue reading ‘Shocking, unsustainable and desperate’ situation in Gaza, warns UN Special Coordinator

Humanitarian leaders unite in urgent plea for Gaza

Since the brutal 7 October terror attacks by Hamas and other militants on southern Israel and the ensuing military onslaught by Israel on Gaza, more than three quarters of the enclave’s population have been displaced from their homes, many multiple times. There are widespread shortages of food, water and sanitation, and the health system continues… Continue reading Humanitarian leaders unite in urgent plea for Gaza

World News in Brief: Ukraine attacks in Donetsk, ‘forever chemicals’ dumped in US, benefits of multilingual education

Briefing journalists in New York, Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric cited the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, which said the damage had occurred after a water filtering station was hit. The city had a pre-war population of 220,000 people, now reduced to 90,000.  The attacks also caused civilian casualties and damage to civilian infrastructure on both sides… Continue reading World News in Brief: Ukraine attacks in Donetsk, ‘forever chemicals’ dumped in US, benefits of multilingual education

Gaza has become a ‘death zone’, warns UN health chief

21 February 2024Peace and Security An “inhumane” health and humanitarian situation now prevails across Gaza with conditions continuing to deteriorate, the head of the UN World Health Organization warned on Wednesday. “Gaza has become a death zone,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General told correspondents at a press briefing in Geneva. “Much of the territory has… Continue reading Gaza has become a ‘death zone’, warns UN health chief

DR Congo: Fighting threatens stability of entire region, envoy warns

Briefing the Security Council in New York, UN Special Representative Bintou Keita urged ambassadors to do all they can to prevent the fighting in North Kivu province from spreading beyond the border.  “It is crucial to underscore the risk of an expansion of the conflict on a regional scale if the diplomatic efforts that are… Continue reading DR Congo: Fighting threatens stability of entire region, envoy warns

World News in Brief: Papua New Guinea violence, Ukraine’s displaced, $2.6 billion DR Congo appeal

Authorities are urged to engage with provincial and local leaders in a dialogue to achieve durable peace and respect for human rights in the remote Highlands region. The appeal follows the latest outbreak of violence between warring tribes in the Pacific Island nation, which occurred on Sunday in Enga province. At least 26 people were… Continue reading World News in Brief: Papua New Guinea violence, Ukraine’s displaced, $2.6 billion DR Congo appeal

UPDATING LIVE: Security Council to vote on ceasefire in Gaza

20 February 2024Peace and Security The Security Council is due to meet at 10:00 AM in New York to vote on a resolution on Gaza calling for “an immediate humanitarian ceasefire that must be respected by all parties”. Following all our live coverage here of another day of high stakes diplomacy. 09:30 AM: Tabled by… Continue reading UPDATING LIVE: Security Council to vote on ceasefire in Gaza

UN agencies sound alarm over renewed clashes in eastern DR Congo

The UN Mission, MONUSCO, also called on the group to respect the Luanda roadmap, an agreement signed in 2022 by Angola, DRC and Rwanda that strives for peace in the conflict-affected eastern part of the country. MONUSCO is carrying out a three-phase process of withdrawal from the country following a UN Security Council resolution adopted in December… Continue reading UN agencies sound alarm over renewed clashes in eastern DR Congo

World News in Brief: Millions battle hunger due to Sudan war, human rights essential to peace, surge in fighting along Ukraine frontline

Thousands of families continue to be displaced and forced across borders into Chad and South Sudan each week while fighting between Government forces and the powerful RSF militia, which erupted last April, continues. WFP Regional Director Michael Dunford said the crisis impacting Sudan, South Sudan and Chad has created “the world’s largest displacement crisis”. Acute… Continue reading World News in Brief: Millions battle hunger due to Sudan war, human rights essential to peace, surge in fighting along Ukraine frontline

UN committed to help Somalia deliver ‘for its people’

Catriona Laing, who also heads the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), briefed ambassadors on developments across eight areas, including politics, security, women’s political participation, and humanitarian affairs. She expressed the UN’s “unwavering support towards the state-building agenda” in Somalia, underscoring that the Council’s support is central to the country’s success. “Through our collective support,… Continue reading UN committed to help Somalia deliver ‘for its people’

Gaza: Israeli advance on Rafah would have ‘dire humanitarian consequences’

Sigrid Kaag reiterated Secretary-General António Guterres’s concern that such an operation at present time would be potentially disastrous for innocent civilians. “There are more than a million people crammed in Rafah. It’s not intended for a million people in shelters, in random sort of plastic sheeted constructions. Health conditions are very worrisome,” she told correspondents… Continue reading Gaza: Israeli advance on Rafah would have ‘dire humanitarian consequences’

We all want an Afghanistan at peace, UN chief says in Doha

Speaking to journalists during a two-day meeting with regional and national special envoys for Afghanistan, António Guterres said that there was consensus among delegates over what needs to happen, although the Taliban are not taking part. “We want an Afghanistan in peace, peace with itself and peace with its neighbours and able to assume the… Continue reading We all want an Afghanistan at peace, UN chief says in Doha

Lifesaving medical care collapsing under assault in Gaza: WHO

16 February 2024Peace and Security The largest remaining hospital in southern Gaza is “barely functional”, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Friday, amid reports of intense attacks by Israeli forces. There have been reports of damage to Nasser Hospital’s orthopedic unit, reducing its ability to provide urgent medical care, WHO spokesperson Tarik Jašarević,… Continue reading Lifesaving medical care collapsing under assault in Gaza: WHO

In Munich, Guterres calls for new global order that works for all

“Our world is facing existential challenges, but the global community is more fragmented and divided than at any time during the past 75 years,” he said, highlighting the need for “a global order that works for everyone”. Mr. Guterres said if countries fulfilled their obligations under the UN Charter, every person on earth would live… Continue reading In Munich, Guterres calls for new global order that works for all

World News in Brief: World News in Brief: Warmest January on record, Sudan diplomacy push, catching childhood cancer early

Global precipitation reached a near record-high in January on the heels of a record wet December. Large portions of North America, Asia and Australia were wetter than average while much of southern Africa and South America were drier than normal. The record-breaking trend seen for much of 2023 has rolled into 2024. For the eighth… Continue reading World News in Brief: World News in Brief: Warmest January on record, Sudan diplomacy push, catching childhood cancer early

‘Force alone is not the answer’ says UN counter-terrorism chief

15 February 2024Peace and Security International cooperation is vital to confront the multi-faceted challenges resulting from terrorism, the head of the UN Office dedicated to confronting the scourge worldwide said on Thursday, calling for decisive multilateral action. “Force alone is not the answer,” Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General for the Office of Counter-Terrorism, told ambassadors in the… Continue reading ‘Force alone is not the answer’ says UN counter-terrorism chief

Security Council: Continued Libya impasse threatens country’s future

They must put aside self-interest, negotiate in good faith and reach an agreement on a unified government, while also ensuring national polls go ahead to avoid it from “sliding into disintegration”, Abdoulaye Bathily told ambassadors on the Security Council. “I call on their sense of moral duty to negotiate and reach a compromise to restore… Continue reading Security Council: Continued Libya impasse threatens country’s future

Gaza: Israel’s censure of rights expert should not distract from possible war crimes

As Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Francesca Albanese has a mandate from the Council which includes investigating violations, undertaking regular visits or missions, and reporting on findings. Israel’s Foreign Minister and Interior Minister announced this week that she was prohibited from entering the country following recent comments… Continue reading Gaza: Israel’s censure of rights expert should not distract from possible war crimes

Ukraine recovery and reconstruction: $486 billion over the next decade

The updated Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment (RDNA3) – issued by the Government, alongside the World Bank Group, the European Commission and the UN – covers damage incurred since the start of the full-scale Russian invasion on 24 February 2022 to the end of last December.  The highest needs are in housing, or 17 per… Continue reading Ukraine recovery and reconstruction: $486 billion over the next decade

Gaza: Threat of ground invasion looms over Rafah

15 February 2024Peace and Security Amid ongoing airstrikes targeting Gaza’s southernmost city of Rafah and reports that Israeli forces have conducted a military operation inside the Nasser hospital complex, concerns over a potential ground invasion of the densely populated border city are escalating.  The Israeli military confirmed on Thursday in a tweet that its special… Continue reading Gaza: Threat of ground invasion looms over Rafah

Massive displacement as fighting surges in eastern DR Congo

14 February 2024Peace and Security Civilians in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are once again bearing the brunt of localized violence, amid a sharp uptick in fighting between Government forces and the M23 armed group, the UN refugee agency reported on Wednesday. Fresh fighting since last week in the region has displaced… Continue reading Massive displacement as fighting surges in eastern DR Congo

World News in Brief: DR Congo clashes, invest in ending polio, say #IDONT to child marriage

Violence last week forced thousands to flee, and fighting occurred on Tuesday in the outskirts of Sake, which is located some 20 kilometres northwest of the provincial capital, Goma. “Our peacekeeping mission is continuing to support the Congolese armed forces and is doing its utmost to protect civilians, including by maintaining a presence along the Goma-Sake axis,” said… Continue reading World News in Brief: DR Congo clashes, invest in ending polio, say #IDONT to child marriage

Yemen: Recent progress marred by Gaza war fallout, UN envoy reports

Briefing the Security Council, Hans Grundberg recalled “steady progress” in UN efforts to mediate the the complex decade-long crisis, set off by the overthrow of the Government by Houthi rebels in 2014. However, the locus of attention has shifted dramatically since December 2023 due to the Israel-Gaza war and the military escalation in the Red… Continue reading Yemen: Recent progress marred by Gaza war fallout, UN envoy reports

Faster and safe aid access critical to keep famine and disease at bay in Gaza

Getting enough supplies into and across Gaza now depends on the opening of new entry routes, more trucks being allowed through border checks each day, fewer restrictions on the movement of humanitarian workers, and safety guarantees for people accessing and distributing aid, they said. They warned that humanitarian action is seriously limited by the closure… Continue reading Faster and safe aid access critical to keep famine and disease at bay in Gaza

World News in Brief: Rafah ‘slaughter’ fears, Ukraine energy system attacks, rights abuses against Syrian returnees

“Today, I’m sounding the alarm once again: Military operations in Rafah could lead to a slaughter in Gaza. They could also leave an already fragile humanitarian operation at death’s door,” he said in a statement on Tuesday. “The scenario we have long dreaded is unraveling at alarming speed,” he said, as well over a million… Continue reading World News in Brief: Rafah ‘slaughter’ fears, Ukraine energy system attacks, rights abuses against Syrian returnees

Rising hunger: UN chief identifies wars, climate chaos as aggravating factors

“Climate chaos and food crises are serious and mounting threats to global peace and security. It is only right that they are addressed by this Council,” he said. Representatives from nearly 90 countries are participating in the debate, convened by Guyana, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month.   Hunger in Gaza  Climate disasters and… Continue reading Rising hunger: UN chief identifies wars, climate chaos as aggravating factors

INTERVIEW: Unpacking Egypt’s vital aid role in Gaza and Sudan

UN News spoke with Elena Panova, UN Resident Coordinator in Egypt, and Neveen Alqabbaj, Vice-President of the Egyptian Red Crescent Society and Egypt’s Minister of Social Solidarity, about how thousands of tonnes of aid and lifesaving services get delivered in times of crisis. Neveen Alqabbaj: The Egyptian Red Crescent Society was on top of the… Continue reading INTERVIEW: Unpacking Egypt’s vital aid role in Gaza and Sudan

Gazans ‘anxious and living in fear’ of Israeli assault on Rafah, warns top UN aid official

13 February 2024Peace and Security As international efforts continue to secure a ceasefire in Gaza, the head of UNRWA, the UN aid agency for Palestinians, warned on Tuesday that those in the enclave remain deeply traumatised by the war with Israel and afraid of a full-scale assault on Rafah in the south. “People are anxious… Continue reading Gazans ‘anxious and living in fear’ of Israeli assault on Rafah, warns top UN aid official

World News in Brief: Syria aid lifelines, Sudan telecoms blackout, increased patrols in Abyei, preventing terrorism

The Syrian Government informed the UN on Saturday of its consent to allow humanitarian assistance to be delivered into the region through two border crossings with Türkiye – Bab al-Salam and Al-Ra’i – until 13 May.  This follows Syria’s decision in January to renew consent for the UN and partners to use the Bab al-Hawa… Continue reading World News in Brief: Syria aid lifelines, Sudan telecoms blackout, increased patrols in Abyei, preventing terrorism

Address root causes of Ukraine war, UN official urges, as anniversary of Russian invasion approaches

12 February 2024Peace and Security As the second anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine approaches, a senior UN official on Monday voiced deep concern over the escalatory trajectory of the war with intensifying attacks on civilians. Miroslav Jenča, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Europe at the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA), warned that… Continue reading Address root causes of Ukraine war, UN official urges, as anniversary of Russian invasion approaches

First-ever UN report reveals complex threats to migratory species

Of most concern is the threat to migratory fishes, with 97 per cent of the species on the brink of extinction.   The two greatest threats to all migratory species are overexploitation and habitat loss due to human activity, according to the first-ever State of the World’s Migratory Species report, released on Monday. Amy Fraenkel,… Continue reading First-ever UN report reveals complex threats to migratory species

Gaza: UN rights chief warns against potential ‘carnage’ in Rafah

12 February 2024Human Rights UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk on Monday appealed for restraint in the face of an Israeli military incursion in Rafah, warning of the risk of further atrocity crimes in the Gaza war.  Nearly 1.5 million people are now crammed into the southern city on the border with Egypt,… Continue reading Gaza: UN rights chief warns against potential ‘carnage’ in Rafah

Gaza: Relief over rescued hostages as Tedros warns of ‘ocean of need’

12 February 2024Peace and Security Amid reports on Monday that two hostages have been rescued during a raid by Israeli special forces in Rafah city, the head of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said that the spiralling humanitarian crisis in Gaza is still not being met with anywhere near sufficient aid relief.  “So far,… Continue reading Gaza: Relief over rescued hostages as Tedros warns of ‘ocean of need’

A lullaby for children sleeping under bombs in Gaza

“I endured the artillery’s roar, the fire in the nursery, yet I stand tall,” read the lyrics. “I weathered the paralyzing fear under the covers, felt everyone turn their backs, yet I stand tall.”When he wrote the song in October, shortly after the war began, Marwán, whose father grew up in UNRWA tents in the… Continue reading A lullaby for children sleeping under bombs in Gaza

Mongolian dzud: Extreme weather puts 90% of country at ‘high risk’

9 February 2024Climate and Environment The ongoing “white and iron” dzud in Mongolia has reached a “critical” level, with over 90 per cent of the country facing high levels of risk from the unique weather phenomenon, UN agencies have reported. About 190,000 herder households are struggling with inadequate feed, skyrocketing prices and heightened vulnerabilities, according… Continue reading Mongolian dzud: Extreme weather puts 90% of country at ‘high risk’

World News in Brief: Rafah escalation fears, Gaza war’s unprecedented death rate, Pakistan terrorist attacks condemned

More than half of Gaza’s population of over two million is now crammed into the city, which is located on the border with Egypt and originally home to some 250,000 people. Congestion has reached a point where normal routes are blocked by tents set up by families seeking any flat, clean space available, OCHA said.  Garbage… Continue reading World News in Brief: Rafah escalation fears, Gaza war’s unprecedented death rate, Pakistan terrorist attacks condemned

Haiti: Human rights deteriorating as gang violence spreads

At least 806 people not involved in violent gang wars were killed, injured, or kidnapped in January – the bloodiest month in more than two years. Additionally, some 300 gang members were killed or injured, bringing the overall total of people affected to 1,108 – more than three times the number recorded in January 2023… Continue reading Haiti: Human rights deteriorating as gang violence spreads

UN Special Adviser ‘horrified’ at suffering of civilians in the Middle East

Alice Wairimu Nderitu also underscored the need to intensify diplomatic efforts to bring the crisis to an end. “Civilians should never pay the price of a conflict for which they bear no responsibility,” she said in a statement. “Their most basic rights must be protected and preserved, and their humanitarian needs must be met,” she… Continue reading UN Special Adviser ‘horrified’ at suffering of civilians in the Middle East

World News in Brief: Ukraine nuclear power plant update, DR Congo flood response, impact of US terrorism designations

8 February 2024Peace and Security The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) this week undertook his fourth visit to the beleaguered Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) in southern Ukraine, his office said on Thursday.  IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi took stock of the safety and security situation at the plant as part… Continue reading World News in Brief: Ukraine nuclear power plant update, DR Congo flood response, impact of US terrorism designations

Security Council debates Kosovo’s new rules on Serbian currency

8 February 2024Peace and Security Trust building, not unilateral actions, are the linchpin in forging a peaceful path forward for Belgrade and Pristina, the UN’s top official in Kosovo told the Security Council on Thursday, as the body called an urgent meeting at Serbia’s request to debate new banking regulations that have triggered fresh tensions.… Continue reading Security Council debates Kosovo’s new rules on Serbian currency

Gazans ‘have no homes – and they have no hope’: UN chief

Speaking at a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York, the UN chief underscored the need for “real, visible, concrete steps” towards a two-State solution – based on UN resolutions, international law and previous agreements. “Repeated bloody hostilities, and decades of tensions and occupation, have failed to provide a State for the Palestinians, or… Continue reading Gazans ‘have no homes – and they have no hope’: UN chief

Gazans ‘stalked by hunger, disease and death’ warns UN’s top aid official

8 February 2024Peace and Security Amid further fighting across Gaza on Thursday including reports of deadly airstrikes in Rafah governorate, the UN’s top aid official Martin Griffiths echoed widespread international fears about a further escalation of the conflict. “As the war in Gaza encroaches further into Rafah, I am extremely concerned about the safety and… Continue reading Gazans ‘stalked by hunger, disease and death’ warns UN’s top aid official

Stories from the UN Archive: Were WMDs ever at UN Headquarters?

This #ThrowbackThursday, we looked at his claim and what was in the vial. On 5 February 2003, Mr. Powell addressed the Council, laying out the case for the US invasion of Iraq the following month. “Every statement I make today is backed up by solid sources,” he said. “What we’re giving you are facts and conclusions.… Continue reading Stories from the UN Archive: Were WMDs ever at UN Headquarters?

World News in Brief: UN official condemns attacks in Ukraine, DR Congo faces fresh fighting and devastating floods

The morning assault reportedly involved Russian-fired missiles and drones which hit six Ukrainian regions leaving at least five dead.  The attacks also disrupted essential services, including electricity, water and gas supplies, especially in Mykolaiv city and Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, when they are much needed this cold winter. “Millions of people rely on these services for… Continue reading World News in Brief: UN official condemns attacks in Ukraine, DR Congo faces fresh fighting and devastating floods

UNICEF condemns air strike on schools in Myanmar

7 February 2024Peace and Security The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has strongly condemned Monday’s deadly airstrike on two schools in eastern Myanmar resulting in the deaths of at least four children and two teachers, with many more left injured. The children killed were boys between 12 and 14 years of age. “UNICEF strongly condemns any… Continue reading UNICEF condemns air strike on schools in Myanmar

Gaza war enters fifth month amid reports of potential ceasefire deal

7 February 2024Peace and Security As the devastating Gaza-Israel war entered its fifth month on Wednesday leaving a reported 27,585 Palestinians dead and nearly 70,000 injured, the UN’s top humanitarian official welcomed early indications of a “potential breakthrough” in negotiations for a ceasefire and the release of all remaining hostages. Commenting on the “potentially positive… Continue reading Gaza war enters fifth month amid reports of potential ceasefire deal

UN’s political chief warns of escalating toll as third year of war in Ukraine looms

Briefing the Security Council, Political and Peacebuilding Affairs chief Rosemary DiCarlo told ambassadors: “We are no closer to the end of this illegal and unjustified war”. “With each passing day, the damage the conflict has done – and is doing – to Ukraine but also to global peace and security and international law, becomes increasingly… Continue reading UN’s political chief warns of escalating toll as third year of war in Ukraine looms

With Middle East at a ‘critical juncture’, UN Iraq envoy appeals for restraint

“With the conflict raging in Gaza, as well as armed action elsewhere, the Middle East is at a critical juncture, and the same is true for Iraq,” said UN Special Representative Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, calling for restraint. “With Iraq cloaked in an already complex tapestry of challenges; it is of greatest importance that all attacks cease.”… Continue reading With Middle East at a ‘critical juncture’, UN Iraq envoy appeals for restraint

UPDATING LIVE: Security Council to meet on Middle East crisis over US strikes

5 February 2024Peace and Security The UN Security Council is set to convene for an urgent meeting Monday afternoon at the request of Russia, as the war in Gaza continues to fan tensions across the Middle East, with potentially dramatic consequences for regional peace and security. Follow developments live here. Video of the Security Council… Continue reading UPDATING LIVE: Security Council to meet on Middle East crisis over US strikes

Guterres appoints independent UNRWA review panel

5 February 2024UN Affairs UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday appointed an independent panel to conduct an assessment of the UN agency that assists Palestine refugees, UNRWA, following accusations that several staff were involved in the 7 October attacks against Israel.   The independent Review Group – appointed in consultation with UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini – will examine whether the… Continue reading Guterres appoints independent UNRWA review panel

UN force steps up patrols after weekend of bloodshed in Abyei

5 February 2024Peace and Security The UN Interim Security Force in Abyei (UNISFA) has heightened ground and aerial patrols to deter further violence, after brutal fighting in the oil-rich region claimed dozens of lives over the weekend. Heavily armed assailants attacked civilians in the villages of Malual Aleu, Banton, Awolnhom, Abathok, Majbong, Awal, and east… Continue reading UN force steps up patrols after weekend of bloodshed in Abyei

Gaza: Northern aid push frustrated as regional tensions rise

“This morning a food convoy waiting to move into northern Gaza was hit by Israeli naval gunfire; thankfully no-one was injured,” said Tom White, Director of Affairs for the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNWRA. Accompanying the post on X, formerly Twitter, two photographs showed a stationary flat-bed lorry parked in front of a UN… Continue reading Gaza: Northern aid push frustrated as regional tensions rise

World News in Brief: Drought in Ethiopia, peacekeepers wounded in DR Congo, deadly strike on Ukraine aid workers

Drought is ravaging communities in Afar, Amhara, Tigray and Oromia, as well as the Southern and South West Ethiopia Peoples’ Region. Severe water shortages, dried pastures and reduced harvests are impacting millions of people and livestock, with reports of food insecurity and rising malnutrition.  Among those who are particularly vulnerable are people affected by the… Continue reading World News in Brief: Drought in Ethiopia, peacekeepers wounded in DR Congo, deadly strike on Ukraine aid workers

WFP pleads for aid access in Sudan, amid reports of starvation

WFP described the situation as dire, noting that almost 18 million people across the country are currently facing acute hunger.  An estimated five million are experiencing emergency levels of hunger due to conflict in areas such as Khartoum, Darfur, and Kordofan. Obstacles to aid delivery  “The situation in Sudan today is nothing short of catastrophic,”… Continue reading WFP pleads for aid access in Sudan, amid reports of starvation

Gaza: Rafah now a ‘pressure cooker of despair’ as exodus south continues

The warning from the UN aid coordination office, OCHA, comes nearly four months since Israel commenced a devastating bombing campaign in response to Hamas-led terror attacks on 7 October that left some 1,200 people butchered in southern Israeli communities and more than 250 taken hostage. “In recent days, thousands of Palestinians have been fleeing to… Continue reading Gaza: Rafah now a ‘pressure cooker of despair’ as exodus south continues

World News in Brief: Dozens killed in Mali ‘summary executions’, Ukraine update, civilian protection in DR Congo

The alleged massacre happened in Welingara village in the Nara region of central Mali on 26 January. Some 30 civilians were also reportedly killed by unidentified gunmen in the Bandiagara region at the weekend. In his call for impartial investigations into the allegations, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights emphasized the need for justice… Continue reading World News in Brief: Dozens killed in Mali ‘summary executions’, Ukraine update, civilian protection in DR Congo

Gaza: Aid operations in peril amid funding crisis

1 February 2024Humanitarian Aid Lifesaving aid operations in Gaza are “in peril” amid ongoing Israeli bombardment because of the funding crisis impacting the UN agency for Palestine refugees, UNRWA, top UN officials reiterated on Thursday. “It’s difficult to imagine that Gazans will survive this crisis without UNRWA…(we) have received reports that people in the area are… Continue reading Gaza: Aid operations in peril amid funding crisis

Myanmar: Military’s ‘campaign of violence’ must end, UN chief says on anniversary of coup

31 January 2024Peace and Security On the third anniversary of the military coup in Myanmar, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres voiced grave concern over the deteriorating situation in the country. In a statement issued by his Spokesman on Wednesday, the UN chief underscored the urgency of a transition to democratic governance and reinstating civilian rule. “The… Continue reading Myanmar: Military’s ‘campaign of violence’ must end, UN chief says on anniversary of coup

Gaza: A struggle to keep young hopes alive, amid shattered dreams

31 January 2024Human Rights Children in Gaza will likely lose at least a year of education, with the school year suspended, and classrooms closed or turned into shelters. Ziad Taleb, a correspondent for UN News, has been talking to teachers and children at a school in the central Gaza city of Deir al-Balah, which is… Continue reading Gaza: A struggle to keep young hopes alive, amid shattered dreams

World News in Brief: Haiti child displacement, Hong Kong torture claims, support Sudan refugees

Escalating armed violence in Haiti has triggered a profound humanitarian crisis, the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, warned on Wednesday. At least 170,000 children are now displaced – double the number from last year – amid a surge in gang-led killings and kidnappings, sexual violence and a severe food crisis. “In Haiti, children and families are… Continue reading World News in Brief: Haiti child displacement, Hong Kong torture claims, support Sudan refugees

World court rejects bulk of Ukraine’s terrorism charges against Russia

31 January 2024Peace and Security The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled on Wednesday that Russia had violated global anti-terrorism and anti-racial discrimination treaties, but dismissed most of the charges Kyiv brought against Moscow stemming from its 2014 invasion of Ukraine. The 117-page judgement contained rulings on seven matters in Ukraine’s case against Russia claiming that… Continue reading World court rejects bulk of Ukraine’s terrorism charges against Russia

Gaza economic recovery could take decades: UN report

The preliminary assessment of the social and economic impacts of the conflict examines Gross Domestic Product (GDP) loss, recovery timelines and the enduring effects on poverty and household expenditure. It is estimated the annual GDP of Gaza declined by $655 million last year, equivalent to 24 per cent. “The possibility and speed of recovery in… Continue reading Gaza economic recovery could take decades: UN report

‘We cannot abandon the people of Gaza’: chiefs of UN agencies and NGOs unite in appeal for UNRWA

31 January 2024Humanitarian Aid Deadly clashes and shelling continued in Khan Younis in southern Gaza overnight into Wednesday as top UN humanitarians and NGO chiefs warned of the “catastrophic consequences” of defunding UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees facing allegations of collusion with Hamas. Despite the “horrifying” allegations that 12 UNWRA staff were involved in… Continue reading ‘We cannot abandon the people of Gaza’: chiefs of UN agencies and NGOs unite in appeal for UNRWA

World News in Brief: Response plan for Somalia launched, mass executions in Iraq, Ukraine update, new European heat record

Somalia was hit by multiple shocks last year, including devastating drought, unprecedented heavy rains and flooding, and further mass displacement. Millions of people also continue to suffer from hunger and malnutrition, the UN said. The plan, launched with federal and state Governments, was launched as four million people – nearly a quarter of the population –… Continue reading World News in Brief: Response plan for Somalia launched, mass executions in Iraq, Ukraine update, new European heat record

Gaza: Aid cuts to UN agency could be felt in weeks

“While we’re addressing these concerns very actively, the humanitarian work needs to go on,” UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters at the Noon Briefing at Headquarters in New York on Tuesday. “Civilians in Gaza who are suffering, need the continued support of everyone,” he said. “The critical humanitarian work the UN does not only in Gaza,… Continue reading Gaza: Aid cuts to UN agency could be felt in weeks

Myanmar demands greater focus urges UN rights chief, three years after coup

“Amid all of the crises around the world, it is important no one is forgotten. The people of Myanmar have been suffering for too long,” Volker Türk said ahead of the anniversary of the coup on 1 February. He explained that fighting between the military and armed opposition groups has resulted in mass displacement and… Continue reading Myanmar demands greater focus urges UN rights chief, three years after coup

Amid UNWRA funding crisis, desperate Gazans scour trucks for food

30 January 2024Humanitarian Aid As the UN chief prepares to meet representatives from countries who donate to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) late on Tuesday following allegations of collusion with Hamas, the UN health agency, WHO, reiterated that now was not the time to abandon the people of Gaza. Despite ongoing Israeli bombardment… Continue reading Amid UNWRA funding crisis, desperate Gazans scour trucks for food