Nigeria: UN genocide expert warns against worsening security situation

Internally displaced mothers with their children attend a WFP famine assessment exercise in Borno State, northeastern Nigeria. 2 February 2023Peace and Security The UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide on Thursday voiced concern over the worsening security situation in Nigeria, while urging the authorities to ensure counter-terrorism operations are conducted in line with… Continue reading Nigeria: UN genocide expert warns against worsening security situation

Iraq must seize ‘brief window of opportunity’ to turn tide of instability

Highlighting recent achievements and challenges ahead following a year of tensions and political discord, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said the hope is that the confirmation of the new Government will provide an opportunity to structurally address the many pressing issues. ‘Glass half full’  “Effecting meaningful change will take time, as this can only happen through structural change… Continue reading Iraq must seize ‘brief window of opportunity’ to turn tide of instability

Revive and restore wetlands, home to 40 per cent of all biodiversity

On World Wetlands Day, observed this Thursday, the United Nations is calling for urgent action to revive and restore these ecosystems, which are disappearing three times faster than forests.  Wetlands cover roughly six per cent of the Earth’s land surface and are vital for human health, food supply, tourism and jobs.   Fighting climate change … Continue reading Revive and restore wetlands, home to 40 per cent of all biodiversity

Climate change: WMO unveils plans for sustainable monitoring of greenhouse gases

1 February 2023Climate and Environment A UN-led plan to tackle climate change by radically improving the way heat-trapping atmospheric pollutants are measured all over the planet, is being given serious consideration by governments and the international scientific community, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Wednesday. The WMO initiative would create a network of ground-based measurement… Continue reading Climate change: WMO unveils plans for sustainable monitoring of greenhouse gases

Peace in South Sudan hinges on local accountability, landmark Peacebuilding Commission meeting hears

“Our priority in 2023 is to take a ‘peace to people’ approach with the Government’s facilitation,” Stephen Par Kuol, Minister of Peacebuilding of South Sudan, told the Commission, via video link. Addressing the ambassadorial-level meeting on building peace in communities through local governance and community reconciliation in South Sudan, he said efforts included tackling such… Continue reading Peace in South Sudan hinges on local accountability, landmark Peacebuilding Commission meeting hears

Deny legitimacy of Myanmar’s military junta, UN expert urges

The State Administration Council (SAC) is illegal and illegitimate, Special Rapporteur Thomas Andrews said at the launch, co-hosted by the democracy and electoral assistance body, International IDEA. He called on the international community to stand firm against military rule, create a coalition of Member States to enforce strong, coordinated sanctions, and support the democratic National… Continue reading Deny legitimacy of Myanmar’s military junta, UN expert urges

Mali: Independent rights experts call for probe into Wagner Group’s alleged crimes

The rights experts – who include the UN Working Group on Mercenaries – said that a “climate of terror and complete impunity” has surrounded Wagner’s activities in the northwest African country. Systematic killings “We are particularly worried by credible reports that over the course of several days in late March 2022, Malian armed forces accompanied… Continue reading Mali: Independent rights experts call for probe into Wagner Group’s alleged crimes

Two years on from Myanmar military coup, UN chief stresses international unity, as arrests, airstrikes continue

30 January 2023Peace and Security The UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday called for Member States to urge the military leadership in Myanmar to respect the will and needs of its own people, as risks to regional stability grow. Ahead of 1 February – marking two years since the military overturned and arbitrarily detained members… Continue reading Two years on from Myanmar military coup, UN chief stresses international unity, as arrests, airstrikes continue

Israel-Palestine: UNICEF warns children are paying ‘the highest price’ as violence escalates

30 January 2023Peace and Security Alarmed by the recent killing and injury of many children in Israel and Palestine, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) voiced an appeal to parties on Monday to de-escalate tensions and refrain from violence. “Children continue to pay the highest price of violence,” the statement declared. “As the situation remains very… Continue reading Israel-Palestine: UNICEF warns children are paying ‘the highest price’ as violence escalates

Guterres strongly condemns deadly mosque attack in Pakistan

30 January 2023Peace and Security The UN chief and top officials have strongly condemned the suicide bombing at a mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan on Monday, that left at least 59 dead and 150 injured. News reports stated that a militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred at a crowded mosque. Reports showed that… Continue reading Guterres strongly condemns deadly mosque attack in Pakistan

‘A great victory’: Odesa mayor reacts to UNESCO Heritage List inclusion

Mr. Trukhanov spoke to UN News shortly after the decision was announced, on Wednesday, and explained the laborious process that led to the inclusion. Odesa Mayor, Gennady Trukhanov Gennady Trukhanov We applied for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List back in 2009 and were accepted into the provisional list. But the procedure dragged on and,… Continue reading ‘A great victory’: Odesa mayor reacts to UNESCO Heritage List inclusion

Guterres strongly condemns attack at Jerusalem synagogue which left at least seven Israelis dead

27 January 2023Peace and Security The UN Secretary-General on Friday strongly condemned Friday’s terrorist attack by a Palestinian man outside a synagogue in a Jerusalem neighbourhood which has left at least seven Israelis dead, and three others injured. According to news reports, the incident happened in the Neve Yaakov district in the middle of the… Continue reading Guterres strongly condemns attack at Jerusalem synagogue which left at least seven Israelis dead

Mali: ‘Critical year’ begins in country’s return to constitutional order

The envoy was addressing ambassadors at what he called a “unique juncture” in the efforts to promote lasting peace and security in the West African country.    “Mali is ushering in a critical year in terms of returning to constitutional order,” he said, with several votes scheduled starting in March.   Work in progress  Mr.… Continue reading Mali: ‘Critical year’ begins in country’s return to constitutional order

Climate crisis and migration: Greta Thunberg supports IOM over ‘life and death’ issue

27 January 2023Climate and Environment The head of the UN migration agency IOM, and leading climate justice activist, Greta Thunberg, called on Friday for immediate action to help tackle the impacts of climate change on those forced to flee their homes, or leaving in search of a better life. António Vitorino, and Ms. Thunberg said… Continue reading Climate crisis and migration: Greta Thunberg supports IOM over ‘life and death’ issue

UN deputy chief reminds Taliban: Islam does not ban women from education 

Traveling with UN Women chief Sima Bahous, and other senior officials, she told journalists on Thursday that she had informed Taliban leaders that a society based on exclusion and repression could never flourish.  The first goal of the visit focused on “solidarity and the importance of women’s rights…with a view to education, secondary and tertiary”.  … Continue reading UN deputy chief reminds Taliban: Islam does not ban women from education 

UN envoy ‘deeply alarmed’ over deaths of nine Palestinians in West Bank raid

26 January 2023Peace and Security The top UN official for the Middle East peace process, said on Thursday he was “deeply alarmed and saddened” at the continuing cycle of violence in the occupied West Bank, after nine Palestinians were killed during an Israeli military raid. Tor Wennesland described the deaths – during an intense gun battle at… Continue reading UN envoy ‘deeply alarmed’ over deaths of nine Palestinians in West Bank raid

Peacebuilding must be rooted in ‘bedrock of inclusive, sustainable development’

“People’s sense of safety and security is at a low in almost every country, with six in seven worldwide, plagued by feelings of insecurity”, she stated. The world is facing the highest number of violent conflicts since the Second World War she said, with a quarter of humanity live in war zones – triggering grave… Continue reading Peacebuilding must be rooted in ‘bedrock of inclusive, sustainable development’

Sudan: Progress in Darfur militia leader trial, but Government cooperation wanes

25 January 2023Peace and Security “Swift progress” has been made at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the trial against a former Janjaweed leader in Sudan’s Darfur region, but cooperation with the Government has deteriorated, the UN Security Council heard on Wednesday.  Presenting his latest report, ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan updated ambassadors on proceedings against… Continue reading Sudan: Progress in Darfur militia leader trial, but Government cooperation wanes

Two-thirds of Yemenis need humanitarian support and protection

The UN humanitarian affairs office OCHA is calling for $4.3 billion to reach the 17.3 million most vulnerable people in need, whose lives have been turned upside down because of protracted war, displacement and economic collapse, compounded by recurrent natural disasters. Yemen’s civil war began in 2014 when Houthi rebels took the capital, Sana’a, forcing… Continue reading Two-thirds of Yemenis need humanitarian support and protection

Human Rights must be defended in the fight against terrorism: UN chief

25 January 2023Peace and Security UN Secretary-General António Guterres has warned that the fight against terrorism will never succeed if we perpetuate the “denial and destruction” of human rights.  Speaking at the ninth meeting of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact in New York, he urged for all counter-terrorism policies and initiatives to be “firmly grounded”… Continue reading Human Rights must be defended in the fight against terrorism: UN chief

‘Equal rights cannot wait’ on International Day of Women in Multilateralism

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay made the appeal in her message to mark the International Day of Women in Multilateralism, which highlights their role in building peace and ensuring sustainable development.  It also provides an opportunity to advocate for increased representation of women in key decision-making positions in global collaboration.  ‘Incomprehensible inequality gap’   “Celebrating their… Continue reading ‘Equal rights cannot wait’ on International Day of Women in Multilateralism

Odesa added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List amid threats of destruction

25 January 2023Peace and Security The historic centre of the port city of Odesa, in Ukraine, has been inscribed on the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) World Heritage List, 11 months since the full-scale Russian invasion.  This decision recognizes the outstanding universal value of the site and the duty of all humanity to… Continue reading Odesa added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List amid threats of destruction

Mali: WHO doctor seized by ‘unidentified assailants’, as UNHCR raises alarm over continuing violence

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a tweet posted on Tuesday that WHO was working with local authorities to investigate the abduction of Dr. Mahamadou Diawara, who had worked for the agency in the town for around three years, “and ensure our colleague’s quick return to his family.” WHO said in a statement that he had… Continue reading Mali: WHO doctor seized by ‘unidentified assailants’, as UNHCR raises alarm over continuing violence

Top UN body asks what more can be done to stop genocide, atrocity crimes

The UN fears risk of these atrocities is heightened given current global crises that include conflict, soaring food and energy costs, and deepening inequalities and tensions, all exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.  In her opening remarks, ECOSOC President Lachezara Stoeva highlighted how the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, together with global commitment… Continue reading Top UN body asks what more can be done to stop genocide, atrocity crimes

Police overwhelmed, development stalled, as gang violence spirals in Haiti

24 January 2023Peace and Security Haiti’s protracted political and humanitarian crisis – marked by spiking levels of gang-related violence and a badly struggling national police force – are reversing crucial security and development strides made since the country’s devastating 2010 earthquake, the senior UN representative in Port-au-Prince told the Security Council on Tuesday.  “Years of… Continue reading Police overwhelmed, development stalled, as gang violence spirals in Haiti

‘Let’s all become the champions the ocean needs’ – UN chief Guterres

“And by working as one, it’s a race we can win. Let’s all become the champions the ocean needs. Let’s end the ocean emergency and preserve this precious blue gift for our children and grandchildren,” urged the UN chief.   The Secretary-General was speaking from the Ocean Science Centre Mindelo, in São Vicente, a state-of-the-art facility… Continue reading ‘Let’s all become the champions the ocean needs’ – UN chief Guterres

UN convenes Lake Chad countries, amid growing regional crisis

23 January 2023Humanitarian Aid Amid worsening security, economic, and humanitarian crises, the third Lake Chad Basin High Level Conference has begun, aimed at addressing a range of long-standing issues and the needs of the population, including some 11 million people, who are in need of assistance. The UN describes the conference as a critical international… Continue reading UN convenes Lake Chad countries, amid growing regional crisis

In drought-stricken Cabo Verde, UN chief finds hope for creating sustainable oasis

For hours, António Guterres’ car had moved along a sinuous road, which opened against an arid landscape, but then one last curve, and a few hundred feet up a hill, the view outside his window bursts into myriad shades of green, as small terraces supported by stone walls filled with banana trees, palms and sugar cane,… Continue reading In drought-stricken Cabo Verde, UN chief finds hope for creating sustainable oasis

Cabo Verde ‘on the frontlines’ of climate crisis, says Guterres ahead of Ocean Summit

The answer goes back to 2015, when the national Government detailed a strategic plan on how the blue economy would be a central part of the island nation’s future, as well as to a series of investments that have been made since then.   But this evening, looking out at nearly a dozen boats participating in… Continue reading Cabo Verde ‘on the frontlines’ of climate crisis, says Guterres ahead of Ocean Summit

Ukraine: UN aid reaches Soledar as IAEA boosts safety measures at nuclear sites

Jens Laerke from UN aid coordinating office, OCHA, said that three trucks had been granted access to the heavily disputed city in the Donbas region, which has been an intense battleground, as Russian forces seek to advance on the strategically important town of Bakhmut. He told journalists at Friday’s briefing in Geneva that the convoy… Continue reading Ukraine: UN aid reaches Soledar as IAEA boosts safety measures at nuclear sites

Northern Ireland: UK ‘immunity’ legislation could hamper victims’ rights, warns Türk

19 January 2023Peace and Security The United Kingdom’s plans to offer limited immunity from prosecution to those accused of crimes during Northern Ireland’s “Troubles” have been called into question by UN rights chief Volker Türk.  The High Commissioner for Human Rights acknowledged on Thursday that addressing the violent legacy of intercommunal relations in Northern Ireland from the 1960s to… Continue reading Northern Ireland: UK ‘immunity’ legislation could hamper victims’ rights, warns Türk

UN aims to boost aid to frontline areas of Ukraine; Black Sea grain exports near 18 million tonnes

The UN humanitarian coordination office, OCHA, said in a press release that a seven-truck convoy had reached Vovchansk in the Kharkiv region – just five kilometres from the Russian border. “This community has been heavily impacted by months of hostilities and the 4,500 people who remain there depend on humanitarian aid to meet their needs.”… Continue reading UN aims to boost aid to frontline areas of Ukraine; Black Sea grain exports near 18 million tonnes

Negative trends prevail in Occupied Palestinian Territory; human toll ‘devastating’: Senior UN Official

“The violent trends that dominated the last months of 2022 continue to take a devastating human toll,” said Tor Wennesland, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process.  Citing rising political tensions and the long-stalled peace process, he said preventing more loss of life must go hand-in-hand with the international community’s ultimate goal – ending the… Continue reading Negative trends prevail in Occupied Palestinian Territory; human toll ‘devastating’: Senior UN Official

Ukraine war: No chance for serious peace negotiations yet, says UN chief

Following that sobering assessment, António Guterres also told the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, that he remained committed to alleviating the suffering of Ukrainians and vulnerable people in the wider world, still reeling from the conflict’s “dramatic, devastating impacts” on the global economy. “There will be an end…there is an end of everything,… Continue reading Ukraine war: No chance for serious peace negotiations yet, says UN chief

Security Council: UN rights official raises concerns over Ukraine religious freedoms

17 January 2023Human Rights Addressing the Security Council on Tuesday, Ilze Brands Kehris, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, expressed concern about restrictions to freedom of religion in Ukraine, including territory under Russian control. The theme of the Council meeting briefing on Ukraine came under the “Threats to International Peace and Security” agenda item.… Continue reading Security Council: UN rights official raises concerns over Ukraine religious freedoms

UN envoy sees ‘real chance’ of political solution in Sudan

The coup ended a power-sharing agreement between military and civilian leaders established following the April 2019 overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir, who had ruled for 30 years.  “After almost 15 months after the coup of 25 October 2021, returning to the transition path would be a major, major step forward for all Sudanese whether they… Continue reading UN envoy sees ‘real chance’ of political solution in Sudan

Recommit to Libya ceasefire, urges senior UN representative

17 January 2023Peace and Security Following the latest meeting of rival military leaders in Sirte, Libya, the head of the UN Mission in the country (UNSMIL) has called upon the national authorities to recommit to fully supporting the implementation of Libya’s 2020 ceasefire agreement. On Monday, Abdoulaye Bathily, who is also the Special Representative of… Continue reading Recommit to Libya ceasefire, urges senior UN representative

Ukraine: Civilian attacks ‘must end immediately’ says UN, as search for Dnipro survivors continues

Associate Spokesperson Stephanie Tremblay told Monday’s regular briefing for correspondents in New York that António Guterres had condemned Saturday evening’s missile strike adding that it was “another example of a suspected violation of the laws of war.” Violation of international law In a statement issued later in the day, the Spokesperson reiterated that “attacks against… Continue reading Ukraine: Civilian attacks ‘must end immediately’ says UN, as search for Dnipro survivors continues

Yemen: Lull in major fighting provides space for dialogue

Special Envoy Hans Grundberg reported on his ongoing mediation efforts with the Government and Houthi rebels, also known as Ansar Allah, following their failure last October to extend a landmark truce that lasted six months.  Regional and international efforts towards ending their eight-year war have also intensified, pointing to “a potential step-change” in the trajectory… Continue reading Yemen: Lull in major fighting provides space for dialogue

UN chief calls for renewable energy ‘revolution’ for a brighter global future

“Only renewables can safeguard our future, close the energy access gap, stabilize prices and ensure energy security,” he said in a video message to the 13th Session of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly, taking place this weekend in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. “Together, let’s jumpstart a renewables revolution and create a brighter… Continue reading UN chief calls for renewable energy ‘revolution’ for a brighter global future

Water’s a ‘dealmaker’ for multilateral cooperation and the SDGs

The upcoming summit “will be an occasion to unite the global community to take action and address the broad challenges surrounding water,” said Li Junhua, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and the Secretary-General of the UN 2023 Water Conference, during a press conference at UN Headquarters. He noted that the Conference, taking place from 22 to 24… Continue reading Water’s a ‘dealmaker’ for multilateral cooperation and the SDGs

Unity in Security Council essential, in face of Taliban rights violations against women and girls

Addressing a private meeting of the Council, Roza Otunbayeva reiterated to ambassadors that Taliban decisions including the ban on girls attending high school, preventing women from going to university, and barring them from doing humanitarian work, are all “grave violations of fundamental rights”, according to UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric. He told reporters at the noon briefing… Continue reading Unity in Security Council essential, in face of Taliban rights violations against women and girls

Ukraine: ‘Humanitarian and human rights catastrophe’ continues, Security Council hears

Rosemary DiCarlo reiterated the view of the Secretary-General, in reminding that Russia’s invasion of 24 February, was a violation of the UN Charter and international law. “It has created a humanitarian and human rights catastrophe, traumatized a generation of children, and accelerated the global food and energy crises”, she told ambassadors. “And yet, this grave… Continue reading Ukraine: ‘Humanitarian and human rights catastrophe’ continues, Security Council hears

Rule of law stands between peace and ‘brutal struggle for power’ – Guterres

“From the smallest village to the global stage, the rule of law (ROL) is all that stands between peace and stability, and a brutal struggle for power and resources”, he said, arguing that it protects the vulnerable; prevents discrimination; bolsters trust in institutions; supports inclusive economies and societies; and is the first line of defence… Continue reading Rule of law stands between peace and ‘brutal struggle for power’ – Guterres

2022 confirmed as one of warmest years on record: WMO

12 January 2023Climate and Environment The UN weather agency, WMO, said on Thursday that 2022 was the fifth or sixth warmest year on record, adding to deep concerns that the likelihood of breaching the 1.5 degree Celsius limit of the Paris Agreement “is increasing with time”. In an alert, the agency also explained that 2022… Continue reading 2022 confirmed as one of warmest years on record: WMO

Colombia: UN mission to verify rural reform and indigenous representation in peace process

Carlos Ruiz Massieu welcomed recent Government actions on rural reform and greater equality, in line with the 2016 Peace Agreement between the Government and the FARC EP militia group that ended five decades of civil war.  “The Council’s decision today to authorize the expansion of the Mission’s mandate to include the Agreement’s comprehensive rural reform… Continue reading Colombia: UN mission to verify rural reform and indigenous representation in peace process

‘Unprecedented’ insecurity in West Africa and the Sahel, Security Council hears

In her briefing, Giovanie Biha, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Officer-in-Charge of the UN Office for the region, UNOWAS, urged ambassadors to continue to support a strategy centred on building resilience, promoting good governance, and strengthening peace and security.  Ms. Biha presented the latest UNOWAS report covering trends and developments over the past… Continue reading ‘Unprecedented’ insecurity in West Africa and the Sahel, Security Council hears

Sudan: Start of final phase towards civilian rule an ‘important step’

9 January 2023Peace and Security UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the launch of the final phase in the political process towards restoring a civilian-led transition in Sudan, more than one year after the military coup, his Spokesperson said on Monday.  Military and civilian leaders began meeting in the capital Khartoum, on Sunday, for four… Continue reading Sudan: Start of final phase towards civilian rule an ‘important step’

Brazil: UN chief ‘totally confident’ in country’s democratic strength

In comments to journalists on Monday, Mr. Guterres said that he had been shocked by reports that a mob had entered and ransacked government buildings on Sunday in Brasilia. But he said that he remained “absolutely convinced that Brazil can deal with this situation” and ensure that those responsible are held accountable for their actions.… Continue reading Brazil: UN chief ‘totally confident’ in country’s democratic strength

Mayors from around the world to meet for first ever ‘healthy cities’ summit

The Summit will bring together mayors and city leaders to discuss strategies to combat the global burden arising from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and the increasing toll on urban health systems caused by injuries. NCDs, including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases, and injuries arising from varied causes such as street violence, car crashes and falls,… Continue reading Mayors from around the world to meet for first ever ‘healthy cities’ summit

Security Council unanimously agrees to extend Syria cross-border aid lifeline

Ambassadors unanimously adopted a resolution authorizing the renewal of the cross-border mechanism, a day before it was set to expire.  UN Secretary-General António Guterres has taken note of the development, his Spokesperson said in a statement, which described the humanitarian operation as an “indispensable lifeline” for some 4.1 million people in the region.  Expand humanitarian… Continue reading Security Council unanimously agrees to extend Syria cross-border aid lifeline

Ozone layer recovery is on track, due to success of Montreal Protocol

But the group also warned of the unintended impacts on the ozone layer of new technologies such as geoengineering. In a report published every four years on the progress of the Montreal Protocol, the panel confirmed the phase-out of nearly 99 per cent of banned ozone-depleting substances. The Montreal Protocol was signed in September 1987 and is a landmark multilateral… Continue reading Ozone layer recovery is on track, due to success of Montreal Protocol

Guterres urges radical global finance shake-up to help Pakistan after deadly floods

“If there is any doubt about loss and damage, go to Pakistan,” he told delegates at the International Conference on climate resilient Pakistan. “There is loss. There is damage. The devastation of climate change is real. From floods and droughts to cyclones and torrential rains. And as always, those countries least responsible, are the first… Continue reading Guterres urges radical global finance shake-up to help Pakistan after deadly floods

‘I don’t want to see more graves go to the sea’: Saving a Belize village from man-made erosion

8 January 2023Climate and Environment Rising sea levels are threatening the very existence of Monkey River, a coastal village in south-east Belize. With the support of the UN, the community is trying to stem the tide, and protect what is left. “My grandma and my grandfather are now washed out in the sea,” says Mario… Continue reading ‘I don’t want to see more graves go to the sea’: Saving a Belize village from man-made erosion

Investigation into 28 killed in Burkina Faso must be transparent: UN rights chief

7 January 2023Peace and Security The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, has called on the transitional authorities in Burkina Faso to ensure that their investigation into the killing of at least 28 people at the end of December will hold those responsible to account, regardless of their position or rank. In a… Continue reading Investigation into 28 killed in Burkina Faso must be transparent: UN rights chief

Pakistan floods: 9 million more risk being pushed into poverty, warns UNDP

“We estimate that up to around nine million people – additional people – could be pushed into poverty due to the flood impact” said Knut Ostby, UNDP Resident Representative in Pakistan. Climate risk knows no borders Although the Pakistan flooding was “unprecedented”, it could happen to other countries affected by climate change, Mr. Ostby warned.… Continue reading Pakistan floods: 9 million more risk being pushed into poverty, warns UNDP

UN working to reduce tensions following Israel minister’s holy site visit

Ambassadors were briefed by Khalid Khiari, a UN Assistant Secretary-General, who expressed concern over the developments and the broader ongoing tensions and violence in the occupied West Bank. On Monday, Israel’s new National Security Minister, far-right party leader Itamar Ben-Gvir, visited the hilltop compound in Jerusalem’s old city that is sacred to both Jews and… Continue reading UN working to reduce tensions following Israel minister’s holy site visit

Syria: Chemical weapons pose unacceptable threat, and are a ‘danger to us all’ 

5 January 2023Peace and Security Any use of chemical weapons anywhere is simply “unacceptable”, the deputy head of the UN Disarmament Affairs office (UNODA) told the Security Council on Thursday, briefing on efforts to eliminate the scourge from the battlefields and towns of Syria.  Speaking on behalf of High Representative Izumi Nakamitsu, her deputy, Adedeji… Continue reading Syria: Chemical weapons pose unacceptable threat, and are a ‘danger to us all’ 

Europe: Warm start to 2023 breaks records, and skiers’ hearts says WMO

And as a growing number of European ski resorts at lower altitudes struggle to provide adequate snow cover for their early-season visitors, the WMO pointed to widely accepted peer-reviewed scientific data from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) indicating that the frequency of cold spells and frost days “will decrease”. “Strong declines in… Continue reading Europe: Warm start to 2023 breaks records, and skiers’ hearts says WMO

Ukraine: FAO and EU in $15.5 million bid to avert food crisis threat

4 January 2023Peace and Security In Ukraine, the country’s farmers and smallholders urgently need more support to avoid a food crisis, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Wednesday, as it announced a $15.5 million initiative to help them. With funding from the European Union, the project will help sustain agricultural production in Ukraine, after… Continue reading Ukraine: FAO and EU in $15.5 million bid to avert food crisis threat

Ukraine: ‘Multiple civilian causalities’ as new year dawns 

3 January 2023Peace and Security The New Year holiday period witnessed a fresh surge of deadly attacks by Russian forces in Ukraine, Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq told journalists on Tuesday.  Citing UN humanitarian colleagues, he informed the media at the regular daily press briefing that intensified violence in different regions of the war-torn country caused… Continue reading Ukraine: ‘Multiple civilian causalities’ as new year dawns 

‘Tireless’ in pursuit of peace: Guterres pays tribute to former Pope Benedict

31 December 2022Peace and Security The UN chief paid tribute to Pope Emeritus Benedict on Saturday, who has died, aged 95, after standing down as head of the Catholic Church nearly a decade ago, due to ill health. Secretary-General António Guterres said he had learned of his passing, “with great sadness”, describing him as a “humble man of… Continue reading ‘Tireless’ in pursuit of peace: Guterres pays tribute to former Pope Benedict

2022 Year In Review: As conflicts rage, international dialogue remains ‘the only hope’ for peace

February saw a furious round of diplomacy at the UN, as it became increasingly clear that Russia was intent on invading Ukraine, a crisis which UN Secretary-General António Guterres said was testing the “entire international system”. “We need restraint and reason. We need de-escalation now,” spelled out the UN chief, urging all sides to “refrain… Continue reading 2022 Year In Review: As conflicts rage, international dialogue remains ‘the only hope’ for peace

Peace needed now, ‘more than ever’: Guterres

28 December 2022Peace and Security After a year of brutal warfare from Afghanistan to Ukraine, forcing record numbers to flee their homes, the world needs peace in 2023 “more than ever”, said the UN Secretary-General, in his New Year message. “Every New Year is a moment of rebirth”, said António Guterres. We sweep out the ashes of… Continue reading Peace needed now, ‘more than ever’: Guterres

South Sudan: UN and partners make plea for urgent intervention to end ‘escalating violence’

28 December 2022Peace and Security The UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) together with international partners, have called for the immediate end to mounting violence in the Greater Pibor area by armed youth from Jonglei state. News reports say at least 57 have died since early on Sunday, with more than a dozen injured. UNMISS, the African… Continue reading South Sudan: UN and partners make plea for urgent intervention to end ‘escalating violence’

2022 Year in Review: Amid global turmoil, UN doggedly pursues international climate agreements

At the end of 2021, when the UN climate conference (COP26) wrapped up in Glasgow, none of those present could have suspected that a war in Ukraine would throw the global economy into turmoil, convincing many nations to suspend their commitments to a low carbon economy, as they scrambled to reduce their dependence on Russian… Continue reading 2022 Year in Review: Amid global turmoil, UN doggedly pursues international climate agreements

UN migration agency to support 700,000 Ukrainians through ‘most challenging’ winter

27 December 2022Humanitarian Aid As temperatures across Ukraine have plummeted below zero and are expected to drop even more, the UN migration agency is stepping up efforts to help displaced and war-affected people cope with the cold weather. Humanitarian funding from the European Union (EU), is enabling the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to support over… Continue reading UN migration agency to support 700,000 Ukrainians through ‘most challenging’ winter

Burkina Faso authorities had no authority to expel senior UN official: Guterres

26 December 2022Humanitarian Aid The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has expressed his confidence in Barbara Manzi, the most senior UN official in Burkina Faso, who was ordered to leave the country by the government on Friday. In a statement released on Saturday, Mr. Guterres announced that he had full confidence in the UN system in… Continue reading Burkina Faso authorities had no authority to expel senior UN official: Guterres

WMO releases ‘tell-tale signs’ of extreme weather conditions around the world

The clear need to do much more to cut greenhouse gas emissions was again underscored throughout events in 2022, said the UN weather agency, advocating for strengthened climate change adaptation, including universal access to early warnings. “This year we have faced several dramatic weather disasters which claimed far too many lives and livelihoods and undermined… Continue reading WMO releases ‘tell-tale signs’ of extreme weather conditions around the world

UN calls for support for international force for Haiti

Addressing the Security Council, Ms. Mohammed underlined the UN Secretary-General’s call for support to the Haitian National Police, as set out in a letter to ambassadors in October.    “I urge every country with the capacity to do so to give urgent consideration to the Haitian Government’s request for an international specialized armed force to… Continue reading UN calls for support for international force for Haiti

Syria: Needs rise amid deepening humanitarian and economic crisis

Ambassadors were briefed by the UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersen and UN Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, who stressed the need to give Syrians hope.  Some 14.6 million people require support – a 1.2 million increase over 2021 – and the number is expected to reach 15.3 million next year.    “Syrians are facing an… Continue reading Syria: Needs rise amid deepening humanitarian and economic crisis

Afghanistan: UN envoy highlights need to continue dialogue with Taliban

Briefing ambassadors, the new UN Special Representative in Afghanistan and UNAMA chief, Roza Otunbayeva, highlighted ongoing political and human rights concerns – as well as several positive developments – since the Taliban’s seizure of power in August 2021. “We do not see eye to eye with the Taliban on a number of issues, but the… Continue reading Afghanistan: UN envoy highlights need to continue dialogue with Taliban

Iran: US sanctions violating human rights of all living there, say UN experts

“Like many countries, Iran has environmental issues. The sanctions not only prevent the Iranian Government from addressing them effectively; they contribute to making the challenges worse,” the group of Special Rapporteurs and the Independent Expert on international solidarity, said in a statement. Tehran pollution, ‘no surprise’ Air pollution is a particular concern and reportedly causing… Continue reading Iran: US sanctions violating human rights of all living there, say UN experts

Grant to UN Mission in Mali boosts inclusivity for women in peacekeeping

The allocation is from the Elsie Initiative Fund (EIF), which supports women’s meaningful participation in UN peacekeeping overall.    The funding comes at a time when three countries that contribute police officers to UN field operations – Nigeria, Senegal and Togo – have committed to increasing and sustaining the deployment of women in Formed Police… Continue reading Grant to UN Mission in Mali boosts inclusivity for women in peacekeeping

Iran enriching ‘worrying quantities’ of uranium, in further blow for nuclear deal: UN political chief

19 December 2022Peace and Security No progress has been made on the implementation of a high profile 2015 Security Council resolution (Resolution 2231), aimed at ensuring that Iran’s nuclear facilities be used only for peaceful purposes, in return for the lifting of sanctions, Rosemary Di Carlo, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, briefed… Continue reading Iran enriching ‘worrying quantities’ of uranium, in further blow for nuclear deal: UN political chief

UN envoy reports ‘sharp increase’ in violence this year in Israel-Palestine conflict

He reiterated deep concern over the high levels of violence in the past several months, characterized by clashes, protests, attacks, Israeli security operations and other incidents.  “I am gravely concerned by the sharp increase in violence against civilians on both sides, which exacerbates mistrust and undermines a peaceful resolution to the conflict,” he said.  Young… Continue reading UN envoy reports ‘sharp increase’ in violence this year in Israel-Palestine conflict

UN conference concludes with ‘historic’ deal to protect a third of the world’s biodiversity

The Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework also aims to cut food waste in half.   COP15 was originally set to be held in Kunming, China, in October 2020 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  ‘Strengthen the web of life’  The Framework, and its associated package of targets, goals and financing “represents but a first… Continue reading UN conference concludes with ‘historic’ deal to protect a third of the world’s biodiversity

Guterres announces ‘no nonsense’ climate action summit; calls for practical solutions

“We owe it to people to find solutions, to fight back, and to act”, said Secretary-General António Guterres. “At times, discreetly but always with determination, we will fight back.” Building on his general call to action, Mr. Guterres announced that he would convene a Climate Ambition Summit next September, and called on every leader to… Continue reading Guterres announces ‘no nonsense’ climate action summit; calls for practical solutions

As biodiversity degrades, nature’s solutions are lost for ever

The UN biodiversity conference, COP15, is due to wrap up on 19 December. This weekend, we are looking at some of the ways that humanity is reliant on biodiversity for a healthy and thriving global ecosystem. When a species goes extinct, it takes with it all of the physical, chemical, biological, and behavioural attributes that… Continue reading As biodiversity degrades, nature’s solutions are lost for ever

Mali: UN chief ‘strongly condemns’ deaths of two peacekeepers in ‘heinous attack’

In a statement issued on Friday, Stéphane Dujarric said that in addition to the deaths of the male and female peacekeepers in Timbuktu town earlier in the day, four other blue helmets from the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) were injured. Possible war crime Attacks targeting UN peacekeepers “may constitute war crimes”… Continue reading Mali: UN chief ‘strongly condemns’ deaths of two peacekeepers in ‘heinous attack’

Libya: Help make 2023 the year of ‘free and fair elections’, Security Council urged 

Since his briefing last month, Mr. Bathily has continued working to advance the political process and revive the electoral track.  In Türkiye, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Tunisia, he told ambassadors he had been seeking coordinated support for the UN Mission, UNSMIL, to help political leaders overcome their differences, and resolve the legitimacy crisis… Continue reading Libya: Help make 2023 the year of ‘free and fair elections’, Security Council urged 

UN launches ‘key’ initiative to support accountability for crimes against peacekeepers 

Since 1948, malicious acts have taken the lives of 1,056 personnel serving in UN peacekeeping operations and led to 3,080 more suffering injuries, he said.   At the launch, he recognized colleagues from several troop and police-contributing countries whose personnel were killed or injured serving under the UN flag, saying, “their sacrifice will not be forgotten”. … Continue reading UN launches ‘key’ initiative to support accountability for crimes against peacekeepers 

Security Council examines rising terrorism threat globally

India’s External Affairs Minister, Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, who chaired the meeting, invited participants to stand and observe a minute of silence for victims worldwide.  They include an Irish peacekeeper serving at the UN’s mission in Lebanon, UNIFIL, shot and killed in an attack the previous night. Three other blue helmets were also injured; one critically. … Continue reading Security Council examines rising terrorism threat globally

Lebanon: Irish peacekeeper killed, three others injured

15 December 2022Peace and Security A UN peacekeeper from Ireland serving with the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) has been shot and killed, reportedly while on patrol, and three other ‘blue helmets’ have been injured during the incident, the mission said in a statement on Thursday. UNIFIL said the incident took place in Al-Aqbieh, “just outside”… Continue reading Lebanon: Irish peacekeeper killed, three others injured

Rights experts urge UK to redraft controversial Northern Ireland bill

The Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill was introduced in Parliament in May and passed a second reading in the House of Lords last month.   Further review is set to take place in January.  Little access to remedy  The UN experts are concerned that the Bill bans, and in some cases unduly restricts,… Continue reading Rights experts urge UK to redraft controversial Northern Ireland bill

Ukraine: Winter’s downward spiral documented by UN agencies  

The findings revealed that one in every four of the 5,200 respondents had reduced or stopped agricultural production because of the conflict.   “The report indicates that 25 per cent of the Ukrainian rural population involved in agriculture stopped their activities or reduced their output due to the war”, said Pierre Vauthier, head of FAO’s Ukraine… Continue reading Ukraine: Winter’s downward spiral documented by UN agencies  

‘Dramatically’ evolving conflict highlights importance of multilateralism, Security Council hears 

Pointing to the Our Common Agenda report – a blueprint for global cooperation and reinvigorated multilateralism – he attested that strengthening multilateralism has been his “highest priority”.  “During the darkest periods of the Cold War, collective decision-making and continuous dialogue in the Security Council maintained a functioning, if imperfect, system of collective security” that has… Continue reading ‘Dramatically’ evolving conflict highlights importance of multilateralism, Security Council hears 

South Sudan: Security Council urged to support implementation of roadmap to transition

Ambassadors were briefed by Nicholas Haysom, head of the UN Mission in the country, UNMISS, who updated them on the latest political, humanitarian and human rights developments. South Sudan’s warring sides signed the Revitalized Peace Agreement in 2018, establishing a transitional unity government.  The roadmap, announced this past August, aims to complete key remaining tasks… Continue reading South Sudan: Security Council urged to support implementation of roadmap to transition

Ukraine: Countries must support resilient recovery to prevent ‘cascade’ of poverty, hunger

António Guterres was addressing a one-day international summit in Paris, with leaders from around 50 nations reportedly in attendance, where agreement was reached to deliver some €1 billion in new financing to help repair the energy grid, water systems and health facilities, damaged by Russian missile attacks. The Secretary-General said that around 10 million consumers… Continue reading Ukraine: Countries must support resilient recovery to prevent ‘cascade’ of poverty, hunger

UN honours pioneering initiatives to restore ecosystems worldwide

These groundbreaking efforts were on Tuesday declared World Restoration Flagships at the UN Biodiversity Conference, COP15, in Montréal, Canada, and a virtual gala ceremony.  Spanning 23 countries from Central America to East Asia, they are preserving a combined area bigger than Myanmar, France or Somalia, and seek to create nearly 15 million sustainable jobs.  Countering… Continue reading UN honours pioneering initiatives to restore ecosystems worldwide

More than 11,000 children killed or injured in Yemen conflict: UNICEF

Agency chief Catherine Russell, who has completed a visit to the country, called for urgent renewal of the truce between the Government and Houthi rebels. The landmark agreement was initially announced in April and led to a significant reduction in the intensity of the conflict. However, a further 62 children have been killed or injured… Continue reading More than 11,000 children killed or injured in Yemen conflict: UNICEF

Guterres condemns recent deadly armed group attacks in eastern DR Congo

10 December 2022Peace and Security UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the decision by the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to investigate recent deadly attacks allegedly committed by the M23 armed group. Mr. Guterres has strongly condemned the attacks, which occurred on 29 and 30 November in the villages of Kishishe and… Continue reading Guterres condemns recent deadly armed group attacks in eastern DR Congo

Does UN Peacekeeping work? Here’s what the data says

Professor Lise Howard The evidence, collected in 16 peer-reviewed studies, shows that peacekeepers – or ‘blue helmets’ as the moniker goes – significantly reduce civilian casualties, shorten conflicts, and help make peace agreements stick. In fact, the majority of UN Peacekeeping missions succeed in their primary goal, ultimately stabilizing societies and ending war. “If we… Continue reading Does UN Peacekeeping work? Here’s what the data says

Ukraine war: Attacks against civilians and infrastructure must stop, disarmament chief tells Security Council

Briefing reportedly at the request of Russia on “supplies of lethal weapons to Ukraine and their consequences”, Izumi Nakamitsu reminded ambassadors that she had already addressed the issue in September. Risk of diversion The UN Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) chief repeated what she had said then, that a large-scale influx of weapons into any battle-zone, “raises many… Continue reading Ukraine war: Attacks against civilians and infrastructure must stop, disarmament chief tells Security Council

Genocide threat still real, UN chief says, commemorating victims worldwide

Mr. Guterres made the appeal in his message to mark the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime, observed on Friday.  “States have the primary obligation for preventing genocide, but religious and community leaders, civil society, the private sector and the… Continue reading Genocide threat still real, UN chief says, commemorating victims worldwide

Security ‘one of the most significant challenges’ in DR Congo, Security Council hears

“Over the past weeks, the security situation in eastern DRC has deteriorated dramatically”, said Special Representative Bintou Keita, noting that since October, the M23 rebel group had resumed hostilities and extended its control in North Kivu province.   Bolstering support  In response, MONUSCO has continued to provide operational, logistical, and tactical support both to the… Continue reading Security ‘one of the most significant challenges’ in DR Congo, Security Council hears

‘Just Transition’ policies needed to create 20 million green jobs: UN report  

9 December 2022Economic Development Some 20 million jobs could be created by investing in policies that support nature and address climate change, disaster risk, food insecurity, and other major challenges, according to a UN report published on Friday.  Launched by the International Labour Organization (ILO), UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and International Union for Conservation of… Continue reading ‘Just Transition’ policies needed to create 20 million green jobs: UN report  

UN taps potential for trust-building on shared water resources

8 December 2022Climate and Environment A UN-led push for greater cross-border cooperation over increasingly finite water resources, made significant progress on Thursday, after it was announced that more than 30 governments and organizations have decided to work together on the issue. “This year’s terrible floods and droughts in almost all corners of the planet illustrate… Continue reading UN taps potential for trust-building on shared water resources

With ocean in ‘dire straits’, Law of the Sea more relevant than ever: Guterres

“The ocean is life. The ocean is livelihoods. The ocean binds humanity together across history and cultures”, said the Secretary-General, at a major General Assembly meeting marking the 40th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention. He highlighted the breadth of the accord, spanning from “the air we breathe, to the atmosphere that sustains all life, to the… Continue reading With ocean in ‘dire straits’, Law of the Sea more relevant than ever: Guterres

UN chief urges governments and business to step up action to protect nature

7 December 2022Climate and Environment Governments and the private sector must move to effectively protect the natural environment, Secretary-General António Guterres told journalists covering the UN biodiversity conference, COP15, in Montréal, Canada, on Wednesday.  “Ecosystems have become playthings of profit. Human activities are laying waste to once-thriving forests, jungles, farmland, oceans, rivers, seas and lakes,”… Continue reading UN chief urges governments and business to step up action to protect nature

New political deal ‘offers a path’ to realizing Sudanese aspirations

Special Representative Volker Perthes commended military and civilian leaders, saying they have come a long way since then.  “The framework agreement now offers a path to realize the aspirations of Sudan’s youth, women and men,” he said, speaking from the capital, Khartoum.  Path to democracy  The document is supposed to lay the groundwork towards a… Continue reading New political deal ‘offers a path’ to realizing Sudanese aspirations

South Sudan: ‘Raw violence’ displaces thousands during ‘ruthless conflict’, UNHCR says

South Sudan: ‘Raw violence’ displaces thousands during ‘ruthless conflict’, UNHCR says  Throughout South Sudan’s Greater Upper Nile Region, “desperation is rising” as escalating armed conflict has forced some to flee for their lives four times over, and displaced at least 20,000 people since August, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Wednesday.   “And more people are fleeing… Continue reading South Sudan: ‘Raw violence’ displaces thousands during ‘ruthless conflict’, UNHCR says

Young people’s leadership, drive for justice, the best signals of hope that biodiversity loss can be halted

“Beyond biodiversity, beyond climate, there is a central question in the world today and that is justice. We live in a system in which both the economic rules and the financial architecture are morally bankrupt,” the UN chief told a side event organized by the Global Youth Biodiversity Network and other youth groups, ahead of… Continue reading Young people’s leadership, drive for justice, the best signals of hope that biodiversity loss can be halted

‘Without nature, we have nothing’: UN chief sounds alarm at key UN biodiversity event

The conference is being billed as a major biodiversity COP, because it is expected to lead to the adoption of a new Global Biodiversity Framework, guiding actions worldwide through 2030, to preserve and protect our natural resources. The delegates and organizers will be hoping that this framework will have a more lasting impact than the… Continue reading ‘Without nature, we have nothing’: UN chief sounds alarm at key UN biodiversity event

Ukraine: ‘Senseless war’ has triggered ‘colossal torment’: Griffiths to Security Council 

Amidst ongoing humanitarian operations, Martin Griffiths told ambassadors he had come to brief them in New York on “the widespread death, destruction, displacement, and suffering” taking place since the invasion of 24 February, and the challenges that the continuing violence and winter weather were exacerbating.  “Over 14 million people remain forcibly displaced from their homes… Continue reading Ukraine: ‘Senseless war’ has triggered ‘colossal torment’: Griffiths to Security Council 

Ukraine: Missile strikes threaten millions facing cold and hungry winter 

5 December 2022Humanitarian Aid A UN Spokesperson said on Monday that another wave of missile strikes in Ukraine has further damaged the country’s energy system, leaving millions of people without electricity and water as temperatures dip below freezing.  At the regular press briefing in New York, Associate Spokesperson Stéphanie Tremblay told journalists that according to… Continue reading Ukraine: Missile strikes threaten millions facing cold and hungry winter 

Iraq: Investigative team reaches ‘next level’ in bid to bring ISIL terrorists to justice 

Highlighting the progress made by Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/ISIL (UNITAD), he said evidence collected and analysed, substantiated preliminary findings from his previous report.  He cited crimes committed against Christians such as enslavement and forced conversion; “notable progress” on the development and use of chemical and biological weapons; and inspections… Continue reading Iraq: Investigative team reaches ‘next level’ in bid to bring ISIL terrorists to justice 

Sudan: UN welcomes ‘courageous’ military-civilian pact towards democratic future

Signed in the capital Khartoum after months of negotiations following last year’s military coup which derailed the transition, the agreement aims to establish a new constitution. UN Secretary-General António Guterres, said he hoped the signing would “pave the way for the return to a civilian-led transition in the country”, and called on all Sudanese “to work without… Continue reading Sudan: UN welcomes ‘courageous’ military-civilian pact towards democratic future

Conflicts and insecurity remain ‘major bottlenecks’ to achieving UN global goals

2 December 2022SDGs Amidst multiple conflicts that have disrupted supply chains, fuelled food insecurity, and contributed to the rising risk of famine and forced displacement throughout numerous countries, the UN convened a high-level meeting on Friday to discuss solutions surrounding building and sustaining peace and stepping up development.   Convened by the Economic and Social Council… Continue reading Conflicts and insecurity remain ‘major bottlenecks’ to achieving UN global goals

Ukraine rights probe condemns ‘multiplying’ impact of war on children

2 December 2022Peace and Security A top UN Human Rights Council-appointed probe into potential rights abuses linked to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, outlined on Friday the “devastating” impact of the war on the country’s children. After its latest official visit to the country, the Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine expressed deep concern that threats to the rights… Continue reading Ukraine rights probe condemns ‘multiplying’ impact of war on children

UN appeals for record $51.5 billion to help 230 million on the brink in 2023

The size of the appeal – 25 per cent higher than this year’s – reflects the fact that the total number in need is 65 million more than in 2022, the UN and partner organizations noted. ‘Shockingly high’ Needs are “shockingly high”, the UN’s top emergency relief official, Martin Griffiths, said, warning that it was very… Continue reading UN appeals for record $51.5 billion to help 230 million on the brink in 2023

UN envoy warns against ‘worrying and dangerous’ military escalation in Syria

Mr. Pedersen feared the ramp-up in military operations has the potential to unravel a strategic stalemate in the war that has brought relative calm for almost three years.  ‘Escalatory dynamics’  “In repeated briefings, I have warned of the dangers of military escalation in Syria. I am here in person today to tell you that escalatory… Continue reading UN envoy warns against ‘worrying and dangerous’ military escalation in Syria

Large parts of world drier than normal in 2021: WMO

According to the agency’s first report on global water resources, areas that were unusually dry included South America’s Rio de la Plata area, where a persistent drought has affected the region since 2019. In Africa, major rivers such as the Niger, Volta, Nile and Congo had below-average water flow in 2021. The same trend was observed in… Continue reading Large parts of world drier than normal in 2021: WMO

‘Intense diplomatic efforts’ continue to ensure food and fertilizers reach those in need

29 November 2022Peace and Security The first shipment of fertilizer donated by Russian producers to countries hit hard by rising global food insecurity, has left the Netherlands bound for Malawi, the UN Spokesperson said in a statement on Tuesday. Stéphane Dujarric reiterated that the UN welcomed the donation of 260,000 metric tonnes of fertilizer which has been… Continue reading ‘Intense diplomatic efforts’ continue to ensure food and fertilizers reach those in need

Israeli-Palestinian conflict nearing ‘boiling point’, UN envoy warns

Special Coordinator Tor Wennesland called for stronger international commitment towards the two-State solution and outlined potential ways to move forward.   He reported that high levels of violence in the occupied West Bank and Israel in recent months has resulted in grave suffering.  This included attacks against civilians from both sides, increased use of arms,… Continue reading Israeli-Palestinian conflict nearing ‘boiling point’, UN envoy warns

‘Critical opportunity’ to protect against biological warfare, countries hear

28 November 2022Peace and Security The international community should push ahead with stalled plans to prevent biological weapons from being developed in the wake of COVID-19, the UN’s top disarmament official insisted on Monday.  In a speech to the Biological Weapons Convention, Izumi Nakamitsu explained that the issue of verifying whether biological toxins are being… Continue reading ‘Critical opportunity’ to protect against biological warfare, countries hear

Central African Republic: UN chief strongly condemns airfield attack which left one peacekeeper dead

In a statement, the UN integrated stabilization mission in CAR, MINUSCA, said the attack at the Obo airfield near the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan, had taken place on Thursday morning, and that the mission had “immediately opened an investigation into the exact circumstances” surrounding the incident. Likely war… Continue reading Central African Republic: UN chief strongly condemns airfield attack which left one peacekeeper dead

‘Catastophic’ winter in store for Ukraine, warns UN peacebuilding chief, following Russian strikes on critical infrastructure

Ms. DiCarlo referred to the latest wave of Russian missile and drone strikes in Ukraine which, she said, terrorized the citizens of several cities (Kyiv, Odesa, Lviv, Mykolaiv, Kharkiv, and Zaporizhzhia). With winter approaching, the attacks, she said, “renew fears that this winter will be catastrophic for millions of Ukrainians, who face the prospect of… Continue reading ‘Catastophic’ winter in store for Ukraine, warns UN peacebuilding chief, following Russian strikes on critical infrastructure

Yemen: Humanitarian and economic issues must be addressed, Security Council hears 

In providing an overview of the situation after the 2 October truce expiration, Hans Grundberg said that in recent weeks, Houthi forces, known as Ansar Allah, attacked oil terminals and ports in Hadramawt and Shabwa governorates, depriving the Government of its main source of revenue from exporting oil.   “These attacks…have significant economic repercussions”, he said.… Continue reading Yemen: Humanitarian and economic issues must be addressed, Security Council hears 

UNEP honours five protectors of Mother Earth

A conservationist, a sustainable waste management enterprise, an economist, a women’s rights activist, and a wildlife biologist were selected from nearly 2,200 nominations – a new submission record.  UNEP’s annual Champions of the Earth award is the UN’s highest environmental honour, which recognizes individuals and organizations from a number of fields, including civil society, academia and the… Continue reading UNEP honours five protectors of Mother Earth

Iran: 40 people killed in protests over past week – OHCHR

22 November 2022Human Rights More than 40 people have been killed in Iran during the past week, including two teenagers, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Tuesday.  The development came amid ongoing nationwide protests sparked by the death in custody of Jina Mahsa Amini.  The 22-year-old from Iran’s Kurdistan region was arrested by… Continue reading Iran: 40 people killed in protests over past week – OHCHR

Peaceful coexistence is not ‘utopia’ but reality, says UN official fostering intercultural dialogue

Miguel Ángel Moratinos, High Representative for the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), was speaking ahead of the start of its 9th Global Forum, which opens in Fez, Morocco, on Tuesday.  The theme this time around is Towards An Alliance of Peace: Living Together as One Humanity.  The Global Forum is the UNAOC’s highest-profile event, and this… Continue reading Peaceful coexistence is not ‘utopia’ but reality, says UN official fostering intercultural dialogue

DPRK missile launch ‘latest in a series of alarming activities’ – UN political chief  

Citing the DPRK’s official news agency and various government sources, Rosemary DiCarlo told ambassadors that at around 10:15 am local time, the so-called Hwasong-17 missile flew a distance of 1,000 km at an altitude of approximately 6,100 km.    “It is reportedly the first successful test of the DPRK’s largest and most powerful missile, capable of… Continue reading DPRK missile launch ‘latest in a series of alarming activities’ – UN political chief  

Overnight blasts near Ukraine nuclear plant are ‘playing with fire!’ – UN nuclear chief

20 November 2022Peace and Security Powerful explosions shook the area of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP), “abruptly ending a period of relative calm” at the facility, the head of the UN nuclear watchdog agency said on Sunday. In a statement issued by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said… Continue reading Overnight blasts near Ukraine nuclear plant are ‘playing with fire!’ – UN nuclear chief

COP27 closes with deal on loss and damage: ‘A step towards justice’, says UN chief

“This COP has taken an important step towards justice. I welcome the decision to establish a loss and damage fund and to operationalize it in the coming period,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a video message issued from the conference venue in Egypt, underscoring that the voices of those on frontlines of the climate… Continue reading COP27 closes with deal on loss and damage: ‘A step towards justice’, says UN chief

UNHCR calls for ban on forced returns of asylum seekers to eastern DR Congo

18 November 2022Peace and Security The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has reiterated its call for a ban on forced returns to eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), including asylum seekers who have had their claims rejected. Elizabeth Tan, UNHCR’s Director of International Protection, said on Friday at the regular Geneva press… Continue reading UNHCR calls for ban on forced returns of asylum seekers to eastern DR Congo

Rights experts decry harassment of activists attending COP27

Climate activists and civil society have been subjected to intimidation, harassment and surveillance during the two-week gathering, held in the resort town of Sharm El-Sheikh, they reported.  End harassment, ensure safety  “We are deeply concerned by reported acts of harassment and intimidation by Egyptian officials, infringing the rights of Egyptian and non-Egyptian human rights and… Continue reading Rights experts decry harassment of activists attending COP27

Middle East: Terrifying surge in violence affecting children ‘must stop’ – UNICEF

18 November 2022Peace and Security Children across the Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA) are again confronting a surge in violence, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday, describing the “unacceptable reality” that on average, over 10 children have been killed every week since the beginning of the year. “Children in the region… Continue reading Middle East: Terrifying surge in violence affecting children ‘must stop’ – UNICEF

Amid looming global food insecurity crisis, ‘breakthrough’ on fertilisers hailed

The MV Brave Commander berthed in Hodeidah port in Yemen carrying Ukrainian wheat flour milled in Turkiye. (Oct 2022) 18 November 2022Peace and Security A “breakthrough” has been made on the potential distribution of hundreds of thousands of tonnes of Russian-made fertiliser blocked in European ports and which are vital to avoid a global food… Continue reading Amid looming global food insecurity crisis, ‘breakthrough’ on fertilisers hailed

As COP27 deadline slips, UN chief urges negotiators to aim for ‘maximum ambition’ on loss and damage

“I remain concerned at the number of outstanding issues, including on finance mitigation, adaptation, loss and damage and their inter linkages,” COP27 President, Sameh Shoukry, told delegates reunited at the plenary of the Sharm el-Sheik International Convention Centre. Mr. Shoukry called on parties to “urgently” work together to resolve the outstanding issues as swiftly as… Continue reading As COP27 deadline slips, UN chief urges negotiators to aim for ‘maximum ambition’ on loss and damage

‘Credibility and relevance’ of UN on the line over Security Council reform, warns Assembly President

17 November 2022UN Affairs The entire credibility and relevance of the United Nations will be called into question unless the General Assembly finally takes a lead on reforming the Organisation’s most powerful body responsible for peace and security issues, the Security Council. That’s according to the President of the General Assembly Csaba Kőrösi, who told a… Continue reading ‘Credibility and relevance’ of UN on the line over Security Council reform, warns Assembly President

‘Stand and deliver’, UN chief urges COP27 negotiators as deadline nears to finalize outcome text

“There is clearly a breakdown in trust between North and South, and between developed and emerging economies. This is no time for finger-pointing. The blame game is a recipe for mutually assured destruction,” António Guterres told journalists at the Sharm El Sheikh International Conference Centre. The UN chief urged countries to deliver the kind of… Continue reading ‘Stand and deliver’, UN chief urges COP27 negotiators as deadline nears to finalize outcome text

UN chief welcomes renewal of Black Sea Grain Initiative

17 November 2022Peace and Security UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday welcomed the renewal of the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which had been due to expire on Saturday. More than 11.1 million tonnes of essential foodstuffs have been shipped as part of the agreement involving Türkiye, Ukraine, Russia and the United Nations, since it was… Continue reading UN chief welcomes renewal of Black Sea Grain Initiative

Ukraine war: Risks of spillover ‘remain all too real’, Security Council hears 

Russian missiles and drones have rained down on several cities, including the capital, Kyiv, she reported, destroying or damaging homes and severely disrupting critical services.  “I must say it again: attacks targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure are prohibited under international humanitarian law,” she stressed.  ‘No end in sight’  Meanwhile, military dynamics on the ground continue… Continue reading Ukraine war: Risks of spillover ‘remain all too real’, Security Council hears 

Sudan: Human rights must ‘be at the core’ of democratic transition, urges Türk   

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk told journalists at a press conference in Khartoum that the military takeover of October 2021, which put an end to civilian power-sharing following the ouster of former dictator Omar Al-Bashir, had left Sudan “at a decisive fork in the road”.   “As political negotiations continue towards a framework… Continue reading Sudan: Human rights must ‘be at the core’ of democratic transition, urges Türk   

Invest more in Africa’s Sahel, or risk decades of armed conflict and displacement

16 November 2022Climate and Environment Without urgent investment in climate mitigation and adaptation, countries in the Sahel risk decades of armed conflict and displacement, exacerbated by rising temperatures, scarcity of resources and food insecurity, the UN has warned in a report published on Wednesday. Moving from Reaction to Action: Anticipating Vulnerability Hotspots in the Sahel, says that,… Continue reading Invest more in Africa’s Sahel, or risk decades of armed conflict and displacement

COP27: Protecting biodiversity is protecting the Paris Agreement

“The two need to be looked at as being on the same wavelength, and not one higher than the other,” Elizabeth Mrema, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the international legal instrument to protect biodiversity ratified by 196 nations, told UN News. ‘Biodiversity Day’ at COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh comes just… Continue reading COP27: Protecting biodiversity is protecting the Paris Agreement

UN official calls on Security Council to support a ‘secure, peaceful and prosperous Sahel’

“This insecurity is exacerbating an already disastrous humanitarian situation”, said Martha Pobee, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa in the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations, pointing out that women and children are the primary victims of violence and growing inequality.  Regionally led force  Meanwhile the Joint Force of the Group of Five (G5) – created… Continue reading UN official calls on Security Council to support a ‘secure, peaceful and prosperous Sahel’

UNICEF launches new child-focused climate initiative to head off disasters

“We know more climate disasters are in the making. We just do not know where or when they will hit”, said Karin Hulshof, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director for Partnerships.” The Today and Tomorrow initiative, for the first time, combines funding for immediate resilience and risk prevention programmes for children today, with risk transfer finance provided by… Continue reading UNICEF launches new child-focused climate initiative to head off disasters

Ukrainian and Russian POWs tortured and ill-treated: OHCHR

15 November 2022Human Rights Prisoners of war on both sides of the conflict in Ukraine have told UN human rights investigators that they have been subjected to torture and ill-treatment while held captive.  Matilda Bogner, Head of the UN’s human rights monitoring mission in Ukraine, said that, over the past few months, her team had… Continue reading Ukrainian and Russian POWs tortured and ill-treated: OHCHR

Libya: Some leaders ‘actively hindering progress towards elections’, Security Council hears

UN Special Representative Abdoulaye Bathily briefed ambassadors on the ongoing impasse and other obstacles to the vote, which was postponed last December.  Libya has been divided between two rival administrations in the aftermath of the overthrow and killing of former President, Muammar Gaddafi, over a decade ago.  Mr. Bathily last addressed the Council in October,… Continue reading Libya: Some leaders ‘actively hindering progress towards elections’, Security Council hears

Act together now, to prevent ‘raging food catastrophe’ next year: Guterres

The world is on its way to “a raging food catastrophe”, Secretary-General António Guterres warned leaders gathered in Bali, alerting them that “people in five separate places are facing famine”. “Simultaneously, we are witnessing a crunch in the global fertilizer market”, he continued, highlighting once again the Black Sea Grain Initiative to export vital food… Continue reading Act together now, to prevent ‘raging food catastrophe’ next year: Guterres

Keep the 1.5°C goal alive, experts and civil society urge on ‘Energy Day’ at COP27

The energy sector, responsible for more than two-thirds of global greenhouse emissions, is mainly powered by fossil fuels. While this brings electricity and transport to most of the world, it is accompanied by deep pain and loss to vulnerable communities and ecosystems. According to the International Renewable Agency (IRENA), only 29 per cent of global… Continue reading Keep the 1.5°C goal alive, experts and civil society urge on ‘Energy Day’ at COP27

Iran: Thousands held for peacefully protesting must be released

15 November 2022Human Rights The UN human rights office, OHCHR, called on Tuesday for the immediate release of thousands of Iranian citizens who have been detained after peacefully demonstrating against the Government following the death of Mahsa Amini for breaking strict hijab rules two months ago. OHCHR Spokesperson Jeremy Laurence, briefed reporters in Geneva, reporting that on… Continue reading Iran: Thousands held for peacefully protesting must be released

General Assembly adopts resolution on Russian reparations for Ukraine

Nearly 50 nations co-sponsored the resolution on establishing an international mechanism for compensation for damage, loss and injury, as well as a register to document evidence and claims.  The General Assembly is the UN’s most representative body, comprising all 193 Member States.  Ninety-four countries voted in favour of the resolution, and 14 against, while 73… Continue reading General Assembly adopts resolution on Russian reparations for Ukraine

Ukraine: UN convoy delivers vital aid to residents of Kherson

14 November 2022Humanitarian Aid Essential supplies have been delivered to thousands of people in the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson for the first time since Russia’s invasion of 24 February, UN humanitarians announced on Monday. Aid workers brought food, water, hygiene kits, shelter materials and critical household items, such as bedding, thermal blankets and solar… Continue reading Ukraine: UN convoy delivers vital aid to residents of Kherson

UNPOL ready to tackle global peace, security and development challenges 

14 November 2022Peace and Security From peacekeeping to peacebuilding, Under-Secretary-General Jean-Pierre Lacroix reaffirmed to the Security Council on Monday, the vital role that UN police officers play across the conflict prevention spectrum.  He outlined some of the greatest challenges to global peace, security and development, which include expanding conflicts in high population areas, expansion of… Continue reading UNPOL ready to tackle global peace, security and development challenges 

UN chief highlights crucial role of G20 in resolving global crises

Speaking on the eve of the G20 Summit there, the UN chief appealed for the bloc to support his initiatives to address climate change, sustainable development, the worldwide food and energy crises, and digital transformation.  The Summit is taking place at “the most pivotal, precarious moment in generations”, he told journalists.    ‘Ground zero’ for… Continue reading UN chief highlights crucial role of G20 in resolving global crises

COP27: Week two opens with focus on water, women and more negotiations on loss and damage

“Nothing about us, without us,” UNICEF advocate told UN News on Monday while she was painting one of the collaborative colourful artworks displayed throughout the conference’s dedicated youth pavilion depicting the role of women in climate action. For the young climate activist, women and young girls in all their diversity have been leading the climate… Continue reading COP27: Week two opens with focus on water, women and more negotiations on loss and damage

Somalia: Human rights chief decries steep rise in civilian casualties

14 November 2022Human Rights A steep rise in civilian casualties across Somalia, largely at the hands of Al-Shabaab militants, has exacerbated an already grim human rights and humanitarian situation there, said the UN human rights chief on Monday. According to latest UN figures, at least 613 civilians have been killed and 948 injured so far… Continue reading Somalia: Human rights chief decries steep rise in civilian casualties

Sustainable food cold chains reduce waste, fight climate change: UN report

These systems are critical to maintaining the quality, nutritional value and safety of food, especially as an estimated 14 per cent of all food produced for human consumption is lost before it even reaches consumers. The increased investment is also required if the world is to meet the challenge of feeding an additional two billion… Continue reading Sustainable food cold chains reduce waste, fight climate change: UN report

Secretary-General upholds the importance of a single global economy

Mr. Guterres was speaking to journalists a day after addressing regional leaders attending the 12th Summit between the UN and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Avoid at all costs “As I told yesterday’s summit meeting, we must avoid at all costs the division of the global economy into two parts, led by… Continue reading Secretary-General upholds the importance of a single global economy

Adapt or starve: COP27 spotlights agricultural challenges and solutions in the face of climate change

This sentiment echoed through dozens of pavilions and conference rooms in Sharm el-Sheikh on Saturday as COP27 turned its attention to the vital issues of adaptation, agriculture and food systems in the context of climate change. “We need to help rural populations build their resilience to extreme weather events and adapt to a changing climate.… Continue reading Adapt or starve: COP27 spotlights agricultural challenges and solutions in the face of climate change

ASEAN States ‘well-placed’ to advance human rights, freedoms and a strong global economy 

Speaking at the 12th ASEAN-UN Summit, Secretary-General António Guterres painted a picture of many in the Global South, “battered” by COVID and the climate crisis – restricting access to food, energy, and finance – and global insecurity triggering new conflicts while making it increasingly difficult to end old ones. He also drew attention to a… Continue reading ASEAN States ‘well-placed’ to advance human rights, freedoms and a strong global economy 

UN Human Rights Council inquiry hears testimonies on Shireen Abu Akleh killing 

11 November 2022Human Rights A UN Human Rights Council-appointed probe into alleged rights violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), including East Jerusalem, and Israel, wrapped up a week of public hearings in Geneva on Friday that included testimony on the killing of veteran US-Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.   The session – mandated by the Human… Continue reading UN Human Rights Council inquiry hears testimonies on Shireen Abu Akleh killing 

‘Fossil fuels are a dead end’, says top UN climate adviser on ‘Decarbonization Day’ at COP27

To meet the goals of the Paris Agreement and prevent the worst impacts of the climate crisis, the world must abandon fossil fuels as quickly as possible, Selwin Hart, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Climate Action told UN News today. “There is no argument around the science at all. But of course, developing countries,… Continue reading ‘Fossil fuels are a dead end’, says top UN climate adviser on ‘Decarbonization Day’ at COP27

‘Our futures are being stolen!’ Youth activists tell COP27 negotiators it’s past time to tackle ‘loss and damage’

“There are climate catastrophes and destruction, and my country ends up borrowing money from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank to deal with the repercussions… our countries cannot develop because of the costs of the climate crisis,” a young African activist said during one of the many protests that took place today at… Continue reading ‘Our futures are being stolen!’ Youth activists tell COP27 negotiators it’s past time to tackle ‘loss and damage’

IAEA ensures nuclear safety and stability amid global crises: General Assembly President

The world is faced with risks of nuclear proliferation and nuclear catastrophe not seen in decades, he noted, adding that “IAEA strives to meet the demands of this moment with expert resolve.” Mr. Kőrösi thanked the agency’s chief, Rafael Mariano Grossi, for his leadership, as well as its experts “who have risked their lives to… Continue reading IAEA ensures nuclear safety and stability amid global crises: General Assembly President

Young people reconsidering parenthood due to climate change, UNICEF poll reveals

The results were published on Wednesday at the COP27 climate conference taking place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.  Some 243,512 young people from 163 countries participated in the UNICEF U-Report poll, over July and August of this year.    Gauging the temperature  U-Report is a UNICEF digital platform that supports youth engagement on programme priorities, emergency… Continue reading Young people reconsidering parenthood due to climate change, UNICEF poll reveals

‘10 gigatonne’ emissions boom leaves construction ‘off track’ for decarbonization by 2050

9 November 2022Climate and Environment The global building and construction boom has pushed the sector’s CO2 emissions to an all-time high of 10 gigatonnes, meaning that it is now “off track” to meet decarbonization pledges by 2050, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said on Wednesday. “Years of warnings about the impacts of climate change have become a reality,”… Continue reading ‘10 gigatonne’ emissions boom leaves construction ‘off track’ for decarbonization by 2050

Dirty fossil fuel investments and a new AI inventory of global emissions in the spotlight during ‘Finance Day’ at COP27

Over 50 activists from all ages and backgrounds took over the so-called ‘Blue Zone’ – the main area of the conference centre in Sharm el-Shaik overseen by the UN – to chant “Stop funding fossil fuels, stop funding death”. Susan Huang, representing the NGO Oil Change International was among the participants aiming to shed a… Continue reading Dirty fossil fuel investments and a new AI inventory of global emissions in the spotlight during ‘Finance Day’ at COP27

Developing countries at COP27 call for ‘climate justice’ in the form of adaptation and loss and damage funds

During a high-level event, the COP27 Presidency launched the Sharm el-Sheikh Adaptation Agenda to rally global action around 30 outcomes that are needed to address what the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has described as the climate ‘adaptation gap’. The agenda would enhance resilience for four billion people living in the most climate vulnerable communities by… Continue reading Developing countries at COP27 call for ‘climate justice’ in the form of adaptation and loss and damage funds

Over 27 million children at risk from devastating record-setting floods

8 November 2022Climate and Environment Overwhelming flooding has affected at least 27.7 million children across 27 countries worldwide, with the number of children affected by flooding in Chad, Gambia, Pakistan and northeast Bangladesh, being the highest in over 30 years. The UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said in its alert on Tuesday as the COP27 Climate… Continue reading Over 27 million children at risk from devastating record-setting floods

Mass displacements in eastern DR Congo threaten young lives

As young people continue to flee fighting between Congolese armed forces and the resurgent non-State armed group M23, new IDPs arrive daily, escalating the extent of the humanitarian crisis. “Internally Displaced camps are fraught with danger”, said UNICEF Emergency Manager Dounia Dekhili. “In addition to the cholera threat, children and young people are at risk… Continue reading Mass displacements in eastern DR Congo threaten young lives

New milestone in battle against illegal, unregulated fishing

7 November 2022Climate and Environment Global action to fight illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing has intensified, the Food and Agriculture Organization said on Monday, noting that 100 States have now signed on to an international agreement battling the scourge. The Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA) is the first internationally binding instrument specifically designed to prevent,… Continue reading New milestone in battle against illegal, unregulated fishing

‘Cooperate or perish’: At COP27 UN chief calls for Climate Solidarity Pact, urges tax on oil companies to finance loss and damage

“Humanity has a choice: cooperate or perish. It is either a Climate Solidarity Pact – or a Collective Suicide Pact,” the UN Secretary-General told over 100 world leaders reunited for the first official plenary of the UN Climate Change Conference. The proposed Pact would see all countries taking extra efforts to reduce emissions, wealthier nations… Continue reading ‘Cooperate or perish’: At COP27 UN chief calls for Climate Solidarity Pact, urges tax on oil companies to finance loss and damage

‘Gaps, inconsistencies and discrepancies’ continue over Syria’s chemical weapons stance, Security Council hears

7 November 2022Peace and Security The top UN disarmament official told the Security Council on Monday that “gaps, inconsistencies and discrepancies” identified in Syria’s declaration over its use of chemical weapons, in accordance with the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). “cannot be considered accurate and complete”.   Updating ambassadors on the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons… Continue reading ‘Gaps, inconsistencies and discrepancies’ continue over Syria’s chemical weapons stance, Security Council hears

COP27 begins a ‘new era to do things differently’, UN climate change chief declares as pivotal conference gets underway

“Today a new era begins – and we begin to do things differently. Paris gave us the agreement. Katowice and Glasgow gave us the plan. Sharm el-Sheik shifts us to implementation. No one can be a mere passenger on this journey. This is the signal that times have changed,” Mr. Stiell told delegates gathered in… Continue reading COP27 begins a ‘new era to do things differently’, UN climate change chief declares as pivotal conference gets underway

New UN weather report ‘a chronicle of chaos’: UN chief

6 November 2022Climate and Environment The latest report from the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO), released on Sunday, shows that the last eight years have been the warmest on record, fuelled by ever-rising greenhouse gas concentrations. The provisional 2022 State of the Global Climate study outlines the increasingly dramatic signs of the climate emergency, which… Continue reading New UN weather report ‘a chronicle of chaos’: UN chief

DPR Korea launches ‘unprecedented number’ of missiles, Security Council hears

And yet, despite having conducted missile tests on Wednesday and Thursday, Mohamed Khiari informed the ambassadors that DPRK, more commonly known commonly as North Korea, “has yet to publicly provide details” on the launches.  He pointed out that yesterday’s missile launch was “assessed to be an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)”, which reportedly covered a range… Continue reading DPR Korea launches ‘unprecedented number’ of missiles, Security Council hears

Climate change much deadlier than cancer in some places, UNDP data shows

The study gives the example of Dhaka, Bangladesh, where under a scenario of very high emissions by 2100, additional deaths due to climate change could rise to nearly twice the country’s current annual death rate from all cancers, and 10 times its annual road traffic fatalities. “Because of human action, the concentration of carbon dioxide… Continue reading Climate change much deadlier than cancer in some places, UNDP data shows

Resurgence of ethnic clashes in Sudan’s Blue Nile region triggers death and destruction

3 November 2022Peace and Security The UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide expressed grave concern on Thursday over a reported resurgence of ethnic clashes in the Blue Nile region of Sudan.   According to the UN, inter-communal clashes that have flared up several times since July have caused at least 359 fatalities, injured… Continue reading Resurgence of ethnic clashes in Sudan’s Blue Nile region triggers death and destruction

Haiti ‘on the verge of an abyss’, warns UN rights chief

The High Commissioner said the Haitian Government also needed to provide a firm commitment to accountability, and the rule of law, after decades of “systematic corruption and rampant impunity”, which have led up to the country’s current paralysis. He warned Haiti has descended into the worst human rights and humanitarian situation in decades. Urgent solutions… Continue reading Haiti ‘on the verge of an abyss’, warns UN rights chief

UN chief urges Security Council, speak ‘with one voice’ to secure peace

“They help protect civilians and prevent violence…[and] enable the work of peacebuilding, development, humanitarian, and human rights actors”, he detailed.   However, “local and global contexts in which they operate are becoming more challenging by the day”.  The UN chief reminded the Security Council that peacekeeping plays a “critical role” in supporting UN operations in building… Continue reading UN chief urges Security Council, speak ‘with one voice’ to secure peace

New UN course helps cut through the noise to bolster online safety

As misleading articles or deceptive memes continue to pop up up in timelines and newsfeeds, the course helps users to sort through and separate what is real from what is not – helping everyone to stem the increasingly concerning churn of viral propaganda.  Fighting misinformation  Since 2020, the UN’s Verified initiative to improve access to… Continue reading New UN course helps cut through the noise to bolster online safety

Iconic World Heritage glaciers to disappear by 2050, warns UNESCO

3 November 2022Climate and Environment Some of the world’s most iconic glaciers are set to disappear by 2050, according to a new study by UNESCO, which highlights the accelerated melting of glaciers in World Heritage sites. Glaciers in a third of sites are under threat, regardless of efforts to limit temperature increases. However, the study… Continue reading Iconic World Heritage glaciers to disappear by 2050, warns UNESCO

Ukraine grain deal, Ethiopia agreement, show ‘power of multilateralism in action’: Guterres

3 November 2022Climate and Environment Russia’s decision to rejoin the Black Sea Grain Initiative and the Ethiopian agreement to end the war in Tigray demonstrate the power of multilateralism in action, said the UN chief on Thursday, in a call for countries to also rebuild trust between the North and South at the UN’s COP27… Continue reading Ukraine grain deal, Ethiopia agreement, show ‘power of multilateralism in action’: Guterres

More funding needed for climate adaptation, as risks mount

The Adaptation Gap Report 2022 has been released ahead of the COP27 UN climate conference, which opens this weekend in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.  It calls for increased funding and implementation of actions aimed at helping vulnerable nations and communities adapt to the climate emergency in the face of mounting risks.  Estimated annual adaptation needs are… Continue reading More funding needed for climate adaptation, as risks mount

Ethiopia: Peace agreement between Government and Tigray ‘a critical first step’: Guterres

Women and children wait at a food distribution site in Adimehamedey in Tigray, Ethiopia. 2 November 2022Peace and Security A peace deal between the Ethiopian Government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) signed on Wednesday in South Africa, represents “a critical first step” towards ending the brutal two year war, said the UN chief.… Continue reading Ethiopia: Peace agreement between Government and Tigray ‘a critical first step’: Guterres

Humanitarians aid thousands in need across DR Congo; UN peacekeepers attacked by hostile crowd

2 November 2022Peace and Security Despite severe constraints on access, UN and other humanitarian workers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have begun helping thousands displaced by renewed fighting between the Congolese army and the M23 armed group around the eastern region of North Kivu, close to the border with Rwanda and Uganda.… Continue reading Humanitarians aid thousands in need across DR Congo; UN peacekeepers attacked by hostile crowd

UN refugee chief calls for greater focus on climate and conflict factors

Mr. Grandi expressed hope that these dimensions “will be in clearer focus” at the COP27 UN climate change conference, opening this weekend in Egypt, and at its successor conference in a year’s time.   The climate emergency is ravaging resources and creating tensions, including between communities, particularly in already fragile contexts where authorities do not… Continue reading UN refugee chief calls for greater focus on climate and conflict factors

Europe hotting up more than twice global average: WMO

The State of the Climate in Europe report, produced jointly with the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service, focused on 2021. It provides information on rising temperatures, land and marine heatwaves, extreme weather, changing precipitation patterns, and retreating ice and snow. Glacier melt The report says that between 1991 and 2021, temperatures in Europe warmed… Continue reading Europe hotting up more than twice global average: WMO

Human rights belong at the heart of climate change debate, urges Türk

2 November 2022Climate and Environment Humanity’s basic right to life is being threatened by insufficient action in the face of the climate emergency, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk warned on Wednesday. The top rights official has written an open letter calling for human rights to be at the heart of efforts to tackle climate… Continue reading Human rights belong at the heart of climate change debate, urges Türk

UN chief warmly welcomes Russia decision to end suspension from Ukraine grain deal

The UN-brokered deal which is implemented through a Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) in Istanbul involving Russia, Ukraine, and Türkiye, was signed in July, to allow grain, oil and other foodstuffs to leave the war-torn country for markets overseas – many of which are in desperate need of food from Europe’s “breadbasket” to stave off the… Continue reading UN chief warmly welcomes Russia decision to end suspension from Ukraine grain deal

Black Sea grain deal shipments on hold Wednesday, following Russia suspension

1 November 2022Peace and Security UN officials stationed at the Joint Coordination Centre (JCC) for the UN-brokered Black Sea Grain Initiative have said there will be no movement of vessels on Wednesday, in the light of Russia’s decision to suspend its involvement in the deal. In the regular daily briefing to reporters in New York… Continue reading Black Sea grain deal shipments on hold Wednesday, following Russia suspension

In speech to Arab League, UN chief appeals for greater regional unity

The League is among the regional organizations which have a vital role to play in advancing peace, sustainable development, and human rights, he added.  Mr. Guterres also appealed for unity across the Arab world, which he said has never been more essential.  “Division opens the door to foreign interference, terrorism, manipulation, and sectarian strife.  But… Continue reading In speech to Arab League, UN chief appeals for greater regional unity

Security Council debates Russian withdrawal from crucial Ukraine grain deal

Russia requested the meeting following its decision to suspend participation in the UN-brokered Black Sea Grain Initiative “for an unspecified period of time”, announced this past weekend, in response to alleged Ukrainian attacks against its ships.  The UN’s Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, and the head of its trade and development agency, UNCTAD, Rebeca Grynspan,… Continue reading Security Council debates Russian withdrawal from crucial Ukraine grain deal

Progress on methane emissions by energy companies, but numbers still don’t add up: UNEP

Slashing emissions of methane is the single fastest way to tackle climate change in the short term, says UNEP, as the greenhouse gas remains in the atmosphere for far fewer years than carbon dioxide. The report, compiled by the International Methane Emissions Observatory, an independent entity launched in 2021 to integrate data and track progress… Continue reading Progress on methane emissions by energy companies, but numbers still don’t add up: UNEP

DR Congo: Guterres ‘deeply concerned’ by resurgence of fighting between Government troops and M23

31 October 2022Peace and Security The UN Secretary-General has expressed deep concern over the uptick in fighting between Government troops in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and M23 rebels in the east, which in the past ten days have seen multiple civilians killed, “massive displacement” and four peacekeepers from the UN Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) injured.… Continue reading DR Congo: Guterres ‘deeply concerned’ by resurgence of fighting between Government troops and M23

Peacekeepers turn ground-breakers in the Central African Republic

Operating an excavator, a bulldozer or a wheel loader did not come naturally to Chief Private Ryan Herdhika, an avid motorcyclist and soldier in the Indonesian Army’s 3rd Combat Engineering Battalion. But he has just passed his heavy engineering equipment test and will next month be deployed to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission… Continue reading Peacekeepers turn ground-breakers in the Central African Republic

UN Security Council boosts commitment to fight digital terror

29 October 2022Peace and Security A two-day meeting of the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee in India has ended with the adoption of a document committing Member States to prevent and combat digital forms of terror, notably using drones, social media, and online terrorist financing. The non-binding document, known as The Delhi Declaration on countering… Continue reading UN Security Council boosts commitment to fight digital terror

UN chief reaffirms support for deals to ensure export food and fertilizer from Ukraine and Russia

29 October 2022Peace and Security UN Secretary-General António Guterres has reaffirmed his “unwavering commitment” to agreements aimed at ensuring that grain and fertilizers from Ukraine and the Russian Federation reach global markets at the speed and price needed to avert a global food crisis and ensure food security. The Black Sea Grain Initiative, an agreement… Continue reading UN chief reaffirms support for deals to ensure export food and fertilizer from Ukraine and Russia

The vital role of Syrian women in resolving bitter conflicts

The protracted fighting has taken countless lives, displaced millions in and outside the country and left much of the country’s infrastructure in tatters. The failure of international efforts to make much progress has been ascribed to the lack of understanding amongst formal mediators of the situation on the ground in local communities. This is where… Continue reading The vital role of Syrian women in resolving bitter conflicts

Millions face flooding threat across west and central Africa

The alert comes amid the worst floods in a decade, which have swept across Nigeria, Chad, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali and Cameroon. UNHCR spokesperson Olga Sarrado said that hundreds of people had died in Nigeria, where floodwaters in the northeast swept through sites for internally displaced people and host communities in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe… Continue reading Millions face flooding threat across west and central Africa

UN counter-terrorism committee pays tribute to victims of worldwide attacks

The event kicked off in Mumbai, at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, where a series of coordinated terrorist attacks left 31 dead and many injured, in November 2008. Among the survivors is Karambir Kang, who also gave testimony to the meeting, ensuring that the views and needs of victims themselves, were heard loud and clear.… Continue reading UN counter-terrorism committee pays tribute to victims of worldwide attacks

Israel and Palestine must take steps to ‘restore calm’ in occupied West Bank

Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, was briefing the Security Council in the wake of escalating confrontations between Israeli security forces (ISF) and militants, culminating in a large ISF raid in Nablus early this week, which saw five Palestinians killed and 21 wounded. Calling on both leaderships “to recognize what is… Continue reading Israel and Palestine must take steps to ‘restore calm’ in occupied West Bank

COP27: What you need to know about this year’s big UN Climate Conference

The Secretary-General has said COP27 must deliver a “down-payment” on climate solutions that match the scale of the problem, so, will leaders deliver? UN News will keep you informed during the two weeks of the conference officially kicking off on Nov 6th, but before our multimedia team heads for the shore of the Red Sea,… Continue reading COP27: What you need to know about this year’s big UN Climate Conference

UN still sees no sign of biological weapons in Ukraine

This marked the third time since the 24 February invasion that the Council has formally met at Russia’s request to address its ongoing allegations.  The UN’s High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Izumu Nakamitsu, had previously informed ambassadors – first in March, and then again in May – that the UN had seen no evidence of… Continue reading UN still sees no sign of biological weapons in Ukraine

Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian territory, tantamount to ‘settler-colonialism’: UN expert

27 October 2022Human Rights Israel’s occupation is illegal and indistinguishable from a “settler-colonial” situation, which must end, as a pre-condition for Palestinians to exercise their right to self-determination, the UN’s independent expert on the occupied Palestinian territory said on Thursday. “For over 55 years, the Israeli military occupation has prevented the realisation of the right to… Continue reading Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian territory, tantamount to ‘settler-colonialism’: UN expert

Climate change: No ‘credible pathway’ to 1.5C limit, UNEP warns

27 October 2022Climate and Environment National pledges to reduce harmful emissions offer little hope of avoiding climate disaster, UN climate experts said on Thursday, in an urgent appeal for a radical transformation of the energy sector, before it’s too late. There’s “no credible pathway to 1.5C in place” today, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) insisted in a new report,… Continue reading Climate change: No ‘credible pathway’ to 1.5C limit, UNEP warns

UN counter-terrorism body backs innovations to fight digital terror

Ahead of the two-day meeting, the Committee Chair, Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj of India, spoke to UN News about how terrorists are exploiting social media, mobile payment systems, 3D printing, and other technological developments.  Highlighting the impact on society, she said their “easy accessibility, affordability and almost universal outreach, have unlocked an immense opportunity for mankind,… Continue reading UN counter-terrorism body backs innovations to fight digital terror

UN rights chief appeals for a halt in forced returns to Myanmar

Myanmar’s military seized power in February 2021, overthrowing the elected government led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.  Since then, the country has been in the grip of a political, human rights and humanitarian crisis. The High Commissioner’s appeal comes after Malaysia deported more than 100 Myanmar nationals on 6 October. Among them were… Continue reading UN rights chief appeals for a halt in forced returns to Myanmar

Security Council counter-terrorism body to review growing threat posed by new technologies

The two-day meeting in India marks the first time since 2015, that the Committee has convened outside UN Headquarters in New York. The discussion will focus on three areas: Internet and social media; financing for global terror networks; and the proliferation of unmanned aerial systems, such as drones. These emerging technologies are fast-developing and being… Continue reading Security Council counter-terrorism body to review growing threat posed by new technologies

Climate change: CO2 and methane in our atmosphere reach record levels

The agency’s yearly Greenhouse Gas Bulletin warns of the biggest year-on-year jump in methane concentrations in 2021 since systematic measurements began nearly 40 years ago. While the reason for the unprecedented increase is still unclear, it seems to be a result of both biological and human-induced processes according to the report. The increase in carbon… Continue reading Climate change: CO2 and methane in our atmosphere reach record levels

Countries’ climate promises still not enough to avoid catastrophic global warming: UN Report

The current combined National Determined Contributions (NDCs)—meaning the countries’ national efforts to tackle emissions and mitigate climate change—are leading our planet to at least 2.5 degrees warming, a level deemed catastrophic by scientists at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Increasing instead of decreasing In 2019, the IPCC indicated that to curb global warming,… Continue reading Countries’ climate promises still not enough to avoid catastrophic global warming: UN Report

Political solution still the only path to peace in Syria: UN Special Envoy

The country is facing its worst economic crisis since the war began, as well as a deadly cholera outbreak that is rapidly spreading.  Mr. Pedersen reported on his recent “busy period of diplomatic engagement” with key Syrian and international stakeholders, including in connection with the stalled Constitutional Committee meetings in Geneva.  Long way to go … Continue reading Political solution still the only path to peace in Syria: UN Special Envoy

Heatwaves to impact almost every child on earth by 2050: UNICEF report

Today, at least half a billion youngsters are already exposed to a high number of heatwaves, placing them on the front lines of climate change, the UN agency noted. By the middle of this century, moreover, it estimates that more than two billion children will be exposed to “more frequent, longer lasting, and more severe”… Continue reading Heatwaves to impact almost every child on earth by 2050: UNICEF report

‘Game changer’ ideas on water and sustainability, centre-stage ahead of major water conference

The results emerging from roundtables on governance, capacity development, data and information, innovation and financing, will be shared with national representatives on Tuesday, at a preparatory meeting for the UN 2023 Water Conference, taking place in March. Noting that the world stands at a watershed moment, the President of the General Assembly, Csaba Kőrösi, whose… Continue reading ‘Game changer’ ideas on water and sustainability, centre-stage ahead of major water conference

Libya: ‘Political deadlock persists with no clear end in sight’- UN envoy

Special Representative Abdoulaye Bathily arrived in the country this month and has been prioritizing consultations with political, institutional, security and civil society representatives, in a bid to address these challenges.  “The situation in Libya calls for a consensus State re-legitimation process. Legitimate institutions capable of providing for the basic needs of the people must be… Continue reading Libya: ‘Political deadlock persists with no clear end in sight’- UN envoy

Step up investment to deliver safe drinking water to all

24 October 2022Health Governments must invest more in building safe drinking water systems, both to ensure greater access to this resource and to mitigate the effects of climate change, according to a report published on Monday by the World Health Organization (WHO), UN children’s agency, UNICEF, and the World Bank.  Providing water and sanitation for… Continue reading Step up investment to deliver safe drinking water to all

In visit to Viet Nam, UN chief stresses critical need for solidarity to overcome climate crisis

Mr. Guterres was in the country to take part in a ceremony to commemorate the 45th anniversary of its membership in the UN. He held meetings with the President, Nguyen Xuan Phuc; Prime Minister, Pham Minh Chinh, and other senior officials, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bui Thanh Son, and Environment Minister, Tran Hong… Continue reading In visit to Viet Nam, UN chief stresses critical need for solidarity to overcome climate crisis

India's first solar-powered village promotes green energy, sustainability and self-reliance

Gadvi Kailashben, a 42-year-old widow, lives in Modhera, home to the centuries-old Sun Temple and now the first village in India that runs on solar energy. She earns a meagre income from agriculture which she uses to take care of her family. The Government has installed solar panels on her house which has given her… Continue reading India's first solar-powered village promotes green energy, sustainability and self-reliance

Ukraine war: Path of further escalation ‘must be reversed’, Security Council hears

21 October 2022Peace and Security Russia’s military escalation in Ukraine will lead to more suffering worldwide and must be reversed, said the UN’s political affairs chief on Friday, adding that further talk of possible nuclear weapons use could lead to a “dangerous spiral”. Rosemary DiCarlo was briefing the Security Council alongside the Resident and Humanitarian… Continue reading Ukraine war: Path of further escalation ‘must be reversed’, Security Council hears

Millions at risk in flood-hit Nigeria; relief chief highlights hunger in Burkina Faso

Infrastructure and farmland have also been damaged, said the statement issued on behalf of Secretary-General António Guterres, worsening the cost of living across the country.   He extended his deepest condolences to the Government of Nigeria and to the affected families, reiterating the UN’s continuing “commitment to supporting the Government of Nigeria in this challenging time.” More than… Continue reading Millions at risk in flood-hit Nigeria; relief chief highlights hunger in Burkina Faso

Security Council approves sanctions package for Haiti to quell gang violence

Criminal gangs have been blocking access to the main fuel terminal in the capital Port-au-Prince, bringing critical services to a standstill, as Haiti grapples with a widening cholera epidemic, amid political and economic meltdown. ‘Catastrophic’ hunger “Catastrophic” levels of hunger have been recorded this month for the first time, in the gang controlled Cite Soleil… Continue reading Security Council approves sanctions package for Haiti to quell gang violence

INTERVIEW: Connection between human rights and climate change ‘must not be denied’

Ian Fry, Australian National University Professor and Tuvalu’s former ambassador for Climate Change for over 21 years, was appointed in May by the UN Human Rights Council, as the first Special Rapporteur on climate, following the overwhelming vote to recognize the Right to a Healthy Environment, in 2021. “Human-induced climate change is the largest, most… Continue reading INTERVIEW: Connection between human rights and climate change ‘must not be denied’

Slow progress for women helping forge peace, Security Council warned

Ambassadors met to discuss how to strengthen women’s resilience and leadership as a pathway to peace in regions plagued by armed groups.  The debate was held under the Council’s continued focus on women, peace and security, in line with a landmark resolution adopted 22 years ago, and centred around the latest UN report.  Slow progress … Continue reading Slow progress for women helping forge peace, Security Council warned

Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory illegal: UN rights commission

The three-member Commission is pushing for the issue to be referred to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the UN’s highest court.  They stressed that under international humanitarian law, the occupation of territory in wartime is a temporary situation and does not deprive the occupied power of its statehood or sovereignty.  A core UN principle … Continue reading Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory illegal: UN rights commission

MINUSCA support ‘decisive’ in security operations to protect civilians

19 October 2022Peace and Security Support from UN peacekeepers serving with the mission in the Central African Republic, MINUSCA, has proven decisive in protecting civilians alongside Government efforts and amid widespread continuing insecurity, said the UN Special Representative for the country on Wednesday, briefing the Security Council. Valentine Rugwabiza, who also heads up the UN… Continue reading MINUSCA support ‘decisive’ in security operations to protect civilians

Tigray conflict is a health crisis for 6 million people, and ‘the world is not paying attention’: Tedros

The Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) urged the international community and the media on Wednesday to give the crisis in Ethiopia “the attention it deserves”. Highlighting that there is no other situation globally in which six million had been kept under siege for almost two years, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned that there is… Continue reading Tigray conflict is a health crisis for 6 million people, and ‘the world is not paying attention’: Tedros

Mali: Progress on transition, peace process, amid ongoing insecurity

El-Ghassim Wane, head of the UN mission in Mali, MINUSMA, presented the latest UN Secretary-General’s report on the peacekeeping operation. He briefed ambassadors on progress in the transition and peace process, while also addressing ongoing insecurity and rising humanitarian needs.  Mr. Wane was speaking a day after a MINUSMA vehicle hit an improvised explosive device… Continue reading Mali: Progress on transition, peace process, amid ongoing insecurity

‘Undeniable need for accountability’ in Ukraine as violations mount

Set up by the Human Rights Council in March, it presented its initial findings in Geneva at the end of last month. “Given the gravity of the identified violations, there is an undeniable need for accountability”, the Commission told the General Assembly. Devastation and loss “The impact of these violations on the civilian population in… Continue reading ‘Undeniable need for accountability’ in Ukraine as violations mount

Somalia: UNICEF warns of unprecedented child deaths

“Without greater action and investment, we are facing the death of children on a scale not seen in half a century,” Spokesperson James Elder told journalists in Geneva.  A child is admitted to a health facility for treatment of severe acute malnutrition “every single minute of every single day”, he said.  A looming tragedy  Latest… Continue reading Somalia: UNICEF warns of unprecedented child deaths

Impact of Tigray airstrikes on civilians ‘utterly staggering’: UN rights chief

18 October 2022Human Rights Parties to the conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia must cease all hostilities immediately and work towards a peaceful and lasting solution, the newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, appealed on Tuesday.  He warned that the latest alarming airstrikes risk seriously worsening the already devastating impact… Continue reading Impact of Tigray airstrikes on civilians ‘utterly staggering’: UN rights chief

Political solution ‘no longer sufficient’ to address current crisis in Haiti

Ms. Helen La Lime urged ambassadors to act decisively and help address the persistent scourges of insecurity and corruption, that along with a health crisis are “accelerating Haiti’s downward spiral”. Earlier on Monday, the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres told journalists that the current blockade of vital humanitarian and civilian supplies in the capital of Port-au-Prince… Continue reading Political solution ‘no longer sufficient’ to address current crisis in Haiti

Killings and detentions of children in Iran must end, UN child rights committee urges

17 October 2022Human Rights As the number of children reportedly killed by Iranian security forces in relation to ongoing protests rises to at least 23, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child issued a statement on Monday condemning the killings, noting that hundreds more have been injured, detained and tortured during the Government… Continue reading Killings and detentions of children in Iran must end, UN child rights committee urges

Tigray: Fighting must end, urges Guterres, amid ‘staggering’ level of need

That’s according to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres who briefed correspondents on Monday morning outside the Security Council, stating that the violence and destruction “have reached alarming levels.” It was the second intervention from the UN chief in as many days, as reports emerged of heavy bombing of Shire and other Tigrayan cities, and food… Continue reading Tigray: Fighting must end, urges Guterres, amid ‘staggering’ level of need

Plastics are piling up in soil across the world warns UN environment agency

Plastics are used extensively in agriculture, from plastic-coated seeds to protective wraps used to modify soil temperature and prevent weed growth over crops. These synthetic materials also added intentionally to biosolid fertilizer, which is spread on fields, and are used in irrigation tubes, sacks and bottles. Plastic covered seedlings. Biodiversity, health impacts While all these… Continue reading Plastics are piling up in soil across the world warns UN environment agency

Ethiopia: UN chief ‘gravely concerned’ by escalation in fighting across Tigray

The latest surge in violence began in August, after a fragile five-month humanitarian truce, which has halted aid deliveries into the northern Ethiopian region, where around five million civilians are in need of aid. Aid distribution continues to be hampered by a lack of fuel, and a communications shutdown across Tigray, while Tigrayan commanders have… Continue reading Ethiopia: UN chief ‘gravely concerned’ by escalation in fighting across Tigray

Adapt and survive: 5 ways to help countries cope with the climate crisis

All nations need to make major cuts to fossil fuel emissions and transition to a low-carbon economy, if we are to have any chance of achieving the aim of reducing global temperatures to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels. This continues to be the message from the UN but, with so many countries suffering as a… Continue reading Adapt and survive: 5 ways to help countries cope with the climate crisis

‘Catastrophic’ hunger recorded in Haiti recorded for first time, UN warns

Hunger has reached a catastrophic level – the highest level 5, on the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification index, or IPC) – in the capital’s Cité Soleil neighbourhood. According to the latest IPC analysis, a record 4.7 million people are currently facing acute hunger (IPC 3 and above), including 1.8 million people in Emergency phase (IPC 4)… Continue reading ‘Catastrophic’ hunger recorded in Haiti recorded for first time, UN warns

World Food Day: Another year of global record hunger looms amid food and climate crisis

In a call for urgent action to address the root causes of rising hunger, ahead of World Food Day, the agency said the current crisis was down to a “confluence of competing crises”, caused by climate shocks, conflict and economic instability. The number of hungry people around the world has shot up from 282 million… Continue reading World Food Day: Another year of global record hunger looms amid food and climate crisis

Yemen: End of nationwide truce heralds ‘heightened risk of war’, Security Council hears

He told ambassadors that since the truce began, six and a half months ago, it had started to alleviate the suffering of Yemenis, after more than seven years of civil war, and offered “a truly historic opportunity” to work towards a lasting settlement. But the period of relative peace between internationally recognized Government forces and… Continue reading Yemen: End of nationwide truce heralds ‘heightened risk of war’, Security Council hears

Disaster risk reduction: Only half the world equipped with adequate early warning systems

Coinciding with the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction , the numbers in the report are even worse for developing countries on the front lines of climate change, the report states. Less than half of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and only one-third of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), have a multi-hazard early warning system.… Continue reading Disaster risk reduction: Only half the world equipped with adequate early warning systems

New expectations of progress towards final end of Colombia conflict, Security Council hears

12 October 2022Peace and Security The head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia told the Security Council on Wednesday that with the recent election of President Gustavo Petro, expectations were running high for progress towards the full and final implementation of a lasting peace deal, after decades of civil conflict. UN Special Representative and… Continue reading New expectations of progress towards final end of Colombia conflict, Security Council hears

Ukraine: UN General Assembly demands Russia reverse course on ‘attempted illegal annexation’

12 October 2022Peace and Security The UN General Assembly passed a resolution by a large majority on Wednesday, calling on countries not to recognise the four regions of Ukraine which Russia has claimed, following so-called referendums held late last month, and demanding that Moscow reverse course on its “attempted illegal annexation”. The results were 143… Continue reading Ukraine: UN General Assembly demands Russia reverse course on ‘attempted illegal annexation’

Africa: Response to climate crisis doesn’t match ‘magnitude of the challenge’

During a debate on strengthening the response to the impacts of climate change on peace and security in Africa, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, said that “our response today does not match the magnitude of the challenge we are facing”. Threat to peace The climate emergency is “a danger to peace”, she… Continue reading Africa: Response to climate crisis doesn’t match ‘magnitude of the challenge’

Climate change: WMO report urges faster action on transition to clean energy

In its new report the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said that in order to limit the global temperature rise which is undermining energy security, electricity tapped from clean energy sources must double over the next eight years. With the energy sector responsible for around 75 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, WMO chief Petteri… Continue reading Climate change: WMO report urges faster action on transition to clean energy

UN Development Programme calls for debt relief now for 54 countries

Without action, poverty will rise and desperately needed investments in climate adaptation and mitigation simply will not happen, the agency warned.  The paper – Avoiding ‘Too Little Too Late’ on International Debt Relief – highlights the ripple effects of government responses to the recent economic crisis, and the potential impacts.  ‘Small pill’ to swallow  It… Continue reading UN Development Programme calls for debt relief now for 54 countries

Ukraine: Any threat to use nuclear weapons ‘should be universally condemned’

Csaba Kőrösi was speaking at the latest meeting of the Emergency Special Session of the world’s most representative body, on the war in Ukraine, triggered by Russia’s invasion of 24 February, which was taking place in light of Russia’s use of the veto in the Security Council on 30 September. ‘We must find a political solution’… Continue reading Ukraine: Any threat to use nuclear weapons ‘should be universally condemned’

UN relief chief appeals for concerted action to tackle deadly heatwave threat

10 October 2022Climate and Environment Heatwaves already kill thousands of people every year and they risk overwhelming the world’s aid response, unless action is taken to mitigate climate change, the UN’s emergency relief chief said on Monday. Without immediate financial help for the most vulnerable communities, the world faces a future of “ever larger and deadlier… Continue reading UN relief chief appeals for concerted action to tackle deadly heatwave threat

Ukraine: Russian large-scale strikes are ‘unacceptable escalation’, says Guterres

10 October 2022Peace and Security The UN chief António Guterres said that large-scale strikes by the Russian military on the Ukrainian capital Kyiv and other locations on Monday, were deeply shocking and represented “another unacceptable escalation” of the war. The strikes which have reportedly caused widespread damage to civilian areas and led to dozens of… Continue reading Ukraine: Russian large-scale strikes are ‘unacceptable escalation’, says Guterres

Climate crisis intensifying heatwaves, UN-backed report warns ahead of COP27

Record high temperatures this year – which are fueling catastrophes in countries such as Pakistan and Somalia – foreshadow a future with deadlier, more frequent, and more intense heat-related humanitarian emergencies, they warned.  Vulnerable hardest hit The world’s lowest-income countries are already experiencing disproportionate increases in extreme heat. Although they are the least to blame… Continue reading Climate crisis intensifying heatwaves, UN-backed report warns ahead of COP27

UN chief calls for ‘enhanced security support’ for Haiti, as crisis worsens

9 October 2022Peace and Security Amid a deteriorating security situation in Haiti, UN Security-General António Guterres called on Sunday for the Security Council to consider deploying armed forces to help the country address immense humanitarian concerns. In a statement, Mr. Guterres announced that he has submitted a letter to the Council, containing options for enhanced… Continue reading UN chief calls for ‘enhanced security support’ for Haiti, as crisis worsens

Historic net-zero international flight goal agreed at UN conference

9 October 2022Climate and Environment State members of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) adopted a long-term goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, following two weeks of intensive diplomacy at the UN agency’s 41st Assembly, on Friday. The goal for decarbonized air transport, which follows similar commitments from industry groups, will “contribute to the… Continue reading Historic net-zero international flight goal agreed at UN conference

Australian surfers ride climate action wave

The image of the typical, laid-back surfer does not sit easily with the stereotype of earnest environmental campaigners. But elite bodyboarder Chris Kirkman is proof that surfers have a part to play in fighting the climate emergency. He has competed everywhere from Portugal and Chile to Tahiti and Brazil, and it was through surfing that… Continue reading Australian surfers ride climate action wave

Is it possible to be a ‘sustainable tourist’? 12 ways to make a positive impact on your travels

There are many positive aspects to tourism. Around two billion people travel each year for tourism purposes. Travel and tourism connect people and bring the world closer through shared experiences, cultural awareness and community building. It provides jobs, spurs regional development, and is a key driver for socio-economic progress. However, there is often a downside;… Continue reading Is it possible to be a ‘sustainable tourist’? 12 ways to make a positive impact on your travels

Aid relief reaches Ukraine towns and cities reclaimed from Russian control

7 October 2022Humanitarian Aid Urgently needed aid relief has reached areas of northeast Ukraine recently reclaimed from Russian control amid ongoing fighting, UN humanitarians said on Friday. More than 73,000 people in Kharkiv oblast have now received food assistance, which is nearly half of the population in the retaken areas. Villages and settlements across the… Continue reading Aid relief reaches Ukraine towns and cities reclaimed from Russian control

Pakistan’s ‘climate carnage beyond imagination’, UN chief tells General Assembly

During a full session of the UN’s most representative body on the country’s devastating floods, he recalled last month’s visit where he saw “a level of climate carnage beyond imagination”. He described flood waters covering a landmass three times the total area of his own country, Portugal, saying that many lost their homes, livestock, crops… Continue reading Pakistan’s ‘climate carnage beyond imagination’, UN chief tells General Assembly

Burkina Faso: UN rights office calls for probe into coup-related deaths and injuries

7 October 2022Human Rights The UN human rights office, OHCHR, has called for investigations into deaths and injuries resulting from last week’s coup in Burkina Faso, Spokesperson Seif Magango said on Friday. Staff are closely following the human rights situation in the West African country since soldiers ousted Paul-Henri Damiba, who had also seized power… Continue reading Burkina Faso: UN rights office calls for probe into coup-related deaths and injuries

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

As the war in Ukraine stokes a crisis for countries who are struggling just to access the food their populations want and need, the international community needs to ensure that doesn’t spill over into a “food availability crisis”, the head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Wednesday.

New UN report urges Europe to step-up action over triple environmental crisis

Action is needed over emissions, waste, pollution and biodiversity loss, it says, adding that solutions can be found, through a focus on a “circular economy” and sustainable infrastructure. The call came during the ninth Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference, which runs until Friday, in the report authored by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)… Continue reading New UN report urges Europe to step-up action over triple environmental crisis

Climate change heightens threats of violence against women and girls

Presenting a report to the General Assembly on its causes and consequences, Reem Alsalem, UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women and girls described climate change as “the most consequential threat multiplier for women and girls, with far-reaching impacts on new and existing forms of gendered inequities”. She maintained that the “cumulative and gendered consequences”… Continue reading Climate change heightens threats of violence against women and girls

Five years of violence in northern Mozambique has forced nearly a million to flee

As the conflict in Cabo Delgado province has not subsided, UNHCR is appealing for both an end to the bloodshed and greater international support for the displaced and local communities hosting them.  The situation has had a devastating impact on the population, Spokesperson Matthew Saltmarsh told journalists in Geneva.  Beheadings, rapes and burnings  “People have… Continue reading Five years of violence in northern Mozambique has forced nearly a million to flee

UN chief condemns DPR Korea missile launch over Japan as ‘reckless act’

4 October 2022Peace and Security The UN Secretary-General on Tuesday strongly condemned the launch of a ballistic missile by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), more commonly known as North Korea, which reportedly travelled over Japan. The missile launch was the first to violate Japan’s air space since 2017, and the intermediate-range ballistic missile… Continue reading UN chief condemns DPR Korea missile launch over Japan as ‘reckless act’

UN envoy urges dialogue to end political impasse in Iraq

Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, UN Special Representative in Iraq, briefed the Security Council in New York, warning that “public disillusion is running sky-high”, as too many citizens have lost all faith in politicians.  Their protracted inaction has sparked protests and counter-protests, culminating in deadly clashes this past August.  Dire consequences, ongoing volatility  “These tragic developments are indisputably… Continue reading UN envoy urges dialogue to end political impasse in Iraq

Pakistan: To avert ‘second wave of death’, UN raises funding appeal to $816 million

4 October 2022Humanitarian Aid Battling what the top UN aid official in Pakistan has warned is a “second wave of death and destruction”, following catastrophic flooding since June that left a third of the country submerged, UN humanitarians on Tuesday raised their funding request from $160 million to $816 million. Julien Harneis, Humanitarian Coordinator for… Continue reading Pakistan: To avert ‘second wave of death’, UN raises funding appeal to $816 million

Five ways media and journalists can support climate action while tackling misinformation

According to the IPCC, this “shaping” power can usefully build public support to accelerate climate mitigation – the efforts to reduce or prevent the emission of the greenhouse gases that are heating our planet – but it can also be used to do exactly the opposite. This places a huge responsibility on media companies and… Continue reading Five ways media and journalists can support climate action while tackling misinformation

UN chief: Countries bound for COP27 must make climate action ‘the top global priority’

“A third of Pakistan flooded. Europe’s hottest summer in 500 years. The Philippines hammered. The whole of Cuba in black-out. And here, in the United States, Hurricane Ian has delivered a brutal reminder that no country and no economy is immune from the climate crisis,” he highlighted. And while “climate chaos gallops ahead, climate action… Continue reading UN chief: Countries bound for COP27 must make climate action ‘the top global priority’

More action and investment needed in cities to end ‘cascade of challenges’

Secretary-General António Guterres declared that “from climate chaos and conflicts to COVID-19”, the most vulnerable were being hit the hardest. Amplifying this year’s theme, Mind the Gap. Leave No One and No Place Behind, spotlighting widening inequalities in living conditions across the world, he said that rapid and unplanned development of towns and cities, was making conditions… Continue reading More action and investment needed in cities to end ‘cascade of challenges’

Burkina Faso: UN chief condemns any attempt to seize power by the force of arms

1 October 2022Peace and Security The UN Secretary-General expressed on Saturday his deep concern regarding the unfolding developments in Burkina Faso, where according to media reports, a group of military officers overthrew the man who had seized power in a coup only nine months earlier. Allegedly, Capt. Ibrahim Traore appeared on Friday on national television… Continue reading Burkina Faso: UN chief condemns any attempt to seize power by the force of arms

Ukraine: UN Secretary-General condemns Russia annexation plan

Secretary-General António Guterres briefs reporters on the decision of the Russian Federation on annexation of the Ukrainian territory. 29 September 2022Peace and Security Russia’s plan to annex four occupied regions in Ukraine would be an illegal move, a violation of international law, and should be condemned, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday, warning of… Continue reading Ukraine: UN Secretary-General condemns Russia annexation plan

Black Sea exports ramp up, bringing confidence to global commerce and food to most vulnerable

Described as a “beacon of hope” by UN Secretary-General António Guterres at the signing ceremony for the plan on 27 July in Istanbul, with representatives from Russian and Ukraine, the agreement has made it possible for almost 240 vessels to leave Ukrainian ports with some 5.4 million metric tons of grain and other foodstuffs, since 1… Continue reading Black Sea exports ramp up, bringing confidence to global commerce and food to most vulnerable

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Colombia’s ‘dinosaur of peace’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ukraine refugees: Eager to work but need greater support

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘Violent civil unrest’ in Haiti hampers aid delivery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Security Council calls for intensifying efforts to expand Yemen truce

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UN meeting upholds need to remember and support victims of terrorism

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Women lead marine restoration efforts in the UNESCO Seaflower Biosphere Reserve

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Libya: Political stalemate and lack of progress on elections

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From The Field: Restoring Myanmar’s Mangroves

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

Ukraine: Renewed shelling at Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant underlines accident risk

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

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

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

UN chief disappointed nuclear treaty conference ends without consensus

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

Chad: Unprecedented flooding affects more than 340,000 people

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘Comprehensive’ solution needed to end mass displacement of Rohingya

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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