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Afghans entitled to live ‘free from fear, intimidation’

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 9:37 am | UN News

All Afghans have the right to live “free from fear, intimidation and violence”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement on Tuesday strongly condemning two suicide attacks, which left dozens dead. More >>

Monsoon destroys Rohingya shelters

Saturday, 14 September 2019, 10:01 am | UN News

Unusually heavy monsoon rains have inundated shelters in refugee camps in southern Bangladesh creating “havoc”, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday, as it launched its biggest emergency response of the year for displaced Rohingya families. More >>

‘Reaffirm the sanctity’ of religious sites, says Guterres

Friday, 13 September 2019, 8:37 am | UN News

Amidst a global call by Secretary-General António Guterres to “reaffirm the sanctity” of religious sites and keep worshippers safe, the UN Alliance of Civilizations ( UNAOC ) on Thursday launched a new plan of action to “counter hate and violence ... More >>

More funds needed to counter Ethiopian issues

Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 8:17 am | UN News

Ethiopia is beset by “persistent and multi-faceted humanitarian problems”, the United Nations relief chief said on Tuesday, calling for more international funding as well as support for the Government-led response to the country’s displacement ... More >>

Nicaragua ‘crisis’ still cause for concern

Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 8:08 am | UN News

Nicaragua’s on-going human rights crisis can be resolved peacefully through dialogue, the UN’s top rights official said on Tuesday, before expressing concern about allegations of torture and murder of protesters involved in last year’s anti-Government demonstrations. More >>

Nuclear testing has ‘disastrous consequences’ for planet

Tuesday, 10 September 2019, 9:36 am | UN News

Events commemorating the recent International Day against Nuclear Tests serve as an “important and stark reminder…of the disastrous consequences of nuclear testing on human health and the environment”, a top UN official told the General Assembly ... More >>

Political solutions ‘prerequisite to sustainable peace’

Tuesday, 10 September 2019, 9:04 am | UN News

While peacekeeping is an “essential tool” for preventing conflict and reducing the risk of relapse, “political solutions are a prerequisite to sustainable peace”, the United Nations peacekeeping chief told the Security Council on Monday. More >>

UN chief welcomes Russia-Ukraine prisoner exchange

Monday, 9 September 2019, 8:33 am | UN News

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed on Sunday, yesterday’s exchange of prisoners and detainees between Russia and Ukraine. More >>

Mitigating climate in Asia-Pacific could boost economy

Saturday, 7 September 2019, 10:37 am | UN News

The urgent need to move towards a low carbon economy and build resilience, would not only mitigate the worst impacts of climate change in the Asia-Pacific, but also lift the region economically, according to the body overseeing the UN Framework Convention ... More >>

Hurricane Dorian: Bahamas death toll expected to rise

Saturday, 7 September 2019, 10:27 am | UN News

As the UN and other aid partners respond to huge humanitarian needs in the hurricane-struck northern Bahamas, latest reports indicate that the death toll is likely to increase substantially, the head of an emergency medical relief team said on Friday. More >>

WHO welcomes Facebook commitment on vaccine misinformation

Friday, 6 September 2019, 9:26 am | UN News

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday welcomed Facebook’s pledge to ensure users can separate fact from fiction when it comes to vaccines, across its platforms from Facebook Search, to Groups, Pages and forums. More >>

Central Africans ‘need our help now’

Thursday, 5 September 2019, 9:39 am | UN News

“Spikes of violence” in previously unaffected areas of the Central African Republic (CAR) have prompted new displacement, the United Nations Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator said on Wednesday, calling for additional funding to meet the humanitarian ... More >>

New technologies, AI aids fight against global terrorism

Thursday, 5 September 2019, 9:24 am | UN News

Although terrorists have become skilled at manipulating the Internet and other new technologies, artificial intelligence or AI, is a powerful tool in the fight against them, a top UN counter-terrorism official said this week at a high-level conference ... More >>

Northern Bahamas ravaged by ‘terrible devastation’

Thursday, 5 September 2019, 9:09 am | UN News

Following the “terrible devastation” of parts of the northern Bahamas in the Caribbean caused by Hurricane Dorian, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday he “remains deeply concerned” for those thousands impacted ... More >>

Libyans continue ‘spilling their blood on the battlefield’

Thursday, 5 September 2019, 9:06 am | UN News

It is five months to the day since the forces of the self-styled Libyan National Army launched an offensive to seize control of Tripoli, halting “an active and promising political process”, the United Nations top envoy for the country told ... More >>

A third of young people polled report being bullied online

Wednesday, 4 September 2019, 5:34 pm | UN News

Around one-in-three young people across 30 countries say they have been bullied online, while one-in-five report that they have skipped school because of it. Those are some of the key findings in a new poll released on Wednesday by the UN Children’s Fund ... More >>

Insecurity and violence turn Nigeria into a pressure cooker

Wednesday, 4 September 2019, 8:27 am | UN News

Nigeria is a pressure cooker of internal conflicts and generalized violence that must be addressed urgently, an independent United Nations expert said on Tuesday, following a fact-finding visit to the country. More >>

Nowhere is safe to hide in war-torn Yemen

Wednesday, 4 September 2019, 8:26 am | UN News

The people of Yemen have been subject to “numerous” possible war crimes in recent years including forced recruitment of children and sexual abuse in detention, UN-appointed senior rights experts said on Tuesday , in an appeal to the international community ... More >>

UN ‘prioritizing needs’, ramping up aid on Hurricane Dorian

Wednesday, 4 September 2019, 8:26 am | UN News

Renewed warnings of deadly destruction in the Bahamas caused by Hurricane Dorian have been issued by UN agencies and partners, who said on Tuesday that they’re worried “for every single” person on two of the worst-hit Caribbean islands. More >>

UN experts decry torture of Rakhine men and boys

Wednesday, 4 September 2019, 8:25 am | UN News

Allegations of torture and ill-treatment leading to the death of ethnic Rakhine men and boys being held in incommunicado detention by Myanmar’s military, has prompted three independent UN rights experts to call for an end to the practice and for “credible, ... More >>

 

 

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