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As Syrian Conflict Enters 10th Year, ‘brutal Truth’ Is, There Is Little Protection For Families

Saturday, 14 March 2020, 1:41 pm | United Nations

Although a fragile ceasefire agreed in northwest Syria is still holding, UN humanitarians on Friday warned of dire conditions for hundreds of thousands of civilians displaced by conflict, now in its tenth year. Speaking to journalists in Geneva, Jens Laerke ... More >>

Coronavirus Update: COVID-19 Likely To Cost Economy $1 Trillion During 2020, Says UN Trade Agency

Tuesday, 10 March 2020, 10:43 am | United Nations

Apart from the tragic human consequences of the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic, the economic uncertainty it has sparked will likely cost the global economy $1 trillion in 2020, the UN’s trade and development agency, UNCTAD, said on Monday. “We envisage ... More >>

COVID-19: ‘Sombre Moment’ As Cases Top 100,000 Worldwide

Sunday, 8 March 2020, 1:13 pm | United Nations

The global number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus disease, COVID-19, has surpassed 100,000, the World Health Organization ( WHO ) reported on Saturday. “As we mark this sombre moment, the World Health Organization reminds all countries and ... More >>

Rights Office Concerned Over Death Sentences Against 35 Yemeni MPs

Saturday, 7 March 2020, 1:15 pm | United Nations

The pro-government MPs were sentenced in absentia earlier this week by the Houthi-controlled Specialized Criminal Court in the capital, Sana’a. “We are extremely concerned by the overall conduct of the trial and that it is politically motivated, as well ... More >>

Gender Equality In The Right To Privacy – An Essential For All

Friday, 6 March 2020, 11:47 am | United Nations

GENEVA (5 March 2020) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, Joseph Cannataci, has called for gender equality to be embedded in privacy practices around the world. Over the years, the work of his mandate has revealed ... More >>

‘Unanimous’ ICC Gives Go-ahead To Probe Afghanistan Alleged War Crimes

Friday, 6 March 2020, 11:11 am | United Nations

Prosecutors have been given the green light to investigate alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan - and beyond its borders – linked to Afghan, Taliban and US troops, the International Criminal Court said on Thursday. The decision, ... More >>

Coronavirus update: UN scales back major conference

Thursday, 5 March 2020, 9:22 am | United Nations

The organizing committee of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), a major UN conference scheduled to take place in March, has decided to cut the event down to a one-day meeting, citing current concerns surrounding the spread of the COVID-19 ... More >>

Warmer Months Ahead For Many Parts Of The Planet: UN Weather Agency

Tuesday, 3 March 2020, 3:03 pm | United Nations

Many parts of the world can expect above average temperatures in the coming months even without the presence of an El Niño event to drive warming, the World Meteorological Organization ( WMO ) said on Monday. The UN agency published its latest update on ... More >>

United States-Taliban Deal: UN Welcomes Efforts To Reach Political Settlement In Afghanistan

Sunday, 1 March 2020, 12:52 pm | United Nations

On Saturday the United Nations called for further reductions in violence in Afghanistan, and for the conditions for intra-Afghan peace talks to be met, following the announcement of an agreement between the United States and the Taliban. On February 29, the United ... More >>

UN Health Agency Warns Against Coronavirus COVID-19 Criminal Scams

Sunday, 1 March 2020, 12:50 pm | United Nations

The World Health Organization (WHO) is warning that criminals are taking advantage of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, to steal money or sensitive information. Criminal elements, says the UN health agency, are posing as WHO representatives, ... More >>

‘Mayhem’ In Syria’s Idlib Amid Ongoing Violence, As Guterres Urges Immediate Ceasefire

Saturday, 29 February 2020, 12:00 pm | United Nations

Rapidly escalating conflict in northwest Syria has created healthcare “mayhem”, amid reports of displaced people moving closer to the Turkish border in search of shelter, the World Health Organization ( WHO ) said on Friday, as the UN Secretary-General ... More >>

Smoking And Drinking Link To Recreational Drug Use By Young People: UN-backed Report

Friday, 28 February 2020, 12:40 pm | United Nations

The use of alcohol and tobacco by young people and children is closely linked to the use of illicit drugs, a UN-backed narcotics control body warned on Thursday. The International Narcotics Control Board ( INCB ) annual report cites studies which ... More >>

Myanmar: ‘Multidimensional And Long-standing’ Root Causes Behind Rights Minority Abuses

Friday, 28 February 2020, 12:36 pm | United Nations

The Human Rights Council on Thursday held an interactive dialogue with UN rights chief, Michelle Bachelet , on the root causes of violations and abuses suffered by the Rohingya mainly-Muslim minority and other minorities in Myanmar. She said the ... More >>

North Korea And The International Community Should Join Forces To Tackle COVID-19, Says UN Expert

Thursday, 27 February 2020, 9:39 am | United Nations

GENEVA (26 February 2020) - The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in North Korea, Tomás Ojea Quintana, has urged North Korea and the international community to join forces to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak in the country. The Special ... More >>

UN Chief Appeals For End To Syria’s ‘man-made Humanitarian Nightmare’

Saturday, 22 February 2020, 1:43 pm | United Nations

In a tersely delivered statement on Friday, the UN Secretary-General appealed for an end to the “ man-made humanitarian nightmare ” currently unfolding in Syria, where ongoing military operations in the north-west have displaced hundreds of thousands ... More >>

UN Must Continue To Be A Forum For Dialogue On Decolonization: Guterres

Saturday, 22 February 2020, 1:31 pm | United Nations

With 17 non-self-governing territories remaining worldwide, the United Nations must continue to be the place where their concerns can be heard, the Secretary-General said in New York on Friday. António Guterres was speaking at the opening of the ... More >>

Escalating Burkina Faso Violence Brings Wider Sahel Displacement Emergency Into Focus

Saturday, 22 February 2020, 1:29 pm | United Nations

Deadly attacks on villages in Burkina Faso have forced 150,000 people to flee in just the last three weeks, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday, warning of a displacement emergency in the wider Sahel region . Amid a devastating surge ... More >>

On World Social Justice Day, The UN Labour Agency Says ‘put People And Planet First

Friday, 21 February 2020, 11:52 am | United Nations

World Bank/Eric Miller Reduce inequality around the world, the United Nations labour agency urged on Thursday, World Social Justice Day . The gap between the rich and the poor is larger than previously thought. Globally, the poorest 20 per cent of ... More >>

Polio Eradication A UN Priority, Says Guterres In Pakistan Visit

Wednesday, 19 February 2020, 1:41 pm | United Nations

In one of the last bastions of polio on the planet, millions of children are being given a fighting chance against the paralyzing and potentially fatal disease. During his first official visit to Pakistan as UN Secretary-General, António Guterres stopped ... More >>

Spike In Civilian Casualties In North-west Myanmar

Wednesday, 19 February 2020, 1:38 pm | United Nations

UN rights experts ‘gravely’ concerned at spike in civilian casualties in north-west Myanmar following internet shutdown 18 February 2020 Independent UN human rights experts on Tuesday voiced grave concern over the killing and displacement of civilians ... More >>