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UN rights expert calls on Mexico to investigate killing of state-level Ombudsperson

Strongly condemning the attack on a state-level Ombudsperson and his family in Mexico, the United Nations expert on human rights defenders has called on the authorities to investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Mediterranean crossing still world's deadliest for migrants - UN report

Crossing the Mediterranean to Europe is “by far the world's deadliest” journey for migrants, with at least 33,761 reported to have died or gone missing between 2000 and 2017, a United Nations report finds.

Conditions in Myanmar's Rakhine not in place to enable safe returns - UN refugee agency

Amid reports of an agreement between the governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar on return of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar, the United Nations refugee agency has underscored that the returns must be voluntary, and take place in safe and dignified conditions.

At UN, over $2 billion pledged to help hurricane-affected Caribbean nations 'build back better'

The international community mobilized over $1.3 billion in pledges and more than $1 billion in loans and debt relief to help Caribbean nations recover from the strong hurricanes that pummelled the region a few months ago, during a meeting at United Nations Headquarters on Tuesday.

ISIL 'down but not out' in Iraq; UN envoy urges efforts to defeat group's extremist ideology

The military victory against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant is only one component of a complex battle that addresses the root causes of extremist ideology, the United Nations envoy for Iraq said Wednesday.

With access to clean, modern energy, poorer countries look to power ahead through innovation - UN report

Energy is key to global development, but the world's poorest and most vulnerable nations fare up to six times worse than their more industrialized counterparts when it comes to accessing the vital resource, the United Nations warned on Wednesday.

UN urges global action so women and girls everywhere can live free from all forms of violence

Achieving gender equality and the full empowerment of women is the answer to ending violence against women, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Wednesday, calling for collective global action on this cause.

Adopt a 'common line,' UN negotiator appeals to Syrian opposition

Syrian opposition groups meeting in Saudi Arabia should do all they can to unify ahead of a fresh round of United Nations-facilitated talks in Geneva, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Wednesday.

UN agency gravely concerned by lack of medical services in Syria's eastern Ghouta

Despite escalating violence and increasing humanitarian needs, life-saving medicines, medical equipment, and surgical supplies are being prevented from entering eastern Ghouta in Syria and the plan to transfer critically ill patients to hospitals elsewhere has not been approved, the United Nations ...

UN hails conviction of Mladic, the 'epitome of evil,' a momentous victory for justice

Welcoming today's conviction of former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic on multiple counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes by an international tribunal, the United Nations top human rights official said that the verdict is “a warning” to perpetrators of such ...

Conviction of Mladic, the 'epitome of evil,' a momentous victory for justice - UN rights chief

Welcoming today's conviction of former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic on multiple counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes by an international tribunal, the United Nations top human right official said that the verdict is “a warning” to perpetrators of such ...

UN chief condemns suicide attacks that leaves dozens dead in northern Nigeria town

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the suicide attacks that took place earlier Tuesday in Adamawa state, Nigeria, which resulted in scores of casualties, and called for those responsible for the “heinous acts” to be swiftly brought to justice.

Nearly 21 million people now have access to HIV treatment - UN agency

About 20.9 million people now have access to the antiretroviral therapy, according to a new report by the UN agency leading the global push to end AIDS, spotlighting that this remarkable progress has been made possible by people living with HIV demanding their rights, strong leadership and financial ...

Situation on Australian 'offshore processing' facility deteriorates by the day - UN refugee official

Three weeks following the closure of the Manus Island regional processing centre, the situation on the ground is very serious and deteriorates by the day, a senior United Nations official on protection of refugees has said.

'New and better deal' needed for climate resilience in Caribbean, UN chief tells donor conference

Caribbean countries need “a new and better deal” - one that includes access to concessional finance and adequate insurance - if they are to build climate resilience, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Tuesday at an international conference to mobilize support for the ...

Still far too much secrecy surrounding use of death penalty, says senior UN human rights official

A senior United Nations human rights official has stressed the need for greater transparency by countries that still use the death penalty, noting that this is vital for families, who have a right to know the fate of their loved ones, as well as for lawyers so they can provide an effective defence.

World community has 'collective responsibility' to stop human trafficking, support victims - UN chief

Briefing the Security Council Tuesday, top United Nations officials, including the Secretary-General and the head of the Organization's anti-crime office, underscored the international community's collective responsibility to stop criminals and terrorists from preying on vulnerable populations and ...

UNICEF warns of contaminated drinking water in camps for Rohingya refugees

The United Nations Children's Fund is working with authorities in Bangladesh to urgently investigate high levels E.coli contamination in water drawn from wells inside the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox's Bazar.

UN report urges Sudan to address plight of millions of displaced people in Darfur

The United Nations human rights office has called on the Government of Sudan to pursue effective, transparent and durable policies to enable the 2.6 million people who have been internally displaced by the long-running conflict in Darfur to return home voluntarily or to reintegrate into host ...

Lack of quality opportunities stalling young people's quest for decent work - UN report

Overall economic growth remains disconnected from employment generation, the United Nations International Labour Organization has warned, noting that young people continue to suffer from persistent unemployment and lack of quality job opportunities.

Continuing support for Burundi political process only way forward, Security Council told

Despite challenges towards inclusive dialogue in Burundi, the United Nations must continue to support the political process there, the Organization's envoy to the east African country told the Security Council on Monday.

Sanitation chain, wastewater treatment focus of World Toilet Day event at UN

Even in wealthier countries, where people have access to toilets and faecal material is contained, treatment and final disposal of wastewater can be far from perfect, leading to polluted rivers and coastlines, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a World Toilet Day event on ...

General Assembly, Security Council fill final vacancy on 'World Court'

The General Assembly and the Security Council today elected the fifth judge to the International Court of Justice concluding the 2017 elections to the principal judicial organ of the United Nations.

'Don't let adults off the hook, keep raising your voices;' Kids 'take over' UN for World Children's Day

It's official, kids have taken over… at least for today - World Children's Day - celebrated annually on 20 November, which this year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, and also saw young people take over roles in government, media, and even at the ...

In Bangladesh, UN agency Goodwill Ambassador Kristin Davis urges action for Rohingya refugee children

Marking World Children's Day, actress Kristin Davis on Monday called for global attention and funding to provide more life-saving aid for Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh, as part of her advocacy work for the United Nations refugee agency.

Branding and other intangibles account for 30 per cent of product value - UN report

Intangible capital, such as branding, design and technology, is increasingly determining success in the marketplace, as nearly one third of the value of manufactured products comes from such capital, a study conducted by the United Nations intellectual property agency has revealed.

UN chief 'horrified' at buying and selling of African migrants in Libya

Expressing horror at news reports and videos showing African migrants in Libya allegedly being sold as slaves, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday called on the authorities to urgently investigate the situation and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Genuine change in Gaza could help restore confidence in peace process, UN envoy tells Security Council

Noting that with the signing last month of the Cairo agreement, Palestinians have set out on a path towards reconciliation, a senior United Nations official underscored on Monday the urgency to resolve the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip and to return the enclave to full civilian and security ...

UN chief stresses 'mutually supportive' nature of Africa's free trade and industrialization

Africa's industrial development and proposed continental free trade would complement each other, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Monday, marking the UN-proclaimed day for Africa's industrialization.

UNICEF urges opportunities for 'forgotten minority' as study reveals bleak prospects for 180 million children

Despite global progress, one in 12 children live in countries with prospects more limited than those of their parents, the United Nations Children's Fund reported Monday.

Security Council fails at fresh attempt to renew panel investigating chemical weapons use in Syria

For the third time in two days, the United Nations Security Council on Friday failed to adopt a resolution on the mandate of an international panel investigating use of chemical weapons in Syria due to a negative vote by permanent member, Russia.

At Security Council, UN chief urges cooperation to tackle security challenges in Mediterranean

The Mediterranean – a confluence of civilizations, cultures, religions, trade and migration – is facing multiple security challenges, such as terrorism, illicit trade in narcotics, environmental degradation and forced displacement, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said ...

Bonn: UN conference closes with renewed urgency for greater ambition to tackle climate change

The United Nations Climate Change Conference wrapped up on Friday in Bonn, Germany, with delegations expressing a renewed sense of urgency and a need for greater ambition to tackle climate change.

Desperate Rohingya refugees use home-made rafts to get to Bangladesh - UN

Over the past 10 days, dozens of makeshift rafts carrying more than a thousand people have floated into Bangladesh, proof that Rohingya refugees are resorting to increasingly desperate means to flee to Myanmar, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday.

Famine may be unfolding 'right now' in Yemen, warns UN relief wing

The United Nations relief wing on Friday warned of famine-like conditions unfolding in Yemen, as a blockade on aid and other essential goods by a Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels there enters its 12th day.

New UN funding to help sustain critical aid programmes for nearly 150,000 in Chad

The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund – a pool of funding which supports critical relief operations in crises around the world – has allocated $11 million to help meet the life-saving needs of some 147,000 people in southern Chad, where aid operations are faltering in want ...

In major new report, UN environment chief urges ambitious action to save planet from 'pollution menace'

Every part of the planet and every person is affected by pollution – the world's largest killer – and while solutions are within reach, new policies, enhanced public and private sector leadership, redirected investments and massive funding are all desperately needed, the United Nations ...

UN-led ministerial conference in Moscow agrees universal commitment to end tuberculosis

On Friday, 75 ministers announced a landmark agreement to take urgent action to end tuberculosis by 2030 at the conclusion of a World Health Organization conference in Moscow, Russia, on eradicating the world's deadliest infectious disease.

Wrapping up visit, UN rights chief urges El Salvador to address femicide and abortion ban

At the end of his first visit to El Salvador, the United Nations human rights chief on Friday highlighted the Government's stated commitment to human rights, as well as several issues facing the Central American country, including the highest rate of femicide in the region and the abortion ban that ...

Photo Story: World pushing for faster climate action at Bonn conference

One year after the entry into force of the Paris Climate Agreement, the annual Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change is an opportunity for nations around the world to show their ambition for climate action and their determination to keep their promises under the ...

Desperate Rohingya refugees use home-made rafts to get to Bangladesh - UN

Over the past 10 days, dozens of makeshift rafts carrying more than a thousand people have floated into Bangladesh, proof that Rohingya refugees are resorting to increasingly desperate means the flee Myanmar, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday.

With UN support, more countries confronting threat of drug-resistant 'superbugs'

Efforts to stem the spread of antimicrobial resistant pathogens on farms and in food systems are gaining strength, thanks to strong backing by governments and technical support from the United Nations to boost national capacities, the Organization's food security and health agencies reported Friday.

UN agencies rush in medical supplies for thousands wounded in Iran-Iraq earthquake

United Nations agencies have delivered medical supplies to the areas of Iran and Iraq struck by a devastating earthquake, and are urging vigilance against the possible outbreaks of infectious and waterborne diseases.

UN rights chief voices concern about Cambodia election after opposition ban

The United Nations human rights chief voiced grave concerns Friday about the conduct of credible, free and fair elections in Cambodia next year following the decision by the Supreme Court to dissolve the main opposition party.

Security Council again fails to extend panel investigating use of chemical weapons in Syria

Two draft resolutions – one sponsored by the United States and another led by Bolivia – were defeated in the United Nations Security Council Thursday, blocking renewal of the international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

UN envoy urges greater support for Rohingya victims of sexual violence

Following a visit to Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have settled in makeshift camps, a United Nations envoy has called for enhanced measures to protect and assist victims of sexual violence among the displaced population.

In Colombia, UN political chief urges parties to 'stay the course' set out in peace accord

More must be done to ensure that the remarkable gains of the first phase of Colombia's peace process are maintained, the top United Nations political official has said, wrapping up a visit to the country with an appeal to all Colombians to rally behind the accord, especially to ensure that former ...

'Discrimination against one is discrimination against all,' says UNESCO on Day for Tolerance

Marking the International Day for Tolerance, the head of the United Nations cultural agency underscored how tolerance must be nurtured to celebrate the diversity that makes us strong and the values that bring us together.

UN plan for post-conflict transition in Libya makes headway, Security Council told

The political process for a successful post-conflict transition in Libya has made significant headway over the past two months, the United Nations envoy for the North African country said Thursday.

Conflicts, climatic change drive food insecurity and undernourishment in sub-Saharan Africa - UN

Adverse climatic conditions, a sluggish global economy and conflicts are key factors driving food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa, the United Nations agriculture agency said on Thursday.