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Malnutrition and cholera 'a vicious combination' in war-torn Yemen - UN agency chiefs

In Yemen, the world's worst cholera outbreak is unfolding amid the world's largest humanitarian crisis, crippling health, water and sanitation facilities in the country, and creating ideal conditions for diseases to spread, according to the heads of three United Nations agencies.

UN refugee agency seeks $9.5 million to assist Nigerian returnees from Cameroon

The UN refugee agency is seeking an additional $9.5 million to scale up its activities in northeast Nigeria, as a result of an unexpected surge in self-organized returns of Nigerian refugees mainly from Cameroon since the beginning of the year.

Amid rising tensions in Jerusalem, UN envoy warns of 'grave risk' of escalation in Middle East

The United Nations envoy on Middle East peace has warned that developments over the past 11 days at holy sites in the Old City in Jerusalem have demonstrated the “grave risk” that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could become a religious conflict that could ultimately engulf the rest of ...

Peace is the 'bedrock' for women's development and human rights UN deputy chief says in DR Congo

The importance of reversing the tragedies of violence, particularly against women and children, and ensuring that women's and girl's voices are heard in all aspects of society are at the core of the second leg of a high-level United Nations-African Union mission to Africa, which today visited the ...

Majority of children fleeing to Europe just want to get away, UNICEF reports

Facing violence and trauma in Libya and other countries, thousands of children decided to flee by themselves, seeking to get away but not necessarily aiming for Europe, the United Nations Children's Fund today reported.

Latest round of UN-led global consultations spotlights migrants' contributions to development

Although the net benefits of migration far outweigh its costs, the public perception is often the opposite, a senior United Nations official pointed out today, as the latest round of consultations on a global compact for migration began in New York.

Afghanistan: UN condemns attack on civilians in Kabul

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres condemned today's bomb attack in the Afghan capital of Kabul, warning that attacks on civilians may constitute a war crime.

UN chief Guterres strongly condemns terrorist attack in Pakistan's Lahore

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today strongly condemned the terrorist attack in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore and called for those responsible to be brought to justice, his spokesman said.

Security Council cites terrorism, deteriorating humanitarian conditions as challenges for West Africa

The Security Council today welcomed recent positive political developments in some West African countries, but expressed concern over the threat of terrorism in the region.

Ahead of October elections, Security Council urges Liberia to plan for safe, credible polls

With Liberian officials responsible for security in the country, the United Nations Security Council today encouraged the Government to put in place an election security plan for the October polls.

Afghanistan: UN condemns attack on civilians in Kabul

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres condemned today's bomb attack in the Afghani capital of Kabul, warning that attacks on civilians may constitute a war crime.

Australia's offshore refugee processing causes 'extensive suffering' and must end, says UN agency chief

Four years on, Australia's offshore processing has left some 2,000 people languishing in unacceptable circumstances – causing physical and psychological harm, according to the United Nations refugee agency, which today called for an immediate end to the practice.

Back from visit to Myanmar, independent UN rights expert says situation 'worsening'

While no one expects an overnight transition to democracy in Myanmar, there has to be real progress on human rights, an independent United Nations expert today said, highlighting reported killings, tortures, and an “ongoing humanitarian crisis” for the Rohingya people and other minorities.

Amid rising violence in Jerusalem, UN and diplomatic partners urge maximum restraint on all sides

Expressing deep concern about the escalating tensions and violent clashes taking place in and around the Old City of Jerusalem, the United Nations and its diplomatic partners in the Middle East peace process have called on all to demonstrate maximum restraint and work towards de-escalating the ...

'The time to act is now;' end children's suffering in Iraq and across the Middle East - UNICEF

Calling for “immediate care and protection” for children caught up in violence in Iraq's war torn Mosul and other Middle East conflicts, the United Nations Children's Fund today warned that the lives and futures of some 27 million across the region and parts of Africa are at risk.

Guterres 'strongly condemns' stabbing attack that left three Israelis dead in West Bank

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned yesterday evening's stabbing attack by a Palestinian perpetrator, which resulted in the death of three members of an Israeli family in the Halamish settlement in the occupied West Bank.

In DR Congo, UN aid chief says world must 'not let down' millions of people in need

Wrapping up a four-day mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo , the United Nations humanitarian chief today urged the world “not to forget the DRC,” and called for scaled-up relief funding to help millions of people suffering from violence, diseases, and malnutrition.

UN chief concerned about unfolding violence in Jerusalem's Old City

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today expressed concern about the situation in the Old City of Jerusalem, which has been the scene of escalating violence in recent days.

Rainy season worsens cholera crisis in Yemen; UN agencies deliver clean water, food

Yemen is facing the world's largest cholera outbreak, the United Nations health agency today warned, with 5,000 Yemenis falling sick every day – the majority of them children and the elderly.

INTERVIEW: Education, women's empowerment 'top priorities' for UN in India, says senior official

To meet the challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals , India should prioritize women's empowerment and education, the United Nation's development chief in the country said.

UN report reveals shocking abuse African migrant women face on their journey to Europe

The United Nations migration agency today said that perhaps 80 per cent of Nigerian migrant women and girls arriving on Europe's shores in Italy could potentially be sex trafficking victims, spotlighting the horrific levels of abuse and violence migrants face along their arduous journeys for a ...

UN health agency urges early action to stave off threat of HIV drug resistance

The United Nations health agency has warned that the spread of an HIV strain resistant to some of the most widely used medicines could undermine global progress in treating and preventing HIV infection if early and effective action is not taken.

UN agency lauds new project to register undocumented Afghan refugees in Pakistan

A new pilot project in Pakistan to register undocumented Afghan refugees – who up to now have been without identity papers and living in fear of being arrested or deported – would allow up to one million people to have legal status, the United Nations refugee said.

Three displaced families killed in airstrike in south-west Yemen - UN rights wing

Three displaced families have been killed when their makeshift shelter was hit in an airstrike in Yemen's Taiz governorate earlier this week, the United Nations human rights wing said.

In Nigeria, UN deputy chief says 'messages of women' vital to sustainable peace, development

Urgent action is needed now towards the meaningful participation of women in peace processes, as well ensuring their voices are heard in all aspects of society, the United Nations deputy chief told reporters in Abuja today as part of a first-ever UN-African Union trip focused on women, peace and ...

Change in behaviour for South Sudan actors 'long overdue,' Security Council told

Highlighting challenges facing South Sudan, a senior United Nations official today underlined that overcoming obstacles borne of a volatile combination of insecurity and political uncertainty is critical for the war-torn country to be put on the track to peace and stability.

UN envoy calls for de-escalation of tensions and violence in Jerusalem

Expressing deep concern over a surge in tensions and violence around the holy esplanade of Jerusalem's Old City, the United Nations envoy on Middle East peace today called for de-escalation of the situation.

'A healthy planet' is birthday wish for UN development agency advocate and 'Game of Thrones' star

As part of his 47th birthday celebrations, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, United Nations Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador and the actor playing the role of Jaime Lannister in the HBO series Game of Thrones, is calling on his friends, family and fans to help him raise funds to support UN climate ...

AIDS-related deaths decline; 19.5 million people on life-saving treatment - UN report

The scales have tipped for the first time in the fight against AIDS as more than half of all people living with the HIV virus now have access to treatment, while AIDS-related deaths have nearly halved since 2005, according to a new United Nations report.

Drought in DPR Korea threatens food supply during ongoing lean season

Amid the worst drought in nearly two decades in the Democratic Republic of Korea , the United Nations agricultural agency is calling for emergency food assistance, as well as irrigation and farming equipment, to help farmers get through the lean season.

South Sudan: UN agency scales up cholera response with 500,000 doses of oral vaccine

The United Nations health agency is scaling up cholera response in South Sudan, where 17,785 cases, including 320 deaths, have been reported since the outbreak in June 2106.

Cost of feeding hungry world surging due to conflicts and instability - UN agency

Improved aid access, strengthened resilience and advances in food system networks could provide as much as $3.5 billion in annual cost savings at a time when humanitarian needs are skyrocketing in multiple complex emergencies across the globe, a new United Nations study has found.

Least developed countries face challenges in funding sustainable development - UN report

Lack of funding is among the biggest challenges for the world's 47 least developed countries in their implementation of sustainable development targets, according to a United Nations report released today.

More flexibility and mobility for UN peacekeepers in DR Congo - senior official says

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is becoming more flexible and mobile, the head of that mission today said, by focusing on rapid deployment of troops and air surveillance.

International community needs to 'change narrative' about Africa - UN chief Guterres

Briefing the Security Council on their strengthened collaboration, top officials from the African Union and the United Nations today highlighted their joint work on peace and security in the Gambia, Somalia and South Sudan, as well as other African countries, and urged adequate, timely and ...

VIDEO: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors sing to ban child marriage

Singer Angélique Kidjo and eight of Benin's other music artists are urging parents to not marry off their young daughters in a new music video created by the United Nations Children's Fund .

UN chief calls tolerance, understanding and compassion 'catalysts for peace'

Religion is being distorted to increase differences, Secretary-General António Guterres said, urging the international community to counter such narratives.

More flexibility and mobility for UN peacekeepers in DR Congo - senior official says

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is changing how it operates to become more flexible and mobile, the head of that mission today said, by focusing on rapid deployment of troops and air surveillance instead of fixed bases.

UN reports more people warned against tobacco use, but industry interference continues

Despite measures protecting a majority of people from tobacco-related illness and death, the tobacco industry continues to hamper Government efforts to fully implement life and cost-saving interventions, the United Nations health agency today reported.

UN chief welcomes Seoul's proposal to reopen dialogue with Pyongyang

Secretary-General António Guterres today welcomed the move by the Republic of Korea to lower tensions on the Korean Peninsula, his spokesperson said.

UN agency seeks $421M to support alternatives for refugees, migrants crossing to Europe

The United Nations refugee agency today appealed for about $421.2 million to help improve protection of refugees and migrants crossing the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea, and to back European countries working to assist asylum seekers.

UN rights expert warns torture routinely used against Sri Lankan security suspects

Concluding a five-day visit to Sri Lanka, a United Nations independent human right expert today noted “routine and endemic” use of torture against people detained on national security grounds.

UN agency seeks $421 to support alternatives for refugees, migrants crossing to Europe

The United Nations refugee agency today appealed for about $421.2 million to help improve protection of refugees and migrants crossing the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea, and to back European countries working to assist asylum seekers.

Haiti has chance to solidify stability before UN mission's drawdown, Security Council told

With three months left before the current United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti transitions to a smaller one, a UN envoy stressed today that the Caribbean country faces the “window of opportunity” to solidify stability, following recent elections.

On Nelson Mandela Day, UN celebrates South African leader's service to humanity

Marking what would have been Nelson Mandela's 99th birthday, the United Nations today honoured his lifetime of service and dedication to justice and equality.

Libya: UN rights arm sounds alarm for safety of prisoners at imminent risk of torture

The United Nations human rights arm today voiced deep concern for the safety of individuals taken prisoner by members of the Libyan army after recent fighting in Benghazi, noting that they may be at imminent risk of torture and even summary execution.

Not the time for a 'blame game,' urges UN Special Advisor on Cyprus

Speaking to the media following his briefing to the United Nations Security Council, the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, urged all sides to work collectively and to build on the achievements thus far.

UN deputy chief highlights importance of public institutions in reaching development goals

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed today urged public institutions to embrace the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Goals to end poverty, reduce inequality and end tackle climate change.

UNESCO chief calls for probe into killing of Honduran video journalist in Mexico

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today called for an investigation into the recent murder of a Honduran journalist in Mexico.

Children increasingly targeted for murder, rape in Central African Republic - UNICEF

Renewed fighting in the Central African Republic is increasingly targeting children, while there are concerns that the humanitarian needs in the country could escalate to levels not seen since the crisis four years ago, United Nations humanitarian officials today said.