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With focus on natural disasters, UN risk reduction forum opens in Mexico

Opening a major United Nations conference on risk reduction in Cancun, Mexico, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed cautioned that the world would not reach its development goals without tackling climate change and disaster risk.

Attacks on hospitals and medical staff 'symptoms of grave disregard' for international law - UN chief

Parties to conflict are treating hospitals and clinics as targets, rather than respecting them as sanctuaries, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned today during a Security Council debate on the protection of civilians in armed violence.

On Africa Day, UN chief says world must move from 'managing crises to preventing them'

'Africa Day' 2017 comes at an important moment in the continent's endeavours towards peace, inclusive economic growth and sustainable development United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said, urging humanity to listen and learn with the people of Africa.

UNICEF urges G7 leaders to adopt six-point action plan to keep refugee children safe

Ahead of the Group of Seven summit in Italy, the United Nations children's agency has urged the leaders of G7 industrialized countries to adopt its six-point action plan for the protection of refugee and migrant children.

Formal trade in Africa can improve region, prospects for women - UN agency reports

Simplifying the requirements for a business license, offering incentives to tax payers, and tackling official corruption are among the recommendations by the United Nations agricultural organization to cut informal trade among African countries and boost economic prosperity, particularly for women.

Yemen: UN envoy raises concern over attack on his convoy during visit to Sana'a

The United Nations envoy for conflict-torn Yemen today expressed deep concern over the attack on his convoy while traveling from the airport to the UN compound on Monday.

South Sudan: 'Fighting must stop now' so millions can be spared from famine, say UN agency chiefs

Despite “appalling conditions” in South Sudan, it is not too late to save more people from dying, the head of the United Nations agriculture agency said today, joining the World Food Programme chief in a call to all parties enmeshed in the country's conflict to end the violence and work ...

Preserving cultural heritage, diversity vital for peacebuilding in Middle East - UNESCO chief

Protecting cultural diversity is vital for peacebuilding in the Middle East, the head of the United Nations cultural agency said today, pledging solidarity with the victims of ethnic and religious violence in the region, and highlighting the need for both 'hard' and 'soft' power.

UN rights chief concerned about health of Palestinian hunger strikers in Israel jails

The United Nations human rights chief today expressed serious concern about the health of more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons as their hunger strike entered its 38th day without resolution.

'All roads should lead to universal healthcare,' says new WHO chief

The newly-elected head of the United Nations World Health Organization , Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, outlined his priorities for journalists at the agency's headquarters today in Geneva, where he stressed the need for Member States to provide healthcare for all and to implement international ...

Top UN official in South Sudan urges Security Council to advance 'common strategy' on political process

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan today urged the Security Council to unite behind a common strategy for advancing the political process and peace in the crisis-torn country.

Violence in North Africa, Middle East puts health of 24 million children in jeopardy - UNICEF

From Libya to Syria, grinding conflicts in North Africa and the Middle East have damaged health infrastructure and compromised water and sanitation services, threatening the health of 24 million children, the United Nations Children's Fund warned today.

Marking International Day, UN honours dedication and service of peacekeepers

While the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is 29 May, the Organization today held ceremonies to pay tribute to the more than 3,500 people who have died on duty since 1948 and acknowledge the dedication and courage of those serving on the ground.

Senior UN official appeals for aid to stop 'unprecedented' spread of cholera in Yemen

With more than 100,000 people in Yemen believed to be at risk for cholera, the top United Nations humanitarian official in the country is appealing to Governments for urgent financial and political support

DR Congo: 400,000 children in Greater Kasai at risk of severe acute malnutrition, UNICEF warns

Deteriorating security conditions have severely disrupted life-saving interventions for children in Greater Kasai in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in recent months, putting an estimated 400,000 children at risk of severe acute malnutrition, the United Nations Children's Fund has said.

New secure Internet app aids UN peacekeeping maintain and share statistics

The United Nations peacekeeping office today announced a new software application that is enhancing efficiency and situational awareness in the field.

Samples from alleged chemical attacks in Syria reveal evidence of sulfur mustard, sarin - UN official

A fact-finding mission in Syria has found evidence of sulfur mustard in samples taken from an alleged attack on 16 September 2016, while samples from a 4 April incident have revealed exposure to sarin or a sarin-like substance, the United Nations disarmament chief told the Security Council today.

FEATURE: 'We invest in peace'

More than 100,000 UN peacekeepers serving around the world will be honoured this month as the United Nations celebrates the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, observed annually on 29 May.

UN resilience 'scorecard' to help cities curb disaster losses from climate change, other risk drivers

As world leaders and civil society representatives gather today in Cancun, Mexico, for a biennial United Nations forum on preventing and mitigating disaster impacts, the UN today launched an updated plan to increase the number of cities and towns with the capacity to reduce their disaster losses by ...

Two UN 'blue helmets' killed in attack in northern Mali

Two peacekeepers of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali were killed and another injured on Tuesday morning in an ambush in the northern Kidal region.

Ethiopia's Tedros Adhanom elected to top UN health post

The World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the United Nations health agency, today elected Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new Director-General of the World Health Organization .

UN chief, Security Council strongly condemn terrorist attack on Manchester concert

Secretary-General António Guterres strongly condemned yesterday's horrific terrorist attack targeting crowd gathering for a concert in Manchester, the United Kingdom, while the United Nations Security Council held a moment of silence to honor the victims.

One year after humanitarian summit, UN stresses reforms to put people 'at heart' of decision-making

The 2016 World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul rallied global actors to save lives and protect the most vulnerable, but with the number of people in need growing, the international community must use resources better and galvanize new partnerships, top United Nations officials said today.

With funding 'down to a trickle,' UN agency renews warning over Burundi refugees

The United Nations refugee agency has increased its funding appeal by $36 million to support Burundians fleeing their homes in what could become the third-largest refugee crisis in Africa.

INTERVIEW: Achieving global development goals 'inconceivable' without reducing disaster risk, stresses UN official

According to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction , disaster risk reduction is an integral part of social and economic development, and is essential if development is to be sustainable for the future. In 2015, for example, there were nearly 350 reported disasters, over 22,000 ...

Despite progress, life for children in Myanmar's remote areas remains a struggle, UNICEF warns

The benefits of Myanmar's economic growth, reform and reconciliation efforts have not yet reached children in the country's remote, conflict-affected areas, leaving an estimated 2.2 million children in need of better humanitarian assistance, a United Nations report has revealed.

On International Day, UN agency urges 'hope, healing, dignity' for fistula sufferers

Obstetric fistula has largely been eliminated in developed countries, but more than two million women and girls still live with the condition, the head of the United Nations women's health agency today said, calling for investment and support to eliminate the debilitating and stigmatizing condition.

Security Council strongly condemns ballistic missile test by DPR Korea

Strongly condemning yesterday's ballistic missile launch conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea , the United Nations Security Council vowed to “fully and comprehensively implement all measures” imposed on the country and strongly urged all other UN Member States to do the ...

In final address, UN health chief urges world body to 'remember the people' behind the facts and figures

The outgoing chief of the United Nations health agency today highlighted the relevance of the World Health Organization , and offered its decision-making body parting advice that included protecting scientific evidence, pushing for innovation and thinking of people in every decision that is taken.

UN forum aims to ensure 'promises made are promises kept' on financing for development

Promises made for financing the implementation of sustainable development goals must be promises kept, speakers said today at the opening of a United Nations forum.

UN refugee agency ramps up response as Libya's humanitarian crisis deepens

Conflict, insecurity, political instability and a collapsing economy have contributed to the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Libya, prompting the United Nations refugee agency to announce plans to step-up its presence and programmes there.

Syria: Amid 'promising' diplomatic steps, UN envoy says hostilities continue on the ground

Despite the “promising” steps in Syria that followed diplomatic talks in the Kazak capital, Astana – a nationwide ceasefire announced last December, and the de-escalation zones created inside Syria to deepen that effort – a United Nations envoy today warned of ongoing hostilities ...

Persistent persecution of Bahá'í in Yemen 'unacceptable,' and must stop, says UN expert

In Yemen, Bahá'ís are under pressure to recant their faith, according to a United Nations rights expert, noting that in April, the Public Prosecutor reportedly summoned by phone at least 30 members of the community to appear in court, and de facto authorities in Sana'a ordered the arrest of at ...

World must focus on dual task of defeating ISIL, rebuilding Iraq, UN envoy tells Security Council

With the liberation of Mosul imminent, the international community must maintain a dual focus on defeating the remaining Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant forces in Iraq, and on working towards post-conflict security and reconstruction, the United Nations envoy for the country told the Security ...

On Day for Biological Diversity, UN says tourists must protect nature that draws them

Tourism must not undermine the nature that attracts tourists in the first place, said the head of the United Nations-backed treaty on biological diversity, marking International Day for Biological Diversity.

Climate-vulnerable islands in spotlight ahead of UN disaster risk reduction forum in Mexico

Hurricanes, cyclones and tsunamis are increasingly common threats to the world's most climate-vulnerable island nations, whose representatives are meeting today in Cancun, Mexico, ahead of a major United Nations conference on risk reduction.

INTERVIEW: 'Our peacekeepers are saving lives every day' - new UN peacekeeping chief

With United Nations peace operations being carried out in highly complex environments and facing multiple challenges, Secretary-General António Guterres recently stressed the need to adapt peacekeeping to “our changing world.” It is in this context that Jean-Pierre Lacroix took up his ...

UN experts urge Indonesia to free jailed politicians, repeal its blasphemy law

A group of United Nations human rights experts today urged the Government of Indonesia to review and repeal its blasphemy law following the recent conviction and imprisonment of the former governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama.

UN agency works to fill humanitarian vacuum in north DR Congo after aid groups' departure

The United Nations migration agency is responding to the urgent humanitarian needs of more than 27,000 displaced people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's eastern province of North Kivu, after many relief aid organizations left camps.

On World Day, UN agencies urge countering threats to cultural diversity

Cultural diversity – the driving force of change and development – is increasingly under threat, United Nations agencies today said, reaffirming support for the cultural diversity that stems from migration.

Libya: UN chief urges all sides to restore calm in aftermath of deadly attack on southern airbase

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres is deeply concerned about the military escalation at the Brak al-Shati air base in southern Libya and calls on all parties to exercise restraint and restore calm, the UN chief's spokesman said today.

Peru: UN agency supports recovery of some 7,000 farmers from El Niño floods, landslides

In the wake of the heavy rains, floods and landslides that hit Peru earlier this year, the United Nations agriculture agency said today that it is working with the Government to assist some 7,000 mostly small-scale farmers to restore their capacity to produce crops and feed their families.

Intra-Syrian talks end with 'incremental progress;' possible resumption in June - UN negotiator

United Nations-facilitated talks to help resolve the Syrian conflict have ended on schedule in Geneva, where UN negotiator Staffan de Mistura said he was satisfied that some progress had been made, and that there had been “less rhetoric” on all sides.

Venezuela: UN human rights chief regrets opposition leader being blocked to travel

Amid rising violence in Venezuela, the United Nations human rights chief has expressed regret that the Latin American country's opposition leader was allegedly blocked from leaving the country for New York, where they were planning to meet.

UN-backed treaty on mercury to enter into force; 'pivotal moment' in combat against harmful chemicals

The world took an historic step forward in the fight against mercury poisoning as the European Union and seven of its member States ratified the first new global convention related to the environment and health in close to a decade, according to the United Nations.

Thousands of migrants rescued on Mediterranean in a single day - UN agency

Nearly 3,000 migrants were rescued trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea, according to the United Nations migration agency, which also reported that more than a dozen rescue operations were under way in the area yesterday.

Cholera outbreak in war-torn Yemen spreading at 'unprecedented' speed, UN warns

As war-torn Yemen grapples with heavy rains, a collapsed healthcare system and crippled economy, a resurgent cholera outbreak has spread with “unprecedented” speed and taken medical professionals by surprise, the World Health Organization warned today.

In wake of 'WannaCry' attacks, UN cybersecurity expert discusses Internet safety

A United Nations cybersecurity expert says that cybercrime is ultimately preventable, and that the internet - even the hidden so-called ‘dark net’ - has very good elements to it.

In wake of 'WannaCry' attacks, UN cybersecurity expert discusses internet

A United Nations cybersecurity expert says that cybercrime is ultimately preventable, and that the internet - even the hidden so-called ‘dark net’ - has very good elements to it.

Southern Africa: UN, Mozambique host first-ever forum to fight trafficking of people with albinism

United Nations agencies are joining forces with governments in Southern Africa in a push to strengthen protections for persons with albinism, who often fall victim to a raft of abuses, including maiming, trafficking and even murder, linked to the belief that their parts have magical powers in ...