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Mexico: UNICEF calls for implementation of protocol to protect migrant children

Sun, 02/02/2020 - 00:24
Authorities in Mexico are being reminded by the UN children’s agency, UNICEF, of the need to protect the rights of migrant children who enter the country.

New Iraqi Prime Minister-designate urged to act on reforms and accountability

Sat, 01/02/2020 - 23:07
The top UN official in Iraq is calling on the country’s newly designated Prime Minister to urgently deliver on reforms and demands for accountability, amid ongoing protests.

UN chief ‘deeply concerned’ by military escalation in northwest Syria

Sat, 01/02/2020 - 18:33
The UN Secretary-General has called for an immediate cessation of hostilities in northwest Syria.

$1.4 billion needed this year to fund UN’s agency for Palestine refugees

Fri, 31/01/2020 - 23:13
A minimum of $1.4 billion is needed to fund the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, known as UNRWA, the acting chief said on Friday.

Security Council renews Central African Republic arms embargo

Fri, 31/01/2020 - 21:26
The UN Security Council on Friday renewed the arms embargo against the Central African Republic (CAR) and extended the mandate of the expert panel assisting its sanctions committee for the country. 

The digital building blocks of better communities

Fri, 31/01/2020 - 21:18
In cities and communities across the world, citizens of all ages and backgrounds are getting the chance to literally play an important role in redesigning their public spaces, thanks to an innovative collaboration between the UN, and the company behind the popular computer game Minecraft.

Suriname’s climate promise, for a sustainable future

Fri, 31/01/2020 - 17:37
Suriname has become the second nation globally to outline updated plans to fight climate change in the hope of ensuring that any future increase in the temperature of the planet does not exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

US Middle East peace plan ‘lopsided’, says independent UN rights expert

Fri, 31/01/2020 - 17:29
A United States plan released this week to resolve the decades-long conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is “lopsided” and will only entrench occupation, an independent UN human rights expert said on Friday. 

Do not confuse food charity with ‘right to food’, UN expert tells Italians, labelling food system exploitative

Fri, 31/01/2020 - 17:25
A sophisticated Italian food system is placing a heavy burden on Italy’s workers and farmers, an independent UN human rights expert said on Friday, following an 11-day visit to the country that many regard as the world’s food capital.

How mobile money is rebuilding lives in Sudan

Fri, 31/01/2020 - 06:20
When Mohammed Ahmed left Sudan in search of better life, he couldn’t have imagined that he would find financial security back home. But, some four years later, he now runs a thriving business, thanks to an innovative scheme involving the UN migration agency (IOM), based on the use of mobile money.

UN chief underscores value of cooperation with Southeast Asian countries

Thu, 30/01/2020 - 23:50
In a briefing to the Security Council on Thursday, Secretary-General António Guterres underlined the value of cooperation between the UN and the 10-member regional bloc, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). 

Coronavirus spread now a global emergency declares World Health Organization

Thu, 30/01/2020 - 22:56
The rise in new coronavirus cases outside China, now constitutes a global health emergency, the World Health Organization’s Emergency Committee declared on Thursday, calling on all countries to take urgent measures to contain the respiratory disease.

Coding in Namibia: UN supports young women’s computing career dreams

Thu, 30/01/2020 - 21:44
Six young women from Namibia are on the path to a career in the field of information and communications technology (ICT), with the support of the UN office in the country. 

Find unity ‘to halt Libya’s senseless unraveling’, UN envoy urges Security Council

Thu, 30/01/2020 - 18:56
The top UN official in Libya on Thursday expressed his “deep anger and disappointment” over intensifying conflict in Libya despite a high-level summit held in the German capital of Berlin earlier this month, that set out measures to de-escalate fighting and put the divided country back on a path towards peace.

Iraq: Solutions needed ‘urgently’ to quell ongoing violence, break political deadlock

Thu, 30/01/2020 - 17:37
Amidst ongoing anti-government protests, rising casualties and the likelihood of further demonstrations, the top UN official in Iraq on Thursday, urged politicians to break the political deadlock, and “press ahead with substantial reforms”.

A question of trust: the UN political chief working behind the scenes to prevent tomorrow’s wars

Thu, 30/01/2020 - 04:05
When it comes to dealing with armed conflict, the eyes of the world often turn to the UN Security Council and members’ attempts, with varying degrees of success, to resolve or prevent bloodshed. 

Youth leaders share positive visions of the future, as Guterres launches UN75 in New York

Wed, 29/01/2020 - 21:40
Six youth leaders from around the world were at UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday to share their ambitious visions for a future where international cooperation is prioritized and everyone’s voice is heard.   

End Syria fighting to avoid ‘even greater humanitarian catastrophe’

Wed, 29/01/2020 - 21:26
The “dire and deteriorating humanitarian situation” affecting women and children in northwest Syria was the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator’s top concern on Wednesday morning as he briefed the Security Council in New York.  

Stepped-up efforts needed to combat pneumonia; save nearly nine million children’s lives

Wed, 29/01/2020 - 19:03
Scaling up pneumonia-related interventions could save the lives of nearly nine million children during the course of the next decade, the United Nations Children’s Fund said on Wednesday.

Coronavirus: First case confirmed in Gulf region, more than 6,000 worldwide

Wed, 29/01/2020 - 18:46
On Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that the coronavirus outbreak has now spread to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The vast majority of cases continue to be declared in China, with more than 6,000 confirmed, 68 of them outside of the country.