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UN chief condemns terrorist attack in Bangladesh

Senior United Nations officials have condemned the terrorist attack in a café in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka that reportedly killed 20 hostages over the weekend. ... Read More

On World Day, UN hails cooperatives as drivers of sustainable future

Cooperatives are an old idea but more relevant than ever as they can be the drivers of a sustainable future, senior United Nations officials said on the International Day of Cooperatives today, urging Governments to create an enabling environment for... Read More

Libya: UN mission documents 49 civilian casualties in June

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) reported today that for the month of June, it documented 49 civilian casualties, including 18 deaths and 31 injuries, as a result of hostilities across the country. ... Read More

UN agrees to appoint human rights expert on protection of LGBT

The top human rights body at the United Nations has voted to appoint an independent expert on protection from violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) people. ... Read More

FEATURE: After two decades, genocide survivor opens up about her anger and forgiveness

“Being a hero is being able to give a smile to the person who sold you death,” said Frida Umuhoza, who was barely a teenager when her entire family – including her grandparents, parents and five siblings – were killed... Read More

INTERVIEW: Amid progress in fighting cholera, UN official urges support to health-care system

While the incidence of cholera in Haiti has decreased by 90 per cent since an outbreak that began shortly after the devastating earthquake of 2010, more investment is needed in the country’s health-care system to fully eliminate the disease and... Read More

UN urges more aid for people in north-east Nigeria, once inaccessible due to Boko Haram threat

Tens of thousands of children in northeast Nigeria will die of malnutrition this year unless they receive treatment soon, the United Nations today warned after reaching areas in the north-east of the country which had been cut off by Boko... Read More

Despite hopes for calm during the holy month of Ramadan, hundreds killed in Iraq: UN

At least 662 Iraqis – half of them civilians – were killed and another 1,457 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in the country in June, according to latest figures released by the United Nations political... Read More

UN chief welcomes China joining the International Organization for Migration

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed China’s decision to join the International Organization for Migration (IOM), saying that the country will make a “valuable contribution” to IOM. ... Read More

Diplomatic Quartet releases report on advancing two-state solution to Israel-Palestine conflict

The United Nations and its diplomatic partners in the Middle East peace process today released the first report of its kind, which analysed the impediments to a lasting resolution to the Palestinian–Israeli conflict and offered recommendations on the way forward,... Read More

Two UN agencies team up to protect cultural heritage with geo-spatial technologies

Two United Nations agencies have signed an agreement to protect cultural and natural heritage sites by using the latest geo-spatial technologies, including a satellite imaging system. ... Read More

UN, global health officials meet in South-east Asia to discuss security preparedness

After recent outbreaks of Ebola, Zika and yellow fever, senior health officials from the United Nations, Governments and other institutions are prioritizing global health security preparedness given ongoing concerns about national health systems that are weak, fragmented and under-funded. ... Read More

UN officials call for global consensus, preventive approach to combat terrorism and violent extremism

The unprecedented levels of terrorism and violent extremism on a global scale requires balanced implementation of commitments made through collective action, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today emphasized, calling on the international community to act with unity and resolve to address “this... Read More

UN chief condemns suicide attack in northern Cameroon, urging support to counter Boko Haram

Condemning a deadly terrorist attack in Cameroon’s Far North Region, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today also reiterated his call for international partners to provide support to the countries threatened by Boko Haram. ... Read More

UN rights expert deplores conviction of tax whistleblowers in LuxLeaks trial

A United Nations independent human rights expert today deplored the conviction of two whistleblowers who revealed how tax avoidance and tax evasion occurred in Luxembourg banks in the so-called LuxLeaks scandal. ... Read More

UN mission in Afghanistan condemns Taliban attack on national police cadets

The top United Nations official in Afghanistan today condemned a suicide attack targeting national police in the country’s capital, Kabul. ... Read More

Some 3.6 million Iraqi children in firing line and ‘relentlessly targeted,’ UN reports

One out of every five Iraqi children are at “serious risk” of death, injury, sexual violence, abduction and recruitment into armed groups, according to a new United Nations report. ... Read More

Feature: Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover calls out racism, Afrophobia in the Americas

The international community must increase its commitment to fighting Afrophobia and discrimination against people of African descent, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador and actor Danny Glover has said, speaking during the International Decade for People of African Descent.... Read More

Quartet report cites violence, settlements and Gaza as barriers to Middle East peace – UN envoy

Continuing violence, terrorism and incitement, settlement expansion, and the Palestinian Authority’s lack of control of Gaza are hurting the Middle East peace process, the United Nations envoy today said summarizing the first ever report by the diplomatic Quartet – comprising... Read More

UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia handing over security responsibility to national forces

Liberian security forces today took full control of their security for the first time since the civil war ended 13 years ago, marking a historic milestone for the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Liberia and a major benchmark in the... Read More